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Community Information Platform
What is the CIP?
The Community Information Platform, or CIP, is a new addition to the eGranary Digital Library. The previous edition of the eGranary only allowed users to view information that had been pre-installed. With the CIP each eGranary is interactive: it allows users to create and edit their own content to add to their eGranary.
The Community Information Platform, sponsored by Intel, includes a host of Web 2.0 technologies, like built-in Web editors, LDAP security, Moodle, MySQL, PHP, WordPress and others. Subscribers can set up unlimited Web sites on their server and use free, built-in software to make Web pages, upload files and share local information with each other.
How do I use it?
Using a simple interface, users can create Web sites that are stored in their local eGranary. The interface makes it easy to upload files, like photos, slideshows and documents. Your Web page or site can be about anything you want. Examples of the type of content you might want to create using the CIP are:
- a page or site for a community club or group;
- a community directory;
- a Web site for a school, library, hospital or other community organization;
- a course Web site;
- a personal Web page about yourself or your family, with information and photos;
- social networking sites.
Is it difficult to create a Web page using the CIP?
Creating Web pages on the Community Information Platform is easy. The built in Web editing software contains a wysiwyg style editor to help users build web pages, upload images and other files and contains and on-line file browser to organize the files on the website.
Who can create and edit Web pages on the CIP?
The built-in software allows editors to add and edit content. The eGranary administrator can create an unlimited number of web sites that can be viewed by anyone within the community. Users can only alter their own Web sites, not the original eGranary content or the sites of other users.
An Intel-Sponsored Addition to the eGranary Digital Libary
The Intel Corporation has joined the WiderNet Project in a partnership sponsoring the development of Community Information Platforms that has been added to eGranary Digital Libriaries used by Intel in their World Ahead Program and all future versions of the eGranary.
Community Information Platforms make it possible for teachers and students along with other members of communities to add content to their own eGranaries, also enabling them to develop curriculum and create Web sites easily.
This is a feature that WiderNet has wanted to add to the eGranary Digital Library for some time, but was unable to until Intel Corporation's generous involvement.
It was possible in the past to add content to the eGranary, but only for those with technical skills. Intel’s Community Information Platforms make it possible for anyone to add content to the eGranary using simple tools -- without needing technical training.
Bridging the digital divide
The Intel Corporation has helped to bridge the digital divide through their generous donation and partnership with the WiderNet Project. Other organizations and corporations can look to Intel and their exemplary work as progressive activism toward quality education innovation.