[lit-ideas] Fwd: The Iraqi Virtual Science Library

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  • Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 20:02:19 EDT

Perhaps of interest....
 
Julie Krueger
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U.S. Department of State

Fact Sheet                                                                     
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs        
Washington, DC                                                                 
June 5, 2006                                                                   
                                                                        
                                                                        
The Iraqi Virtual Science Library                                              
                                                                        
                                                                        
The Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL), launched on May 3, 2006, is a digital
portal that provides Iraqi universities and research institutes with access to 
an outstanding collection of millions of full text articles from over 17,000   
premier scientific and engineering journals and their archives, in addition to 
technical content and educational resources. Its goal is to help rebuild the   
educational and scientific infrastructure in Iraq.                             
                                                                        
Recognizing the need to rebuild the science and engineering infrastructure in  
Iraq, a group of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)    
fellows began the IVSL (https://ivsl.org) project in 2004. The IVSL is now an  
interagency collaboration with members from the U.S. Departments of State and  
Defense. The project is funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S.
State Department, and the Civilian Research and Development Foundation, the    
generous donations of publishing companies and professional societies, and     
partnerships with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, other departments and 
agencies of the U.S. Government, Sun Microsystems, the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology, Useful Utilities, and Vitalect Technologies.                    
                                                                        
The IVSL is being implemented in coordination with the Iraqi Government, with  
the ultimate goal of transitioning the pilot program into a long-term project  
sponsored and supported entirely by Iraq. Associated computer software,        
information technology (IT) training, and some hardware will be provided to    
Iraqi partners in order to facilitate this transition.                         
                                                                        
IVSL partner institutions in Iraq include:                                     
                                                                        
  * The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research and the Iraqi 
    Ministry of Science & Technology;                                          
  * Seven universities: Basrah, Baghdad, Al-Nahrain, Mustansyriah, University  
    of Technology, Mosul, and Sulaimani, covering Iraq from north to south;    
  * Iraqi National Academy of Science and the Iraqi Academy of Science;        
  * Iraqi International Center for Science and Industry (IICSI).               
                                                                        
IVSL Project Implementation                                                    
                                                                        
The Defense Technical Information Center built the IVSL web site, and the U.S. 
National Academy of Sciences negotiated subscriptions to a broad range of      
science, engineering, and technical journals with initial seed funding from the
Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Department of State. IVSL was only
possible through the extraordinary generosity of the professional societies and
publishers--who are providing access gratis or at substantial discounts to     
normal licensing rates, as the seed funds covered only a tiny fraction of the  
normal fees--as well as contributions and training material from our technical 
partners. Partners include:                                                    
                                                                        
  * American Chemical Society                                                  
  * American Physical Society                                                  
  * American Institute of Physics                                              
  * American Mathematical Society                                              
  * Association for Computing Machinery                                        
  * American Society for Civil Engineering                                     
  * American Society of Mechanical Engineers                                   
  * Annual Reviews                                                             
  * Elsevier Publishing                                                        
  * EBSCO Publishing                                                           
  * Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers                          
  * ISI Web of Knowledge / Thomson Scientific                                  
  * JSTOR                                                                      
  * MIT OpenCourseWare                                                         
  * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration                            
  * SpringerLink                                                               
  * The Science.gov Consortium                                                 
  * Sun Microsystems                                                           
  * Useful Utilities                                                           
  * U.S. Army Corps of Engineers                                               
  * U.S. Department of Agriculture                                             
  * U.S. Department of Energy                                                  
  * Vitalect Technologies                                                      
                                                                        
Current and Future Work                                                        
                                                                        
IVSL (https://ivsl.org) is on-line and has been successfully beta-tested. The  
next phase includes working with Iraqi colleagues to expand the user base,     
develop training programs, and add educational resources. Eight Iraqi partner  
institutes will be provided with servers, technical support, software, and IT  
training in order to facilitate this transition. A partnership with the        
Civilian Research and Development Foundation will help meet the goal of        
transitioning the IVSL project entirely to Iraqi ownership and support as soon 
as practical.                                                                  
                                                                        
                                                                        

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