Hyderabad: Eminent computer scientist and IIIT-Hyderabad Chairman Prof Raj Reddy, IIIT-H Director Prof PJ. Narayanan, IndicWiki Project Investigator Prof Vasudeva Varma, ITE&C Department Assistant Director Madhav Mudumbai, among others participated in Telugu Wikipedia Symposium – 2020 conducted here on Saturday.
Sharing his vision on Project Telugu Wiki, Prof Raj Reddy said technology and machines can be leveraged to create vernacular content in bulk and the same can be curated later with human intervention. He further wished for a day where technology can translate the Wikipedia articles in one Indian language into another.
Stating that the articles in English Wikipedia are not India-centric, he opined that the goal must be to create Indian language Wikipedia content from Indian perspective.
Prof Vasudeva Varma outlined the activities undertaken by Project Telugu Wiki team like forming four focus groups, organising Wiki workshops at IIIT, Hyderabad on Saturdays, setting up the stall at Hyderabad National Book Fair, among others.
“Around 800 enthusiasts enrolled to volunteer on Project Telugu Wiki,” he said. Project Telugu Wiki aims at creating 30 lakh Wiki articles in the coming years without compromising on the quality.
Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, retired IAS officer, opined that content-rich Wikipedias can be an antidote to several issues a diverse country like India faces today.
Mamidi Harikrishna, Director, Department of Language & Culture, said Telangana is home to diverse art forms and rich culture and heritage and it is essential for the Wikipedians to record this for posterity.
Prof K. Nageshwar, former MLC, delved on the topic of challenges associated with content creation and exhorted the Wikipedia enthusiasts to adopt newer technology platforms for content propagation.