Wikipedia & Linterweb

31 March 2011

Okawix for Android released as Open Source software

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 10:25

For already a few years, Okawix for PC, the off-line Wikipedia reader that was developed by the web company Linterweb, has been available as Open Source software.
It is now the turn of its little brother, Okawix for Android, to be released as Open Source. All those interested may watch and possibly improve the source code of our program, that is available at the following address: http://okawix.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/okawix/trunk/android/.

Thanks in advance for any support (in programming, debugging…) you could provide, and for your feed backs on our blog (for instance under this article).

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia online casino Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

28 March 2011

What Wikimarks can do for you

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 16:02

In my last article I introduced you to Wikimarks. I explained you that Wikimarks is a customizable search engine, that it is run by Linterweb, and that it makes it possible to perform searches on social network and bookmarking accounts (Delicious, Netvibes, Twitter, Google Reader, Identi.ca, Digg, etc.). I told you too how Wikimarks works, how you can settle your own Wikimarks search engine, and how to use it once settled.

Today I’d like to describe you only but a few of the numerous possible applications of Wikimarks.
First, you must know that sharing your custom Wikimarks search engine with your acquaintances or your friends is a very easy stuff. All you need to do is to share the URL of your Wikimarks search engine with them (each Wikimarks search engine has a dedicated URL, and Wikimarks search engines are public).

It’s cool, as it will allow you for instance to set up your Wikimarks search engine together with other people, who will then be able to help you to improve your search engine.

For instance, let’s imagine that you’re an history teacher. Then you can draw up on your Wikimarks search engine a list of good web links with regard to your course, so that your pupils can perform searches on websites that are really relevant with your course, websites especially selected by you. Other colleagues history teachers can join and participate to the elaboration of the list as well. Or, why not, the whole community of all history teachers of your country, in a common effort at a national level (I’m not dreaming, such projects are already run in some countries!). Or, not only the history teachers of your school, but also all other teachers too (maths, physics, literature…).

Thus you can set up specialized search engines: one for the physics course, one for the maths, one for the tennis club, one for the film society, etc.

A big advantage is that your customized search engine won’t have its results overwhelmed by spam links. All links are relevant, since they have all been selected by you. Unlike normal search engines, that usually return loads of spam links (for instance run with a classical search engine a search on the term “Computer”; likely, most of the results returned for this search will be links to websites of computer retailers; which is not necessarily what you want :-( for other search terms, you will often get links to pages that are mere copies of Wikipedia articles, as you have probably already noticed; so irritating!! :-( ).

Now, if you feel like you have set up an especially good search engine for a given subject, you may want to share the URL of your search engine with friends or relatives, so that they can use it and enjoy it too. In addition, they will be able to give you a hand to improve your search engine.

Finally, if you run one or several websites on your own, Wikimarks allows you to show only results of your websites, as if you had a hand made search engine for your websites.

The current version of Wikimarks is still a beta version, and a lot has to be done yet, but we hope you’ll want to give it a try and let us know your feed back on our blog.

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

15 March 2011

Archives of the version 0.8 of the English speaking Wikipedia now available on the Okawix website

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 17:33

We’ve got some news for you about Okawix, the off-line Wikipedia reader that was developed by the web company Linterweb, and whose search engine is our other program Wikiwix.

First of all, Linterweb is collaborating once again with the English speaking Wikipedia 1.0 community. The Wikipedia 1.0 project plans to implement content review, to produce a filtered snapshot of the English speaking Wikipedia, to publish a core set of articles thanks to a selection based on a combination of importance and quality. This project is still under way. A first 0.5 version containing a collection of almost 2,000 core articles has been released in April 2007. Then, another pre-version, the version 0.7, containing around 31,000 articles, was released quite a while ago. Well… The news is that the next version, the version 0.8, containing this time around 47,300 articles, has now been released in the form of a .okawix archive, so that you can download the .okawix archive of the version 0.8 through the use of the Okawix software, or directly from our Okawix.com website. Then the software Okawix will allow you to read the articles of the Wikipedia 0.8 off-line, or, among other things, to find specific articles with the help of our integrated Wikiwix search engine, …

Well, if you would like to learn more about Okawix, we encourage you to visit and read our blog, especially the article “Introduction to Okawix“.

