Odia Wikipedia celebrated its 13th year of free knowledge contribution at Bhubaneswar

Odia Wikipedia, one of the first of several Indian language Wikipedia projects celebrated 13 glorious years of free knowledge contribution on June 3, 2015 at Institute of Physics, Near Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Beginning in 2002 — a year after the world’s largest online encyclopedia, the English Wikipedia, was launched — Odia Wikipedia has grown to be the largest content repository in the Odia language available in Unicode on the Internet at  https://or.wikipedia.org. With about 17 active editors (also known as “uikiali”) spread across various parts of India and abroad, and over 8,800 articles, the project has become more than just an encyclopedia. The voluntary editor community has put its efforts into acquiring valuable Creative Commons (CC) licensed content by lobbying copyright holders/authors to relicense copyrighted content under CC licenses.

It has also engaged with over 2,000 people by organizing various outreach programs including the globally accredited pedagogic program the Wikipedia Education Program (WEP). For its 13th anniversary the community planned to release a character-encoding converter that promises to unlock massive amounts of content from government portals as well as journals, newspapers and magazines that have their content in non-Unicode character encoding that prevents user searching and reuse of digital-based content.

Members of Odia Wiki were present and appreciated such kind of efforts made to develop more and more technologies for the better reach of Odia language globally. Among the mass familiar faces such as Mr. Mrutyunjaya Kar, Administrator, Odia Wikipedia, Mr. Sailesh Patnaik, Editor, Odia Wikipedia & Mr. Subhashish Panigrahi, Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K) were also present.

Event details: https://or.wikipedia.org/s/sml

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