Kaniyam Foundation March, April 2019 Report


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Kaniyam Foundation March, April 2019 Report

Vision

An environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all.

Mission

To ensure that use of Tamil language is advanced, parallel to social economic and scientific development and to provide knowledge and resources free and open to all.

Events

1000 Ebooks

Published a call for donation to buy 1000 ebooks in unicode format here – http://www.kaniyam.com/call-for-donation-to-buy-1000-books-in-unicode-format/ Thanks for all the donors.

Activities

No Activities This Month Total This Month Contributors
1 FreeTamikEbooks.com Ebooks 4 512 Lenin Gurusamy, Anwar, S. Rajeswari
2 Kaniyam.com articles 56 778 D. Nithya – R.Asokan – Kalarani – S.Kuppan – Kendiran
3 Kaniyam.com Videos 12 32 D. Nithya
4 Kaniyam.com ebooks 1 15 D. Nithya

Tamil Wikisource

Created a project page at Tamil wikisource for kaniyam contributions. Wrote about the goals, guidelines for contributors etc. 9 contributors joined so far. One ebook is proofread, validated fully and released. 4 books are proofread and waiting for validation. Here is the List of books being worked on

see https://ta.wikisource.org/wiki/விக்கிமூலம்:கணியம்_திட்டம்

Releasing Digital Works on Creative Commons License

Thanks to Khaleel Jageer, Anwar for the finding great content team and asking them to release their works in Creative Commons License.

Software

  1. Released an android app – Sanga Elakkiyam
  2. An Android app is being developed to record audio for wiktionary words. Source. Few bugs are fixed. This is still under development.

New Projects

Writing the discussions about new projects.

This month Donors

No Name Donation
1 Elantamil 10000
2 Mohan 3000
3 Venkat 101
4 Velankanni 1250
5 Panagudi Sankar Kumar 1000
6 Sakthivel 100
7 R. Ramasamy 2000
8 Unknown 2000
9 Unknown 250
10 Kalarani Lakshmanan 5000
11 Ilavarasan Varadharajan 5001
12 Unknown 1000
13 Unknown 500
14 Revathi Kannan 150
15 Dhanasekar 500
16 Abdul Kadhar 1000
17 Dhanasekar 200
18 Unknown 1000
19 Vasanth 3000
20 Unknown 200
21 Unknown 1500

Total – Rs 29,752

Dontations – Internet Resources

  • Noolaham Foundation – server worth of Rs 350/month
  • E2E Networks – server worth of Rs 730/month

Last month balance – Rs 1,24,698

Expenses

  1. Maanavar Publishers – Rs 50,000 – Received first 100 ebooks in Unicode format
  2. Divya – Rs 400 – Wikisource Proofreading

Total expenses – Rs 50,4000

Total Balance – Rs 1,24,698 + Rs 29,752 – Rs 50,400 = Rs 1,04,050

Donations and expense details are documented in this sheet .

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
  • Send your name, donation details to kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

For more information or queries, write to – kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

An awesome gift to all languages, from Wikipedia Communities – Wikidata Lexeme


Here is a big announcement from wikidata team.

Wikidata Lexeme.

A great asset for all the language computing works all in Public Domain – CC0 License.

Read more about it here.

https://blog.wikimedia.de/2019/03/25/lexicographical-data-on-wikidata-words-words-words/

We can do all the linguistic projects, machine translation, sentiment analysis etc with these lexeme data.

All we have to do it load wikidata lexeme with tamil lexical content.

Let us explore it.

Call for Donations to buy 1000 ebooks in Unicode format


Tamil version is available here – http://www.kaniyam.com/call-for-donation-to-buy-1000-books-in-unicode-format/

Kaniyam Foundation

We are working on to create an environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all. Our works so far.

Kaniyam.com – Publishing articles and ebooks on Free/Open Source software in Tamil, for 7 years

FreeTamilEbooks.com – Released 500 free ebooks in Creative Commons license, in 5.5 years.

ta.wikisource.org – Along with wikipedia contributors, more than 2000 PDF books are OCRed and being proofread.

Various software for these works are being created and released as Free/Open Source Software at https://github.com/KaniyamFoundation

All these great works are done by only Volunteers. These contributions are enabling Tamil language to reach more people around the globe.

Maanavar Publishers

Maanavar Publishers, in Chennai are publishing rare, old, prolific Tamil writers books, for 30 years. Their books are study materials for Tamil Studies in many universities.

