Saturday, January 6, 2018

13 years of being Esha

On Jan 5th, we completed 13 years of being Esha. In terms of work, this was easily one of our slowest years.

But there is much  to look forward to in 2018, so here's to fresh motivation!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Thursday, November 23, 2017

We Are The City Rising Stars Champion Award, 2017

Esha won The Rising Stars Champion Award (5 winners this year) for our work on creating an on demand knowledge resource. This is really heartening for us because we work on empowering women - not just in the white collar category.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Library Updated - 6578 files

Today, the library was updated to 6578 files.

The additions are in English, Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit, Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali and Malyalam.

The most notable additions are the stories of Malti Joshi ji in Hindi. For lovers of Hindi literature, this will truly be a treat.

In other news, we are also updating the user interface of the library to be more responsive to the new screenreaders and also to be more friendly for dexterity challenged and low vision users.
There are some technical issues with that, so you may not see the entire list of files, albums and languages right now. We hope to have that sorted by tonight and then

In the meantime, please do listen to her stories in her own voice using these direct links:

The Tamil files shared by our partners - Bhumi have also been added to the library in this release.

We have also found at least 2000 files that were in the drive, but not in the catalog. We became aware of them while preparing for the data porting for the mobile app. The mobile app also now has about 240 files, so it should be good to use. When we port the whole data, we will have to make some upgrades to the app itself too.

Lots of work coming up, most of it internal cleanup. That is always painstaking, detail oriented, and not easy. But very important. Wish us luck!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Library Updated - 6438 files now

Today, the library was updated and there are 2 notable additions:

Malti Joshi ji, a Hindi author of repute, has donated her stories recorded in her own voice, for the library. Do search for "Malti Joshi" and enjoy these stories, as I am determined to do.

Vibha Srichand has recorded some great biographical stories of Swami Vivekananda.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Talk at SAP Urja - June 21, 2017

On June 21, 2017, we spoke at SAP Oorja about the need for a National Knowledge Grid that makes knowledge available and accessible to those who cannot access it today.

Talk at SAP Oorja , SAP Gurgaon, June 21, 2017

Library Updated-6366 files in 21 languages now

On the 22nd of June, the library was updated from 6293 to 6366 files. This is an interim update pending our second major cleaning and audit exercise.

This update has content from:
1. Moody's Analytics Read Fest
2. Individual Volunteers: Smt. Varsha Jain, Nandini Sivakumar, Hema Lumba
3. Some earlier content from Copal Amba that we discovered in the Audit process

The following are the notable additions in this update:
1. Smt. Malti Joshi's Hindi stories have been added for the first time. Special thanks to Varsha mam for recording these stories and also reaching out to the author herself for more stories to be added to the library.

2. The Secret Garden - someone donated this long ago but it was omitted in cataloguing. It came up in the audit process. Its a lovely recording.

3. Feluda by Satyajit Ray - I have wanted to record Feluda for children for the longest time, but only succeeded now, thanks to Moody's Analytics. For anyone who wants to record more Feluda, please see what we have under English, and feel free to record anything else. Feluda in other languages most welcome and very required.

We hope you enjoy the update.

The next update is likely to take some time because we are in the process of auditing the catalog against every single Read Fest ever conducted to find files that should have been catalogued but weren't (we have found 250 such files so far) , files that are duplicates in the catalog (same file, different name) et al.

We are also trying to get someone to create a new UX, which retains the simplicity of the current structure but also makes it more current (this interface is now 7 years old)

Wish us luck!
The Online Library now has 6366 files in 21 Indian languages

Monday, June 5, 2017

Presenting at the Inclusive Design Conference 2017

For the first time, we will be presenting the idea of Universal access to knowledge, to a global audience. Presenting at the Inclusive Design Conference on the 9th of June. Its an online event, so do join in!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Top Blogs of India - Second listing.. Thank you!

For the second year in a row, the Esha blog has made it to the Top Blogs of India. This is a list I quite like because there is no commercial angle to it. Its made and released with no canvasing, no propaganda. Just good stuff where content is key.

Thank you, dear list editors!