Expanding the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
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For Immediate Release
6 November 2006

For more information, contact:
Oksana Hlodan, Editor, ActionBioscience.org

Library media personnel, educators, collection builders, and others meet to discuss the growth and promotion of cyber science

Washington, DC. AIBS staff Susan Musante and Oksana Hlodan attended the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) 2006 annual meeting held from October 18th-20th at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC.

NSDL http://nsdl.org/ was launched by the National Science Foundation in 2000 to establish an online library of vetted resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and research. To date, NSDL offers 1.5 million resources, such as video, animation, datasets, software, journal articles, and lesson plans. Resource contributors include ActionBioscience.org, the AIBS educational web site.

NSDL Pathways are portals to audience-specific digital resources, managed by organizations or institutions. One such pathway is the Biological Sciences Pathway, BioSciEdNet or BEN for short http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/. In addition to ActionBioScience.org resources, BEN’s catalog includes education articles published in BioScience, the AIBS science journal.

Over two dozen sessions and workshops covered topics ranging from how to promote the use of digital libraries to whether the NSDL community should align itself with the open content movement. Dr. Daniel Atkins, Director of the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure, opened the event. He gave an overview of NSF’s “e-science” vision, the potential of technical and social architecture of distributed knowledge communities, and the future of NSDL. His presentation is available online at http://nsdl.comm.nsdl.org/meeting/session_docs/2006/atkins.pdf.