Workshop on the standardization of Kannada Computing Terminology

A two day workshop on the of Computing Terminologies has been organized on January 28-29, 2012 at: Center for Internet and Society, with the help of CIS and (.net), under the (Frequently Used Entries for Localization) project. The workshop aims at the community review and standardization of frequently encountered computing terminologies in Kannada. Also, this workshop is first of its kind wherein discussion amongst Kannada linguists, translators, journalists, writers and users would take place and a consensus would reach upon the final translation of computing terminologies in Kannada. Kannada Evaluation meet mainly aims at solving the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in software translations.

FUEL tries to provide a standardized and consistent computer interface for users. FUEL Kannada Evaluation meet will be a concrete move towards the aforementioned problem and after the meet, FUEL will come with the standard translation of entries in Kannada language for the first time that are frequently being used by a normal user. This is a community project initiated by Red Hat. We invite linguists, translators, and users to participate who are serious to the cause of localization of computer in Kannada language.

Website: https://fedorahosted.org/fuel/ and http://www.fuelproject.org

Venue: Center for Internet and Society
194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur II Stage,
Domlur, Bengaluru,
+91 80 4092 6283 ‎ · cis-india.org

Start Time: 9.30 AM

Contact: Shankar Prasad +91-9967064285; Omshivaprakash +91-9902026518

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Report: Kannada Wikipedia Meetup -1

