UN World Food Programme

OOPS! We did it again!!!

 Many organisations share the need to make knowledge available where Internet connectivity is a challenge.  So what's the solution? OOPS!

Many organisations share the need to make knowledge available where Internet connectivity is a challenge.  So what's the solution? OOPS!

That’s right – OOPS!  The Online Offline Publication System allows field staff to always have updated information available without needing permanent internet connection.  Pretty cool, huh? It’s a project being developed by Reflab with WFP Logistics to answer this very basic need. The idea is a web-based delivery, with navigation, search, private or public access available both online and offline.

The initial project started for the development of the Logistic Operation Guide (http://log.logcluster.org).  The LOG, a manual for all humanitarian logisticians, was originally produced as a set of MS Word documents and other files, updated and published on the web as a series of static HTML pages. The goal was to design a system that would use simple technology to make the LOG manual available both online and offline.

The project recognises the potential obstacles in the field where Internet connection can be limited.  OOPS provides two different offline modes:
•    Portable version
•    Offline with Gears (and with HTML5 when available)

The publication produced with OOPS can be downloaded onto either a computer, a USB-stick or any other storage devices. This portable version is based on Portable Firefox or Google Chrome.

The web publication can also be accessed directly in the browser, even offline, after installing the Gears add-on. Gears is an open source product developed by Google, the same used to make Gmail available offline.

Both versions allow the user to search and extract tools and templates. So even when downloaded to a USB-stick, the web publication offers full access to the user.  And get this - both versions support updates as well.  So whenever an internet connection is available the system will check for updates, notify the user and ask to update. To minimise bandwidth usage and resources, when updating to the latest revisions only the revised parts will be downloaded.

OOPS is an open source product available with no restrictions to use to any organisation: no-profit, commercial or governmental. Click here for more info on the OOPS product.