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Kaniyam Foundation May, June 2019 Report

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Kaniyam Foundation May, June 2019 Report


An environment where all virtual resource, tools and knowledge related to Tamil Language and ethnic groups, are accessible free and open to all.


To ensure that the use of Tamil language is advanced, parallel to social economic and scientific development and to provide knowledge and resources free and open to all.


1000 Ebooks

Published a call for donation to buy 1000 ebooks in unicode format here -

Here is the happy news

University of Toronto, Canada (UTSC) , has provided all the amount to purchase these 1000 ebooks. We have to make and release all the ebooks as epub, mobi, PDF, HTML, txt, odt with cover images in short time. The following works are being done. Hiring few full timers for this work, Training materals as text, video for them, MoU between Kaniyam and UTSC, Announcement document of releaseing all these books in Creative Commons license. Will give public announcements as soon as possible.

As we plan for 3-4 full timers, we need to pay them as monthly salary. We are looking for donations to cover this expense.

Thanks for all the donors.


No Activities This Month Total This Month Contributors
1 Ebooks 41 552 Lenin Gurusamy, Anwar, S. Rajeswari, G.Sumathi,Julbihar Ahmed
2 articles 40 806 D. Nithya - R.Asokan - Kalarani - S.Kuppan - P.Mahalakshmi
3 Videos 12 44 D. Nithya, P.Mahalakshmi

Tamil Wikisource

Created a project page at Tamil wikisource for kaniyam contributions. Wrote about the goals, guidelines for contributors etc. 9 contributors joined so far. One ebook is proofread, validated fully and released. 30 books are proofread and waiting for validation. Here is the List of books being worked on


Releasing Digital Works on Creative Commons License

Thanks to Khaleel Jageer, Anwar for finding great content team and asking them to release their works in Creative Commons License.


  1. Sanga Elakkiyam - Following the android app for Tamil Sangam Literature, we are working on to release a website for this. Anitha is making the website. Source code is here

  2. Nithya is working on creating an OCR for Tamil using machine learning. Details are here

  3. Sudharsan and Anitha are working on creating cover images for ebooks automatically. Details are here

Scanning a very old book

'Pathartha Guna Sindamani' is an old book, released in 1888. Warrant Bala gave this book for scanning. Kalyan of scanned the book. Post processing work is going on. Will release it as PDF soon. Details are here.

Collecting all the nouns in Tamil

We started to collect all the nouns in Tamil. Details are here

In this spreadsheet, totally 83695 nouns are added.

Thanks to Divya for the great contributions.

Translating strings in to Tamil needs strings to translated in Tamil. Started a project for this. Details are here

Anitha is getting the strings from OSM and Arunachalam is translating them.

Scan, OCR, Proofread

When writers release their works in CC license, they give as print books or as PDF files. We started to Scan them, do OCR, Proofread and release as ebooks. Thara joined the team as fulltimer for proofreading works.

Contributors - Anwar (Gets the books), Lenin Gurusamy (Scan), Anwar (OCR), Thara (Proofread)

So far 1600 pages have been proofread. Project details are here.

New Projects

Writing the discussions about new projects here.

This month Donors

No Name Donation
1 Unknown 500
2 Rajeev 1,000
3 K. Sankar 10,000
4 Suba. Rathnagiri 1,000
5 Panagudi Sankar Kumar 1,000
6 Unknown 2,000
7 Unknown 2,000
8 Free Software Users Group, Villupuram 20,000
9 Unknown 2,000
10 Unknown 1,000
11 Divya 1,000

Total - Rs 41,500

Dontations - Internet Resources

  • Noolaham Foundation - server worth of Rs 350/month
  • E2E Networks - server worth of Rs 730/month

Last month balance - Rs 1,04,050


  1. FTE app release party, Villupuram - Rs 17,700
  2. Pavithra - prood reading at Tamil Wikisource - Rs 4,555
  3. Bought Mir publication books - Rs 800
  4. Scanned an old book - Rs 1,500

Total expenses - Rs 24,555

Total Balance - Rs 1,04,050 + Rs 41,500 - Rs 24,555 = Rs 1,20,995

Donations and expense details are documented in this sheet .

Bank account details

Kaniyam Foundation
Account Number : 606 1010 100 502 79
Union Bank Of India
West Tambaram, Chennai
IFSC - UBIN0560618
  • Please send your donations to this account to support activities of Kaniyam Foundation
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