We started meetups around   on 12th January, 2012. We celebrated Wiki 11 with a long awaited meetup session. 9 people turned up Including Mr. Arjun Rao chavla.  ’s small little corner turned out to be a hot discussion point in few minutes. As we had few new editors around us, Introduction was given on how and why wikipedia can be the best platform to start sharing knowledge. Naveen and Prabhodh had joined us from FSMK to share their commitment to work with Wikipedia, and also explained why they would look for support groups to work on these projects. Naveen explained how support groups can help us grow steadily.
Discussion continued around topics like 1. Complaints that we hear about Kannada wikipedia 2. Why we don’t see regular editors 3. Support groups for those who seek help 4. Unattended support requests 5. Unavailable community around wikipedia to welcome and greet new editors 6. Why should new editors find Wikipedia Interesting 7. How build the community to be more active in terms of building the missing support team 7. Special projects that we can take up to make things Interesting around Kannada Wikipedia 8. Personal experiences about editing wiki  9. How we can prepare ourselves to better Kannada wiki state by July 12th on which we will be celebrating our 9th anniversary and so on.
Abhiram from Sanskrit wiki joined us to explain why he hopped in to Kannada wikipedia and started helping people around it and how Sanskrit  community working at present.
While Naveen and Prabhod mentioned about their monthly magazine for FSMK not seeing enough articles from the FOSS community, I got an instant idea of creating interest in people around us to work on a specific topic for the month and collate and contribute that to Kannada wikipedia and make it available / reachable to magazine readers. This can go along with a story on how the community could go ahead and use Wikipedia to build a detailed document to feature on its Magazine. This will inspire not only techies but also those who read the magazine to start contributing.
Shalini, Pradeep who work at Serverlots on a research project called Alipi (http://janastu.org/technoscience/index.php/Alipi) which is a re-narration project of the hub understood how wikipedia works and new possibilities of reaching out to community.
Raghavendra, a linguist & a journalist joined the meetup happily to understand how he can help us better quality of Articles contributed by Google Translation team in which he had worked earlier.
Arjun shared his learnings from Telugu wikipedia and encouraged us to find the new possibilities to engage more people on Kannada Wikipedia.
We were expecting Thejesh GN who was found to be the first Kannada Wiki editor in early days of Kannada wikipedia, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it for the event. Wish to meet him in upcoming meetups along with others who missed it.
Before i close this report: Here is something that we had to talk about during our meetup.
A mail that I received from one of our top most Kannada wiki contributor Mr. Holalkere Lakshmi venkatesh. On request to reach out to wikipedian’s during our first meetup, he had sent an email about Kannada wikipedia from Mumbai. Kannada wikipedia’s present state and how he wishes to to see in future could be found in his email.  I’m sharing it here along with this email for all to see the.
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Here are some of my wishes about how Kannada Wikipedia should proceed in the coming years !
The truths about kannada wikipedia :
We were sleeping almost from centuries, with out improving our mother tounge, keeping in view of some totally unrealistic goals. Even when we watch some kannada programmes on Chandana, the Anchor will be narrating the events, etc; in high language, with lots of adjuctives added to it, more than it deserves. Every thing is superficial non realistic and almost not practical for the present day situation.
Let us start, from here.
What is our role ?
kannada is rich, we hear. But is it true ? yes and no. Provided if we contribute a bit to its growth. We are supposed to read a lot to enrich our knowledge and later find some words new, or borrow some from some where, and see whether it fits to the context.
Pro. G. T. Narayana rao, T.R.Anantharamu, Pro. HRRRao, Dr. Pavanaja, Hegde, and others so many of them have been doing a great job in finding some equivalent Scientific words for the writers.  We have to be in costant touch of their work. Later some thing we have to contribute.
This is not easy. First let us contribute some articles in kannda wikipedia. They can be biographies, and about the people next door who are doing some good work, they might not have Ph.Ds or M.Techs added to the end of their names. Doesn’t matter. We have to  read them throughly.
What we do when we get a doubt about some word or place or name ? Refer Dictionary, or Encyclopedia, or ask some one . Right ?
But just a click distance we have the entire world is unfolded infront of us- free of charge.
Why not use it ?
Here the English wikipedia comes to our mind immediately.  It is well developed and has real wealth of information. That is well managed by competent people with dedication hard work, with upto date information  and love for the language. That is how it is treated as a full enclyclopedia.
In Kannada, and many of our regional languages, we do not have one. Why ?
We are not striving hard to have one. Create one.
We do not love our mother tongue. We won’t read kannada literature. We do not contribute to it. Earlier days during our time, letter writing was there. But that great art has gone to dust bin; and our skill in writing a good sentence,  or narrating  a story to our own children has a back seet, and the Idiot box has taken over that place !  We are struggling with SMS language skill.
That is part of history. What we have been facing from our childhood days to this day.
So, no one has tobe blamed.
We are the makers and destroyers of our own follies.
Let us add something to the already existing articles.
Just like in English enclyopedia, we have to develop on the same lines. Gradually we can go stronger by innovating it.
The new generation boys and girls are having lots of skills as for Computer technology and skill in making the things much faster than the old timers. This plus point should be encashed.
Unless you have kannda knowledge you can not make a good article. We have appropriate words to match the English words. Only way is bring the english words as they are in kannada, and try to borrow words from hindi, urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali etc; they can borrow some from kannada.
Rest is when one starts writing in wikipedia one explores the necessity of finding the new ways and avenues !
Good luck and have a nice time.
I am a blogger. That way, I could improve my language skills.
When an old timer (68), with out the Computer skills whatsoever,  can make some thing in wikipedia,  you can do wonders !
Wish you best of luck,
My real name is :
(ಹೊಳಲ್ಕೆರೆ ರಂಗರಾವ್ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್)
ನನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯವರ ಹೆಸರು : ರಾಧಮ್ಮ ಮತ್ತು ತಂದೆಯವರ ಹೆಸರು : ರಂಗರಾಯರು.
I use the following names while writing in Wikipedia.
-Radhatanaya(Purely for kannada wikipedia articles)
-Rangakuvara(Use this name when I write for English wikipedia, some articles have been written in kannada also)
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Wiki meetup page is available here:- :/೧ – ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ http://bit.ly/znfmmH
It was fun, interesting and there was much sharing… Wish to see more of this with growing Kannada Wikipedia!

