This republic day, CIS-A2K (Centre for Internet and Society – Access to Knowledge) organized an edit-a-thon to celebrate India’s republic day. This event, from 25th – 31st Jan, aims at improving Wikipedia articles related to Geographical Indications of India.
CIS-A2K is a campaign to promote the fundamental principles of justice, freedom, and economic development. It deals wit issues like copyrights, patents, and trademark. It welcomes for general proposals/suggestions on its request page.
India is known to be a country for unity in diversity. The country has over 235 Geographical Indications (GIs), identified by GIs Registry of the Government of India, spread across 29 states and 7 Union territories. GI is a sign used on products that have specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
Being rich in Geographical Indications, Wikipedia contains only 70 entries on GIs of India. Many information related art, craft, cuisine, attire, and tradition are missing from Wikipedia. Karnataka which has the maximum number of GIs, i.e 30, has only a few articles and images on Wikipedia.
By edit-a-thon, CIS-A2K is going to improve articles by translating those into Indian languages and will also create new articles which seem missing. Many Wikipedians are coming online together to join the event. Till now over 75 registration from 18 South Asian language Wikimedia has been reported. Over 15 articles have been created in 5 languages and many more yet to come.
Since past couple years, India is trying to lay its culture on rest of the world, whether from international yoga day or from edit-a-thon. It is a good sign for the country to put its label on a global map.
And apart from GIs, India has much more to show but still missing in the content of Wikipedia. So this kind of event would encourage people to do more about the country in some innovative ways.