CD3WD was a project that focused on assisting in third world development by making technical documents and other relevant information available to all people. Created by Alex Weir in 2003, [1] the concept was to share useful DIY guides and technical information for free using CDs . The name CD3WD comes from “CD for the Third World Development”. In later versions of the project the archive was distributed on DVD . The final version that was available online (the 2012 version) was a total of 6 DVDs (core set) and 32 DVDs of extra educational content. [2]

Content of the project

CD3WD is an electronic library of information on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food processing, engineering, health technology, water and sanitation. This information came mostly from NGOs and governmental agencies . The information was structured into topics and was the 6-DVD core set. The main language of the project was English but there were also parts in other languages. The core set was available from the project’s webpage and by DVDs sent by mail.

The project also had an educational extra part of 32 DVDs with educational content from sources like Khan Academy , Wikipedia for Schools and Project Gutenberg . This part of the project was limited to DVDs sent by mail because it was easy to find online.

Survivalists’ interest

CD3WD was focused on gathering and spreading information to assist third world development, [3] but the project got a lot of its attention from survivalists . [4] [5] [6] The information in the archive handled a widespread area of ​​the relevant topics to preppers . This, the structure, and the offline nature of the CD3WD archive made it ideal for survivalists. In 2013 author Annalee Newitz wrote about humans surviving a global extinction event, saying, “If we’re lucky, the hangers-on will have access to a repository of human knowledge called the CD3WD database.” [7]

The discontinuation of the project

After the death of Alex Weir in 2014, [8] the project stopped and the project domain “” was taken over. It is no longer connected to the project. There is still a mirror of the 2006 version of the website [9] and a torrent of the 2012 version of the project’s DVDs [10] available online.


  1. Jump up^ Weir, Alex (30 September 2013). “Australia slashing aid budget can greatly help Third World” . . Retrieved 15 May 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ “CD3WD Directory Listing” . . Retrieved 15 May 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ “Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need – The Boston Globe” . . Retrieved 16 May 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ “Rebuilding Civilization With Cd3wd” . After The Last Day . 6 September 2013 . Retrieved 16 May 2016 .
  5. Jump up^ “CD3WD – Listen to Alex Weir from on the Prepress Podcast tonight – American Preppers Network” . American Preppers Network . 7 December 2010 . Retrieved 16 May 2016 .
  6. Jump up^ Drager, Dave. “CD3WD Archives the Information Necessary to Rebuild Society” . Lifehacker . Retrieved 16 May 2016 .
  7. Jump up^ Newitz, Annalee (2013). Scatter, adapt, and remember: how humans will survive a mass extinction (First ed.). New York: Doubleday. ISBN  0385535910 .
  8. Jump up^ “A memorial library” . A CD for third world development … .. CD3WD . Retrieved 15 May 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “CD3WD Mirror version 4 (2006)” . Retrieved 15 May 2016 .
  10. Jump up^ “CD3WD Directory Listing” . . Retrieved 15 May 2016 .

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