Action Plan Meeting at Tribal Research & Training Institute
CIS-A2K has been building partnerships with major state government departments in Maharashtra to promote free & open knowledge resources. One such effort resulted into official Govt.Resolution of Tribal Research & Training Institute under State Tribal Development department on Expert's Study Group Formation for developing Open Knowledge Platforms. Community Advocate for Marathi Language is representing CIS-A2K in this group. The mandate of the group is given in GR. We will be facilitating primarily No.1 & 2, which says - Developing new and utilising existing Open & free platforms like Wikimedia Projects to build knowledge resources on Community Forest Management, Development of training modules in Unicode & make it accessible by common man, Digitisation of reference books, training booklets, govt docs, archives,images etc and making it accessible.
The Tribal Research & Training Institute(TRTI), Pune was established on 1st May, 1962.The Institute undertakes research studies on various aspects of tribals. It has Tribal Cultural Museum located in its premises. All facets of life of tribals of Maharashtra are displayed in the Museum.The Institute has got a rich Library which serves as reference library on tribals. This is a very good opportunity to explore various aspects of open knowledge with research organisation like TRTI.
On the occasion of International Museum Day, i.e. on 18th May we visited Tribal Museum at TRTI in Pune. We have started long term project on building repository on forest and biodiversity called Van Bodh with this partner. The meeting was organized to take review of the progress and to discuss other opportunities. It was decided to evolve Wikimedian in residence scheme to document tribal culture, vital statistics, success stories and research outcomes. The comprehensive GLAM activity for Museum and archives of the tribal departments in the state. The meeting was attended by research assistants, curators, officials and staff of TRTI. The Wikimedians included Ashwin Baindur, Nikhil from Datameet and Tanveer from A2K.