The University of Iowa

"WorldPrairie" discusses how UI spreads knowledge abroad April 23

April 13th, 2010

This University of Iowa-community collaboration, “WorldPrairie,” will feature a discussion with UI faculty involved in the WiderNet and Elluminate Internet development projects from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 East Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

Cliff Missen, director of the WiderNet Project and instructor in the School of Library and Information Science in the UI Graduate College, will discuss the WideNet’s goal of improving digital communication in communities around the world. This includes creation and distribution of eGranary Digital Library, a plug-and-play server that provides millions of digital documents without an Internet connection.

Thomas Cook, UI professor of occupational and environmental health, will speak about Elluminate, an online conferencing tool that takes UI resources to global audiences.

This town-gown event inspires a thought-provoking evening of conversation, offering the audience a chance to interact with guest speakers and converse in a relaxed atmosphere. The program takes place once a month and will later air on Channel 4 and UITV.  M.C. Ginsberg, City Channel 4 and UI International Programs present the program.

For more information, contact Amy Green at or 319-335-1433.