It has been said that Wikipedia is the sum of all world knowledge. But sometimes, when using Wikipedia, it’s easy to get lost with all the in-links of the site. There are links which are sometimes distracting and will lead you away from the original information that you are looking for. With all information available to us in WikiPedia, it often takes a lot of time to browse around and read all the stuff for a particular topic. People on the go who do not have the luxury of time to go back and search again will have a hard time in finding what they are looking for especially when they are on the road and offline.
There is a web service called WikiSlice, a web app made by Webaroo which allows you to download a chunk of WikiPedia for you to browse offline. WikiSlice is a WikiPedia search engine which you can use to search a topic you want to download. Once you found what you are looking for, WikiSlice will let you download all the Wiki content related to that topic including subtopics. A list of related Wiki slices is also available for you to browse and download if you choose to do so.
You can browse the content through a desktop application called Webaroo. WikiSlice will detect if you do not have Webaroo installed in your computer. You can immediately download the software when you decided to download a Wikipedia topic.
Since Webaroo has a mobile version, I’m not sure if it will support the sliced Wikipedia content. It would be great if you can read the Wiki Slice in you mobile phones or iPhone. Remember the guy who downloaded all WikiPedia content in his iPhone? He uses the iPhone’s Safari browser to browse WikiPedia locally in his iPhone. It would be great if we can also do this using Webaroo mobile.
Anyway, this is a great tool if you want to read a WikiPedia topic when you are mobile and offline. You can take the content with you while on the road and do not have internet access. It’s also a great way for excluding a topic from all the other content in Wikipedia for research purposes.