How Can An Organization Receive the GDRL?

Frequently Asked Questions about GDRL Deployment

1. How many organizations will receive a copy of the GDRL?

The GDRL is funded on a three-year grant from USAID.  This grant will cover the cost of disseminating copies of the GDRL to about 60 locations in developing countries.  These will be disseminated between June 2011 and August 2012.  These 60 selected locations will receive a full version of the GDRL in a server or in an eGranary unit, which is an innovative, off-line digital storage device that stores millions of websites, electronic publications and videos. 

The application process is expected to be very competitive: not all organizations that want a free copy of GDRL will receive one.  Learn more about how to apply for a free GDRL at

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2. We have 10 computers.  Does this mean we need 10 copies of the GDRL?

No. You can connect all 10 computers into a “Local Area Network” (LAN). You can then install a single eGranary server into the LAN. All 10 computers would then be able to access the same library simultaneously. A LAN or a “Wide Area Network” (WAN) can have anywhere from 2 to thousands of computers connected to each other.

You also can install the eGranary unit into a wireless server. This would allow any person with a laptop or other computer within range of the wireless server to share use of the eGranary unit simultaneously.

Visit to learn more about how the eGranary works.

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3. I want to purchase an eGranary Digital Library with the GDRL at my own expense. How much does it cost?

A full eGranary Digital Library costs a minimum of $1500.  Some options cost more depending on your technical needs. More detail about purchasing the eGranary is at

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4. I want to disseminate multiple copies of the GDRL to other organizations. Can I do this?

For copyright regulation reasons, we cannot authorize other organizations to copy and disseminate the entire library. Only WiderNet is authorized to produce copies of the eGranary Digital Library.

If you know of an organization that wants to have their own eGranary Digital Library, then they may wish to consider purchasing their own copy.  Or, they can sign up to be notified of future opportunities to compete for a free eGranary at

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5. I have Internet access that is fast, cheap, and reliable how can the GDRL help me?

An on-line version of the GDRL is already available for people who already have fast, cheap, reliable web access.  You can browse among many of the resources gathered for the GDRL by visiting  We hope that  this web link will help guide you to resources you can use to help promote disability rights in your country.

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6. What is the difference between the on-line version of the GDRL and the off-line version?

The on-line version will not copy or mirror other people’s websites—instead, it will link to them.

The off-line GDRL in the eGranary Digital Library is being disseminated in places that have poor Internet access. The purpose of WiderNet’s eGranary project is to bring knowledge to people who cannot easily obtain substantive amounts of information through the Internet. For this reason, a digital copy of GDRL resources will be saved inside the eGranary so that eGranary users can access these websites and other digital resources without needing to log on to the Internet. An eGranary is essentially a small slice of the Internet stored inside a box.  It serves people who are otherwise beyond the reach of the Internet.

Many resources in the on-line version and the eGranary version will be the same. However, there will be some differences. We can only copy material into an eGranary if the author or publisher gives permission for us to do so. The on-line version of the eGranary may link to some resources that are not yet available in the off-line eGranary because their authors or publisher has not yet given permission to copy them. In other cases, people sometimes donate digital content to the eGranary that is not published on the web. This content is generally made available only through the eGranary and not in the on-line version. In all cases, the original publishers and authors still retain the copyrights for all content in the eGranary.  Organizations that host an eGranary are required to agree not to post eGranary content to the web or copy eGranary content into other hard drives or servers.

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Help Other Organizations Obtain the GDRL

This section of the FAQ is for people familiar with DPOs, universities, schools, corporations, or other organizations in developing countries who you think should receive the GDRL.  Some of the information and ideas in this section may be suitable for people who are only able to assist for a short time (for example, only with the application process).  Other ideas may be suitable for international organizations who are interested in forging an ongoing relationship with the GDRL project and with local organizations deploying the GDRL.

7. How are these organizations expected to hear about the GDRL if they lack Internet access?

An unfortunate reality is that many of the organizations who could benefit from the GDRL the most are also the least likely to learn of this project. We are trying our best to disseminate information about our efforts as widely as possible,. But we need your help in reaching organizations that are beyond the reach of the internet. Please do share information about the project with organizations you know that are committed to disseminating disability rights knowledge in developing countries.  At the present time, we are no longer open for applications from organizations competing for a free eGranary Digital Library with the GDRL.  However, if you know an organization that wants to learn about future opportunities as they emerge, please do encourage them to fill in their full contact information at  If they do not have an email account at which they can receive email notification, please consider filling in your own email address on their behalf so you can help us reach them.

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 8.  I know an organization that does not know English. Does the GDRL have any non-English resources?

At this time, most GDRL resources are in English.  A few are in French, Spanish, and other languages.  We would be happy to consider a partnership with another organization to raise funds so we can strengthen our resource collection in a target language other than English.  Please contact us at if this is somethingyou would be interested in exploring with us.

Organizations hosting an eGranary Digital Library are also able to upload their own locally-made digital content into the library.

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9. My organization has expertise working with grassroots advocacy organizations in developing countries to strengthen their capacity.

We would love to communicate with you about whether it might be feasible for you to work in partnership with disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) in developing countries to strengthen their capacity.  Your involvement could enable more DPOs to host the GDRL, share it with a wider audience of users, and put their new access to knowledge to more productive use in improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.  Please contact us at so we can start brainstorming how to involve you. 

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