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'''updated DVD based on free software'''
 
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Wikimedia CH has released a new edition of the german Wikipedia DVD on LinuxTag 2009 from 24th to 27th of June in collaboration with openZIM. The DVD contains more than 900'000 of german Wikipedia articles and a fulltext search index for phrasal search. The openZIM project develops a fileformat called "ZIM" to store hypertexts like Wikipedia or other websites with search indizes and images in the most efficient way. The data is highly compressed, the Wikipedia articles only take up 1.4 GB on the DVD.
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Wikimedia CH has released a new edition of the german Wikipedia DVD on LinuxTag 2009 from 24th to 27th of June in collaboration with openZIM. The DVD contains more than 900'000 german Wikipedia articles and a fulltext search index for phrasal search. The openZIM project develops a fileformat called "ZIM" to store hypertexts like Wikipedia or other websites with search indizes and images as efficient as possible. The data is highly compressed, the Wikipedia articles only take 1.4 GB on the DVD.
  
Using the free software on the DVD ZIM files can be read and also be created. A library with all necessary features enables software developers and publishers to integrate the ZIM format in their own products. As the software is still in testing Wikimedia CH has at first produced 500 Wikipedia DVDs which will be given away for free at LinuxTag in Berlin. Manuel Schneider, project lead of openZIM and member of Wikimedia CH: "Even though we are still testing this first release is very important for us, we are always happy about help. Reporting bugs and problems with our software is part of that."
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Using the free software on the DVD ZIM files can be read and also created. A library with all needed features enables software developers and publishers to integrate the ZIM format in their own products. As the software is still in testing Wikimedia CH has at first produced 500 Wikipedia DVDs which will be given away for free at LinuxTag in Berlin. Manuel Schneider, project lead of openZIM and member of Wikimedia CH: "Even though we are testing this first release it is very important for us and we are always happy about help. Reporting bugs and problems with our software is part of that."
  
 
Since April of 2009 there is a collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation, the operator of Wikipedia based in San Fransisco/USA. Software developer of the Wikimedia Foundation are working on integrating the ZIM format into the regular exporting process which will provide ZIM files of all Wikimedia projects in all languages in the future. Furthermore is planned to build a similar feature into MediaWiki, the wiki software behind Wikipedia and countless other wikis. A new edition of the Wikipedia DVD, in spanish, is planned for the Wikimania conference from August 26th to 28th of 2009 in Buenos Aires.
 
Since April of 2009 there is a collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation, the operator of Wikipedia based in San Fransisco/USA. Software developer of the Wikimedia Foundation are working on integrating the ZIM format into the regular exporting process which will provide ZIM files of all Wikimedia projects in all languages in the future. Furthermore is planned to build a similar feature into MediaWiki, the wiki software behind Wikipedia and countless other wikis. A new edition of the Wikipedia DVD, in spanish, is planned for the Wikimania conference from August 26th to 28th of 2009 in Buenos Aires.
  
 
;Further information about the openZIM project:
 
;Further information about the openZIM project:
The openZIM project exists since February 2009. The ancestor was the TntReader project which followed a call by Directmedia to develop an open source reader application for the Zeno file format. Directmedia defined this format to publish Wikipedia on a DVD. The last DVD 2007/2008 published by Directmedia contained beside the proprietary reader for Windows for the first time the TntReader as open source software which ran on Linux and Mac OS X. As Directmedia does not publish Wikipedia on DVD further the openZIM project expanded and published the Zeno file format as the ZIM (Zeno IMproved) file format. All necessary software and documentation which was made by openZIM is released under GPL.
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The openZIM project exists since February 2009. The ancestor was the TntReader project which followed a call by Directmedia to develop an open source reader application for the Zeno file format. Directmedia defined this format to publish Wikipedia on a DVD. The last german DVD 2007/2008 published by Directmedia contained beside the proprietary reader for Windows the TntReader as open source software which ran on Linux and Mac OS X. As Directmedia does not publish Wikipedia on DVD further the openZIM project expanded and published the Zeno file format as the ZIM (Zeno IMproved) file format. All software and documentation which is made by openZIM is released under GPL.
  
