Wikipedia claims that the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) association has chosen to load a snapshot of select Wikipedia articles onto laptops it is developing.
This can be an important step for the OLPC project as including Wikipedia on the $100 laptop is very close to the project’s goal, which is to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education.
“We are very pleased to have our content featured on the OLPC laptops,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. “OLPC’s mission goes hand in hand with our goal of distributing encyclopedic knowledge, free of charge, to every person in the world. Not everybody in the world has access to a broadband connection. This is exactly the type of project that advances Wikipedia’s core mission.”
Wikipedia could be a very efficient way of studying for children as it provides a tremendous amount of information all of it, easily accessible by anyone.
Although the entire online version of Wikipedia contains 1.2 million articles in English, with approximately 3.4 million articles in other languages, the ffline version to be distributed with the $100 laptop will be much smaller as only selected articles will be included.
Wikipedia and OLPC have not announced which languages will be distributed with the OLPCs, or which articles will appear in the final revision either.