The Hindu’s Rural Affairs Editor and veteran journalist P Sainath is all set to launch a news portal focused on rural India called People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). The website is set for a formal launch on December 20 but already has an impressive amount of content on it.
Sainath said that the website contains thousands of photographs, videos, audio essays and textual reports on rural India and more will be uploaded on the site over time. Currently, the archive is volunteer driven and Sainath added that around 20 journalists traveled the country collecting stories on their own money. He said that he had been working on the idea for an archive since 2011.
Another section that the site dedicates is to teaching, students and researchers and aims to be a repository to access vital reports and studies from different sources. The archive also aims to set up open text books where students can participate in the creation of their own material. The site encourages students and teachers to create live material through field trips which can get them marks or grades in the course and be a part of a flexible open textbook.
Sainath added that the content on the site will be heavily curated but does not aim to be Wikipedia and anyone can contribute to the site as long as it is quality work.