Enjoy your time with Okawix!

Yours sincerely , Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

The version 0.8 of the English speaking Wikipedia on the archive download page of Okawix

9 March 2011

Beta version of Okawix for Android, iPhone, iPad, soon available – Beta Testers needed!

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 16:06

As announced a few weeks ago, a beta version of Okawix for Android, iPhone and iPad will be soon available.
Okawix is our offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website. It will thus be soon possible to take Wikipedia, or any sister project, with you in the pocket of your jacket, on your Android, iPhone or iPad device, and to read it anywhere, at any time, even without possibility of Internet connection (in the train, in air planes, in Sahara, in Antarctic…).

In addition, we”re thinking about the possibility to set up a new portal with various contents available for download. Which archives will be available on this portal, we”re not quite sure yet: for sure, you”ll find archives of Wikipedia (in all available languages) as well as of its sister projects (Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikibooks…). Likely, you”ll find also archives of Wikisource set by author. And the books of the PediaPress Portal. And a whole bunch of taurus horoscope love people have always taken very seriously their partners’ choices. web sites available under the CC-by-sa license. And, in a private directory, archives of any web site and of your Wikimarks account.

Now, we”re looking for beta testers, dead or alive!! But alive would be better :-) We”d like you to test our offline Wikipedia browser on your Android, iPhone or iPad devices, and tell us the small bugs and your good ideas of improvement of this new service. If you want to help us, please leave a comment under this articles on our blog (please give your true email address in the form, so that we can contact you).

We hope to read your feed back soon,

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

2 March 2011

Wikimarks: A search engine for social network or bookmarking accounts (Delicious, Netvibes, Twitter, Google Reader, Identi.ca, Digg, etc.)

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 15:13

Until recently, Wikiwix, the search engine run by the web company Linterweb, gave only results out of Wikimedia projects. But we now want to give you the possibility to also perform, thanks to Wikiwix, searches on social network and bookmarking accounts (Delicious, Netvibes, Twitter, Google Reader, Identi.ca, Digg, and so on). It’s a new service, and it’s called Wikimarks.

Let’s suppose that you want to perform searches on , for instance, one or several Twitter or Delicious accounts. Then you need to go to the Wikimarks login page: http://wikiwix.com/wikimarks/index.php.

You’ll have first to set up a new account (nothing easier, you just have to enter a mail address and choose a password for this new account).


Now you can log in. You enter into your Wikimarks settings area. Click on the link Manage your external bookmarks.

On this page you can manage which social network accounts you want to be performed on: for instance, if you want to perform searches through the Twitter account named Wikipedia, you just have to write Wikipedia in the corresponding box and click onto the Add button (you don’t even need to have personally your own Twitter account, you can add any Twitter account, that is, any Twitter user name on the account of whom you’ll want to perform searches). Next, Wikimarks indexes all pages that have been tweeted on this Wikipedia account, and you can subsequently perform searches restricted to these pages. You can of course also add more accounts of various websites: Delicious, Twitter, Identica, Digg. You can also add simple RSS feeds, as well as OPML web page lists (OPML is a file format, that is among others used by web sites such as Google Reader or Netvibes; so that you can add and perform searches on your Google Reader or Netvibes feeds).

Now you are ready to perform searches: type search terms in the search box (at the right bottom of the page), and hit Enter on your keyboard or click the Search button to display the results page.

So, now you have customized your search engine and you can restrict your searches to your favourite Streams.

The current version of Wikimarks is still a beta version, and a lot has to be done yet, but we hope you’ll want to give it a try and let us know your feed back on our blog.

Next time I’ll speak of possible applications of Wikimarks.

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

3 February 2011

Archiving of Wikipedia external links: the problem has been fixed

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 15:10

Last week there has been a very unfortunate incident with the cache system used, in particular, by the French speaking Wikipedia, cache system run by the web company Linterweb, and that allows to keep archives of external links used as footnotes inside articles.
What happened is that someone, while reading the article La_Quatrième Prophétie, checked the archive of the first footnote, thus getting the page saved in the cache system of our search engine Wikiwix. So far, all is normal.