They have released complete works collections famous authors like Paavanar, Sami sithambaram, Na.Mu.Ve nadar, Mayilai Seeni Vengadasamy, Vellai Varanar, Ilangumaranar, thiru.vi.ka, Rajamanikanar, saminatha sarma, Ovai Duraisamy,Mudiyarasan, Na.Si. Kandaya, Maraimalai adigal, Va.Suba. Manikanar, Appadurai and more.

Along with these they have published many dictionaries, Tamil music related books, etc.

Books List

  • Barathidasan – 167
  • Ka. Appadurai – 98
  • Ilangumaranar – 80
  • Saminatha sarma – 76
  • Na.Si. Kandaiya – 65
  • Thiu.vi.ka – 54
  • Paavanar – 53
  • Maraimalai adigal – 52
  • Saami chidambaranar – 37
  • Rajamanikkanar – 39
  • Manikkam – 34
  • Na.Mu.Ve nadar – 32
  • Ovai Duraisamy – 32
  • Pulavar Kulandai – 28
  • Sangam literature – 22
  • Mudiyarasan – 22
  • Vellai Vaaranar – 21
  • Mayilai Seeni Vengadasamy – 20
  • Tholkappiyam – 19
  • Pathinen-kil-kanakku – 18
  • Tamil Grammar Dictionary (Gopal Iyer) – 18
  • Ragavan – 16
  • Sadasivam – 16
  • Tolkappiyam – 15
  • Literature -15
  • Paavanar – 13
  • Tamil Nadu History – 12
  • Soma sundara Barathiyar – 10
  • Tamil scholars – 10
  • Ramanathan – 10
  • Tamil Dictionary – 10
  • Karunamirtha Sagaram -7
  • Aim-perum-kapiyam – 5
  • Muthu-mozhi-kalanjiyam – 5
  • Subbu Reddy– 3
  • Silver Jublee Tamil Dictionary – 3
  • Ara neri vilakkam – 3
  • Yarl Dictionary – 2
  • N.C. Kandaiya Dictionary – 2
  • Moral Books – 2
  • Kurunthogai Vilakkam – 1

Total Pages – More than 2,00,000 (2 lakh)

Total Books – 1,165

Releasing Nationalized books as Ebooks

Tamil Virtual Academy has released around 2000 Nationalized Books as PDF files in Public Domain license. Tamil Wikisource volunteers have OCRed them and proofreading them to fix the spell errors. This task is seeking huge amount of manual effort and time. It may take few decades to proofread all these 2000 books.

As Maanavar Publications is publishing these public domain books as print books, we discussed with them, to ask if they have these books in unicode format. For our surprise, they have all these books in unicode format as MS Word Documents.

We explained our works at FreeTamilEbooks.com, Kaniyam.com and ta.wikisource.org proof read works. They wondered and wished for our contributions.

They agreed to give all these 1000s of books (more than 2 lakh pages) in unicode word format,for Kaniyam Foundation to release as Free Ebooks. Once they are released, we will get all the Tamil Scholars complete works for free.

We agreed compensate with some money for their great works for 30 years and giving all the 1000s of books as unicode word documents.

We said that we can give Rs 5 Lakh. 5,00,000 INR. If we calculate, it comes as 2.5 Rs/Page.

As all the works of Kaniyam Foundation are done by volunteers, this is our first donation drive. We asked for 2 months time for the donation drive.

After we received the books, we will add cover images. Then, will publish in ta.wikisource.org and FreeTamilEbooks as epub, mobi, A4 PDF, 6 inch PDF formats so that anyone can read in any device.

Call for Donation

Getting donation of 5 Lakh Rupees in two months is a huge goal. still, we are believe Tamil readers and volunteers. we request you all to donate and share this news to all you know. Every small contribution will help to reach the goal.

We request you to donate on or before March 2019.

Transparency Policy

All the works of kaniyam Foundation, Donations, Expenses are published as monthly reports at Kaniyam.com

New project ideas are discussed here github.com/KaniyamFoundation/ProjectIdeas/issues

In this spreadsheet, all the donations/expenses are shared https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zBXZzjYP_WKfm4y3EpTYw5yOTOeA-sSp8mcNjjNAUe0/edit?usp=sharing

Bank Details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
  • Send your name, donation details to kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

QR Code for UPI apps

Note: Sometimes UPI does not work properly, in that case kindly use Account number and IFSC code for internet banking.

upi-kaniyam-foundation-qr-code

Contact Details

T Shrinivasan – 9841795468

Anwar – 8124782351 (WhatsApp)

kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

Kaniyam Foundation January 2019 Report


Kaniyam Foundation January 2019 Report

Vision

An environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all.

