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Education Department Awards Contract for New ERIC

The U.S. Dept. of Education has awarded a 5-year, $34.6 million contract to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Rockville, Md., along with its subcontractors, to develop and operate a new database system for ERIC. The ERIC database will use the latest search and retrieval methods to cull education literature and give high-quality access to educators, researchers, and the general public.

The ERIC database is the world's largest education database. Begun in 1966, it comprises more than one million bibliographic records. The goal of the new ERIC is to provide more education materials quicker, and more directly, to audiences through the Internet. With the new ERIC, individuals will be able to go to one Web site to search a comprehensive database of journal articles and document abstracts and descriptions and, for the first time, directly access full text. The database will include as much free full text as possible, and links will be provided to commercial sources so that individuals can purchase journal articles and other full text immediately.

Materials will be added to ERIC within 1 month of release, and authors will submit conference papers through an online system. During the development and transition to the new ERIC, the ERIC database will continue to be available at http://www.eric.ed.gov, and materials selected in 2003 will continue to be added. Until the new model is operational in 2004, no new materials will be accepted for the database. The department will post updated information about the transition on the ERIC Web site and will contact publishers, education organizations, and other database contributors when the new model is ready to begin adding journal articles and other materials this year.

Source: U.S. Department of Education



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