Above the page displayed as it had been saved in our cache, we put some kind of information, like the URL of the archived page, the day the page was saved in our cache, how to contact us, how the webmaster of the site can prevent his site to be archived… in addition, for a few week, we had been adding the three top links of our Results in the recent web search engine new feature. These links are not ads. There are just links recently posted on Twitter, and related to the archived page, as determined by our search engine. Click-throughs do not generate revenues for Linterweb. These links are generated by our twitter-search algorithm which we are putting in place in order to return interesting up-to-the-minute results around search terms or, in our case, around the archived page. You can see an example of this twitter search service here: http://wikiwix.com/index.php?disp=!twitter/en/&action=Wikipedia. The basic idea is that we want to show users material that is recent and fresh around their search term of interest or related to the archived page. We’d like to make it clear that we don’t make any money on it. The feature was just meant to enhance the cache service we provide to the French speaking Wikipedia.

Well, what happened is that the first of these three top Results in the recent web led actually to a football site (site apparently somehow related for some reason to the archived page, as determined by our twitter-search algorithm), site on which were displayed sexy ads.

Thus, dogged by bad luck (Wikipedia -> Wikiwix archive -> somehow related tweeted link -> football site -> sexy ad), our unfortunate user reached content not related with Wikipedia, and certainly inappropriate.

We feel sorry about that. We feel of course all the more concerned that, beside this collaboration with the French Wikipedia on the archiving and search engine system, we also provide some search engine services to Vikidia, a Wikipedia like encyclopaedia intended for children from 8 to 13 years old!!! :-S You probably understand now how much we feel concerned by possible problems of this nature (however, I’d like also to remind the possibility to install a parental control software; see the Wikipedia article Parental controls and its external links for more information).

We are working on a way to improve our algorithm so that it doesn’t show results that could lead to inappropriate content. In the meantime, we have disabled the feature.

If you have any comment, feel free to leave a message on our blog.

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

6 January 2011

What a year!

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 15:16

Bloody hell! How fast time has flown! How fast this year 2010 went by! Crazy!

On the other hand, it was not fruitless for us, at Linterweb. We’ve accomplished heaps of things.

For instance, back to the year 2009, Linterweb was still in charge of archiving the external weblinks of Wikipedia, to ensure that the content of those web pages remains available as reference of the article in the future, and this even if the true page has disappeared of the external web site. But then, this archiving wasn’t run on all Wikimedia projects, for all languages.
Now, it’s still not run on all Wikimedia projects, for all languages, but its use is spreading. This service is now run, for instance, on several Wikipedia’s sister projects (the French speaking Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, …), or as well on projects of other languages (like the Hungarian speaking Wikipedia).
Hopefully, this use of the Wikiwix archiving will extend even more, as this service has a huge potential usefulness: many references in articles contain external web links; when those links get broken, the readers can’t check anymore what the external web page says exactly, and the reference is often contested. So that part of the article gets lost, actually, as references are a very important part of the articles. The solution to this problem is to archive all external web pages linked to articles.

Furthermore, Okawix port to Android is almost complete. Okawix is our offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website. It will thus be soon possible to take Wikipedia, or any sister project, with you in the pocket of your jacket, on your Android smartphone, and to read it anywhere, at anytime, even without possibility of Internet connection (in the train, in airplanes, in Sahara, in Antarctic…). For iPad, this possibility should be completed soon too, before the end of the first quarter 2011.
Moreover, we are glad and proud that, in a recent email, Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales had a word to praise those who, like us, work at making Wikipedia and its sister projects available on offline or mobile devices.

We hope to read from you soon (please let us a comment on our blog) and, naturally, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

15 December 2010

Wikiwix indexes tweeted web pages

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 18:40

Dear all,

Wikiwix, the semantic search engine run by the web company Linterweb that, so far, had been giving only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects, indexes henceforth as well tweeted web pages.

The idea is very simple: when a tweet contains a link to a web page, the content of this web page gets indexed in real time, and the web page is displayed immediately amongst search results. Thus, Wikiwix indexes in real time about 150 pages per second, corresponding to the around 150 “Tweets with links” that are tweeted on average every second on Twitter.

