[OLPC library] wikimedia parser

Seth Woodworth seth at isforinsects.com
Thu Jan 3 13:11:20 EST 2008


That is a great user story about your niece.  That is *exactly* the sort of
thing that I want to see out of OLPC.

I'm a fellow volunteer at OLPC, more interested in content than anything
else.  You ought to get together with SJ our content director.  It's a big
and long time wikipedian.  He could probably best tell you what's been done,
and what is yet needed.


On Jan 2, 2008 8:56 PM, David Farning <dfarning at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I would like to thank you all for the great work you are doing with
> the laptop.
> First, a real life reaction to the laptop.  I bought the laptop for
> myself under the g1g1 program.  I tested it for a few days for before
> deciding that the xo was too valuable to sit in my office.
> I gave it to my 5th grade niece for Christmas. It was a big hit.
> How does this relate to the list?  When I saw her again for new years,
> she was showing all of her cousins how to use wikipedia.  The kids
> spent the rest of the day sledding and seaching wikipedia.  How
> amazing is that.
> This positive response has encouraged me to get involved with the
> project.  My interest is helping create the library.
> I have been looking at the process of bringing content into the library.
> I am interested in generalizing wiki splice to
> allow it to import item from different sources and automatically
> create .xols.
> My basic premises are that content curators should not have to worry
> about the details of making a bundle.  Programmers should worry about
> the content in the bundle.
> I have started rewritting wikisplice in more generalized manner so that
> it can take different types of input and build the bundles
> automatically.
> A interesting development is mwlib found at
> http://code.pediapress.com/wiki/wiki that is sponsored by the
> wikimedia foundation.  It is a library for parsing raw mediawiki text.
> I will hopefully have some prototype code ready for submission in a few
> days.
> Thank
> David Farning
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