ILUGC Hackathon – 2 – Wikipedia Hackathon – July 23, 2017


Announcing our second hackathon on July 23. This time it is all about Wikipedia.

Venue :

Hexolabs Interactive Tech Pvt Ltd, Type II/17, Dr.VSI Estate,
Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 41. Phone – 044 42169699  Near NIFT, Opposite
to Origin Towers.

https://goo.gl/maps/XtTZXXDf3Ku
https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/4978570060#map=17/12.98271/80.25278

Date : July 23, 2017
Time : 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Must:

* Bring your laptop
* Knowledge in any programming language

Good:

* To bring any internet device like dongle or 4g smartphone to get your own internet, as there is limited speed in available internet

Pre-Learning:

Exploring these links and installing them is desired.

Installing medaiwiki-
https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-mediawiki-on-ubuntu-14-04

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Installing_MediaWiki_on_XAMPP

wikitools – Python Library
https://github.com/alexz-enwp/wikitools/wiki/Documentation

Mediawiki API https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Main_page

Gadgets https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Gadget_kitchen

Hack Ideas:

If you, or Tamil or any other language wiki needs any programming solutions, share the ideas here.

Examples :
1. Report of contributions of all TN school teachers. Usernames will
start as TNSE. Need a report like https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/6s9e

2. Fixing the titles, moving the pages automatically, if they have
errors on page title.

3. Install Tamil TTS – https://www.iitm.ac.in/donlab/tts/index.php
and try to use it for wiki pages.

Registration :

To register, add your name in the following wiki page.
bit.ly/2u5AnT1

If you dont know tamil, just mail me your interest to attend.

Contact:

T Shrinivasan  tshrinivasan@gmail.com 98417 9546 Eight

Meeting Minutes – July 2017 meet


Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai is my homeland. The monthly meetings always give great ideas and thoughts. Most of my project ideas are being initiated here. Kaniyam.com and FreeTamilEbooks.com are childs of the thoughts discussed here.

We meet, every month, second saturday at IIT Madras – 3-6 pm. Last saturday, we had a meet. Here are the notes.

Joshua explained about Yocta project. This is used to build tiny GNU/Linux distributions with only the minimal required tools and libraries. We can create many recipies and use them to design our own OS.

Yocto project க்கான பட முடிவு

He explained the build tool bitbake and demonstrated the processes.

Few links to know more about it.

https://www.yoctoproject.org/about
https://www.slideshare.net/rossburton/the-yocto-project
https://www.slideshare.net/coldnew/build-your-own-embedded-linux-distributions-by-yocto-project

Khaleel explained about OpenStreetMaps.org  . He demonstrated how to add new roads, Point of interests and how to edit other’s works. He explained how the project started, why it exists and why it is important to contribute for it.

File:OSM Logo.svg


We can add missing details about the streetname and POI for chennai.

Use these applications to contribute using mobile.
1. maps.me
2. OSM contributor

Using the app, “StreetComplete” we can add missing street names easily.

We can plan for an online or offline mapathon event to learn OSM
contribution someday this month.

Few links:
http://openstreetmap.org/
https://www.slideshare.net/keng/20130507-opendreamandosmatmekongictcamp
https://www.slideshare.net/ckreutz/maptivism-maps-for-activism-transparency-and-engagement

I distributed few old “Linux for you” books to the participants.


After the talk, few of us went to gurunath restaurant. Discussed about bitcoin, blockchain, chennai colleges, having hackathon and trainings etc. Baskar selvaraj requested to have more offline events like we were doing few years ago. Remembered contributions of our long time members like KG, Raaman, Bharathi etc. He shared all the fun happening at colleges on the events he conducts. It will be really great if we start more events. Let us plan them and start as soon as possible.

Thanks for all participants and speakers.

Here are few photos
https://goo.gl/photos/y7nEuEvoNBGZTBVr9

Released 300 Ebooks at FreeTamilEbooks.com


Happy to release our 300th Ebook in Tamil Language at FreeTamilEbooks.com

For new readers, this is a portal to release DRM free Tamil Ebooks with Creative Commons license.

Read more about the project here – http://freetamilebooks.com/about-us/

It is around 4 years journey with the ebooks. Yes. We are completing 4 years next month. All these years gave great happy moments.

Tons of thanks for all writers, contributors and readers. With all your support only, we are going forward to provide even better services for Tamil Language.

Nothing is happier than to see the dreams come true. Thanks for seeing a big dream together and making it real.

 

Minutes – Intro to Wikipedia – Villupuram


Last Sunday, I gave a talk on Wikipedia at Villupuram GLUG. We had around 30 participants. Got few School Teachers, Writers, Media people too.

