The Winners Have Been Announced!

The month of October had been the month of the Free Book Contest for us. Now that the contest is over, the names of the winners have been announced. The list of people, who participated is very long and as in any contest not everybody won. But, more than winning, the idea was to connect more and to communicate better, which we all did. That way, everyone has been a winner. Those who did not win this time, there is always the next time.

The winners are from all over the globe. A few of the countries include the USA, the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, India, Israel…A few of the names include Carolyn, Kathy, Kathleen, Terry, Chris, Walter, Margaret, Amy, Arkadeep…

The winners have already been notified by email, or will be shortly.

Thank you readers for the wonderful response and for making the contest a grand success!

Data Visualization Workshop

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Conducted a workshop on Data Visualization today. A number of datasets were opened and made into meaningful visuals.

A few examples include:

Distribution of Households by Level of Education Beneficiary vs. Non-Beneficiary, Total revenue receipt as percentage of GSDP from 1997-98 to 2013-14 (July, 2014), Comparison of Number of disabled Non-Workers (Male/Female), Number of Workers by Broad Employment Status (in Millions),Immunization Status of Children (12-23 months),Distribution of Households by Level of Education Beneficiary vs. Non-Beneficiary, Health Indicators among Selected Countries, Index Numbers of Foreign Trade…

Open Education India

‘Together, we can bring the light of education to all children in the country. This is an area Open Knowledge India is really passionate about. We want your support in our endeavors.Get Involved with the project and serve the community!’

 

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This project now boasts a long list of books and educational materials. All contents are licensed under CC-BY, enabling smooth sharing of the works. India has around 30 major languages and we have a long way to go before we have a comprehensive collection of educational materials in all these vernacular languages. However, things are already looking up as we have started to get content in the regional languages too. We are about to take the project to the next level by starting a system of publishing original content from authors.

All materials and books, unless otherwise specified, carry liberal CC-BY licenses.

You are Free to Use all materials listed here, to read them digitally or to print and distribute them. This is Your Project too and You are free to contribute educational materials (not only in English, but also in any vernacular language). To do that, just contact us. Let us join hands to spread the light of education. Education is everybody’s right!  See More Here…

Call of the Lost Ages: A Study of the Indus Valley Script

The inscriptions found on the various artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization hold in their hearts hidden chronicles of time. Many unsolved mysteries remain regarding who were these people, how did they suddenly build such an advanced civilization, how were theirs lives like, how much did they interact with their neighbouring cultures, and where did they suddenly vanish . One of the most ancient and advanced civilizations, it mysteriously seems to have disappeared almost suddenly, and that too without any trace. Will the study of the script used by this civilization reveal any clue to these puzzles? Will it help us unravel these ancient mysteries? Finally and most importantly, will a study of the Indus Valley script help us in gaining more knowledge about the ancient world?

The Open Knowledge Festival 2014

I had been away this month to Europe to attend the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin, Germany. It was the largest event of its kind and the scale of the event was really dizzying, being attended by representatives of more than 56 countries. I would like to thank everyone, mostly the organizers, for giving me the opportunity to represent India. It had been a great opportunity, I must say, to meet so many enthusiastic people, all focused towards making the world a better informed place. To quote the words of Tagore, ‘…Where knowledge is free…’ Looking forward to see a lot of positive changes now. Find more here…IMG_20140717_125800.2

Availability of My Books

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The book Call of the Lost Ages: A Study of the Indus Valley Script is at the Guardian Bookstore now. I thank the Guardian for this honor.

You can also order your copy here, if you are in India

The World with Zero Postulation: Unraveling the Mysteries of Nature…

In order to know about modern developments physics, you have to get a clear picture about how science (in general) and physics (in particular) developed over the course of history. Read The World With Zero Postulation, which is written in an easy manner that everybody can understand.

Start reading the The World With Zero Postulation (click here or here or visit here or here).

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