1: Humanity Development Library 2.0, "a large collection of practical information aimed at helping reduce poverty, increasing human potential, and providing a practical and useful education for all," which contains "1,230 publications--books, reports, and magazines--in various areas of human development, from agricultural practice to economic policies, from water and sanitation to society and culture, from education to manufacturing, from disaster mitigation to micro-enterprises." Thus, there are "160,000 pages and 30,000 images," available for distribution in developing countries at the cost of US$ 2 for a CD.
2: As a sampler, The Audio-Visual Communication Handbook from that library, a very helpful, low tech, high-concept US Peace Corps manual. (My mom, an A/V aids expert, would have loved it, there are even instructions on how to make your own slide and overhead projectors!)
3: The collection of agriculture modules is also well worth browsing.
4: The PAHO/WHO Virtual Disaster Library, is also quite interesting.
5: The sampler on guidance to hospitals on Disaster Mitigation, is worth browsing.
6: The cluster of programmes and syllabi for Nigeria for various areas of technology at craft and technologist levels is worth examination.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Capacity Focus, 23: Some helpful digital library resources
In exploring digital library resources, I have encountered the Greenstone open source digital library management system software.
In looking at this, I have come across a key development related resource in New Zealand-based University of Waikato's Digital Library.
I therefore wish to share some interesting pages here:
These are of course freely available resources, that seem to have been created by scanning, optical character recognition and refactoring in the Greenstone standard framework. This shows one aspect of a digital library: in effect a standalone reference book collection or encyclopedia that could live in a local server for a school. (And indeed, there is an initiative to provide just that, the eGranary appliance, a sort of updatable web cross section on an up to 2 Tera Byte hard drive living on a local server that provides a main local reference and reduces need to access actual Internet resources.)
Relevant to our needs. END