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WiderNet and the eGranary: Presentation and Discussion

Please join us in the Davis Library Research Hub event space on October 24 for a presentation from WiderNet, highlighting the ongoing work to build its eGranary Project.

Cliff Missen, director of WiderNet@UNC will discuss the eGranary Project, which builds portable, inexpensive and self-contained information resources, custom-made to serve areas with underdeveloped internet or other information infrastructures. The eGranary is an offline server carrying a massive amount of information, provided through Open Access channels and by acquiring permissions of content rightsholders. The information, culled from websites and other outlets, is delivered to computers through a platform that functions much like the Web.

Missen is a clinical associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of the WiderNet@UNC Research Lab and the non-profit WiderNet Project. Missen oversees WiderNet’s efforts to improve digital communication in developing countries through hands-on training and research into low-cost applications of information technology. He was a TED Fellow in 2007 and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999.

Laura Ashcraft is a digital librarian at WiderNet. She received her BA in religious studies from California State University-Long Beach, and an MSIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Ashcraft will discuss WiderNet’s web-based harvesting of educational and information resources, gathering content and obtaining permissions for use in the eGranary project.

This is an Open Access Week event. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Solomon, jsolomon@unc.edu or (919) 962-3902.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Davis Library Research Hub
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