Mission

To ensure that use of Tamil language is advanced, parallel to social economic and scientific development and to provide knowledge and resources free and open to all.

Events

Activities

No Activities This Month Total Contributors
1 FreeTamikEbooks.com Ebooks 21 506 S. Rajeswari – Lenin Gurusamy – Rishan Shareeff
2 Kaniyam.com articles 8 696 R.Asokan – Kalarani – S.Kuppan
3 Kaniyam Podcast 5 9 Arumugam – Kamal – Prasanna – Nurudheen
4 Politics Talks – Podcast 16 16 Aazhi Senthilnathan, TNCPIM Team

Tamil Wikisource

Created a project page at Tamil wikisource for kaniyam contributions. Wrote about the goals, guidelines for contributors etc. 8 contributors joined so far. One ebook is proofread, validated fully and released. 4 books are proofread and waiting for validation. Here is the List of books being worked on

see https://ta.wikisource.org/wiki/விக்கிமூலம்:கணியம்_திட்டம்

பங்களித்தோர்

  • Divya
  • Pavithra
  • Shobiya
  • Arun
  • Info Farmar

Thanks to Wikisource Volunteer Balaji for guiding the project.

Podcast

After Aazhi Senthilnathan, announced his public talks in CC-BY-SA license, we are approaching many YouTube Channels and Public Speakers to releasing their talks in Creative Commons license to release them as Podcasts. Thanks to Khaleel Jageer for the followups.

  • Vaasagasalai is a literature group, which conducts meetups every weekend, around TamilNadu. Their YouTube channel videos are released in Creative Commons License. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3dIFfxy5cp1DBAlthHctA/videos We are working on releasing them as separate Podcast.
  • TNCPIM Videos are already being released in CC license. We release them as podcasts on Tamil Politics Talk Podcast (அரசியல் உரைகள் ஒலியோடை)

Software

  1. Online Tamil Text to Speech Convertor ( TTS on Web ) is released. source code is here (https://github.com/KaniyamFoundation/tts-web)
  2. A new software is created to publish Podcasts from a local mp3 file or a youtube URL. SourceCode- https://github.com/KaniyamFoundation/YouTube2Podcast with this we can publish podcasts easily. Thanks to Khaleel for making this. While this is a command line application, Anitha from Trichy is creating this as a Web Application. Source code – https://github.com/anithagk12/metadata
  3. An Android app is being developed to record audio for wiktionary words. Source. Few bugs are fixed. This is still under development.
  4. Initial plans for making Tamil spellchecker are started. Linguistic professor Mr. Palani has sent the rules for Nouns. Planning for writing code for this.

New Projects

Writing the discussions about new projects.

Once all the plans, contributors and enough funds are raised, these plans will get into actions.

This month Donors

  • Ambedkar, Kuppam, Andra – Rs 13,000
  • T Shrinivasan – Rs 10,000
  • Revathi Kuppusamy – Rs 500 Total – Rs 23,500

Dontations – Internet Resources

  • Noolaham Foundation – server worth of Rs 350/month
  • E2E Networks – server worth of Rs 730/month

Last month balance – ரூ 96,000

Expenses

  1. Lenin Gurusamy – 1335 – Experimented with a New Year calendar for 2019.
  2. Divya – 965 – WikiSource
  3. Pavithra – 552 – WikiSource
  4. Anwar – 3000 – Travel to meet authors to get their works in CC License
  5. T Shrinivasan – 800 – Bought 30 Russian Tamil Books for Scanning

Total – Rs 6652

Total Balance – Rs 96,000 + Rs 23,500 – Rs 6652 = Rs 1,12,848

Donations and expense details are documented in this sheet .

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
  • Send your name, donation details to kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

For more information or queries, write to – kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

Released – Online Tamil Text to Speech System


We are happy to release the Online Tamil Text to Speech conversion software at http://tts.kaniyam.com

This is a Free Software. Get the source code here – https://github.com/KaniyamFoundation/tts-web This is made with Ubuntu/Linux, Python, Django, Celery, MySQL etc.

