WiderNet Project Receives Grant from Rockefeller Foundation


University of Iowa News Release
Oct. 7, 2008

A $125,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will help the University of Iowa's WiderNet Project assess the effectiveness and usability of its eGranary Digital Library, which provides digital educational resources in countries where Internet access is spotty or expensive.
The grant will also aid in developing a framework for an ongoing assessment of how the eGranary Digital Library is being used in developing countries. Over 200 schools, clinics and libraries across Africa have already received the eGranary Digital Library, often called "The Internet in a Box(tm)" because it provides access to saved Web pages without requiring an Internet connection.

The Rockefeller Foundation aims to bolster the use eGranary as a tool to improve health care with ICT (Information and Communication Technology) through buildable training and assessment resources.
"By promoting the emerging field of eHealth, the Rockefeller Foundation seeks to help harness the power of ICT to strengthen health systems in developing countries and enable millions of poor and vulnerable people to access affordable health care," said Claudia Juech, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation.
The WiderNet Project was launched in 2000 as a service organization based at the UI's School of Library and Information Science in Iowa City. For more information, visit http://www.egranary.org or http://www.widernet.org.

The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller Sr. With assets of more than $4 billion, the foundation attempts to harness the creative forces of globalization by supporting breakthrough solutions to 21st century challenges. This helps ensure that the tools and technologies that have significantly improved the human condition in many locations over the past half-century are accessible to more people, more fully, in more places -- and that poor and vulnerable people are equipped to seize them. For more information, visit http://www.rockfound.org
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cliff Missen, WiderNet Project, 319-335-2200; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070, nicole-riehl at uiowa dot edu