 
The openZIM is present at LinuxTag from June 24th to 27th in Berlin on booth 113a (hall 7.2a). More information at: http://openzim.org/ or http://www.linuxtag.de/.  
 
The openZIM is present at LinuxTag from June 24th to 27th in Berlin on booth 113a (hall 7.2a). More information at: http://openzim.org/ or http://www.linuxtag.de/.  

Revision as of 20:03, 20 June 2009

English:

Wikipedia DVD for Linux released

updated DVD based on free software

Wikimedia CH has released a new edition of the german Wikipedia DVD on LinuxTag 2009 from 24th to 27th of June in collaboration with openZIM. The DVD contains more than 900'000 german Wikipedia articles and a fulltext search index for phrasal search. The openZIM project develops a fileformat called "ZIM" to store hypertexts like Wikipedia or other websites with search indizes and images as efficient as possible. The data is highly compressed, the Wikipedia articles only take 1.4 GB on the DVD.

Using the free software on the DVD ZIM files can be read and also created. A library with all needed features enables software developers and publishers to integrate the ZIM format in their own products. As the software is still in testing Wikimedia CH has at first produced 500 Wikipedia DVDs which will be given away for free at LinuxTag in Berlin. Manuel Schneider, project lead of openZIM and member of Wikimedia CH: "Even though we are testing this first release it is very important for us and we are always happy about help. Reporting bugs and problems with our software is part of that."

Since April of 2009 there is a collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation, the operator of Wikipedia based in San Fransisco/USA. Software developer of the Wikimedia Foundation are working on integrating the ZIM format into the regular exporting process which will provide ZIM files of all Wikimedia projects in all languages in the future. Furthermore is planned to build a similar feature into MediaWiki, the wiki software behind Wikipedia and countless other wikis. A new edition of the Wikipedia DVD, in spanish, is planned for the Wikimania conference from August 26th to 28th of 2009 in Buenos Aires.

Further information about the openZIM project

The openZIM project exists since February 2009. The ancestor was the TntReader project which followed a call by Directmedia to develop an open source reader application for the Zeno file format. Directmedia defined this format to publish Wikipedia on a DVD. The last german DVD 2007/2008 published by Directmedia contained beside the proprietary reader for Windows the TntReader as open source software which ran on Linux and Mac OS X. As Directmedia does not publish Wikipedia on DVD further the openZIM project expanded and published the Zeno file format as the ZIM (Zeno IMproved) file format. All software and documentation which is made by openZIM is released under GPL.

The openZIM is present at LinuxTag from June 24th to 27th in Berlin on booth 113a (hall 7.2a). More information at: http://openzim.org/ or http://www.linuxtag.de/.

Further information about Wikimedia CH

Wikimedia CH is a national association, approved by the Wikimedia Foundation and supporting free content creating projects. Its main focus are the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, the biggest one is Wikipedia. Since its start more than 900.000 articles in german language have been written and are available online. By that is the german version the second largest after the english Wikipedia.

The association was established in 2006 to support the creation, collection and distribution if free content in a charitable way to ensure equal opportunities for everyone to obtain knowledge and education.

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Wikipedia DVD für Linux verfügbar

Aktualisierte DVD setzt auf freie Software

Wikimedia CH stellt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem openZIM-Projekt zum LinuxTag 2009 vom 24. bis 27. Juni in Berlin eine neue Ausgabe der Wikipedia-DVD vor. Auf der DVD befinden sich über 900.000 Artikel der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia sowie ein Volltextindex zur Begriffssuche. Das openZIM-Projekt entwickelt ein Dateiformat mit dem Namen "ZIM" um Hypertexte wie Wikipedia oder andere Webseiten samt Suchindex und Bildern möglichst effizient zu speichern. Dabei werden die Daten stark komprimiert. Die Wikipedia-Artikel belegen somit nur 1,4 GB auf dem Datenträger.

