May 21, 2022

Access: Learn About The WiderNet Project & WiderNet@UNC

From The Daily Tar Heel:

Five billion people across the world don’t have internet access, and that is a problem Cliff Missen, director of the WiderNet Project and a UNC professor, is trying to solve.

The WiderNet Project works to deliver educational resources and training to underprivileged individuals and communities across the globe to improve their involvement in the digital world.

“The name WiderNet is based on ‘casting a wider net,'” said Missen, who is a professor in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science.


The resources are delivered using the eGranary Digital Library, which Missen said is also known as “the Internet in a Box.”

The eGranary is a 3 TB hard drive with 32 million resources on it that don’t require internet access, gathered from both contributors and public domain sources.A single eGranary can serve thousands of patrons when connected to wired or wireless local area networks, making it a valuable resource for universities in areas with slow or nonexistent internet access.

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See Also: WiderNet@UNC Website

WiderNet@UNC is a service project based in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Affiliated with the nonprofit WiderNet Project, this program aims to improve digital communications to all communities and individuals around the world in need of educational resources, knowledge and training.

See Also: Visit the WiderNet Project Website

See Also: WiderNet Fact Sheet

See Also: WiderNet Videos

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