The Internet in a Box

The Internet in a Box has been mentioned in this blog in the past but I’m not sure that it has been described. It would also be interesting to hear from anyone who has used it whether they find it a valuable resource.

For the past twelve years the non-profit WiderNet Project at the University of Iowa has been developing an on-site, searchable library contained on a disc drive. The e-Granary Digital library – also known as ” The Internet in a Box ” provides more then 20 million digital educational resources to institutions lacking adequate internet access. Through a process of garnering permissions to copy thousands of books, journals, multimedia and Web sites and delivering them to Intranet Web servers INSIDE partner institutions in developing countries, these resources can be instantly accessed  by information seekers over local area networks ( or on individual computers ) at no cost. There are currently more than 400 eGranary Digital Libraries in use in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Haiti, Bangladesh, and other locations.

Find out about this method of delivering health information at the eGranary website. 

Nigel Palmer           Phi

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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