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Grants/GLAM for Kolikata Little Magazine Library O Gabeshana Kendra

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This Wikimedia India grant was funded in the fiscal year 2015-16. Project report is available.
Grant contact name
Santanu Chandra
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Grant contact title (position)
Member of Kolkata Community
Project lead name
Santanu Chandra
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Full project name
GLAM for Kolikata Little Magazine Library O Gabeshana Kendra (KLMLGK)
Amount requested (in INR)
Provisional target start date
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The main objective of this project is to create, curate and make openly accessible images from the KLMLGK archive for the benefit of students and members, researchers and enthusiasts using open knowledge Wikimedia platforms. KLMLGK genuinely believes in providing seamless access to knowledge and resources of the library to its students and staff. KLMLGK also has a keen concern in contributing its resources and knowledge openly for use and study, which would in turn further nurture the little magazine movement globally.


This project aims to synchronize the sharing of resources between the Kolikata Little Magazine Library O Gabeshana Kendra and the Wikimedia community. The privately owned library comprises approximately 70,000 experimental, radical, alternative and avant-garde periodicals and little magazines. There are numerous little magazines in the library from the pre independence era, including Bangadarshan and Tatwabodhini from their first publication in 1872. Needless to say, they are having a close association with the Independence movement of Bengal, rather India. In addition to these magazines, the library is also having a rare collection of handicrafts personally collected by founder Sri Sandip Dutta. Majority of these books are in Bengali, but there are several books and periodicals are in other languages as well, including English and Hindi. Subjects range from literature to broader disciplines of social science and humanities. As the collection starts from 1872, we can have a massive collection of articles for Public Domain.

Project goal

The goal of this project is to get more content for Commons and Wikisource relating to Bengali little magazines by establishing more partnerships with cultural institutions.

Future scope

The collection of the library will expand on yearly basis, resulting an ongoing GLAM project. Every year, a respectable volume of books/periodicals will be open for public domain, which will be digitized and added to public domain.


Apart from the digitization project with the institute, the team will also interact and involve the museum staffs and members in the following ways to establish a stable relationship between the museum and the team in order to value and internationalize the history of little magazine movement as well as the history of Bengal.

  • Organize training and workshops on Commons, Bengali Wikipedia and Bengali Wikisource.
  • Organize training and workshops on digitization process.
  • Organize on-site regular edit-a-thons on Bengal’s little magazine activities.
  • Involve museum staffs and students to participate in short term Wikipedia quality article writing contests.
  • One-to-one outreach with interested museum staff and member
  • Involve female museum members and students to turn them into active Wikipedian, consequently diminishing gender-gap.

List of activities

  • Phase I: Photography of artifacts
  • Phase II: Digitization of Books
  • Step1: Workshop for the members and library management committee
  • Step2: Phase I upload
  • Step3: Phase II
  • Step4: Edit-a-thon and mass proofreading contests for closed grouped library related people

Non-financial requirements


Fit to strategy

  • The project is addressed primarily to increase reach of Bengali Wikipedia and Bengali Wikisource.
  • The project is addressed primarily to increase participation from seeking new editors systematically in several possible quarries.
  • In addition the activity linked to the museum will contribute to increase quality of related articles.

Other benefits

We believe, through this project, can persuade other libraries of Kolkata to come forward and digitize their collections in collaboration with us. We can get some positive media attention for this project, which may also encourage other content owners to unrestricting their material.

Measures of success

  • Around 200 images of artifacts will be contributed to Commons.
  • More than 5,00,000 pages will be digitized and uploaded to Commons.
  • Number of new editors:
    • Short term: New editors during the courses and workshops: 10
    • Long term: Number of those editors who continue editing one month after the event: 3 to 4
    • Female editors: 3
  • Number of GLAMWIKI projects with cultural institutions: 4


Expenditure Item Amount (INR)
Wikipedian in Residence 75,000
Transportation 25,000
Events 24,000
Consumables/Printing/Stationery 5,000
Total 1,29,000

Investment from WMIN

Item Amount (INR)
Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 Portable Book and Document Scanner 60,000
Volunteer Support & Transportation Budget breakdown
Total week 50
Volunteer involvement days/week 4
Volunteer involvement hours/day 4
Volunteer involvement total hours 800
Rate (INR/hr) 125
Rate (INR/day) 500
Total (INR) 1,00,000
Events Budget breakdown
Events Numbers Costing (INR)
Workshops 1: Bengali typing 1 4,000
Workshops 2: Wikipedia 1 4,000
Workshop 3: Digitalization & Commons 1 4,000
Workshops 4: Wikisource 1 4,000
Edit-a-thon/ Article writing contests 4 4,000
Mass Proof reading contest 4 4,000
Total (INR) 24,000

Team members