The Paraguayan Virtual Encyclopedia is an educational project, developed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Paraguay (MEC) converted into computer programs, which seek through the comprehensive development of the curricula at the basic school education and secondary education, to give students throughout the Republic of students, a tool to enhance the learning process.
At the same time seeks to give allowance to teachers, through an additional resource that enables them to properly guide the students in this process.
Actual much of the encyclopedia is in Spanish and Guarani, which are the official languages of Paraguay, although part of the encyclopedia is also in English.
The EVP represents a cooperative work, which has the following components:
The EVP is available in 2 ways;
No, EVP unlike a written text, is in constant change and updating, perhaps that is its greatest virtue. But in addition, the technicians of the MEC, Itaipu and the general contractor, are working permanently in the incorporation of new programs.
The EVP is an open project; can work both students and teachers, from anywhere in the world. Teachers can collaborate, suggesting the incorporation of content, examinations and other materials. Students can work through the discussion forum, or participate in surveys or online contests or other functionality of the portal. In the active participation of students and teachers lie the usefulness and success of the project.
The contents of the EVP, is free; can be copied freely distributed. Only one can not entirely copy for commercial purposes, namely to sell the product. For the drafting process was established as a premise transfer of rights to Itaipu and the Ministry of Education and Culture by the authors. On the other hand, information from the Encyclopedia, is part of Wikimedia project, which involves the use free, provided the source is acknowledged and not marketed the product.
The EVP uses the free tools provided by the Mediawiki project. From the same tools have been developed, which are available for dissemination in the event that an institution or group requires these resources.
The initial project was initiated in 2006, in 2007, included the Ministries of Education and Culture in the project, through an agreement, which continues until the end of 2008.