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Wikipedia 1.0: Offline releases of the English Wikipedia

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Wikipedia 1.0: Offline releases of the English Wikipedia

Presenter Martin Alec Walker (State University of New York, Potsdam)
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About the presenter
Martin A. Walker is associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Potsdam.  He is an organic chemist with an interest in green chemistry and cheminformatics.  On the English Wikipedia, he serves as the coordinator of the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial Team, which organises offline releases of the English Wikipedia.  In that regard, he has worked on developing a bot-assisted article assessment scheme for WikiProjects, and bot-assisted article selection based on importance and quality.  He also works with the French 1.0 team.  He is active in the Chemistry and Chemicals WikiProjects, where in recent years he has mainly worked on chemistry style issues and content validation.  He is 49 years old, and lives in Potsdam, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

The English Wikipedia 1.0 project is now able to produce offline releases of selected articles, such as "Version 0.7", using a very different approach than the German 1.0 project. These selections are based on metadata compiled by WikiProjects on 1.7 million articles, using manual article assessments combined with a topic importance algorithm. This presentation describes the process used for producing past versions, as well as plans for general and specialised releases in the future.

Language English
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