(5 November 2016) With internet connectivity being a problem in most rural areas, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Pustaka Negeri Sarawak (Pustaka) came up with a solution enabling users to access internet information offline.
During an MoU signing ceremony between Unimas and Pustaka on November 4th, Unimas deputy vice chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dr Kopli Bujang announced their joint collaboration in a project called Library in the Box.
“Sarawak being the biggest state in Malaysia still has a lot of rural areas and we want to reach out to the general public by bringing information to areas that do not have internet connection as well as areas with slow internet connection,” said Kopli.
By using a low cost device called Raspberry Pi – a portable credit-card sized computer that can store digital content and information – students or users in rural areas who have no access to the internet will be able to get access to material typically found online such as Wikipedia, eBooks and journals stored on the device.
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