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by , August 13, 2013

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New publication: Public libraries connecting people for development

Last month, the final report of the Global Impact Study of Public Access ICTs, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter, was released. In addition to the overall analysis presented in the final report, TASCHA researchers also conducted analysis specifically related to ICT access in public libraries in Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines. The report based on this analysis, Public libraries connecting people for development: Findings from the Global Impact Study, is now available for download. Using data from Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines, the report summarizes the study’s key findings with a focus on libraries, situating these venues in the context of national development, discussing some disputed issues, and providing recommendations for policymakers, library practitioners, and researchers.

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by , July 2, 2013

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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society? For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a cybercafé – their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade, significant investments have been made in these venues. However, their ability to contribute to development outcomes has come into question in recent times, spurred by the spread of mobile phones and other new technologies and applications. The Global Impact Study was designed to advance knowledge in this field by generating evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access ICTs. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the study's final report, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter.

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by , March 13, 2013

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Final report to be released soon

Final report to be released soon

The Global Impact Study is excited to announce that we will be releasing our final research report soon! After five years of research design, research implementation, and data interpretation and analysis, we're looking forward to finalizing and sharing the final report. The final report will be posted on our website, but if you'd like to receive the final report via email, please sign up here.

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by , February 22, 2013

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Global Impact Study at World Summit of Information Society (WSIS)

Global Impact Study's Principal Investigator, Chris Coward, will be participating on a panel organized by IFLA during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review Meeting in Paris, France, February 25-27, 2013. The panel, Supporting Knowledge Societies through Public Access to the Internet, will cover various issues related to public access to technology. This is a great opportunity for us to present the findings of the Global Impact Study, the largest, most comprehensive study on public access centers to date. By participating in this panel, the Global Impact Study will support the discussions with rich data and evidence about public access in developing countries. Our findings will contribute to the panel and inform WSIS participants by describing the socio-economic impacts of public access, the benefits of public access, the role of public libraries in providing access, and providing recommendations for future policy and funding decisions, public access program design, and the future of public access.

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by , December 5, 2012

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Inventory database source code and documentation released

As a part of the Global Impact Study's commitment to open research, we have released the source code for the inventory database for other developers to use and adapt. The web application is written in PHP, using the Symfony framework, with a MySQL database back-end. Accompanying the source code is basic documentation describing the various components of the system. The extent of documentation is intended for individuals with experience deploying these types of environments. Please note that development of the Global Impact Study inventory database has ended. Although most bugs have been addressed, there is the possibility that some remain. As such, please treat the code as beta. This is open-source software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v. 3.

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