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Latest comment: 6 years ago by Doc James in topic Tanzania

Set up documentation[edit]

This project includes enough people to justify the creation of a public documentation page.

I did the best I could as a first draft. Information here should be developed by anyone. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:23, 7 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

Name of project[edit]

I drafted this project page as "Wikibox". There are various working names for this project currently in use. Probably the most common name in use is "Wikipedia in-a-box", but I really did not want to use that name because I know that "in-a-box" is a pain to type and sort because of the hyphens.

"In-a-box" is a synonym for "off-the-shelf", which is a business jargon term for a complicated product which provides a simple user experience to meet a need. I shortened "in-a-box" to box and put the word "wiki" in front of it, because "wiki" and "box" are simple concepts and generic terms which are commonly combined with other words. A Wikibox is "in-a-box" in the sense of being off-the-shelf and also because it is a physical box at the center of its users' attention.

I checked who else is using "wikibox" for a product name. In my opinion, the existing uses of this term do not have a significant relationship with anything in the scope of this project, so I think we could use the name wikibox without infringing on anyone elses product identity.

If anyone has another better name proposal then feel free to rename this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:23, 7 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

I changed the name to be Internet-in-a-box to match "http://internet-in-a-box.org/". The developed name is the right one to use. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:42, 7 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

Update May 2017[edit]

I shared a little update on this project at en:Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Deployment_of_devices_sharing_offline_Wikipedia. This project has lots of parts but one thing in common is that WikiProject Medicine on English Wikipedia cares about all of them. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:12, 31 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Similar projects[edit]

Hard drives accessed via wifi access points:

  • XO School Server
  • WikiFundi
  • Egranary
  • CDPedia

Satellite distribution:

  • Outernet
  • Net Freedom Pioneers


  • XOWA
  • Endless




  • Storing images
  • Module library [current, future; submissions, maintenace; review]


  • Licenses per module: PD/BY/SA, NC/ND, right-to-use.

What to include:

  • Variations: 1-2 devices; 5 language-versions (en,es,fr,fa,ar); 1-2 sizes (32/64G); 2-3 content elements [Med, WP]
  • Make it possible to get 1-10 units shipped [via W-store?]
  • How-to: make your own from scratch


From what I understand all the hardware will be ready Sept 29th 2017 for the first 100. This will mean we will just have assembly to take care of. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:59, 8 September 2017 (UTC)Reply


Hi I see that Doc James posted on my sw talk page and erased again. Is there a request or not? Kipala (talk) 19:59, 23 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thanks User:Kipala. I need to adjust a few things. Will sent you a new link shortly :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 09:07, 24 February 2018 (UTC)Reply