Our education projects based on version V1 are now coming to an end.
There were two of them.
- The first was in English language, within South Africa high schools.
Articles were meant to be for Wikipedia. We are currently collecting the
texts produced and getting feedback.
- The second was in French langage, within schools in 4 French speaking
countries. Articles were meant to be for Vikidia and production was done
as part of a writing contest amongst schools. Participants were in the
9-12 years old range.
The list of articles produced may be found here :
Overall, it worked well ! We got some good feedback from teachers.
Apparently, the manual transfer of articles worked pretty well. What was
perhaps an issue was more about images (half of them were uploaded on
Commons, the other half on Vikidia, and most did not have attributions,
We are discussing next steps with both partners (Orange Foundation in
the francophone countries and Moleskine Foundation in the anglophone
ones), trying to figure out the next best options.
We are starting to work on the next steps. Wikimedia Foundation and the
committee agreed to fund those :
Those will include
1. Fix existing bugs and make coding improvements that have been
reported by the current users,
2. Increasing the outreach, educational and training resources that are
available on the platform,
3. Increase the training experience of the users by adding interactive
tutorials in English and French,
4. Meet with and develop a dissemination strategy with relevant
partners working in the field of offline access to open source
5. Increase the communication reach and scope, and
6. Explore future improvements to the software.
If you want more info, or if you are interesting to know more and get
involved, please get in touch with me.
ports. As a reminder, these ports are not full featured like native code
based Kiwix ports and might be a bit slower, but offer other nice
properties. For example. thanks to their portability, we support systems
on which it would be otherwise impossible to have Wikipedia offline...
We have released new versions of our extensions for Web browsers, Kiwix JS:
* For Chrome:
* For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/kiwix-offline/
Kiwix JS 2.2.0 Changelog:
* Support for StackExchange ZIM files (and maybe for some other ZIM
files with a structure * different than the Mediawiki-based ZIM files).
* Compatibility with split English wikipedia ZIM files (which now have
more than 26 files).
* Rename the project to Kiwix-JS instead of Kiwix-html5.
* Slightly improved memory handling of content decompression.
* Library updates (jQuery, Bootstrap, requireJS).
* Improved continuous integration (automated testing on several browsers).
* Avoid unnecessary 404 errors on images.
* Minor UI enhancements and fixes.
* Some code refactoring/cleaning on the way we handle the jQuery mode.
* Make geo: and tel: links work.
But we have also updated Kiwix JS for Windows and released the version
0.9.6. It's available here for Windows mobile and almost all Windows
based systems: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/kiwix-js/9p8slz4j979j
Last but not least, we have also started to release Custom apps for
Windows, which mean supporting only one type of content, by creating a
Wikivoyage offline app for windows here:
Hope you will enjoy all or part of these new apps, features and bug fixes.
Kiwix - Wikipedia Offline & more
* Web: http://www.kiwix.org
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiwixOffline
* more: http://www.kiwix.org/wiki/Communication