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The heart of the project however is the ZIM format. It is designed to be an efficient and universal way of storing large wikis in a single file. It can be used to compress virtually any data from a given postgreSQL scheme. "With ZIM we are trying to introduce a standard for offline wiki applications", the project team explains
, this would also include applications on platforms such as the iPhone, webOS or Symbian , even existing ones. The team hopes other wiki applications will adopt the ZIM format, as the Wikimedia Foundation is already preparing automatic ZIM generators for the Wikipedia.
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