Download a Slice of Wikipedia with WikiSlice

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.

8 Comments on “Download a Slice of Wikipedia with WikiSlice

  1. Did I mention how much I dislike Wikipedia that I consider the End of Knowlegde?

    I have linked above to the blog post where I explain a little bit why.

  2. @Roger: LOL, I understand your sentiments. I rarely use Wikipedia and prefer finding articles about something from different sources. I specially like the sources which gives some sort of contradicting views about the topic. Helps me to look at different views. Anyway that being said, WikiPedia is still the number one resource of information in the internet. Students like to use it and a lot of people find Wikipedia of great resource. This particular tool does not apply to us who likes to find our sources elsewhere. WikiSlice is still a pretty neat tool if you ask me.

  3. I personally like Wikipaedia. I use it as a base for my research and from there I can go on and go elsewhere and do further research on the topic at hand.

    Wikipaedia may be written by amateurs, but it is user generated content that allows for a lot more of people’s point of view to be included. In saying this, I am not advocating this to be the one source of information, people will still need to do their research to get a wider scope so they are able to form a balanced argument. But this in itself is not wikipaedia’s fault, the responsibility lies in our approach to our children’s education and to guide them on how they should obtain information and different research methods they can use.

  4. Very well said Marie. Wikipedia had provided people with valuable information throughout the years. I also have high respects for Wikipedia but I do not use it as my main source of information. I usually look for 2 to 4 related articles about a topic before making my own conclusions.

  5. Heya AgentOrange,
    Thanks for the heads up, I often find when I am doing uni studies that I will get completely side tracked from what I was originally searching for.

    I am going to take a squiz into this, thanks so much for the idea.

  6. Stuart: That’s basically the idea behind this tool. At least that’s what I think anyway. 🙂 I hope that it will help you with your research. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. I am fond of downloading websites on the net and browsing locally on my PC. I usually use Ofline Explorer to do that, and I can browse the downloaded folder using any browser.

    I am very sure using Wikipedia this way ofline will be better than my traditional method. Let me check the service and evaluate for myself.

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