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Content network

By distributing laptops and school servers with learning materials on them, and a global index of content that can be used with no modification on the laptops, OLPC is developing a network of digital libraries and collections in a number of languages.

(see also: content ideas, sharing your content with OLPC, and content rating).

Potential materials

for a breakdown with size estimates, see Content repository/sizes

TV & Radio

Educational shows (streamed): science, history, quiz, art/music, book review, story shows
Bookreading / chapter a day audio
News program (streamed)
Audio streams (ogg)

Audio and videocasts

Podcast streams
Cache requests


Local video
BBC, M6 video
UN news audio (en, es)
International news
International papers: IHT, LeMonde, El Mercurio
Weather videos (short, regular)

Books and texts

e-books, full format
plain text ebooks
reports and papers

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Interactive courseware

OCW collections, updates
Science: biology, physics, chemistry
Music, Literature, History, Health
Training: Sustainable ag, technology, repair, teaching, journalism

Wikipedia & sister projects

Snapshots: simple, science, geography, languages, color, sound, environment, art, music
Regular updates
Wikibooks: wikijunior, fhsst [updated]
  • a collaborative library for practical knowledge and simple technologies. howtopedia has a simple interface and clear content in English, French, Spanish.
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Web and blogs

Newsfeeds: rss from blogs, services, sites
Web cache: individual and project-level requests

Mail, chat, file transfers

Sharing mail and chat messages
File uploads and repositories, local / school / global

Daily updates

Repository mirrors

We will have regional mirrors in every country and region where OLPC is distributed en masse.

Materials to be included in the mirrors include:

  • a full Fedora repository
    • developoment tools used by OLPC subteams in constructing builds
    • cross-compilation toolchains used by various contributors
  • a Free content repository
    • Wikipedia snapshots [2-20GB], & gutenberg texts [2-100GB]
    • Wikimedia Commons [1M resources, ~1TB]
    • Other media resources (Jamendo,; size TBD)
  • Collections made specifically for OLPC
    • A collection sized for the XO
    • Local collections sized for the XO and for school servers, developed in-country
    • Collections sized for school servers (larger sets of data, maps, video, texts, and software)
  • Software suitable for OLPC schools
    • Packages for FC7 school servers
    • Extensions and additions for existing tools and services in the OLPC network

Mirror sites

In general, the Internet Archive is considering launching local and regional mirrors of their collections. We will want a larger mirror that can host a dozen TB of data for each region, connected to multiple peers; and a number of smaller mirrors in each country. Details on potential mirror hosts:

South America:

  • Brasil -- Google, AMD. See also Rodrigo M.
  • Uruguay -- Google and GMail


  • Nigeria --
  • Ethiopia --


Large archives

Small subsets will need to be culled for pre-installation of choice material on the laptops themselves; larger subsets will need curating to pick out material suitable for the laptop's audiences; classification and categorization; and checks to avoid unbalance or repetition. Most content needs internationalization.

Specific projects and collections

Copyright-restricted content

To list a content collection that would be nice to have, but that is not currently under appropriate licensing for use on OLPC go to Licensing petitions.

Use cases

Conceptually, a content repository could be used in a variety of ways: to publish and share new material, to collaborate on material development over time (synchronizing online and offline contributions to a shared document or project), to search for and download material, to distribute and cache from large collections that can't be contained on one machine or at one school. For more, see the talk page.

Content rating

Simple ratings can be done

  • via a matrix of subject areas and reading levels,
  • via a group rating system where anyone can affiliate with a rating group and apply their shared guidelines and ratings to materials