Introduction

This online software can convert your Tamil text files to audio files in MP3 format. (TTS = Text To Speech)

How to Convert?

  1. Create an Account here http://tts.kaniyam.com/signup/
  2. You will receive an email with account activation link. Click that link.
  3. Do login
  4. Goto http://tts.kaniyam.com/upload/ Upload a file with tamil unicode text.
  5. Now, that text file will be converted as audio file (mp3) in background. It may take some time for this. From few minutes to few hours too. This wait time depends on your file size, Total number files being uploaded, and queue order of your file etc.
  6. Once it is converted as MP3, you will receive an email with download link. It will be displayed on your home page too. http://tts.kaniyam.com/
  7. Click the link and Download the MP3 file.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of files can be uploaded?

Only Tamil Unicode text files are supported. File can be upto 100 MB.

Why do I have to register? Can I upload files without registering?

The TTS conversion is slow process. It may take few hours to complete. Waiting with browser tab open for few hours is not possible. To notify the user, after the file conversion, sending email is one simple way. Thats why we ask for registering. Tell us if there are even better ways.

Shall I upload my private files?

If you have more private, secret files, dont upload here. Dont upload to any of the online applications. Anyhow, this is Free/Open Source Software. you can install this in your home ubuntu/linux computer.

You can upload here general files, which are not too private to you. We have made essential settings so that you only can access your files. No other can access your files. (Except admins and server providers).

How long the MP3 files will be there on the server?

For now, we keep them for 3 days as testing. After three days, they will be deleted automatically.

Why there is only male voice? Why cant we have female voice?

Female voice is in testing. Will add soon.

Why there is only Tamil TTS? We need for other languages too.

Other languages TTS are in our action items. We are yet to find suitable TTS and how to use them. If you know about them, let us know.

Is this software a safer one?

Not 100%. As this is Free/Open source software, you can check its code at https://github.com/KaniyamFoundation/tts-web There are many security related things to do like adding SSL. Encrypting the files and hard disks etc. We will do them soon.

How to install this on Windows?

No. Not possible.

Why?

When you have only two wheeler vehicle, we hope, you wont try to fit a car seat on it and ride.

Contributors

This is done with the awesome contributions of many.

IndicTTS

IndicTTS (https://www.iitm.ac.in/donlab/tts/index.php) is a project driven by IIT Madras. SSN College of Engineering and IIT Madras jointly developed TTS for Tamil and released as Free/Open Source Software. Research works for other languages are going on.

Contributors

The following friends, made the tamil tts installation simple as running a shell script.

Script is here – http://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-tts-install

Testing and improvements are done by

Khaleel Jageer – jskcse4@gmail.com

Django web application written and maintained by

Balaji – fossbalaji@gmail.com

The Server is donated by

E2E Networks, www.e2enetworks.com

All the plans, ideas, requirements, action items are provided by

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai http://ilugc.in Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu http://fsftn.org

Organized by

Kaniyam Foundation – http://kaniyam.com/foundation

Contact kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

The below updates will be provided soon.

  1. Female Voice
  2. Better TTS
  3. TTS for other languages
  4. Rest API

How to report issues?

You can Contribute

  1. Using the Free/Open Source Software and introducing them to others itself a great contribution.
  2. Use this. Report us on any bugs and required features, ideas etc.
  3. Spread the news about this in Social media, Print media etc.
  4. Donate us. Kaniyam Foundation is working on building such open source software and open digital resources. Your donations will help us do to more.

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618

Annual Review – What I did on 2018?


I have been living in Chennai, without a smartphone, for 3 years in a row.  Most of my friends are wondering, how can I manage to live with normal feature nokia phone? I can live. Just like how we lived some 10 years ago.

Slow and Peaceful life

I managed to get a slow, joyful, peaceful life throughout 2018. There are very little few moments where I lost my peace, that too due to my laziness only.

 

Bad things first

Health

The year 2018, started for me at a hospital, due to food poison. It took around 10 days for me to recover. Realised how health is important. Started to build good habits like avoiding outside food, exercise etc.

Loss of Gopi

Gopi is one of my great inspiration. He had contributed to tamil computing via making fonts and various tamil computing tools. The sudden death of him, taught me tons of things on life. We miss him a lot still. 

Realized that more than our work, our contributions to the society, our passions, the important things to our family is our existence and good health.

