Wikibooks as Platform for Newdriftbook etc.?
at Linuxtag Karlsruhe, I attended the keynotes held by Jimmy Wales,
founder of Wikipedia. There it was where he not only announced a
cooperation between Wikimedia and KDE, but also addressed the problem
that pupils of lower ages wouldn't understand most of the articles of
At this very point he introduced Wikibooks.org as sister project of
Wikipedia. It is devised to host books of all kinds. Those can be
edited in Wikipedia manner and also be translated (internationalised).
A good example is a cooking book:
http://no.wikibooks.org/wiki/Kokeboka in Norsk
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook in English
http://fi.wikibooks.org/wiki/Keittokirja in Finnish
I believe that this platform could serve us in two apspects
- infrastructure for shared editing and internationalisation
- presence and publicity: as there is not too many wikibooks,
it will make people aware of Skolelinux/Debian-Edu
I should mention, that all Wikibooks are under GFDL and that education
is their major concern. Thus it attracts mainly our target group:
teachers like me ;)
The only limit I could see might be missing exchange capabilities with
XML/Docbook. I learned that there are Docbook export filters for
Wikimedia, but I don't know as for import...
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