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OpenSpeaks aims to gather talks and interviews of multiple stake holders of the open source source movement: activists, students, scholars, educators, policy makers, authors, publishers, scientists and journalists. Started informally in 2011 by Subhashish Panigrahi as an independent project, it is now open to all for collaboration. If you love to document by interviewing such people, then be a part of this project and register in the talk page of this page. Videos under this project are listed under Category:OpenSpeaks on Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA and CC0 license.


Interviews and talks of Wikimedians are all made into a single project under the WikipediansSpeak project.

Shiju Alex

Shiju is a long time Malayalam Wikimedian. His primary contribution is to to Malayalam Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Shiju has been an inspirational leader in supporting Wikimedians all across India.
This is a video of Shiju speaking during Bangalore meetup (July 2011)

S. Parvathi

Parvathi is a long time Tamil Wikimedian. As a school teacher Parvathi also has educated about Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects to many students. In this video she shares her experience as a Wikimedian, her motivation and vision for the movement.
In this vidoe Parvathi shares her experience and vision as a wikimedian. Shot during Wikimania 2013, Hong Kong (August 2013)

Open Knowledge activists[edit]

Achal Prabhala

Achal is a researcher, writer and Wikimedia Foundation's Advisory Board member Achal Prabhala talking about an oral citation project "People Are Knowledge project" during Bangalore meetup

Nikhil Mohan Patnaik

Nikhil Mohan Patnaik is a scientist, science writer and scholar and co-founder of science research non-for profit Srujanika. This is a video of him delivering a presentation "Wish list of a language worker" during FUEL GILT Conference 2014, Pune.

Free software[edit]

Michelle Thorne (Mozilla)

Michelle is Mozilla's Manager for the Webmaker Mentor team. In this video interview Michelle speaks about the Localization projects run by Mozilla, her long personal journey of Openness, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Cross cultural community collaboration, several challenges of community building, Mozilla's Webmaker tools and their strategies for community building through various programs like Train-The-Trainer program.
Shot during Makers Party, a collaborative event cohosted by Mozilla India and Hive Learning Network.

Jessica Coates and Jane Hornibrook (Creative Commons)

Jessica and Jane work for Creative Commons (CC). During an India trip they took part in GNUnify 2013 in Pune and two Creative Commons talks in Bangalore. In this interview they share CC's plans for India and how the Global South initiatives are boosting.


Gautam John

Gautam heads the Karnataka Learning Partnership at Akshara Foundation. Prior to his involvement with Akshara, Gautam has brought massive changes in the Primary Education sphere during his involvement with Pratham books. Gautam has been part of the Wikimedia movement in India for quite some time. He was one of the key people to set up the local chapter, Wikimedia India in Bangalore and a TED fellow.
Gautam, in this interview talks about openness, open knowledge, open content, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Wikipedia's role in promoting free culture and free knowledge.

Amlan Das Gupta

Amlan Das Gupta is a notable professor. In this video he speaks about the role of Digital Humanities during Digital Humanities Consultation, Bangalore. (July 2013)

Mrinal Chatterjee

Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee is a notable educator, journalist and author. In this video shot during Odia Wikipedia's 10th anniversary celebration at Dhenkanal, Prof. Chatterjee speaks about Odia Wikipedia as an educational tool for higher educational institutions. (January 2014)


Sampad Mohapatra

Sampad Mohapatra is a notable journalist and filmmaker. In this interview he speaks about the role Wikipedia plays and how Odia Wikipedia could be a major changemaker in Odia language media.
Shot during Odia Wikipedia's 10th anniversary celebration at Dhenkanal, Odisha. (January 2014)


Santanu Kumar Acharya

Santanu Kumar Acharya is a notable Odia language writer. This video was shot when he was speaking about the first Odia short story writer, social reformer and language activist of mid-90s Fakir Mohan Senapati during his 172nd birth anniversary.