Few more

I dropped cycling to office, Stopped Zumba class and Guitar practising. But stopped these to focus on few good things. Still I want to continue these. Will plan and do in 2019.

Now. Good Things

This is showered be tons of blessings, with great achievements. 

Travel

I love travel. This year, got opportunity to go the the below places.

Delhi – My brother Arulalan lives in Noida. We had a family trip to delhi and visited Delhi city, Akshardham, Madura, Taj Mahal, Gurukshetra. We went to Taj Mahal in hot summer. Cant forget seeing the cool Taj mahal in hot fire like summer. Dont go there in summer or day time. Akshardham is a wonder. Dont miss it if you go to delhi. 

Madurai, Kodaikanal – My friend Praveen got married. He had the reception at Madurai. We went to madurai and explored nearby hill temple Alagar Koil and Pazhamudircholai. For next two days, we spent at Koidaikanal. Had long walks with Nithya and Viyan, nice viewpoints and nice food.

Pondicherry – We went for a relative’s birthday party.

Yercaud – This is a small hill station near salem. We went here and met my beloved writer Yercaud Elango. He is contributing most of his books to FreeTamilEbooks.com and donated 13,000 Botanical Photographs to Wikimedia Commons. Had nice discussions with him and his wife. Wondered to know that she is a social activist there. 

Hyderabad – one of my mentors, Mr. Shanmugam of SAEISS, asked me to come to Hyderabad to be a as Judge in a college event.  I met him after many years. I have learnt many organisational things from him. Still learning more. I immediately agreed. Went to Hyderabad, Helped for the event. Stayed at Dr.Parthasarathy’s home. Learning a lot from him. We had deep discussions on Free Software, maths, life etc. Then explored Charminar with my friend Srikanth Logic.

Amritsar – Indic Wikipedia Community is awesome, always. 

Recently, Wikimedia Foundation, Google and Center for Internet Security – Access to Knowledge jointly executed a competition on Indian Wikipedia Communities to bring more new articles.

It was a tight competition. Punjabi and Tamil wikipedia communities were leading. Finally Punjabi won. 🙂 

Wikimedia Foundation wanted to conduct an advanced training on wikimedia projects and activities. It asked the project tiger competition winner, Punjabi wikipedians to attend the training. But the Punjabi team invited the Tamil Community, to attend the event, along with them.

This wont happen anywhere, in general. The winners treating the runners equally. But this magic happened.

The training happened in Amritsar, Punjab. I participated in this event. Notes are here. 

 

Books Read

We all read daily. What we read is changing for each one. Most of read text on newspaper, blog, whatsapp, facebook, other social media etc. I stopped reading social media. Tried to buy newspaper daily. But dropped it due to seeing not read papers piling up.

I always prefer, long form reading. Long articles or books give some immense thoughts. they seek more attention. It is worth to give the time and attention.

Just like some of you keep on reading something on social media, always, I try to keep on reading books, mostly in kindle, daily.

Here is the list of books I have read in 2018

 

