May 3rd, 2006, 04:01 AM
Sun helps build online science library for Iraqis
A group of U.S. scientists, with help from Sun Microsystems and U.S. government agencies, has launched an online library containing more than 1 million research articles for Iraqi scientists and students.
The Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL), started with US$362,000 in seed money from the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency, was needed after more than 20 years of neglect during the Saddam Hussein regime and following the looting and destruction of many Iraqi libraries during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, said organizers of the online library.
"The Iraqis began with nothing," said Barret Ripin, senior science diplomacy officer for the U.S. Department of State, at a press conference Tuesday. "A lot of the holdings that they did have were destroyed in the aftermath of the war. They're starting from scratch."
The idea for the project started with a group of current and former science and technology policy fellows working at the DOD and the State Department through an American Association for the Advancement of Science program. The group wanted to give Iraqi scientists and students better access to "top-tier" research, said D.J. Patil, IVSL cofounder and research scientist at the University of Maryland.
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May 3rd, 2006, 14:20 PM
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