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Grants will give developing world access to scientific research

Two grants totaling $500,000 will support Yale University participation in an international consortium to make prestigious scientific journals in the environment sciences available online to the developing world at little or no cost.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation each gave $250,000 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, nonprofit 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 for the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Ann Okerson, associate university librarian for collections and international programs.

James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, said, "Thanks to advances in information and communication technologies and the great generosity of many leading scientific publishers and foundations, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to provide environmental institutions in over 100 less-developed countries intellectual resources that we in the developed world take for granted."

University Librarian Alice Prochaska added, "We are eager to work together to increase the ability of leading scientists in developing countries to conduct their own high-quality researc
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Contact: Janet Rettig Emanuel
janet.emanuel@yale.edu
203-432-2157
Yale University
22-Dec-2005


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