  • பூனைக் கதை – பா ராகவன்
  • நகையலங்காரம் – பா ராகவன்
  • 14 ஆம் லூயியின் பாத்ரூம் சாகசங்கள் – பா ராகவன்
  • வலவன் கதைகள் – சுதாகர் கஸ்தூரி
  • கவர்னரின் ஹெலிகாப்டர் – எஸ்கேபி கருணா
  • பனிமனிதன் – ஜெயமோகன்
  • புக்மார்க்ஸ் – என் சொக்கன்
  • அடுத்த கட்டம் – என் சொக்கன்
  • நகுலனின் நாய் – அரவிந்த் சச்சிதானந்தம்
  • தட்பம் தவிர் – அரவிந்த் சச்சிதானந்தம்
  • கண் தெரியாத இசைக்கலைஞன் – விளாதிமிர் கொரலென்கோ
  • கோடிட்ட இடங்கள் – சித்ரன் ரகுநாத்
  • அமிர்தம் மின்னிதழ் -1
  • என் பார்வையில் கலைஞர் – சு சமுத்திரம்
  • எம்ஆர் ராதாவின் சிறைச்சாலை சிந்தனைகள் – விந்தன்
  • தீராக் கானா – தமிழ்
  • சிரம் தர விரும்பு – சென்பாலம்
  • ஏ தாழ்ந்த தமிழகமே – அறிஞர் அண்ணா
  • ஓகே கூகுள் – இரா சுப்பிரமணி
  • ஜென் கதைகள் – கௌசல்யா லாரன்ஸ்
  • ஷெர்லாக் ஹோம்ஸின் சாகசங்கள் பாகம்-1 – சந்திரசேகரன்
  • ஷெர்லாக் ஹோம்ஸின் சாகசங்கள் பாகம் 2 – சந்திரசேகரன்
  • ஒரு பக்க கதைகள் – சுஜாதாதாசன்
  • வாழ்க்கை வினோதம் – அழ வள்ளியப்பா
  • நவகாளி யாத்திரை – சாவி
  • பாரிசுக்கு போனேன் – ஞாநி
  • பணம் பத்திரம் செல்லமுத்து – குப்புசாமி
  • ஒற்றன் – பூபதி கோவை
  • பாற்கடல் – லாசாரா
  • காரல் மார்க்ஸ் – அஜயன் பாலா
  • சயனைட் குறுங்கதைகள் – அராத்து
  • உயிர்மெய் – அராத்து
  • உயிர்மெய் பாகம் 2 – அராத்து
  • என் சரித்திரம் – உவேசா
  • Forging python – Miki Tebeka
  • Docker cookbook – S. Goasguen
  • Flask by example – Gareth Dwyer
  • Code Swaraj – Carl Malamud , Sam Pitroda
  • Ionic Framework: Building mobile apps with Ionic Framework – Michael Bohner
  • Build your first React Native app for iOS or Android – Web Dev Guy
  • Django Cookbook: Web Development with Django – Beau Curtin
    Python Machine Learning – Sebastian Raschka

Thanks to free ebooks from amazon and Packt Publishing. I could not read these books, without these schemes.

If I see the list now, all the books are ebooks only. I did not read a single paper book. I can hear the “grrr…..” sound from the paperbooks in my bookshelf. “I will read you all this year, darlings.”

Big Achievements

  1. Kaniyam Foundation



    Started “Kaniyam Foundation” with friends – Anwar, Khaleel, Arunachalam, Lenin, Karkee and Nithya. 

We started it to accelerate the open source contributions for tamil computing and to bring more creative commons/public domain content in tamil.

Thanks to Ravisankar, Natkeeran and Ramanaish for brainstorming and encouraging for this big step.

2.  We got Tamil Text to Speech system  

IITM and SSN College of Engineering developed a TTS Engine for Tamil.
https://www.iitm.ac.in/donlab/tts/index.php

Few friends, myself, padmakumar, mohan in CC went to IITM and learnt
how to build the TTS in linux and automated the install process, so
that it can run as a command line tool.
http://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-tts-install

Khaleel in CC helped to find few issues and provided fixes for
preprocessing the text before giving input to tts.

And finally Balaji made it as a web application. Will release the web application soon for public access.

3. No smartphone

I am using a normal nokia phone only. Living with no smartphone gives me tons of time and great peace of mind. Though I miss many of my friends, I am away from many things like torturing fake news, questions on linux servers, help requests to answer how to setup an DNS server (I have to teach on whatsapp itself) etc. 

I have friends, with whom I make calls. I email them, chat on hangout and in telegram. Whenever my computer is on, I can read mails. When It it turned off, I am completely available for myself  only. ( Can hear Nithya saying as “Thats why I ask you to turn off the computer”)

I have to reduce the computer usage and give more time for family, health and reading. Will implement new rules for computer usage at home.

 

Open Source Contributions

pdf2text – Script to get text from PDF using google OCR

Tamil TTS – Install script for Tamil Text to Speech

Create Ebooks – Automation script to create/publish ebooks for FreeTamilEbooks.com

OpenStreetMap.org – With my bicycle, I covered most of the Tambaram area and added the important places and Point of Interests to the openstreetmap.org

 

Events

The year was full of events. I decided to miss many and attend only few. The events I attended are

ILUGC meets – This is my homeland. I try to attend it every month. missed for 3 months.

Software freedom day – FSFTN organized SFD at Chennai. KanchiLUG organized at kanchipuram. Attended both.

GNU Linux InstallFest at Tambaram

ChennaiPy – attended 2 chennaipy meets. 

PySangamam – A Python conference at Chennai. Attended it and presented about open-tamil. Notes here.

INFITT Tamil Conference – Attended at Coimbatore.

AMACE – Went to my college with my classmates.

