Wikimedians for offline wikis

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Introduction[edit]

There have been many efforts to distribute offline snapshots to places with little connectivity, via schoolservers, wikireaders, and pocket-sized servers that run on batteries.

  • We created a static content initiative early on;
  • An offline mailing list has been around for many years;
  • Kiwix has provided a stable toolchain for creating and viewing offline snapshots;
  • At various times (2011-12, 2016-) the WMF has staffed or supported offline teams testing and developing toolchains for translation and article selection, including one simply called "Offline".
  • A number of community grants from WMFR, WMDE, WMF and other foundations have supported offline deployments and focused translations for that purpose.

This user group is a shared community for people using the mailing list and developing any of these related initiatives!

Objectives[edit]

+ Consolidate and support offline snapshots of wiki knowledge, and deployments of them in schools, clinics, and rural communities.
+ Update and maintain the offline projects portal here on Meta.
+ Advocate for better distribution of and awareness of offline wikis, in all parts of the world where internet access is restricted, expensive, or unavailable: including schools, clinics, prisons, refugee camps, disaster areas.

Activities[edit]

  • Offline distributions to rural clinics, schools, and libraries
  • Support for editors compiling modern snapshots of wikipedia, such as WP 1.0
  • Past events: 2017 offline hackathon in NY
  • Future events: Offline meetup @ Wikimania, Kiwix hackathon

History[edit]

In 2017, a retreat for offline-wiki developers, users, and deployers was organized by Martin Walker at Potsdam University. In addition, Kiwix has organized hackathons for their toolchain and related use cases for many years.

This group was formed at the WMCON in 2018, by implementers in different countries who found one another and realized that we were not coordinating efforts as well as we might -- and did not know the current status of many important offline projects, as these were not gathered in a single place.

Contact information[edit]

sj <at> laptop.org

Interested in participating[edit]

Anyone interested in offline wiki use can join this group by adding their name below. We will send you sporadic updates.

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