On 4/16/09 12:51 PM, Manuel Schneider wrote:
Then we had the conference call with Erik Möller,
Tomasz Finc and Brion Vibber
from Wikimedia Foundation tonight.
The WMF is interested in openZIM as a standard storage format for offline
content and offers support, eg. funding DVDs or similar.
The WMF has some plans in standardizing the distribution of content in several
ways. The ZIM format may play a major role there, but this will have to
evolve in the next one or two years. Then we might see how the plans of the
WMF work out and in which state ZIM will be at that time and what features it
has by then.
A couple development things we're interested in seeing happen that came
up in our discussion:
* Simplifying the process of building a ZIM file out of an arbitrary
wiki -- one-button operation :)
If we can for instance integrate ZIM builds into our own dump process we
can make regular updates available on download.wikimedia.org
would be fantastic!
Making it easy for other wikis to build their own offline-reader dumps
would be a great thing for all.
* Maintenance of cross-platform builds of Kiwix (or similar reader) --
apparently current builds are happening on Linux only :(
Longer-term we'd love to see consideration of issues such as updating an
archive with new/changed pages.
-- brion vibber (brion @ wikimedia.org