 

Office

I am working for TVFPlay.com 

I have my friends as colleagues here. Doing AWS management and DevOps things here. My mentor Navin here is teaching me tons of things.

Learnt Docker, AWS, Rancher, Flask, Django and few self organising skills this year. 

Nithya’s Video tutorials

Nithya is becoming a rock star in Tamil Video tutorials. This year she had good video tutorials on Big data and machine learning. See her videos here.

She released a book on Bigdata in Tamil. She wrote 9 ebooks so far. All her books are available here.  I ?  hehee. Zero. Lazy me. May be this year, will try to bring atleast one book.

We had great fun times on shooting outdoor and indoor. More videos will come this year. 

She created Sandhi checker for Tamil and presented as birthday gift.

She got best working women award from oorunifoundation.com

2019 Goals

  • Give more time to Family
  • Learn Guitar 
  • Learn Car Driving
  • Do exercise Daily
  • Write daily expenses
  • Write one book on DevOps in Tamil
  • Get more contributions done by Kaniyam Foundation
  • Be focus on the tasks 

I thank Nithya, Viyan, brothers Arulalan, Suresh, Mentors, Friends, Office friends for making 2018 a grand year. Hoping to be more humble, more friendly, more peaceful in 2019.

 

Kaniyam Foundation December 2018 Report in English


Kaniyam Foundation December 2018 Report in English

Vision

An environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all.

Mission

To ensure that use of Tamil language is advanced, parallel to social economic and scientific development and to provide knowledge and resources free and open to all.

Events

Activities

No Activities This month released Total Contributors
1 FreeTamikEbooks.com Ebooks 14 487 S. Rajeswari – Lenin Gurusamy – Rishan Shareeff
2 Kaniyam.com articles 20 754 Nithya – Kalarani – S.Kuppan
3 Kaniyam.com Ebooks 1 14 R.Asokan
4 Kaniyam.com Videos 1 15 Balaji
5 Kaniyam.com Podcast 1 3 Arumugam

Tamil Wikisource

Created a project page at Tamil wikisource for kaniyam contributions. Wrote about the goals, guidelines for contributors etc. 7 contributors joined so far. One ebook is proofread, validated fully and released. 2 books are proofread and waiting for validation. Here is the List of books being worked on

see https://ta.wikisource.org/wiki/விக்கிமூலம்:கணியம்_திட்டம்

Contributors

 

  • Divya
  • Roopa
  • Pavithra
  • Shobiya
  • Arun

Thanks to Wikisource Volunteer Balaji for guiding the project.

Software

  1. An Android app is being developed to record audio for wiktionary words. Source.
  2. Web based Tamil text to speech ( TTS on Web ) is ready. Exploring suitable server for its installations.
  3. Pdf2Text OCR Windows version is being developed and its few issues are solved.
  4. Initial plans for making Tamil spellchecker are started. Linguistic professor Mr. Palani and Software developer Mr.Ethiraj are working on documenting the requirements. Once the design is written, will start programming.
  5. An android app and website are requested for Sangam Literature by Nandanam Govt arts college prof.Sankar. App is ready and website is under development. app source.

New Projects

Writing the discussions about new projects.

Once all the plans, contributors and enough funds are raised, these plans will get into actions.

This month Donors

  • CR Selvakumar, Canada – INR 50,000
  • Lokesh Jeyakrishnan, America – INR 6,500
  • Noolaham Foundation – server worth of Rs 350/month

Last month balance – INR 39, 500

Total Balance – INR 96,000

Donations and expense details are documented in this sheet .

Expenses

We are still not started paying stipend for proof reading works. Will start from January. Programs to calculate the contributions of wikisource contributors are being developed see discussion .

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
  • Send your name, donation details to kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

For more information or queries, write to – kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

Event Notes – Project Tiger Training 2018 – Wikipedia


Recently, Wikimedia Foundation, Google and Center for Internet Security – Access to Knowledge jointly executed a competition on Indian Wikipedia Communities to bring more new articles.

It was a tight competition. Punjabi and Tamil wikipedia communities were leading. Finally Punjabi won. 🙂

We, Tamil people felt that it is our success. Though the language is different, both communities think like brothers and sisters only.

Wikimedia Foundation wanted to conduct an advanced training on wikimedia projects and activities. It asked the project tiger competition winner, Punjabi wikipedians to attend the training. But the Punjabi team invited the Tamil Community, to attend the event.

