The Appropriate Technology Library was originally compiled by Volunteers In Asia (VIA) and since 1993 has been managed by Village Earth: The Consortium for Sustainable Village-Based Development. The library consists of over 1,000 books with a large variety of subjects in 29 categories. The AT Library will fit on four DVD-ROM disks or 29 CD-ROM disks and can be purchased online through Village Earth’s website. The library was created to promote technologies that improve the quality of life for village-scale communities and has succeeded at it’s goal. The guide is meant to be used by organizations whose goals include building and inciting growth in small scale communities that is both sustainable and an improvement. This guide can also be used to mirror the ways of life and technology that brought about the peaks of technology that exist in our world today.
Many survivalists and those preparing for “the end of the world as we know it” offer this library and the consensus of opinion on various forums and websites on the Internet is that this is a must-have resource. This archive offers gigabytes of information and there aren’t many that compare to it, though some do exist. For example, CDW3D is an archive meant to help stimulate the third world economies and provide technologies to anyone and everyone. CDW3d is freely available, unlike the Appropriate Technology Library and all of it’s content can be browsed on the CDW3D site as well as downloaded from many sources. CD3WD is a private initiative and as such the information involved has been given in the spirit that it can be copied and shared in any form.
All in all, there are many resources for Appropriate Technology and some exist as standalone websites such as a WikiPedia type website, ApproPedia. You can gain a lot from this information and anyone looking to rebuilding after a major disaster that destroys our societies or those who merely wish to live a simpler life can gain from it.