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April 6, 2006

WiderNet Project To Hold Open House Friday

The University of Iowa's WiderNet Project is sponsoring an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, at its new location in Room 201 of the UI Communications Center, 116 S. Madison St.

Remarks and an award presentation will begin at 4 p.m., and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 319-335-2200.

In addition to its recent move from the International Center, the WiderNet Project is celebrating a new grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a new academic home in the UI School of Library and Information Science, the delivery of the project's 100th eGranary Digital Library, the 3 millionth document in the eGranary Digital Library and presentation of its second-annual Volunteer of the Year award.

Visitors Friday will have an opportunity to see first-hand an eGranary Digital Library Lab, the kind being installed at schools in developing countries; hear from Padmini Srinivasan, Ph.D., professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, about some of the WiderNet Project team's experiences during its trip to India over spring break; and take part in an Elluminate Live! session to learn about the Global Health Campus from Tom Cook, Ph.D., a professor in the UI College of Public Health who will participate in the session from Croatia. Elluminate Live! allows people to talk over the Internet, chat online, share whiteboards and share applications.

Launched in 2000, the WiderNet Project is a UI service organization dedicated to improving digital communications in developing countries. The WiderNet Project developed the eGranary Digital Library, also known as "The Internet in a Box(tm)", which innovatively delivers millions of Internet resources quickly and cheaply to the seven-out-of-eight people in the world who have no Internet access. For more information, go to and

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