This wont happen anywhere, in general. The winners treating the runners equally. But this magic happened.

The training happened in Amritsar, Punjab on December 7,8,9 2018.

21 friends from Tamil wikipedia attended the event.

Asaf Bartov from the wikimedia foundation was the trainer.

Day 1 Project Tiger Training 2018 11

Asaf Bartov

He is one of the great trainers I admire always. We dont feel like anything tough on his sessions. Tech or non tech, his words go inside our heads and hearts easily, directly.

He discussed about

  • wikimedia projects,
  • how to write articles in Neutral Point of View
  • Outreach models
  • how to approach media, press people
  • how to promote activities on social media
  • copyrights and free license
  • OTRS – what, why, how
  • Issues in community organizing
  • Tabernacle and few more interesting tools

I gave a small talk on how to use Google OCR for Wikisource projects.

Project Tiger Training 2018 - Group photo (04)

All Participants of the Project Tiger training 2018

On the second day late night, Ravi asked me for a night out, to the golden temple there. Though, I got some high temperature, I didn’t want to miss the fun.

we reached the Amritsar golden temple at 11 pm. The temple was so active even on that odd time. Wondered to see that many people volunteer to clean the temple, happily.  The cold temperature (-7 degree) and the night made the temple to glitter like diamond.

Amritsar golden temple night view

Golden Temple of Amritsar

 

If you goto Amritsar, dont miss the night view. It will be a memorable event for the lifetime.

I had good discussions with Ravi on our future activities. with Asaf on various queries on wikidata and few new tools. With Tamil wikipedia team on Kaniyam Foundation and its activities on wikisource, With Gurlal Maan on various tools Punjabi wiki needs, With Rupika on their scanning works, With Mahim on Digitizing Arabic-Tamil literature, With Nandini on Photography, to list a few.

I felt like going to relative’s home. The care and kindness from the Punjabi friends is enormous. Thanks for Wikimedia Foundation, Google and CIS-A2k for connecting people in two corners of India.

Felt like a gathering of relatives at a marriage. We see all in a same place, roam with them, having great times, leaving with longing for more time and similar events.

Hoping to see all friends again soon.

 

Kaniyam Foundation November 2018 Report


Vision

An environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all.

Mission

To ensure that use of Tamil language is advanced, parallel to social economic and scientific development and to provide knowledge and resources free and open to all.

Events

FreeTamikEbooks.com

  • This month released – 11
  • Total – 472

Contributors

  • S. Rajeswari
  • Lenin Gurusamy

Kaniyam.com Articles

  • This month – 18
  • Total – 671

Contributors

  • Nithya
  • Kalarani
  • s. Kuppan

Kaniyam.com Videos

This month – 11

Contributors

  • Nithya
  • Balaji

Podcast

  • This month – 1
  • Total – 2

Tamil WikiSource

Last month, we trained 7 tamil students for proofreading books on Tamil Wikisource. Divya completed one book Thanks Balaji for training them.

Training Videos for proofreading ebooks at Tamil Wikisource

Balaji is creating small video tutorials on proof reading at Tamil Wikisource. They are here. https://wp.me/p26fdA-1Md

Software

  1. There was a XSS security issue with the Send2Kindle software, where we can send the mobi books to our kindle directly. Abu found this issue and provided solution. Fix is applied.
  2. There was some issues with DNS server. This caused redirections for many on FreeTamilEbooks.com Thanks to Ravi, Lokesh, Dhanasekar and Vignesh for reporting and fixing.
  3. Web application for TTS is under development. Will release a beta version in 2 or 3 weeks.
  4. Windows version for Pdf2Text OCR is being developed. Will release in 2 or 3 weeks.
  5. Panjabi wikisource team asked for a server to run OC scripts. Noolaham Foundation donated a server for them.

This month Donors

  • Unknown – 1000 INR
  • Mahadevan – 5500 INR
  • Vijaya Kumar- 5500 INR
  • T. Shrinivasan – 2500 INR ( received at open-tamil workshop)
  • T. Shrinivasan – 15,000 INR
  • Noolaham Foundation – server worth of Rs 350/month

Last month balance – 10,000 INR

Total Balance – 39,500 INR

Expenses

We are still not started paying stipend for proof reading works. Will start from December.

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
  • Send your name, donation details to kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com

For more information or queries, write to – kaniyamfoundation@gmail.com