Mathrubhumi: Indic Digital Archive Foundation launches ‘Grandhappura’ for Malayalam digital artefacts

Mathrubhumi: Indic Digital Archive Foundation launches ‘Grandhappura’ for Malayalam digital artefacts. “The inauguration of the Indic Digital Archive Foundation and the opening of the Kerala Digital Archive web portal were held at Christ College, here on Sunday. The web portal under the foundation, ‘Grandhappura’ was launched at the event. The foundation is a collection of digitised artefacts related to Kerala, Malayalam and the state’s culture.”

The Hindu: Rare digital archive of Kerala-related material in doldrums

The Hindu: Rare digital archive of Kerala-related material in doldrums. “Not many would know that Kerala in the 1940s had a literary magazine named after Rabindranath Tagore. Nor would they know about the content of the school textbooks then. Grandhapura, one of the biggest free digital archives in Malayalam, which holds a rare collection of more than 2000 Kerala-related documents, including periodicals and school textbooks from the 1800s, has been making this possible over the past decade, with its ever-expanding archive of rare materials. But, now Grandhapura is facing an uncertain future as archiving scholar Shiju Alex, who founded it and has been maintaining it for 12 years, has decided to discontinue the efforts due to paucity of resources and time, and the failure to scale up.”

EurekAlert: Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India

EurekAlert: Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India. “Dedicated to the thousands of lives lost in landslides, the new atlas assesses landslide risk in 13 districts in the Indian state of Kerala. The Western Ghats trailing the western edge of India are a global hotspot for biodiversity. The southern reach of the range extends into Kerala, where the steep slopes, soft soils and heavy monsoon rains greatly increase the risk of landslides.”

Pune Mirror: Kerala Government backtracks on controversial act to punish offensive social media posts

Pune Mirror: Kerala Government backtracks on controversial act to punish offensive social media posts. “Facing outrage from a wider section of society, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday chose not to enforce the new section introduced in the Kerala Police Act (KPA), 2011, which was widely viewed as a brazen attack on freedom of speech.”

5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ social media post: Kerala’s Scary New Law (Sakshi Post)

Sakshi Post: 5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ social media post: Kerala’s Scary New Law. “According to the new Section, 118 (A) in the Kerala police Act, any person who is responsible for creating a post that is offensive or harmful to another person, will be punished. This includes malicious posts made on any platform or any mode of communication. The punishment for such an act will be 5 years in jail or a Rs. 10,000 fine or both.” [Rs. 10,000 is just under $135 USD.]

The New Indian Express: Database of rare historic records getting ready

The New Indian Express: Database of rare historic records getting ready. “A vast database of rare documents which will throw light on the chequered history of the state is set to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. The database, which includes over one lakh records ranging from palm-leaf manuscripts to colonial-era documents, has been compiled as part of community archives project of State Archives Department and the Kerala State Literacy Mission.” It might not be 100% clear, but this is for India’s state of Kerala.

New Indian Express: Kerala makes digital content in tribal languages for the first time in country

New Indian Express: Kerala makes digital content in tribal languages for the first time in country. “In a first in the country, the State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), an autonomous institution under the General Education Department, has made digital contents in tribal languages so as to make tribal children learn their own languages in a much easier way.”

Saving the past: Sajitha Madathil launches online archive on Kerala’s traditional art forms (New Indian Express)

New Indian Express: Saving the past: Sajitha Madathil launches online archive on Kerala’s traditional art forms. ” Kerala has always held onto its traditional art and cultural roots with pride. But despite its significance, artisans have always feared their art was being pushed to the fringes and would die out of neglect. Understanding its relevance, theatre artist Sajitha Madathil who has served in various administrative capacities at cultural institutes in New Delhi has launched … an online archive which is a storehouse of information on all traditional art forms in Kerala.”