Closing the digital divideBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7397.1035 (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1035
Reality may not be so rosy
- Andrew D Weeks, lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology (aweeks@Liverpool.ac.uk)
- Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool L8 7SS
- London SW19
EDITOR—Smith applauds the progress made in providing access to the internet in the developing world.1 Unfortunately the reality on the ground may not be as rosy.
I have just completed two years in a major sub-Saharan African university that was in the first phase of HINARI access. Having been initially starved of information while there I rushed to gain access. Unfortunately I was directed to the websites of two other international projects that were also providing free access to research materials over the internet.
I found poorly presented sites with complex addresses and passwords, and with limited access to full text journals. I contacted the projects repeatedly over the following …