Mit der Freien Software, welche auf der DVD mitgeliefert wird, können ZIM-Dateien betrachtet, aber auch erzeugt werden. Eine Bibliothek mit allen dafür notwendigen Funktionen erleichtert es Softwareentwicklern und Verlagen, das ZIM-Format in eigene Produkte zu integrieren. Da sich die Software noch in der Testphase befindet, hat Wikimedia CH zunächst 500 Wikipedia-DVDs für die kostenlose Verteilung auf dem LinuxTag produziert. Manuel Schneider, Projektleiter openZIM und Wikimedia CH-Mitglied erklärt: „Auch wenn wir noch in der Testphase sind, ist uns diese erste Veröffentlichung sehr wichtig, für die Weiterentwicklung sind wir für jede Mithilfe dankbar. Dazu gehört auch das Melden von Fehlern und Problemen mit der Software.“

Seit April 2009 besteht eine Zusammenarbeit mit der Wikimedia Foundation, dem Betreiber der Wikipedia mit Sitz in San Francisco/USA. Software-Entwickler der Wikimedia Foundation arbeiten daran, das ZIM-Format in den regelmäßigen Export-Prozess einzubinden, so dass zukünftig ZIM-Dateien aller Wikimedia-Projekte in allen Sprachen zur Verfügung stehen werden. Außerdem soll eine entsprechende Funktion direkt in MediaWiki, der Wiki-Software hinter Wikipedia und zahllosen anderen Wikis, eingebunden werden. Eine neuere Version der Wikipedia-DVD, in spanischer Sprache, ist zur Wikimania-Konferenz vom 26. bis 28. August 2009 in Buenos Aires geplant.

Weitere Informationen zum openZIM-Projekt

Das openZIM-Projekt existiert seit Februar 2009. Vorläufer war das TntReader-Projekt, welches einem Aufruf des Directmedia-Verlages gefolgt ist, einen Open Source Reader für das Zeno-Dateiformat zu erstellen. Directmedia hat dieses Dateiformat definiert um Wikipedia auf DVD zu veröffentlichen. Die letzte von Directmedia veröffentlichte DVD 2007/2008 enthielt dann neben dem proprietären Windows-Reader auch erstmals den TntReader als Open Source, welcher unter Linux und Mac OS X funktionierte. Nachdem Directmedia nicht weiter Wikipedia auf DVD veröffentlichen wollte, hat das openZIM-Projekt das zeno Dateiformat zum ZIM (Zeno IMproved)-Dateiformat weiter entwickelt und veröffentlicht. Alle dafür notwendige Software wie auch die Dokumentation, die unter openZIM entsteht, wird unter der GPL veröffentlicht.

Das openZIM-Projekt ist vom 24. bis 27. Juni auf dem LinuxTag in Berlin auf Stand 113a (Halle 7.2a) vertreten. Mehr Informationen unter: http://openzim.org/ oder http://www.linuxtag.de/.

Weitere Informationen zu Wikimedia CH

Wikimedia CH ist ein von der Wikimedia Foundation anerkannter lokaler Förderverein, mit dem Ziel, Projekte zum Erstellen freien Inhalts zu unterstützen. Der Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf Projekten der Wikimedia Foundation, das größte ist die Wikipedia. Seit der Gründung 2001 sind dort über 900.000 Artikel in deutscher Sprache entstanden und bei Wikipedia abrufbar. Damit ist die deutschsprachige Version die zweitgrößte nach der englischsprachigen Wikipedia.

Die gemeinnützige Förderung der Erstellung, Sammlung und Verbreitung Freier Inhalte zu fördern, um die Chancengleichheit beim Zugang zu Wissen und die Bildung zu unterstützen ist der Schwerpunkt von Wikimedia CH.

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