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Wikipedia turns Eleven

Wikimedians in cordially invites you to attend the 11th anniversary celebrations in Bangalore !

15th January 2012 is the 11th Anniversary of Wikipedia !

The Wikimedia India Chapter turned one year on 3rd Jan 2012 !

Join us to celebrate the Wikipedia anniversary at the 41st Wiki-meetup in Bangalore.

And Cake – cutting too !

Date : Sunday, 15-January-2012 Time: 4:00 PM IST

Venue : The Centre for Internet and Society, No. 194, , 2nd ‘C’ Cross, 4th Main Domlur 2nd Stage , Opposite to Domlur Club, Bangalore 560 071

Agenda :
Introductions.
Welcoming , and About Wikipedia 11 and other Wikipedia Projects
15 Minute Google hangout with all cities that are doing parallel events at the same time 4:30 PM
Wikimedia India Chapter – 1 year
Launch of Wikimedia Portals –
Cake Cutting
More details : http://wiki.wikimedia.in/WikiMeetups/Bangalore/Bangalore41
https://www.facebook.com/events/327765823923926/ ( Facebook invite)

7 other Indian cities are also celebrating …. Are you attending? http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Eleven

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Call for participation to tutorials in IEEE ANTS 2011 conference

Here is a call for participation to tutorials in IEEE ANTS 2011 conference to be held in on 18th December 2011. Please register and attend the tutorials if interested and forward this call for participation to your friends/colleagues etc. interested in the field of networking and telecommunications.

Call for Participation to Tutorials
5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunication Systems (ANTS), IEEE ANTS 2011, (http://www.ieee-comsoc-ants.org)
(Bangalore), India, December 18, 2011

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunication Systems (ANTS) will take place in Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, December 18-21,201. ANTS is the premier IEEE forum on networking and telecommunications in India. In conjunction with the conference, tutorials will be held on 18th December by distinguished researchers on hot and emerging technologies in Networking and Telecommunication from around the Globe. Attendance is open to everyone and the registration is now open through the conference website. We would like to invite you to attend and take part in the tutorials. Come join us!

Tutorials – Keypoints:

· The theme of the conference this year is “Networking and Communication technologies for realizing “any-to-any” connectivity”. Tutorials at ANTS will be presented by domain experts to cover current topics directly related to the conference theme.
· The tutorials cover state-of-the-art research in hot and emerging research areas of Advanced Networking and Telecommunications such as IPv4 to IPv6 migration, Cloud Technologies, Next-Generation Internet, 4G wireless and Mobile technologies, Security as a service, Optical Networking, etc.
· Potential audience for the tutorials (but not limited to ) are Engineers, Network application developers, researchers, academic personnel, etc. interested in knowing and learning state-of-the-art research and keep track of latest developments in the area of networking and Telecommunication.
· Tutorials in IEEE ANTS 2011 provide an opportunity to meet and interact with Academic and Industry experts, other participants with similar areas of interest, participating in different tutorials.
· The tutorials will take place in the heart of the Electronic city in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in conjunction with IEEE ANTS 2011 conference with easy access to participants.
· Tutorials are scheduled on a Sunday to accommodate participants to avail this opportunity without disturbing their professional commitments and activities.
· There will be a 20 minute coffee/tea break in the middle of each tutorial and lunch will be served to all the tutorial registrants.

Date and Venue:
Date: December, 18, 2011
Venue: Radha Regent Bengaluru, 110C, Electronic city, Phase 1 Near Fire Station, Bangalore –560100

How to Participate:
If you are interested in attending tutorials, please register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Saigopal Thota ([email protected] / [email protected] ).

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Technology for Media Students

Slides used for a technical session at Commits College, Bangalore on 6th July 2011

Additional Reference links:-

  • A Day Without Media – http://bit.ly/qRDEaD
  • 15 Terrific TED Talks for New Media – http://bit.ly/pbZ47n
  • Nine top tips for Media Studies students  - http://bit.ly/rkNd2k

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