KIWIX in a Nutshell
Kiwix is an offline reader for web content. It's especially thought to make Wikipedia available offline. This is done by reading the content of the project stored in a file format ZIM, a high compressed open format with additional meta-data.
- Pure ZIM reader
- Content and download manager
- Case and diacritics insensitive full text search engine
- Bookmarks & Notes
- kiwix-serve: ZIM HTTP server
- PDF/HTML export
- Multilingual (UI in more than 110 languages)
- Search suggestions
- ZIM indexing capacity
- Support for Android / MacOSX / Linux / Windows / Sugar
- DVD/USB launcher for Windows (autorun)
Why offline matters
We're featuring a quote here from the UN Broadband Commission from their September 2013 report, because it's the easiest, most pragmatic and straight-forward way to show you the importance of disseminating knowledge - and information - offline, complementary to all activities that we do online: "“While more and more people are coming online, over 90% of people in the world’s 49 Least Developed Countries remain totally unconnected.”
Projects that involve KIWIX
KIWIX in Jail
Since March 2013, prisoners who request can have an access to Wikipedia offline. The idea is to stimulate or to support the interest for education of prisoners who were, for a large majority, condemned to long-time sentences. After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful: Among the 36 prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a computer. All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their PC. For security reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access to internet. The feed-backs are unanimously positive: they reveal that Wikipedia is seen as an improvement of the education and/or information activities in jail. The follow-up of the project aims to use Wikipedia in the training program of the prisoners: use of Wikipedia in the classes, organization of general culture contests, even train new Wikipedia editors. The goal is also to extend the project to other swiss prisons and to detention centers for minors. The partnership between Wikimedia CH and the direction of the prison aims to be durable: Wikimedia CH installed the Kiwix files and trained the IT team of the prison, who can now upload the software for every new prisoner who requests.
Canada, France and Belgium also have have projects that involve KIWIX in prisons. More info on this will follow soon.
To get information on the project Afripédia of Wikimedia France, you can go to the page of Afripedia here on Meta.
Enciclopedia de Venecuela
Wikipedia for Schools
"At SOS Children, we wanted to bring this fantastic resource to children without internet access around the globe. So we began work on an ambitious project to get the very best content from Wikipedia into a self-contained selection which could be distributed on a CD. We checked every article for child friendliness and structured the content around the national curriculum. Today, Wikipedia for Schools is in its fourth incarnation, and the new version is ready to go - this time on USB. At EduWiki 2013, we will show you how the project has benefited students and teachers here in the UK, and in countries across the developing world. With the help of others, we have distributed copies globally, and we have had an amazing response from the people who count. In the UK, Wikipedia for Schools has been a great classroom companion for students and teachers alike.” 
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- Wikimedia endorsement (recent)
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- http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/bb-annualreport2013.pdf Annual UN Broadband Commission Report 2013
- https://wiki.wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/EduWiki_Conference_2013/Abstracts#Workshops by Jamie Goodland, who works with the international children’s charity SOS Children