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The Humanity & Academia CD-Rom Project

Bringing a complete cd-rom library set containing 3000 essential development publications
to You ... and to every pc/ cd-rom drive in any developing country at 50 US$ or less

... this full cd-rom library will be available from July '97 on. Meanwhile, we welcome your help, feedback, expertise and publications.

The Humanity & Academia CD-Rom Project aims at massive information diffusion to developing countries. Low cost userfriendly cd-roms bypass telecommunication costs and problems. They have enormous storage capacity and offer the advantage of decentralisation of information and the stimulation of quality and entrepreneurship at individual or group levels. There are already 50 million pc's with cd-rom drives worldwide, of which about 15% in developing countries and 0,4 % in Africa. In the year 2000 alone, it is expected 115 million pc's, of which most with cd-rom drives, will be shipped worldwide. (Source: Dataquest)

We invite your organization to co-create the "CD-Rom Library for Sustainable Development", which will be made available to all persons/ businesses/ groupings with a pc/ cd-rom drive in the developing world at 50 US$ or less. Once this "critical mass" is created, this set can be supplemented with other lowcost development, technical or scientific cd-roms for more specialized use. We have the software, editing resources and a Beta prerelease cd-rom with 100 publications. Our next version in November '96 will contain 300/400 books. We welcome your participation, expertise and publications. Your books, relevant out-of print publications and magazine back issues can be scanned, edited and added on the next us at very low cost. Please contact us or visit our web site for more information.

Contact: Dr Michel Loots, project director Humanity and Academia CD-Rom Project c/o Human Info NGO /HumanityCD bvba Oosterveldlaun 196 - B-2610 Antwerpen Belgium tel 32-3- 448.05.54 - Fax 32-3-449.75.74 E-mail: [email protected] - Visit our Internet web site: