World sensation: the Bible OL Pi3 App is here!

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World sensation: the Bible OL Pi3 App is here!
by Nicolai Winther-Nielsen - Monday, 18 December 2017, 9:54 AM

Software engineer and PhD candidate Judith Gottschalk, Nuremberg, today announced the good news for Biblical language learning this Christmas!

Bible Online Learner can now be made available for global learners on a cheap and fast server!  

Years of planning and experimentation has been successful and we are soon ready to roll it out in pilot projects.

The new Bible OL Ap

The new server, the Bible OL Pi3 is a Raspberry Pi 3, a credit card sized mini-computer, which can be used as a small server and access point. It hosts Bible Online Learner developed over a decade and accessible through the internet. The new Bible OL Pi3 offers cheap, yet fast server support, with or without internet access, and it can support a dozen students at the same time.

Our solution takes Emdros at work in global learning initiatives.  Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen, the inventor of this powerful system for storing and retrieving linguistic data in texts has assisted us in developing this new solution. He always had the vision that the usefulness of Emdros transcends linguistic research – now a linguistic application can be applied for learning in rural coutrysides with expensive, unreliable or non-existent internet.

When developer of Bible OL, Claus Tøndering, switched from a PC program to an online application, it helped us develop a far more effective online solutions. With Judith’s project all the advantages of the online application can be brought back into local settings with poor or no internet. We hope to find funding for pilot projects in Africa in order to develop this solution even further.  

The new app is being developed by Judith Gottschalk. She has an industrial degree in programming working as software test engineer with a focus on test management as an executive for Clear IT GmbH and is currently hired in a project for GfK SE in Nuremberg, Germany. She has worked in projects for DATEV eG and the Siemens AG. She also has a master’s degree in computational linguistics. She programs in PHP, JavaScript, Java and C# as backend programmer. Her PhD has GLI director Nicolai Winther-Nielsen as co-promoter.

Judith Gottschalk was selected for personnel secondment by Brot für die Welt from 2015 till 2016. They provided training for her as an add-on to her PhD-program and as preparation for her work with the NGO in order to get deep insights in development work and to be able to work in the field. The Bible OL Pi3 is an important step forward in her training for global projects.

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