Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Pocket Wikipedia

You traveled a lot and sometimes you need references quickly? Probably Pocket Wikipedia is the answer for your problem. It's an offline version of Wikipedia which is customized to be installed on PocketPC (but it can be installed on desktop or laptop) and for education purposes. It will not be as accurate as the online version, as it has been reduced both in size and also in the content.

The Selection (made by Schools Wikipedia) is about the size of a 15 volume encyclopedia with 24,000 pictures, 14 million words and articles on 4,625 topics. It includes the best of Wikipedia as well as many thousands of pages of extra material specifically selected to be of interest to children who follow the UK National Curriculum and similar curricula elsewhere in the world.

Nevertheless, it's still useful if you need quick information without Internet connection. It has been configured to run on Windows and also Linux (because lots of handheld are now using Linux as the operating system).

The application is available for free as BitTorrent download (2.5GB compressed with full size images) or HTTP download (792MB compressed with only thumbnail images) or on DVD from SOS Children’s offices.