People’s Archive of Rural India is not-for-profit, free to view and all the contributors – journalists, writers, film-makers, editors, translators, techies, lawyers and accountants – are volunteers. It will be licensed under creative commons (version 4.0) which means the contents can be shared by others, as long as it is non-commercial. (The PARI website too is developed free of charge, by a global software company ThoughtWorks, at Ascendas tech park, Chennai.)
The website hopes to grow by public participation. Anybody can send us pictures, text articles, photo stories, films – as long as it fits our mandate – ‘the everyday life of everyday people’. Content on the site will be curated to ensure the maintenance of high standards. PARI hopes to function on crowd-funding. It will not be dependent on direct corporate or government funding.
You can read up more about the website here: http://www.ruralindiaonline.org/about/
PARI will be an important educational tool, and you can find out more about that here: http://www.ruralindiaonline.org/about/pari-teachers-students/