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CIS-A2K (Centre for Internet and Society - Access to Knowledge) is a campaign to promote the fundamental principles of justice, freedom, and economic development. It deals with issues like copyrights, patents and trademarks, which are an important part of the digital landscape.
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The CIS-A2K research portal documents the research works conducted by the A2K team at the Centre for Internet and Society. In this portal, you will get infortmation about A2K's past/current/upcoming research work, and a comprehensive listing of case studies, papers, documents and other outputs. Currently the research work of the A2K team is being lead by User:Sneha (CIS-A2K)


During 2019-2020, A2K team is undertaking research in the form of short-term studies on topics of interest identified by individual team members. The broad objectives of the research work are:

  • Identify knowledge gaps, challenges, and opportunities in different aspects of content creation and participation in Indian language Wikimedia projects.
  • Develop a better understanding of systemic issues such as gender bias in Indian language communities, access to and reuse of cultural content, open learning in multilingual classrooms, and specific experiences of content creation within Wikimedia communities in India and associated initiatives.
  • Develop recommendations and best practices towards addressing existing challenges and optimising available resources for the larger free knowledge movement.

Ongoing researchEdit

Bridging the Gender GapEdit

This objective of this study is to conduct research on the gender gap and gender bias which exists in the Indian language Wikimedia communities. Wikimedia characterises ‘gender bias’ on its platforms as “a dominant majority of volunteer editors, particularly on the English language site, being male, as a result of which there is less extensive content by and about women”. The three thematic areas of research Developing a better understanding of online participation - in terms of content created by women, content about women, and online engagement with communities. Developing a better understanding of women’s offline community participation. Enhancing sustained participation of women contributors - challenges with retention, infrastructural issues, possibilities and strategies for the same, and creating awareness on how women can be involved with all Wikimedia projects. More details can be seen here.

Case Study on Wikimedia in EducationEdit

The main objective of this case study is to understand the motivation, challenges, impact & personal improvements of the students, faculty members and the community members engaged with the education programme at Christ (deemed to be) University, Bangalore. More details can be seen here.

Mapping GLAM Institutions in MaharashtraEdit

The objective of this study is to conduct comprehensive mapping of GLAM institutions in Pune district of Maharashtra state, and understand details of their collections and digitisation efforts. The Case study of one institution will be done and recommendations towards potential GLAM-Wiki collaborations, especially with sister projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata would be designed. More details can be seen here.

A comparative study of Wikipedia article creation campaigns in IndiaEdit

The objective of this study is to produce a detailed report of two article creation competitions in India i.e, Project Tiger and Wikipedia Asian Month. The study aims to help in improving future article writing contests/campaigns by identifying what motivates volunteers to contribute to Wikipedia during a campaign or a contest, challenges faced, the kind of content being added during these contests, etc. More details can be seen here.

Study on Content Creation on Punjabi WikipediaEdit

The objective of this study is to understand the challenges for content creation related to Punjab that exists on Punjabi Wikipedia (Gurmukhi). There are articles about Punjabi culture on Punjabi Wikipedia but the need is to analyze them from the perspective of the readers’ minds. More details can be seen here.

Understanding the data gaps in Wikidata concerning West BengalEdit

The objective of this study is to understand the problems caused by the existing data gaps in Wikidata concerning West Bengal and the strategies for filling up the data gaps. The study is intended to be done by using Wikidata query service. More details can be seen here.

Research topics for 2020-2021Edit

Exploring Knowledge repositories on Water resourcesEdit

The objectives of this study are to - Document the nature of major online and offline knowledge repositories on water resources and their impact on creating awareness among civil society, Identify and develop the form of locally relevant digital knowledge resources on water that are accessible in regional languages and to explore the process of building digital archives on water knowledge resources. More details can be seen here.