Archive for February, 2007

Wanna contribute to a collaborative book authored on a wiki?

Posted on February 26, 2007. Filed under: conference, unconference |

And what rocks is that the book is on organising unconferences [ meets whose agenda is not organized in advance but driven by participants ]. Wales launched this book proj during yesterday’s camp.

To contribute content to the book, visit http://www.unconference.info/

To see the milestones of the project click here

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Jimmy Wales in Chennai

Posted on February 25, 2007. Filed under: conference, unconference |

Today was pretty interesting. We (me and sis) spent almost the whole day at the Tidel park auditorium. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia was in the city for the WikiCamp co-ordinated by the Free Knowledge Foundation co-sponsored by Zoho, Sify and a few others.

The first hour was wholly him giving a touch of the philosophy behind the wikipedia project. That of making knowledge free and accessible to the common man. The day went on with people discussing on the importance of the sustenance of such a project. Few debated the business model, particularly on why wikipedia is still not open to advertising which could help improve its revenue. Jim clearly expressed his view that the motive behind this project had something to do which was not financially driven and wikipedia had enough money to stay on its own. He talked on the initial failures of the project (owing to a very stringent mechanism of verification of content), then how by shifting gears by laying trust and responsibility on the community the plot worked. He had spent over 2,50,000 $ by the end of 2 yrs and there were only 12 articles in the whole portal. Isn’t that a very discouraging number? Thanks to the all the wikipedians throughout the world, now it has a whooping 1,657,879 articles in english and 7,171 in tamil alone.

India’s most prolific wikipedian Bhadani with over 45,000 edits gave a “wikipedia for dummies” session post lunch. Sundar who posts a lot of tamil articles on wikipedia gave a presentation on posting in regional languages.

There were sessions by other participants too. Yuvraj from Novatium gave an insight into how the company is entering the software-as-a-service market in KK Nagar in Chennai for providing internet access without a computer, but with a device powered by 2 mobile processors. Narain had a session in the evening on semantic web technologies. He talked on simile , ibm open-eyes, the openid project and stuff.. Sowmya Karmali had a presentation of the dynamics of using wikis within a corporate. Was impressed to know that they execute projects for the Grameen Micro Credit Foundation .

There were parallel sessions in the afternoon. I had to miss a presentation by Mohammed Mahir on some tool to browse the tamil wiktionary.

And yeah, I met Gautam from IIT at the camp whom I stumbled upon in a bus almost half a year back. Today was tiring, interesting, full of wiki and editing. I think i’ve had enuf for today.

You can find a few snaps here..

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Sanskrit and panini

Posted on February 24, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

My fascination and curiosity on sanskrit all these days have surfaced again after i read a few articles and research papers by subhash kak. Read his research on the grammar notation which was used by Panini (a 5th century b.c. grammarian) which is another reflection of the concepts forming the root of the Backus-Naur form (1959) which is presently used to represent grammar of computing languages. I also came across a website by seshukarthik. Here is the link to his sanskrit site – sanskritvoice.com. I’ve included a glossary link to my blog too which would present 3 random sanskrit words and their meanings. Mission – Learn sanskrit. 😉

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Hypertext and the Web – Well Explained

Posted on February 22, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Content on the web has changed over past few years like this

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Here goes post no.1

Posted on February 22, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

5 p.m. now. Got internet access till 7. I ve earlier created a blog to which I posted twice. This time, I use my google id to create a blog. Good isn’t it when you have single sign-on to a variety of applications. Thanks to Google, thanks to the web.

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