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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CIS-A2K team regularly organizes and supports events,workshops and seminars. Either they directly organize these events or provides support to the organizers (financial, non-financial, technical and others) to the organizers.
While organizing/supporting an event, CIS-A2K team tries to completely follow their mission statements—
- supporting and serving the Wikimedia communities;
- building institutional partnerships;
- bringing more content under free license;
- designing and executing projects with community participation;
- strengthening the Wikimedia volunteers; and
- fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem.
On 15 September 2012, a Kannada Wiki Workshop was organized at Tumkur University, Karnataka. This was the first Kannada Wikipedia workshop at Tumkur CIS-A2K team organized a series of Wiki and other events at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Hyderabad. At the end of September On 26–27 (same year), CIS-A2K team organized a hackathon event at the same institute. These were the first few events organized/supported by CIS-A2K.
In 2012 CIS-A2K team organized or supported 12 events. In 2013 CIS-A2K organized or worked on 68 real-life or online events, workshops or seminars. The first event of the year was a Wiki Workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad on 17 January (2013). The last event of the year was a Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Alvas Vishva Nudisiri Virasat 2013 program at Moodabidre, that was organized on 20 December.
In 2013 CIS-A2K organized/powered 68 events. The first one was a Wiki Workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad on 17 January and the last event of the year was a Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Alvas Vishva Nudisiri Virasat 2013 program at Moodabidre on 20 December.
In 2013 CIS-A2K organized/powered 67 events. On January 13—15 CIS-A2K did wrapping up work with Vishwakosh Volume 1, and 3 participants. On 18–20 December 2014 they powered Swatantra 2014 and supported Indian Wikipedians to join the event.
The first event organized by CIS-A2K in 2015 was a Telugu Wikipedia Workshop at Govt Degree College, Khairatabad, Hyderabad on 3 January. That was followed by 2 Kannada Wikipedia workshops at SDM College, Ujire and St Aloysius College, Mangaluru and a couple of Kannada Wikipedia presentations between 21–28 January. On 11 and 12 February Telugu Wikipedia's 11th anniversary was celebrated in Tirupati. On the same days they powered Hindi Wikisammelan in Delhi. On 26 February to 1 March, they organized Train the Trainer 2015. In June, CIS-A2K organized a MediaWiki train the Trainer program
In 2016, CIS-A2K organised/supported more than 40 events in the different parts of India, Started the year with the Ratha Yatra Edit-a-thon, Mini TTT & MWT, other regional events and content donation drives.
In 2017, CIS-A2K started a new approach by having towards FLA's by providing Community advocates. Due to this number of activities conducted in community-level increased gradually. CIS-A2K conducted more than 35 training workshops across the FLA's and conducted TTT and MWT at a national level and also in the original level.
We started 2018-19 by a National level event WikiAdvance training, which was followed by many local-level events in Kannada, Telugu and Marathi. Copy right work as the next event which was organised mostly based on community request. which was followed by another national level Wikisource Consultation in Kolkata. Also conducted a series of Wikisource workshops in Patiala, Guwahati, Banglore, Salem, Ahmedabad and Pune. We organized an advanced level national Wikidata workshop in Mumbai. Topics like OpenRefine, Lexeme, Advanced Wikidata tools were covered. We conducted the sixth iteration of Train the Trainer (TTT 2019). We collaborated with a community that co-organized the workshop this year. We also conducted the fifth iteration of the Mediawiki training (MWT). Other than the national level TTT and MWT, we conducted regional TTT and MWT in West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Christ University conducted a Wikimedia Education SAARC conference this year in June 2019, where CIS-A2K was the primary supporter. Other than India, Wikimedians from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal participated in this conference.
In 2019-20 was started with the relicensing of books from the authors, in total 10 authors or copyright holders have re-licensed 63 books and 5 organisations have re-licensed 41 books this year. Most of this content donation was in Maharashtra. which was followed by the second national-level Wikisource event at Pune, which was an advanced training for different experienced and emerging Wikisource language communities in India. This workshop was followed up by a proofread-a-thon in May 2020 where more than 20,000 pages were proofread. Wikidata was also our focused project this year. We have continued to directly support WikiProject India on Wikidata. Conducted/supported Wikidata workshops and data-thons such as a Sanskrit workshop at Bengaluru, Indian scientists data-thon in May 2020 etc.
In 2020-21, CIS-A2K moved all of its events online as per the guidelines from the Wikimedia Foundation and Ministry of health and family welfare. This was a great challenge for us to move the all panelled events online. In comparison to what we have done to arrange on-ground events and activities, we have a lot of scopes to explore the online platform for training and other Wiki-events. With the detailed discussion and plans were are able to execute some of the events in the virtual platform. Such as Wikidata's Eight Birthday in India, which had a series of webinars and data-thon. This was followed by National level proofread-a-thon where 280 Wikimedians from 11 communities took part. On Wikipedia, we conducted a series of mini edit-a-thon different occasions which helped the community members to stay in touch and contribute to Wikipedia. More than 100 books were relicensed and two Wikimedia case studies were published during this time.