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.

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