Example: Let’s assume that you are searching for web pages relevant to the search term “Wikileaks”. The two last results (that is, the two last web pages to which a tweet refers to, and that are relevant to the search term “Wikileaks”) are displayed anti-chronologically (that is, the last tweeted pages are shown at the top of the result list, in a Last In First Out order) at the top of the result page, just over the classical results of the search, in a panel called “Results on the recent web”. For each result, the following information is provided:

  • Title: The first line of each result shows the title of the tweeted web page. Click this title to reach that web page.
  • Snippet: Below the title is a short description of the web page, sometimes an excerpt of text from the web page. This helps you to decide easily if the result really fits your search.
  • URL: The web address of the web page appears in green.
  • The amount of time passed, since the tweet of the page (in brackets). Unlike Google News, that indicates the time passed since indexing of the web page (sometimes hours after the publication of the page! That is, often slower than Wikiwix :-) ).


Then click on the “Plus” symbol, at the upper right corner of this result panel, to open a web page with more recent results (not only the two last ones of the list). You now see the whole list of results in the recent web with, for each result, the same information as just described (Title, Snippet, URL, Amount of time passed) and, in addition, the tweet, and a link to the tweet in which the web page has been posted.

Up til now, Wikiwix had been indexing fundamental articles, for a given subject, background articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikiwix will, from now on, index in addition the pages of the recent web. Both functionalities that, being used simultaneously, will complement each other wonderfully.
This new feature is already available in German, English, Spanish, French and Dutch.

We would be happy to read your comments, ideas, suggestions…

Take care :-) Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.

28 January 2010

Okawix USB flash drives, Wikipedia 0.7 special edition!

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 18:51

As told in our last article, the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia is about to be released (this Wikipedia 0.7 is actually a filtered snapshot of the English speaking Wikipedia, a core set of around 31,000 articles, after a tough selection based on a combination of importance and quality of the articles; for more information, please read our last article). On the occasion of this long awaited event, we”ve decided to release a Ces sites Internet vous permettent de jouer a la roulette, au blackjack, au baccarat et a beaucoup d’autres jeux de tables, aux machines a sous , au video poker mais aussi au keno et aux autres jeux de tirage. Wikipedia 0.7 special edition of our Okawix USB flash drives.

These flash drives contain the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia, as well as the last version of Okawix (the free off-line Wikipedia reader that was developed by our firm, Linterweb). These flash drives will also benefit of a packaging specially designed for this occasion. The flash drives are actually black Kingston Data Traveler 8GB USB flash drives, available at the price of €19.99.

This collector”s edition will be limited to 200 pieces.

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to visit our virtual shop.

See you soon :-) Matthieu.

4 January 2010

My Wikiwix and OpenDemocracy

Filed under: wikiwix — Matthieu @ 18:56

Dear all!

Recently, our firm, Linterweb, had the pleasure to introduce you its new service, My Wikiwix.
You already know Wikiwix, the semantic search engine run by the web company Linterweb that gives only results out of the databases of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects.
My Wikiwix, as you may know, is a search engine as well.
The difference with Wikiwix is just that you can run My Wikiwix on your own personal website.
My Wikiwix uses the technologies initially developed for the searches on the Wikimedia projects with Wikiwix.
The user interface is already available in English, French and German, and will in the future be available also in Spanish.
Well, lately, a lot has happened, and we can now announce that My Wikiwix is fully available and usable, and that the famous website OpenDemocracy decided to add the My Wikiwix search box on its start page.
You, too, can integrate My Wikiwix on your website and freely enjoy the use of our semantic search engine.
All you have to do is to follow the instructions on this page: http://my.wikiwix.com/.
If you would like to learn more about My Wikiwix, we encourage you to visit and read our blog, especially the article “My Wikiwix, the search engine that will fit you“.

Just give it a try!

We hope that you will enjoy your time with My Wikiwix, and we wish you a Happy New Year!

Yours sincerely , Matthieu.

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation’s projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline archives of the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website; those archives are available for download on the website of Okawix;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.
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