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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8 January - World Wide Science

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Leapfrogging the Internet – with Mobile WorldWideScience.org

by WorldWideScience.org on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:05am ·

Leapfrogging the Internet – with Mobile WorldWideScience.org
By Lorrie Apple Johnson

With the provocative title “Leapfrogging the Internet,” National Geographic Traveler editor Keith Bellows recently illustrated the power of the mobile web to level the playing field when it comes to knowledge and information access.  “Ten-dollar cell phones are easier to obtain than Internet access in many parts of the developing world.”  The article is about a man named Ken Banks, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and the software he invented called FrontlineSMS.  It is text messaging software, offered for free, and used in over 70 countries.  By installing the software on a computer, then connecting a mobile phone, one can send text messages, with only one bar of phone signal, to rural communities and groups.  “It leapfrogs into places where digital communication didn’t exist.”  The article goes on to discuss how users in the developing world have developed various modules for the software including ones for use in medical, finance, and legal applications.  Mr. Banks says “My hope was to lower barriers to entry for technologies that can be transformative.  It’s about making software tools that work where people need them the most.”
Like Mr. Banks, the WorldWideScience Alliance strives to provide transformative technologies to those who need them the most.  The recent release of Mobile WorldWideScience.org (http://m.worldwidescience.org
) does just this.  Mobile WorldWideScience.org makes over 80 scientific and technical databases from around the world available to anyone with a mobile phone.  Using just a cell signal, users can search and retrieve information from some of the world’s most preeminent libraries and information centers.  For many individuals in the developing world, access to a computer and an Internet connection could be miles away.  Mobile phone usage is growing exponentially in Africa, for example, and the new mobile version of WorldWideScience.org suddenly opens the door to these users.  It is very exciting to imagine users searching WorldWideScience.org and finding information from the British Library, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, and so many others.To quote Mr. Banks once more, “I’m not creating the change; I’m empowering it.”  WorldWideScience.org  salutes Mr. Banks and others like him, and through its own new mobile version, hopes to also “empower change” and to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“Leapfrogging the Internet” by Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler, July-August 2011, p.20, 26.

Lorrie Apple Johnson is the Technical Product Manager for WorldWideScience.org and an Operating Agent representative for the WorldWideScience Alliance.


WorldWideScience.org recently added several new databases, expanding its worldwide coverage of scientific and technical information. The Synapse database, provided by the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE), includes information from over 100 medical journals. PLEIADI is the open access platform for scientific literature in Italy, sponsored by inter-university consortia CASPUR and CILEA. AGRIS is the international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology – an initiative run by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.



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