Saturday, October 07, 2006

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

Scientific literature offered free to developing countries (ACCESS Newsletter of iGroup Reports.........................

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gave USD250,000 to Yale to help establish Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), a digital internet library for developing countries.

OARE will provide access to peer-reviewed scientific literature of leading international publishing houses. Organizations eligible to use OARE include approximately 1,000 public, non-profit institutions in more than 100 underdeveloped nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Literature in environmental chemistry, economics, law and policy, and other environmental subjects such as botany, conservation biology, ecology and zoology will be available through a portal presented in world languages including Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Yale's OARE activities will be directed by Oswald Schmitz, Professor of population and community ecology and Associate Dean of academic affairs at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), and Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for collections and international programs.

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