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A short while ago we announced the release of Ubuwiki for Africa. The idea is very simple. A lot of us take connectivity for granted. We also fail to take bandwidth considerations into account and the result is known as the Digital Divide. PDF is a great format for sharing books. Ogg-Theora is the open-source format for sharing music. WoaS or Wiki-on-a-Stick is “a wiki living in a self-modifying XHTML file”. We want it to become the “MP3 of Data” or in Opensource terms, the Ogg-Theora of Data.

Originally Ubuwiki, essentially a modded WoaS “containing repurposed content” was a forked development of WoaS. The two projects have now combined forces and there are plans to develop the format even further. What we want you to do, is modify Woas or Ubuwiki and to share the modified files with your friends. Create online and offline data-sharing. Encourage users to share information with those who don’t have bandwidth. Here is an example of a modification from the official WoaS forum “i use woas with this extention for tabs. i also did some dirty code modifications to use it with ie8 and embedded images. further i did some css modifications.”

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A localisation of the popular Wiki format could be the solution to low bandwidth in the developing world as an intermediate technology group from Africa calls for greater offline accessiblity and knowledge sharing.

“A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not address themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?” – Nelson Mandela.

Ubuwiki Offline is an intermediate technology solution for Africa where low-bandwidth and high-cost of internet make communication unaffordable for the majority. In the face of the digital divide, Ubuwiki contains a digest of information – Ubuwiki Live – to get users of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system started. Wikipedia has announced plans to migrate to the Ubuntu platform.

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