The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will soon be playing a role in educating the public in the rural areas of the country as its digital library project, the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) will see nationwide implementation.
A stand-alone source of information, the STARBOOKS is designed to render people in far-flung areas access to Science and Technology information resources where there are otherwise constraints or none at all when it comes to accessibility.
The project will provide valuable Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI)-based content in multiple formats, which will serve as a thriving source of knowledge for those in geographically-isolated regions as well as economically-challenged schools and communities.
In celebration of STARBOOK’s 11 years of existence, a partnership with the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is established for the initial rollout in specific pilot grade schools and high schools.
At the core of the e-library project is the underlying structure that makes information dissemination possible, that is, via datacasting or data broadcasting mechanisms made via Low-Earth Orbit satellites and digital television.