I agree with you completely. People who are reading Wikipedia should know
that Wikipedia is written by volunteers and that they can edit. Calling
someone a "reader" doesn't, to me, mean that editing is hidden from them..
it means that we're making sure we're meeting their needs as readers
It would be nice to have a little 6-pg workbook describing the idea of
wiki, and explaining how to create + edit your own wiki pages. Texting a
phone # (for tiny facts + images), offline/on a phone, on a local server,
or posting asynchronously to wikimedia; and details of what is expected of
The intro page of the offline medical wiki says that the content is written
by volunteers and invites the reader to join us and make the next version
On Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 14:03 Leinonen Teemu wrote:
> Hi Anne,
> On 23 Jul 2018, at 19.24, Anne Gomez ago...@wikimedia.org>> wrote:
On 23 Jul 2018, at 19.24, Anne Gomez
Personally, I see the New Readers efforts as a step in that direction, and
not the end goal. We're working on bringing more people to understanding
Wikipedia/Wikimedia with the hope that they'll contribute down
We are hoping to have a 128 Gb "Internet-in-a-Box"s with all of EN WP (plus
a bunch of other stuff including PT WP) in production soon at a cost of
about 40 to 60 USD.
On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:24 PM Paulo Santos Perneta <
I also have requests from schools and other educational institutions from
Guinea-Bissau (Bissau and Bolama, specifically)
to use Kiwix there to provide offline access to Wikipedia, as network
communications there are still very faulty, while many people already have
It would be
Thanks for the clarification, Teemu. That's helpful. And I hear you - we
need to continue to work with communities worldwide to include their
knowledge in the "sum of all human knowledge." It's definitely not enough
to have them reading knowledge written by others.
Personally, I see the New
I have followed the Kiwix and now checked the WikiFundi’s status, too. Thanks
for the links.
My point is that words matters and for instance, I find the concept “New
Readers” problematic in the case of us reaching “Global South” (often offline).
I agree that there is a lot we can, and should, do for people who are not
online... I'm really excited about this partnership with Kiwix because they
are the base of a lot of different initiatives in the offline space.
Are you aware of WikiFundi? It is a project, built on Kiwix,
Offline is important but when doing these things we should same time remember
our vision statement’s part saying “*every single human being* can freely
*share* in the sum of all knowledge”.
We should never consider the people in the “offline world” being only readers,
This press release is also available on the Wikimedia blog here:
Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia
*The Wikimedia Foundation and
Agree amazing news. Offline is key for much of the world.
We are developing and distributing "Internet-in-a-Boxes" to help compensate
somewhat for the pull back from zero rating.
On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 4:27 AM Lucas Teles wrote:
Those are excellent news!
I wonder if there are any plans on working on less rich countries. They
usually have less internet access and would benefit from that.
Wikipedia Zero has just expired in Angola and I can’t imagine a best way to
replace that source of knowledge withou having to deal with
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