STARBOOKS: An Offline Downloadable Digital Library

Today, modernization is rapidly taking place. Technology plays a big part in our lives. Imagine life without technology,  life would be much more difficult. Now, information is just a one click away. With the gadgets and tools that we have, information is readily handed to us. It would be much more amazing if we can access information even without the use of  internet. Well, now it is possible to gain information even offline with the help of the Department of Science and Technology with their new innovation – STARBOOKS.

What is STARBOOKS? star

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Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks Stations or STARBOOKS, are one-stop repositories for science and technology and livelihood information

STARBOOKS is a stand-alone, on-site research and information kiosk that provides free access to information and is highly appropriate for public libraries.  It is not accessed online, and does not require an internet connection. It’s built in server can provide  simultaneous access to users, who can save the digital materials they need on their standard Universal Serial Bus (USB) drives, or by printing them out. It contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. (DOST)

According to DOST STII Director Raymund Liboro, “STARBOOKS currently  holds 500,00 titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports and directoires of DOST-STII’s library materials. It also cotains 170 videos from the different DOST agencies, such as “Tamang DOSTkarte livelihood videos” for aspiring entrepreneurs. The video topic range from food processing to laundry soap manufacturing and other livelihood materials.

STARBOOKS has special features:

It’s a standalone information kiosk, hence information access is possible even without internet connection;

Information available is read-only;

It is a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world a one stop S&T information source; and

It features videos dubbed “Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos” to stimulate every Filipino’s entrepreneurial capacity.

-DOST

STARBOOKS aims to:

Create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling S&T course;

Encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovations; and

Inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and reserach.

-DOST

STARBOOKS is a great help in our communities. This is accessible to all kinds of information from medicines, technologies, livelihood, and mostly for education. This should be promoted to areas where limited information is present. This application is readily available for offices and most especially in Elementary and High School where learning takes place.

Technology is now a big part of our lives. Let us share this knowledge and opportunity to others so that we can grow and learn together hand in hand for the development we always dreamed.

How to avail of STARBOOKS

STII welcomes stakeholders who would set up STARBOOKS in their area. All that is required are the following:
-Computer
-POD
-A space measuring 3mx4m (with specifications for physical set up of the kiosk)
-Mandatory 1-2 days training
-Focal Person

Minimum hardware requirements incude:
-2 Computer units (1 server, 1 terminal)
Specifications:
-Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93Ghz 3MB 1066Mhz;
-Asus P5G41T-M LX3 DDR3/A/V/L;
-Kingston 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 SODIMM;
-Samsung 500GB 7200rpm SATA;
-Samsung DVDRW SH-223C 22X Sata;
-Orion Black Knight ATX 600W PSU;
-Keyboard, Mouse, headset and AVR
-17″ LCD Widescreen
-1 STARBOOKS pod with specially designed sticker
-1 Windows 7 Starter OEM license
-Network HUB and cables
-* Installation & courier costs to be incurred shall be borne by the recipient.

Who should avail of STARBOOKS?
– Local Government Units (LGUs)
– Non-Government Organizations
– Educational Institutions
– Private Corporations

References:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/254970/scitech/technology/dost-launches-starbooks-digital-library-kiosks

http://www.stii.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136&Itemid=71

http://www.dost.gov.ph/index.php/knowledge-resources/news/44-2015-news/716-perfect-timing-for-dost-s-starbooks-in-yolanda-hit-areas-in-cebu

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