IVSLIraqi Virtual Science Library
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On June 7, the CRDF transferred management of the IVSL to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
At a press conference in CRDF's Arlington office, Eric Novotny, senior vice president of CRDF, said that CRDF will continue to work with the government of Iraq, helping to expand the IVSL to other areas, while adding databases and other capabilities to give the Iraqis a true research portal for basic and applied research.
A group of American scientists have constructed a massive online database called the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL) to help bring Iraqi scientists and engineers up-to-speed on the latest scientific findings.
Patil explained that some publishers offered their journals to the IVSL at a reduced price, allowing the fledgling online library to offer some $11 million worth of scientific information, using only the start-up funding from the Defense Department.