eldis OnDisc is produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. eldis is featured in this web log's sidebar because of its importance as a site for information about development. With the May 1, 2007 free access/no registration access to the U.N. database it will be more important.
Many users with slow or erratic Internet connections have difficulties in accessing some of the files, if not the site itself. eldis has pubished a CD-ROM (PC/Mac. Linux?) containing 866 documents from 190 organizations, as well as Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can search in 29 subject areas from ageing population to trade policy. Readers in developing countries can request multiple free copies of the CD-ROM, anyone can put the content on their intranet.