During the first six months of the collaboration with Intel, WiderNet will develop and deploy a beta version of the Community Information Portal, a new companion solution to the eGranary enabling the hosting of locally generated content. WiderNet will also establish a suite of software tools to enable eGranary stakeholders to add and update information where commercially available or open source tools are insufficient.
Intel and WiderNet will work together for a four-month period after beta completion to promote development of local content on community portals and solicit feedback regarding the tool through interviews with on-line subscribers and field focus groups at partner institutions. Following the user interviews and focus group discussions, Intel and WiderNet will jointly assess the functionality and usability of the CIP beta and determine required enhancements. The CIP will be finalized by Spring 2009, after which Intel and WiderNet will work together to deploy the tool in developing countries.
By the end of 2009, Intel will install approximately 100 eGranaries enhanced with the CIP. Additionally, after the beta testing, every new eGranary will include the CIP enhancements. With the WiderNet Project expected to ship 150+ eGranaries in the next year, this means over 250 locations will be impacted by this Commitment of Action. After the first year, the CIP will be included in the eGranary Digital Library for years to come, potentially being used in thousands of locations in a few short years based on the capability of the Intel channel and ecosystem to further scale the solution.
An eGranary Digital Librbary is an offline collection of websites and CD-ROMS that provide internet-like services in areas with inadequate or limited internet access. When placed on a local area network in universities, secondary schools, clinics, hospitals, government offices, libraries, etc., an eGranary Digital Library can serve anywhere between 6 and 6,000 people. Assuming an average of 100 people per installation, over 25,000 people will be affected in the first year. In subsequent years this number could easily grow to 250,000. With new installations being planned to serve entire communities through wireless networks, this innovation could impact millions of people.
Both women and children will have access to eGranaries. Children using the eGranary directly at schools and libraries comprise one-tenth of the currently installed eGranaries. Children's lives may be further impacted by healthcare providers, teachers, and policy makers who also have access to eGranaries. Additionally, it is estimated that 50% of those that benefit from this commitment will be women.