Data Loader

The Data Loader is a tool to build a portable catalog of data onto a Raspberry Pi or a portable USB disk as a means of repatriating data back to the original community. This tool allows the researcher to load a set of items from Nabu onto a repatriation device along with a content viewer for the data.

When loading onto a Raspberry Pi the loader installs the mobile viewer as the interface to the content whereas loading onto a USB Disk generates a simpler static HTML site.

Originally, this project was developed to simplify the loading of data onto a LibraryBox (an open source, portable digital file distribution tool based on inexpensive hardware that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information to individuals off the grid). However, as LibraryBoxes are no longer in active development this functionality has been deprecated.

– This is a desktop application. Download the latest version from
– The source code is accessible @

The latest release (v2.0.2 at the time of writing) is built for Windows, Mac (Apple M processors, not Intel) and Linux. Older versions (1.5.1 and older) no longer work on Apple Macs with Intel processors because of Apple’s requirement that apps be scanned for malware which is no longer possible to achieve on Intel Macs.

Cite as: La Rosa, Marco & Nick Thieberger. 2022. Data Loader. https://language-archives.