Started the session with a game. Started a story with one line. Asked everyone to continue one line after another. Thus the story was built collaboratively.

This experience helped them to understand how wiki pages are being written. Explored about wikipedia history, Foundation, Languages, /various wiki projects like wikisource, wiktionary etc.

Explained about issues by copyright, Creative commons license and Commons.

Then, Poet Ramamurthy expressed his thoughts about wikipedia and public contributions.

Journalist Ko.senguttuvan shared his thoughts on copyrights. He requested all to document their knowledge so that the next generation can use it. He presented me a book he wrote about his Journalism experiences.

Teacher Dhilip narrated his efforts on enhancing the government schools with various ICT activities.

Then, we started the practical sessions. Asked all to create an account on wiki. Then, explored about the pages, history, talk page, visual editor, language tools. Asked them to edit the page for villupuram and asked to add few points.

This was a very initial intro session. Hope they get some idea about wiki ecosystem.

Thanks for the organizers, Puduvai GLUG and Villupuram GLUG. They are doing great activities there by introducing Free Software every sunday.

Special thanks to Karkee, Khaleel and Sathish for great efforts on this event.

Few Photos are here – https://goo.gl/photos/JwXmZwYN1QCvnDfH8

Thanks for Dinamani Newspaper for writing about the event.

Intro to wikipedia – a talk at Villupuram


Tomorrow, Sunday, 18-06-1983, I am giving a talk at Villupuram on “Introduction to Wikipedia”.

Inviting you all to the event. Thanks for Villupuram GNU Linux Users Group and Puduvai GNU Linux Users Group for organizing this event.

Date : 18-06-2017 Sunday

Time : 10.00 am

Venu : Bodhi IAS Academy,
Shanthi Nilayam
No:10, Vishvalingam Layout,
Villupuram – 605602

Contact : 995 253 408 Three , 750 227 341 Eight

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6z78qfC9Y5TfaFLpPO-bfhS8v2GhgXDhwigcnkb-YaL5huakn1p0jSKfsQ5SzdYCcvRoh_vArXBvW96FgyIP4i3K3d35Vrlw9m3D3mcFvGK0z3Q21BHJt8waEbdoCGEopfGq5dGlU5rD77CEUt6CXUrsups6BpFnHBItZ64fRsvlMOsH7cO_vJOkUZr7RtmPxqJwcDu46pcajvrFaGbNva7CGe3qvrBB8FES0ci_7X5LwNgpQf_iej2cubPF2QgqspdOHLiBxG4u97GcoWgQQmQhfDgwyCo-G8SVroFykIC7oA9nJf0fLJlZ6kjxAwCDCXiUfbjWEX0WuX1WBsIWZMlNgbDy_rwAaBdb94jgP8bTkDpdnrR4enF5YLay8J6l0l62pJVDNFh-l8CpSSysndDWyV_8sBOQKgd8P3_7OdCzs29tGgR62T6OriCcEfC2dkOpFg3gGMuGcA55xCPDbyiuq2F_j_0-yn8IBvI6FCdZYtnzRdGWtjbfimgLJkD42lMLOV2KAL6febwmeZB6kdKEhyQYiF4jzUHvjga_9elV2Z5uWyyRiXGVQUWZHiJxMDk1n0lmAlPValsHNiipwmeW0H0TUxggF0wqx-0kfDIbGCuM3Gw5bQ=w389-h550-no

 

StreetComplete – Android app to add Missing Street Names in OpenStreetMaps


I am thinking of bringing OpenStreetMaps.org in Tamil. Imagining a world, where a GPS device or smartphone, showing paths in Tamil and giving instructions in Tamil to the driver.

To achieve this, we need all the street names to be filled in OpenStreetMaps.org

I checked for the streets in my area, Tambaram, Chennai. Found that there are many street names are missing. Editing the street names on the browser seems difficult for the lazy me.

Was looking for any alternate ways to add streets in OSM. Found the Open Source android app “StreetComplete“.

Cover art

It simply shows the streets that dont have a name and ask to enter a name for it. Thats all.

  StreetComplete (Unreleased)- screenshot thumbnail

  StreetComplete (Unreleased)- screenshot thumbnail

  StreetComplete (Unreleased)- screenshot thumbnail

   StreetComplete (Unreleased)- screenshot

From the description of the app.

 

Help to improve the OpenStreetMap with StreetComplete!

This app finds incomplete and extendable data in your vicinity and displays it on a map as markers. Each of those is solvable by answering a simple question to complete the info on site.

The info you enter is then directly added to the OpenStreetMap in your name, without the need to use another editor.

As it says, it is really simple to add details like street names, road types, shops opening hours etc.

