Digital resources for Santali (Ol chiki) mobile and desktop users

Sarjom baha, a phonetic input method
Sarjom baha, a phonetic input method. Subhashish Panigrahi for Centre for Internet and Society. CC-BY-SA 4.0

Santali Wikipedia finally went live at https://sat.wikipedia.org. Many congratulations all Santali Wikipedians whose effort brought Santali Wikipedia from the Incubator. Some of us at O Foundation were involved (in our capacity as Wikimedians and professionally in previous jobs, all beyond O Foundation) in the past particularly with building the input tools, font, and organizing outreach, and it is a very emotional moment for us to celebrate. So, we thought of celebrating this success with a small list (but growing) list of resources that would be useful for the Santali readers online, and hopefully will help them contribute to Santali Wikipedia.

Option to choose Ol chiki in GBoard as seen in a phone where Odia is chosen as default language. Image by Anwesh Pati
Option to choose Ol chiki in GBoard as seen in a phone where Odia is chosen as default language. Image by Anwesh Pati (CC-BY 4.0)

Android:

Computer:

  • Ol chiki input tool to type in Santali (developed by Jnanaranjan Sahu, Nasim Ali and Subhashish Panigrahi, commissioned by Centre for Internet Society’s Access to Knowledge program)
  • Ol chiki font (designed by Pooja Saxena, commissioned by Centre for Internet Society’s Access to Knowledge program)

This is a work in progress and we will keep adding more resources over time. If you know about some useful resources, please let us know here, and we will be happy to add them.

Inputs from Ramjit Tudu and Anwesh Pati.

About the author(s)

Subhashish Panigrahi is one of the founding members of O Foundation, and founded OpenSpeaks which won him the MJ Bear Fellowship and a grant from National Geographic to digitally-document threatened languages.

As an educator and community manager he has led many research, campus, and community outreach and catalyst activities across Asia Pacific at Internet Society, Mozilla, Centre for Internet and Society, and Wikimedia Foundation.

Winner of the 2015 Opensource.com People’s Choice Award, and awarded as "Wikimedia Advocate and Expert" by Opensource.com in 2016. Speaker at TEDx and many international Open Source/knowledge conferences across 11 countries. Author of "Rising Voices: Digital Language Activism" “Digital Activism in Asia Reader”, and a few hundred posts on major global blogs.

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