Offline Projects/Volunteer Page

Overview edit

As with all the Wikimedia projects, the community is what provides the necessary energy and talent driving the Offline project. Please enter your general contact information in the table below so that you can find other volunteers who may be interested in your same geography, language, or tool development!

Meet-ups edit

Mailing lists edit

Conversations about the offline projects happen across a variety of mailing lists. Choose the ones that most interest you!

  • Offline Wikipedia mailing list: This list is a place where technologists and practitioners meet to discuss the best approaches for using -- as readers or as participants -- Wikimedia projects and other MediaWiki-powered sites without Internet connectivity.
  • Kiwix Developer list: Interested in doing some development for the Offline Reader Kiwix? Join this list!
  • Kiwix Testing list: Love to file bugs? Want to help with testing the latest and greatest version of the Offline WIkipedia reader Kiwix? Here's your chance to be informed with updates and pleas for help!

Table of volunteers edit

Enter your location (city / area) and any way in which a fellow volunteer can contact you to take a copy or invite you to a school they know. Put your contact number / email / twitter / facebook url / wikia username / anything by which you can be contacted within a reasonable amount of time:


Username Offline language Country City Contact Primary interest
Example Example Example Example Example Example
Gerald Shields English USA Washington, DC geraldshields11 [at] gmail {dot} com Send the offline Wiki into space
Alex Wafula Swahili / English Kenya Nairobi xelawafs [at] yahoo [dot] com Development and distribution of offline software / content
Isaac Kosgei Swahili / English Kenya Nairobi kips8505izo [at] gmail [dot] com Development and distribution of offline software / content
Samson Maosa English & Swahili Kenya Nairobi & Kisii coolsam726 [at] gmail [dot] com Distribution of Offline Content & Spreading word
Anirudh Bhati English, Hindi and Gujarati India Gujarat anirudh [at] wikimedia [dot] in Public outreach, distribution, volunteer co-ordination
Srikant Kedia English, Hindi & Oriya India Orissa wikiodisha1 [at] gmail [dot] com Distribution of Offline Content, Public Outreach, volunteer co-ordination, etc...
Nikhil Sheth English, Hindi and Marathi India Pune nikhil [dot] js [at] gmail [dot] com Offline educational software and content, Public outreach, volunteer co-ordination
Vaibhav Jain English, Hindi and Sanskrit India Delhi vibhijain [at] yahoo [dot] in Public outreach and Volunteer Coordination
Kelson English, German and French Switzerland Zurich kelson [at] Tech. and deployment
Adam Wight English, Spanish USA SF Bay adamw [at] ludd [dot] net Programming; offline read-write access
AshLin English India Pune ashlin [at] wikimedia [dot] in Offline Wikipedia for Indian Schools
Stephen English, Swahili, Kikuyu Kenya Nairobi stevewanjau Distribution of Offline Content and content development
Nkansah Rexford English Ghana Ghana nkansahrexford[at]gmail[dot]com Distribution and Promoting Offline Content
C. Scott Ananian English, Spanish, others USA Boston Offline read/edit/share for en:OLPC
Florence Devouard French, English France Marseille fdevouard [at] anthere [dot] org Offline edit m:WikiFundi
James Heilman (April 2018) English mostly Canada Cranbrook jmh649 [at] gmail [dot] com Internet-in-a-Box / Offline medical apps
Gabriel Thullen French mostly Senegal Switzerland gabriel [at] thullen [dot] com Internet-in-a-Box / Kiwix in schools

Ways to help edit

Interested in becoming part of the Offline Community? There are many ways you could help!

  • Give media attention
  • Spread the word (e.g., send out this Wiki!)
Content creation
  • e.g., a student from a college can download/copy and put the encyclopedia on the institute's LAN and proliferate it to everybody on the campus. Then groups of students can be formed to go to under-resourced schools in nearby areas and install it there.
  • See also Distribution needs
  • Sponsor CDs/DVDs/USB sticks for distribution
  • Sponsor developers to execute outstanding projects in the project pipeline
Develop partnerships
  • E.g., corporates for funding
  • E.g., government agencies for quick distribution
  • E.g., computer distributors