Install this app in your android phone and help OpenStreetMaps to have all the street names. It will lead to various super projects like “Maps in our language” and more.

Help to to build truely open maps.

Few links to explore:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/StreetComplete

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.westnordost.streetcomplete

Source : https://github.com/westnordost/StreetComplete/

Project Idea – Telegram bot to translate strings for Open Source Projects


telegram bot க்கான பட முடிவு

In wikimedia hackathon, I saw a demo of using telegram bot to translate strings from translatewiki.net

here are the notes about it.

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Telegram Translation Bot: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T131664 DONE

Translate on translatewiki.net without leaving your Telegram app

Code: https://github.com/amire80/mediawiki-telegram-bot/

mediawiki.org page: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Amire80/chat_bot_draft

Phabricator: amire80 * Wikipedia: Amire80 * Twitter: @aharoni

Amir E. Aharoni and Taras Bunyk presenting

Justin Du (MtDu), Taras Bunyk, and help from Brian Wolff, Madhvuvishy, bd808, Niklas Laxström, Jon Robson, and more people!

“Most people don’t speak English”

Translatewiki.net – thousands of messages to translate

can now translate through this simple mobile app instead of needing to load the full site in a browser

selects untranslated strings, in your preferred languages, sends them to you, and you translate, and it submits them to translatewiki

Long messages are automatically skipped to fit a use on mobile.

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Thinking as we can build a bot to translate the strings for mozilla and openstreetmaps.

Need to get your inputs/thoughts/ideas for this.

translate க்கான பட முடிவு

These links may help to build a telegram bot for translations.

https://github.com/zanata/zanata-python-client

https://translate.zanata.org

https://translate.zanata.org/iteration/view/TamilMap/1/settings?dswid=1182

use this command to get the po file in /tmp/ta.po

zanata po pull –url https://translate.zanata.org/ –project-id TamilMap –project-version 1 –transdir /tmp

We can process the po file using polib

http://polib.readthedocs.io/en/latest/quickstart.html

There are many python libraries to create a telegram bot.

http://telepot.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

https://khashtamov.com/en/how-to-create-a-telegram-bot-using-python/

https://blog.pythonanywhere.com/148/

https://www.codementor.io/garethdwyer/building-a-telegram-bot-using-python-part-1-goi5fncay
With all these tools to create a bot, to process Po files and zanata to host the translations, we can connect them all.
If any one is interested in programming for this, reply here.

Thanks.

Image sources:

http://www.asktrustdee.com/2016/03/my-top-5-telegram-bot.html
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Translate_en-ta.png | CC-By-SA

Project Idea – Teach Tamil to Apertium – Open Source Machine translation tool


Apertium க்கான பட முடிவு

 

Apertium is a Open source Machine Translation system. It supports many languages like english, hindi, urudu etc.

Explore its features and train Tamil for it.

The following links will help to explore further.

https://www.apertium.org

http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/Apertium_New_Language_Pair_HOWTO

http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/Dravidian_languages

https://sourceforge.net/p/apertium/mailman/message/23318108/

 

If you are interested in exploring this, comment here. Let us work together and make some move with apertium for Tamil.

How Wikimedia movement should be in 2030?


Today, we had a discussion on strategy for wikimedia movement for 2030, with few Tamil wikipedians, media, government, academic friends.

Wikimedia Foundation is planning on what are the things we should focus on wiki ecosystem, to make it even better for the people in 2030.

 

 

I added the following thoughts.

1. Space for adding tiny data.

In future, there will be a drastic change on computers and input devices. There will be voice inputs. Computers will be embedded in all devices. They will be communicating to each other. They will be enabled with augemented reality, virtual reality, artificial intellience to get and express various data. There should be a common data source to get any data from. Wikimedia movement should be that common data source, for all devices.

There should be options to give input as tiny bits. Knowledge should be shared by anyone, in any form. It should not be only in text form or as article. sound input and tiny bits of inputs should be allowed in wiki. Those content should be automatically translated into many languages.

For example, I should ask a device like “Hey, what is the movie shown in nearby theatres to me? ” The device should get that data from wiki. I should ask “What is the price of a TV in chennai and in Austria? ” It should get the details from wiki and reply me in voice in my language. Wiki should allow these kind of data.

2. Decentralised Wikis

Git like decentralised wiki editing will enable, more content coming from the poor internet countries.

The following are the inputs from other friends.

1. Archiving old books like google’s one million books project

2. Archiving old photos, pamphlets, advertisements, magazines

3. Connect with many organizations, governments to get their archives released in CC license

4. Connect with mobile/camera manufactures to add CC license details within the device

5. Connect with social media sites like Facebook to add options to release media files in CC license

6. Finding false news within the flood of information will be a huge problem in the coming days. Is it possible for wikipedia to verify and authenticate the news that are being shared on social media?

