Announcing, the World Geography Factbook 2000 version 0.80
World Geography Factbook 2000 is a FREE e-book that runs on PDAs using the Palm operating system.
This hyperlinked e-book provides up to 94 pieces of information for the 201 self-governing countries of the World. A printed
copy of the information contained in World Geography Factbook 2000 would require approximately 1600 pages of standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper!
Most of the data found in this electronic publication originates from the United States Central Intelligence Agency's The World Factbook 2000.
World Geography Factbook 2000 is a FREE e-book that runs on
personal digital assistants (Palm and Visor handheld computers) using the
Palm operating system (it does require the viewing program iSilo which
costs $12.50 US - a 30 day demo of this application is included in the
download file). This hyperlinked e-book provides up to 94 pieces of
information for the 201 self-governing countries of the World. A printed
copy of the information contained in World Geography Factbook 2000 would
require approximately 1600 pages of standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper!
The 94 entries of information available for each country are organized into
five broad categories: Introduction, Geography, Population, Government, and
Economy.The information in this e-book can be used by high school and
university students to supplement their studies of cultural geography,
world regional geography, political science, economics or environmental
studies.World Geography Factbook 2000 is also a valuable resource for
individuals who just want to learn facts about the various nations found on
World Geography Factbook 2000 works on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) that have Palm Operating System 2.0 or greater and 2 megabytes of
memory. In other words, it works of many types of Palm PDAs, all Handspring Visors, TRGpro, IBM's WorkPad, and on Sony's Clie. It also requires
the program iSilo™ to view the various data entries. A full working demo version of iSilo™ is included in the download file for World Geography
Factbook 2000. This demo version of iSilo™ will only function for 30 days.
Registration for this product is optional. Individuals who do register, will get periodic emails announcing the availability of new versions of the software.
For more information about World Geography Factbook 2000 go to
the following website:
factbook.exe self-extracting download for Windows computers (1.4 MB)
factbook.zip for downloading to a Windows computer (1.3 MB)
factbook.sit for downloading to a Macintosh computer (1.3 MB)
factbook.hqx for downloading to a Macintosh computer (1.3 MB).
All of these downloads contain the following four files:
isilodem.prc - iSilo™ program application require to view the contents of the World Geography Factbook 2000. This is a demo version which
expires in 30 days. A register version can be purchased at http://www.iSilo.com/. This file is 84K in size.
isiloman.prc - iSilo™ User Manual. This document is read with iSilo™. This file is 14K in size.
factbook.pdb - World Geography Factbook 2000 data file. This file is quite large - about 1550K.
readme.htm - read me file for World Geography Factbook 2000 that can be viewed by Microsoft Explorer or Netscape Communicator
More News From the Devlopment Team
Upgrades for the factbook will be posted on
a regular basis to make it a much more complete learning tool. They
will be supplementing the CIA data with information from several
other sources (e.g., United Nations). Future editions are expected to
contain more information and even simple maps.
Michael Pidwirny (fact book developer) ... "We believe that hand-held computers will become increasingly popular,
even in K-12 and higher education. Projections suggest that the sales
of PDAs (personal digital assistants) will double or triple next
year. So why not promote the study of geography on a PDA! Our program
would also make a nice supplement to textbooks covering human
geography, world regional geography and environmental science/studies."
World Geography Factbook 2000 was developed by Donna Senese and Michael
Pidwirny, Department of Geography, Okanagan University