[Foundation-l] One Wikipedia Per Person (regarding the distribution of and the ability to read Wikipedia)

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 23:12:59 UTC 2009

This is a good thought-experiment to rerun regularly : working through
what 'all human knowledge to each person in his/her own language'
means (practical approximations of "all", "each", and "own", &c).

I think at a minimum, without trying to directly solve high-upkeep
projects such as hardware manufacture or physical distribution, this
should include making available reasonably
 * USB-key distributions
 * half-offline cell-phone/portable distributions
 * compact offline distributions (for laptops and computers)
 * 'full' distributions for PCbangs, net cafes, and school computer labs
 * the above in one- and two-language editions,

All of this should be done regularly, with the best that can be done
at a given time; regularly snapshotted with a process that improves
over time.

Someone has already suggested this isn't the best place to have this
discussion.  I think it's a pretty good one for at least another
while, but wouldn't mind seeing a dedicated group and on-wiki
discussion grow out of this and tap into the WP-1.0 and (old-school)
WikiReader energy whose contributors rarely chat here.


(to the comment that there's not enough space on handhelds to store a
'full' WP snapshot, that's no longer true... offline readers that can
keep articles compressed and Flash prices that drop faster than WP
grows make it easy enough for most single languages.  that said, many
people for whatever reason still have a hard time downloading GB of
programs or files; which is the real reason to maintain svelte


On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:

> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/OWPP
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/One_Wikipedia_Per_Person
>   - Offline Handheld Wikipedia Reader
>   - Dead Tree Technology
>   - Wikipedia TV

Also Wikipedia Radio.  And don't forget distributed ideas like WP-over-DNS...

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