7. wiki should be help to build education materials for school/college students, so that all the world get free resources for studies.

8. Data should be added in a unique way, so that it is transformed to multi formats, multi languages automatically.

Hope these will be discussed by the foundation team and taken forward further.

 

After the meeting, met photographers dillibabu and sudharsan. They agreed to give their 1000s of high quality photographs taken around India. I will upload them to commons. Will share the details once started.

Thanks for Wikimedia Foundation for starting these kind of discussions. We need to plan for the future and make it happens. Visit the website and http://2030.wikimedia.org/ and share your thoughts on building a better future for wikimedia projects.

Learning on how to set plans for FreeTamilEbooks.com and kaniyam.com projects. Let us dream a lot and make them true.

 

Few more photos are here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/tshrinivasan/albums/72157684407240936

The things I liked at Mediawiki Hackathon 2017, Vienna


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The Mediawiki Hackathon 2017 was organized at Vienna, on May 19,20,21 2017 very well. I liked many things in the entire event. Listing them here.

1. Awesome Event Organizing Team

Wikimedia Austria has 3 full time employees. They provided their full support all the times, from the event announcement. The announcement pages are full with all the required information. Annemarie Buchmann helped me to get done with all the visa processing on time. For every email I sent, got reply within a hour. It was so awesome to get helping hands from far away, so quickly.

2. Venue/Stay/Food at same place

JUFA Wien City was the venue for the event. It is a big Hotel with conference room, mini halls, Rooms for stay, bar, restaurant, play area, kids area, park and 24 hrs free snacks room.

As we stayed in same place, there is no delay in reaching the hackathon rooms. Just wake up, cleanup, jump into the event, till midnight. Then, reachout to room and sleep.

3. WiFI everywhere

The JUFA team provided good WiFI for the event and rooms. Never felt any disconnection.

4. Free travel Tickets

Anne, sent me few travel tickets to roam in and around the city for 5 days. From airport to return to airport, all the travel was covered by the tickets provided. With that we roamed around the city, in trams, in underground trains etc.

5. City Tour

The event team arranged for two city tours. They took people to a grad church and palace. Vienna is a historic city, full heritage monuments.

6. Party

On the Second day, we were invited for a party, at nearby pub/bar. Danced with the hackers. The rain, made us to dance till  early morning 2 am.

7. Free Snacks/Tea/Coffee

The food provided was good. But to make all of us awake anytime and keep energized, there were free snacks/fruits/tea/coffee.

8. Regular updates from the organizing team

We received emails in regular intervals for preparing the event, calling for volunteering for blogging,photographing etc. Those emails made us to be excited about the event a month ahead.

9. Telegram/IRC chat

We had an IRC channel and telegram channel for quick chat. we can ask anything, search for anyone, ask for chargers, connectors, projectors, etc. All the requests were solved by entire team.

10. Mentor program

Experienced programmers willing to mentor, volunteered as mentors for newbies. They trained,shared their skills and helped to build applications. They met daily twice and discussed on how they can improve their assistance to others.

11. Dedicated Photography/Videography

There were dedicated photographers/videographers to cover the entire event. They are wikipedia volunteers who are contributing to commons. They happily volunteered for this. Wondered to know that wikimedia austria lended them high quality cameras and lenses.

12. Media Coverage

Local Press/Media people interviewed about the event and published online and other channels.

13. Short intro talks

On the sessions like inauguration, valedictory, there are only very short intro talks. These short talks save a lot of time and gave us plenty of time to hack.

14. Multiple Connectors for Projector on stage

We had connectors like VGA/HDMI/Apple for various laptops on every projector.

15. Lot of power sockets

We could roam anywhere in the venue and we found power sockets to plugin our devices. There was no shortage of sockets.

16. Freebies/Cards/Chocolates

We got a little watercan and other freebies on the registration desk.

17. Volunteer to take notes on etherpad on all meetings

On all meetings, trainings, we found one volunteers is taking notes on etherpad. It helped the speaker and listeners to concentrate on the talk, without worrying about jotting something on a notepad.

18. Privacy on Photographs

To give respect to the privacy on photographing people, they provided a Orange color tag. No one should take photo of people who are wearing the Orange Tags. For others, it is a blue tag.

Following people are behind this awesome people.

Program

Event management

Scholarship committee

Photos Courtesy: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2017/Participants#Team

I thank you all for all arrangements and smooth orchestration of the event.

I suggest all the above features to be in all the events, we conduct. Even very small actions, add more value to the events.

Thanks for the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Austria and all participants, mentors and volunteers.