Pune: A one-day workshop was held to train Maharashtrians in scientific writing in Marathi for Marathi Wikipedia at Chandrashekhar auditorium at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA).
Speaking on the occasion, senior scientist Jayant Narlikar said that earlier for his research he used to visit libraries.
“I have visited various libraries in search of books that are no longer available. I have waited very long to get the rare collection of books I have. But now all of this is very simple and is in reach of a click. And this initiative of making a dictionary that can be accessed by anyone will befit everyone in the long run."
The workshop was organised by Maharashatra Rajya Marathi Vishwanath Nirmiti Mandal, IUCAA, Rawat Nature Academy, Centre For Internet And Society, Saptahik Vivek Shilpacha Charitrakosh Prakalp and Vidnayan Bharti.
Speaking during the workshop, Subodh Kulkarni from Centre For Internet And Society said that in a study published in April 2017, it was found that nine out of 10 people will be using vernacular language especially Marathi, Bengali Hindi and Telugu.
“Marathi Wikipedia was started on May 1, 2003 and has 47,000 articles. Many initiatives from the people have led to this contribution. Many people have mapped their villages. Many have provided details of local flora and fauna on the wikipedia pages,” said Kulkarni.
About publishing copyright-free books on Marathi Wikipedia, Kulkarni noted that with the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, a book pdf can be uploaded on the site.
“This can help us document many magazines and books for everyone. After a few years of the author's death, the book becomes copyright-free and can be uploaded on the Wikipedia for the reference of many. This can be helpful for everyone from any part of the state. Currently, we are focusing on topics on health, science and technology. The public participation can help in including as much information as possible,” said Kulkarni.