CD3WD - Helping the 3rd World to help itself
Future Directions for CD3WD
We are missing the following at the moment.
Please we need material on the above - either existing material or newly-created.... There is great opportunity for international tractor, farm machinery, electric motor, pump, welding, sewing machine, medical/health/pharmaceutical
and software companies to
commission/organise, finance and submit material - anyone reading this who works for or has contacts in such companies - please act...
Farm machinery, including field machinery
Machine Tool Operation and Programming
- Rope-making hand-operated machines
- Using water pumps as water turbines
- Engineering drawings for Cinva Ram compressed earth block making machine
Dress-making, Garment Design and Production
Bricklaying and other aspects of housebuilding
Zero-Cost Housing (as opposed to so-called low-cost housing, which in fact is
usually unreachable by the masses) - adapting modern techniques and materials to
traditional rural and urban dwelling designs
Bookkeeping and Accountancy, including computerised
Mosquito traps and natural repellants
Home-made Rat traps and control of rats and other pests
Good-quality (!) Homeopathic information for health section
MBA Coursework material
Primary school coursework material - all subjects and not only the usual maths and computing
Secondary school coursework material - all subjects and not only the usual maths and computing
University coursework material, including the lecture notes of
individual lecturers - so long as it is in htm, pdf, word .doc or similar format,
we can use it...
A medical expert system for use in the 3rd world
Free but high-quality software which is relevant to the 3rd world - for Windows and/or FOSS/Linux
platforms - these may be existing applications, reverse-engineered versions of existing
applications, generic versions of applications which are normally bespoke, etc.. And note
that these softwares can be source-code-withheld or source-code-supplied, as desired by the producer...
One possible such application would be a system for the management of microfinance loans...; another
a free basic book-keeping package for small and micro-business...
Free Computer LAN-based applications, intranet applications and remote web-based applications and services for
government and local government in the 3rd world (and maybe also in the West)
We also need input on listing other material which you feel is missing from CD3WD...
There is a great wealth of high quality paper information held by organisations like Practical Action/ITDG. We would like to persude them to digitalise and make publicly available their information for free; failing this, we would like to raise enough money
to pay them to do so.
Anyone reading this who is the author of any of that material, and has maintained copyright, and
is willing to donate or sell that copyright to the CD3WD project and/or to make their material public domain, please contact us.
We plan to translate certain parts of CD3WD from Spanish and French back to English.
Also then to translate the complete CD3WD from English to Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Then to translate the complete CD3WD from English to Arabic and possibly Russian; we will
particularly need assistance with these 2 languages Arabic and Russian - financial and/or technical.
Attempts to contact the Kuwait Fund for assistance in translation to Arabic so far have been unsuccessful -
anyone knowing how to do so please act... Maybe we also do Mandarin Chinese after these other ones....
All translations will be PC/Machine Translations only, with no manual editing or refinement.
Anyone who has contacts with PC/Machine Translation companies and/or Machine Translation Software Companies please act... Although we can do the Spanish, French and Portuguese work ourselves, it will take a lot of man-hours on our part, and we would prefer to have it done for us....
Extending CD3WD to Spanish will open it up to about 500 million people (mostly in Latin America and South America);
to French will reach approximately 200 million (mostly in Africa); to Portuguese will reach 200 million
(Brazil and Africa); Arabic will reach 500 million; Russian 300 million.
We would like Technical Specialists to review quickly the material on their specialisation which exists in CD3WD and to comment on
The suitability of the technology and competing technologies in general - an overview
Gaps which could or should be filled by additional material
In the event of contradictory advice within their subject area, what they feel is the better advice or outcome
These Area Specialist's reports will be added to the CD3WD content as quite short but highly-useful
webpages... (and would be a good advertisement for the Area Specialist/Consultant who provides the material)
It would be nice to have some organisation and/or individual volunteers who could airmail CD's of CD3WD free of charge to
3rd world end-users, on request. We are not talking big volumes, but we do get occasional requests
and passing these requests to in-country NGO's seems to get nowhere...
Maybe any and every email I get from a 3rd world source I put immediately on a
Special Mailing Request
webpage, and the first volunteer offer to reach me by email gets to do the job of burning the CD's and airmailing them...
Incidentally, in case people think I am being mean by not doing this myself, it cost me recently about US$ 17 to mail 2 CD's
containing CD3WD to Ndola Zambia from
here in Harare Zimbabwe, by regular mail - such is the messed-up state of the Zimbabwean economy and some of
its parastatals and semi-privatised organisations. It would probably cost US$ 2 or less to airmail the same 2 CD's from anywhere in the UK, and they would probably get there faster also...
It would be nice to have collaborative relations with those organisations who produce the material which we
distribute, e.g. to be notified when new material is produced and is available...
To be informed as to which Goldmines we have missed in our trawling.....
To discuss and propose
together what material should be researched, commissioned, produced and disseminated...
International NGO's and Donors
It would be nice for these organisations to acknowledge the existence and utility of the CD3WD Project and
the CD3WD Product, and to assist in its promotion, dissemination, distribution and utilisation. e.g. UK Government's DFID has a
quarterly magazine Developments which could be mailed out with CD3WD as a CD on its cover.... (it goes to 70,000+ Third-World addresses 4 times per year)
Time and Effort
It would be nice to get funding, so that I have a budget for CD3WD activities and can devote 11-12 months per year to it instead of fitting in activity between work contracts...
Information for the masses
We may put CD3WD on VCD, so that the complete contents can be viewed on DVD- or VCD-player and Television, instead of requiring
a computer. Anyone with experience of doing this please contact me, otherwise I will work out how to do it - it looks
pretty straightforward... Of course we will keep the (much more convenient and versatile) computer version.... The VCD images will be available
as ISO image downloads, which can then be burnt direct to CD on the computer. Since the language translation sub-project is
in my estimation more important, this VCD thing will not happen till late 2007.... - unless someone else would
like to take that project over? and/or fund it for commercial conversion?... My proposed format is VCD still-photo
slide shows, where the still photos will in fact be screen-shots of HTML and PDF pages...
After doing some research and trials with www.photodex.com software (ProShow Gold), it seems like the numbers pan out as follows:
Thus maybe we should think about low cost PC's with no display but a TV driver built in.... and especially
using the new HD TV format...
- Go for the VCD option since this is a more coherent standard than the various DVD formats.
- Use PAL option for Europe Middle East and Africa, NTSC for USA and South America (I Guess?...), and unknown for South East Asia..
- Use a 0.01 second merge slide into next slide option, and a 1 second slide duration, since longer slide duration takes more
space on disc; therefore the pause button on the remote will have to be used for every slide... And even with a 1-second
slide duration only, then the publication "Where there is No Doctor", which is 516 pages and about 6 megabytes when stored in computer format
of HTML pages and .GIF and .JPG graphics files, takes about a complete VCD of 700 megabytes using the Photodex
Thus one has to conclude that there is a factor of about 100x in translating from
computer format to VCD format; and moreover 2 CD's of cd3wd in computer format would expand to 200 CD's in VCD format;
additionally, there are of course with the VCD-option VERY serious problems in indexes and finding material....
Alternatively, DVD player manufacturers and designers should think about incorporating the capability to
browse HTML-with-GIF/JPG files?....... like the Philips Electronics CDi project, which seems to have faded away...
And yet another route is through games consoles with browsing capability.....