Taking Internet Education & Medicine Resources Off the Web [F-18-53]
|Location:||SUNY: Maxcy 104|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.3 hours|
|Dates:||Thu 11:15 AM 09/20|
|Status:||Course Update: Bring a wi–fi enabled laptop, tablet or phone to the talk if you can. If it works, it will be a nice demo of how these systems work without the internet.
Online resources such as Wikipedia, Khan Academy and Open Street Map are useful wherever there is cheap access to the internet. However, in many parts of the world the internet is expensive or unavailable. Organizations such as Internet-in-a-Box, Learning Equality and WikiMed, who met in Potsdam in 2017, have worked to create collections of educational and medical resources that can be used offline, and accessed through cheap computers or cellphones using Kiwix software. This presentation will describe how the resources are created and used, and how they are distributed to places as diverse as Haiti, Myanmar and South Africa, as well as Syrian refugee camps.
Martin Walker has been involved in creating Wikipedia offline collections since 2005 and was the co-organizer of last year’s conference. His “day job” is teaching organic chemistry at SUNY Potsdam.
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