June 17, 2020

Humans of SMC talks, Digital Literacy Program and More: SMC Monthly Updates May 2020

Humans of SMC talks, Digital Literacy Program and More: SMC Monthly Updates May 2020
Article about SMC on EdexLive print edition.

Free Software Supporter - Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest featured the EdexLive article about SMC in it's June 2020 edition.

TinkerHub Talks with SMC People

Balasankar Talks about his FOSS journey.

TinkerHub, a non-profit tech community, recently live streamed Humans of SMC talk show. This online event  introduced key SMC people and their contributions and history of Malayalam computing in general.

Anivar Aravind discussed about free software philosophy, community and politics in general. Anish Sheela talked about localization and how it can be used as an entry point to FOSS world. Santhosh Thottingal's talk was about past, present and future of Indic language computing. Jishnu Mohan talked about the story behind the IndicKeyboard app. Kavya Manohar discussed about Malayalam language, lettering and her contributions to language computing. Rajeesh K.V. and Balasankar talked about their free software journey in general and about relationship with SMC in specific. Hrishikesh K.B. was the moderator in all these talks. Videos are available at SMC YouTube channel.

Student Developer Society and IBComputing also conducting talks with people of FOSS and language computing. SMC members and other prominent FOSS advocates are featured in these videos.

IndicProject & SMC Signed #KeepItOn Open Letter to WHO

IndicProject and SMC signed the #KeepItOn open letter to Deputy Director-General of World Health Organization to urge the governments of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan to end the ongoing internet shut downs amid COVID-19 pandemic. The letter points out that the number of shut downs increased recently in these countries and it would affect the fundamental rights of people.  The letter can be read here.

Digital Literacy Program

In his latest blog post,  Santhosh Thottingal codifies the efforts to bring a Digital Literacy Program, in the light of discussions about digital divide as Kerala Goverment gave permission to educational institutions to start online classes. The blog post briefs about the timeline of events, objectives of the program, domains of the program, struggles involved and the future of the project.

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Map of Local Authorities of Kozhikkode District

Jaisen Nedumpala drawn a map of the local authorities in Kozhikode district using QGIS, based on the datasets from KILA CHRD. PDF version of the map is available here. More details available in Jaisen's blog.

Covid19Kerala.info-Data: Open Dataset of COVID-19 in Kerala

Volunteers of "Collective for Open Data Distribution-Keralam" (CODD-K), including SMC member - Manoj Karingamadathil, developed an open dataset of COVID-19 outbreak in Kerala. Datapackage with schema definition is accessible at CODD-K GitHub repo.  More details about the dataset is available at Zenodo.