Kannada Wikipedia has more than 1,280 write-ups on Karnataka
Kannada Wikipedia is open to all like its international counterpart Visitors to the website can add their own information about a specific topic and share information with others
Bangalore: The free-to-use open source online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has its share of admirers and detractors. Now it has competition in the form of a Kannada Wikipedia: www.k.wikipedia.com, which has just gone online.
The Kannada Wikipedia is open to all like its international counterpart. Visitors to the website can add their own information about a specific topic and share information with others. The site has more than 1,280 write-ups on a variety of subjects related to Karnataka and Kannada, compiled over more than two years. It started as a small project by a handful of enthusiasts and soon gathered more, and experts in various fields began contributing content.
The concept was around for some years as Wikipedia began making waves, becoming popular among the young who took to the idea as they did with freeware operating systems for personal computers. The work of making it live, interactive and free of spam was taken up by freelance software developer Hari Prasad Nadig and software engineer Ashwath Mattur. Today, there is a team of 15 behind this venture, all volunteering their time to edit, translate and write content related to science, literature and history and a host of other topics for the Kannada Wikipedia.
"We have invited Kannadigas all over the world to contribute content on topics they specialise in, and this should soon make it more comprehensive," they say.
Jnanpith Award-winner U.R. Ananthamurthy, who has welcomed the initiatives, says, "The knowledge I have is not just mine, it is a mix of all information I have gathered over the years, laced with my own individual perceptions."
One's own knowledge and experience needs to be shared with others, especially younger people, he feels. Mr. Ananthamurthy has been against what he calls the "copyright-centric" knowledge industry, which makes people mere recipients of knowledge.
The website has been created using online technology that will not pose copyright problems and its contents can be freely downloaded and distributed among any group of people.