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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 12, 2005

Widernet Project Seeks Volunteers For Jan. 15 Workday

The WiderNet Project needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, to prepare donated computers for shipment to Africa. The workday will be held at the International Center on the University of Iowa campus.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and test computers, erase hard drives, wrap donations, clean and move equipment, and document each computer. Many tasks do not require any knowledge of computers but training will be provided for those interested in more technical work.

The WiderNet Project is a nonprofit university linkage project based at the UI that aims to improve digital communication for colleges and universities in Africa. This includes training computer technicians, coaching decision-makers of Nigerian universities, increasing bandwidth, establishing university intranets, donating computers and computer equipment and distributing educational materials on digital libraries.

To sign up for the workday, please contact Zakir Durumeric at or 319-335-2200. For more information on the WiderNet Project, visit

The WiderNet Project is part of the University of Iowa International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

The WiderNet Project is funded by the UI and supported by The MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Nigerian National Universities Commission.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Program: Zakir Durumeric,, 319-335-2200; Writer: Po Li Loo