Welcome to the Global Text Project
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
We publish open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website. We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them.
We have experience with developing a free textbook, XML: Managing Data Exchange. This project started in January 2004 when a graduate class at the University of Georgia wrote the first version of the book. Subsequent graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of Georgia and elsewhere have improved and extended the book. It has been used as the XML text in a variety of classes, and in each case the class has been required to leave the book in better shape than they received it at the beginning of the term.
Experience with this project and the success of WikiBooks convinced us that we could further develop the idea of free and open content books to increase the value of these books to students, particularly those who cannot afford paper-based textbooks.
The Global Text Project was initially funded by the Jacobs Foundation.