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Information services - print, broadcast and Internet media, libraries etc.

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "BurmaNet News" Media archive
Language: English
Source/publisher: Various sources via "BurmaNet News"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 April 2012


Title: Online news services
Description/subject: See the various news services listed in the Online Burma/Myanmar Library's Reading Room
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2014


Title: Phandeeyar
Description/subject: "Phandeeyar [based in Yangon] is an ICT hub that is designed to support social innovation, civictech and ICT4D/M4D in Myanmar. Phandeeyar brings the tech community together with others who are moving Myanmar forward – such as civil society organizations, social enterprises and independent media – to build the digital tools, platforms and content to accelerate change and development. Phandeeyar, which means “creation place”, was born out of Code for Change Myanmar. Code for Change Myanmar organized a series of hackathons in 2014 that focussed on building tech solutions to social problems and solutions for small and medium businesses. We wanted to carry forward the enthusiasm from the budding tech community that came to participate in the hackathons and create a permanent space for innovation that has a wider social impact."
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Phandeeyar
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2016


Individual Documents

Title: Bandwidth breakthrough
Date of publication: 04 July 2016
Description/subject: New satellite internet providers could soon bring high-speed connectivity to consumers frustrated by time-wasting download speeds.
Author/creator: Thomas Kean
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Frontier Myanmar"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 August 2016


Title: Google goes offline for developing countries
Date of publication: 09 March 2015
Description/subject: "A new initiative from Google helps make online materials available offline through physical kits, allowing developing-country developers to work even when the internet doesn’t. Google announced at the beginning of December it would enable developers to access about 30 GB of certain materials – videos, software development kits (SDKs), documents and more – offline through DVDs and thumb drives. Targeted at “software developers or students of software development in regions of the world where steady access to the internet is expensive, unreliable or non-existent”, Google has already spread upward of 2000 kits across India, Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa, the company said..."
Author/creator: Catherine Trautwien
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmat Times"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2015


Title: Myanmar Library Survey - a comprehensive study of the country's public libraries and information needs
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: Executive Summary: The Myanmar Library Survey is the first in- depth nationwide study of the country’s public libraries. Commissioned by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), the survey aimed to establish a comprehensive, current picture of the Myanmar public library system to help inform the development of Myanmar’s information architecture and community initiatives. While much can be done to improve infrastructure and better support their role as information hubs, the survey reveals that citizens perceive libraries as having a significant and positive impact on community life. The survey findings will be circulated amongst key stakeholders, including governmental officials, policy makers, local and international non-governmental organizations, civil society, and local communities. A country coming out of decades of isolation, Myanmar is now rapidly building the information infrastructure needed for its citizens to participate in the reform process and compete in the global marketplace. Myanmar’s reverence toward libraries and its vast library network has the potential to aid this process. This study focuses on public libraries – defined in Myanmar as libraries registered with the government – because of their accessibility to a wider number of people and potential for scalability. In addition to public libraries, Myanmar has university, monastic, private, and specialized libraries, few of which register as public libraries. There are 55,755 registered public libr aries in the country, but only 4,868 are considered active. Prior to this study, very little was known about them. The objectives of the project were to sample active public libraries in order to: ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Foundation, Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation
Format/size: pdf (1.8MB-reduced version; 3.11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://asiafoundation.org/resources/pdfs/MyanmarLibrarySurvey.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 July 2014


Title: Myanmar Library Survey - Executive Summary (Burmese ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: "The Myanmar Library Survey is the first in- depth nationwide study of the country’s public libraries. Commissioned by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), the survey aimed to establish a comprehensive, current picture of the Myanmar public library system to help inform the development of Myanmar’s information architecture and community initiatives. While much can be done to improve infrastructure and better support their role as information hubs, the survey reveals that citizens perceive libraries as having a significant and positive impact on community life. The survey findings will be circulated amongst key stakeholders, including governmental officials, policy makers, local and international non-governmental organizations, civil society, and local communities. A country coming out of decades of isolation, Myanmar is now rapidly building the information infrastructure needed for its citizens to participate in the reform process and compete in the global marketplace. Myanmar’s reverence toward libraries and its vast library network has the potential to aid this process. This study focuses on public libraries – defined in Myanmar as libraries registered with the government – because of their accessibility to a wider number of people and potential for scalability. In addition to public libraries, Myanmar has university, monastic, private, and specialized libraries, few of which register as public libraries. There are 55,755 registered public libr aries in the country, but only 4,868 are considered active. Prior to this study, very little was known about them. The objectives of the project were to sample active public libraries in order to: ..."
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Asia Foundation, Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation
Format/size: pdf (2.2MB-reduced version; 7.53-original)
Alternate URLs: http://asiafoundation.org/resources/pdfs/LibraryExeSumMMBurmese.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2014


Title: Myanmar Library Survey - Executive Summary (English)
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: "The Myanmar Library Survey is the first in- depth nationwide study of the country’s public libraries. Commissioned by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), the survey aimed to establish a comprehensive, current picture of the Myanmar public library system to help inform the development of Myanmar’s information architecture and community initiatives. While much can be done to improve infrastructure and better support their role as information hubs, the survey reveals that citizens perceive libraries as having a significant and positive impact on community life. The survey findings will be circulated amongst key stakeholders, including governmental officials, policy makers, local and international non-governmental organizations, civil society, and local communities. A country coming out of decades of isolation, Myanmar is now rapidly building the information infrastructure needed for its citizens to participate in the reform process and compete in the global marketplace. Myanmar’s reverence toward libraries and its vast library network has the potential to aid this process. This study focuses on public libraries – defined in Myanmar as libraries registered with the government – because of their accessibility to a wider number of people and potential for scalability. In addition to public libraries, Myanmar has university, monastic, private, and specialized libraries, few of which register as public libraries. There are 55,755 registered public libr aries in the country, but only 4,868 are considered active. Prior to this study, very little was known about them. The objectives of the project were to sample active public libraries in order to: ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Foundation, Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation
Format/size: pdf (950-reduced version; 3.9MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://asiafoundation.org/resources/pdfs/MMLibraryExecSummary.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2014


Title: Arakan Goes Mobile
Date of publication: May 2006
Description/subject: "Bangladeshi mobile phones flood into Burma’s Arakan State... Burmese junta-backed businessmen strike cross-border deals, and human rights workers can speak directly to witnesses at the scene—Bangladeshi mobile phones are slowly opening up northern Arakan State. Even the much-abused Burmese Muslims of Maungdaw Township are said to be developing a taste for mobile technology. The slow trickle of handsets that first began traveling east over the Bangladesh-Burma border at Teknaf and other crossings 18 months ago has now reportedly turned into a flood. Just don’t tell the local authorities you’ve got one..."
Author/creator: Clive Parker
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 14, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 December 2006