Wikisource Handbook

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Wikisource Handbook
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Wikisource Handbook for Indian Communities

Currently, CIS-A2K is working with five Indian-languages Wikimedia communities (Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia, and Telugu) and one focus project area (Wikisource with punjabi community). While working with the above mentioned Indic Wikimedia communities, we noticed that there are many similarities between the issues and challenges faced by these communities. So, we decided to create this “Wikisource Handbook for Indian Communities”.

At first, we went through the Wikisource of each language and noted the status. Then we talked to Indic Wikipedians to know more about the Wikisource related issues that they are facing. We also asked for the feedback on the first draft of this handbook. Our actual work will start after the release of this book, when we’ll work with the communities to improve their efforts towards developing Wikisource.


Wikisource, originally called ‘Project Sourceberg’ as a play on words for Project Gutenberg,[1] began in November 2003. What started as a collection of supporting texts for articles in Wikipedia became a free online digital library created collaboratively by volunteers from all over the world. Wikisource grew rapidly,reaching a total of 20,000 text units in various languages by May 18, 2005. For updated page/ digitised content, see here.[2] The content within Wikisource is freely licensed, implying that it can be used for the purposes of study and application, and can be freely copied, distributed, and edited.Free content Freely licensed material is different from that available in the public domain. The latter includes works in which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply in the first place, rather than free licenses.


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