I am so excited about the content of this email chain! There have been huge
advances in the offline work for India of late.
Quick background: I know many of you know, and Hisham mentioned it earlier,
but I am involved with the offline WIkipedia projects around the world for
WMF, so I have an ok idea about what options are available and who uses our
information (like OLPC or SOS Children's Village or Camara).
For this work, I think it's _imperative_ to get a high-quality, Indic
version available for mass-distribution. But while the full,
all-encompassing offline version might take 6-7 months to develop, there
are bite-sized pieces we can concretely work on so we can start at least
pushing some information out. For example, if we focus on "Geography"
first, we could perhaps get a really good "Geography" package set-up and
ready to go by the next pilot, in order to at least get a package out there
- something to have a presence within the distributions. The storage space
on the Aakash tablet and other low-cost devices is minimal, so a limited
content package is actually fine, in many ways.
In the meantime, we can be working on more and more additions, which could
be distributed in-mass as time unfolds. Then people could basically have a
"library" of content available for their perusal.
Thoughts on this? It helps prevent a complete gap in time for our
execution: we have an AWESOME encyclopedia already available (that's why we
have almost 500M people reading it every month!), and it would be really
sad, I think, to sit on such a resource! One good place to start in terms
of identifying content is to leverage the list of articles use for
the Malayalam Offline edition - that probably would get us a good step of
the way there in terms of which articles are India-relevant and worthy of
I have a lot more I can say about this, but will stop myself here for now :)
On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM, Aditya Sengupta <apsengupta(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 20:17, Pradeep Mohandas <
Someone suggested OLPC folks. We might be interested in approaching such
folks as well.
I imagine this is happening too. I saw an OLPC being demoed at the
WikiConference (by Harriet Vidyasagar, I think?).
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