||Digital Development Anthologies: East African Development Library / Sahel point Doc |
(UNESCO Public@ Series of public domain)
Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal,
East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Eastern African documents: English or Swahili
Sahelian documents: French
Target groups/ literacy levels
Information centres serving grass-roots users, public libraries, multipurpose community telecentres, community multimedia centres, media centres, direct use, librarians and information officers.
Literacy levels: Some documents are accessible to basic readers, but most of them are targeting readers at the lower secondary level.
Education, business, agriculture, governance, health/ sanity, environment, livelihoods
Aim and content of the applications
These anthologies present electronic publications focusing on development issues.
They aim to facilitate access to public domain information in sub-Saharan African countries where this information is not widely available nor well distributed.
These documents were collected at national and international levels, from national publishers in the public service or commercial sectors (governmental information, scientific and technical information, cultural heritage and public archival records).
The Sahel point Doc includes 729 documents (59 500 pages,
The East African library includes 592 documents (54 550 pages)
The applications present the information under a web browser interface combined with powerful search facilities.
The topics can be searched by keyword, subject, title (alphabetical order), language (for the East African Library only), organization, country.
The user just needs to click on a book to read it. The table of contents is then displayed, so that the user can easily navigate through the headings and sub-headings, and then access to the full text . The information can also be printed.
A user guide is available to get started in 5 minutes.
The applications have been developed with:
Greenstone Digital Library Software (open source software)
Netscape browser is included in the package along with the Greenstone application.
The applications can be used directly from the CD-ROM or copied to the hard disk.
Self/ group learning
This applications can be used individually and also in a multi-user network system.
The applications are intended for users that are familiar with web browser environments, but could also be used as an introduction to computers.