Australian iPhone application, squeezes it to just 6GB
Soon on Windows mobile and Java phones too.
In a world first, an Australia based researcher has managed to compress the whole of Wikipedia -- including Wiktionary, Wikitravel, Wikibooks and other Wiki data bases -- so that it can be stored on an iPhone and updated regularly.
The work of Raymond Wong of National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA), it's called Tiniwiki and also works for non Wikipedia content as well. allowing users to carry large sets of information like reference and emergency materials on their hand phones. The advantage of squeezing large content like Wiki on to the phone is that it can be accessed without having to be online. On the other hand, it is regularly updated and allows full content search. The technology is XML compression -- Wikipedia in its original form is 60 GB and growing, while the tiniwiki application is just 6 GB.
Available at the iTunes App store for about $ 6 for a year's subscription of updates, tiniwiki(www.tiniwiki.com
) is now in beta for other platforms like java phones on Windows mobile devices. It was on show last week at the CommunicAsia event in Singapore.
(June 22 2009)