[LIS-Forum] New service aims to help developing world in research

sandeep bhavsar sandeep31581 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Dec 15 11:27:51 IST 2005

New service aims to help developing world in research
Stefanie Olsen
December 14, 2005

Scientists in developing countries may soon have
better access to peer research on the Internet, thanks
to a partnership between search specialists at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Elsevier.

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory is contributing technology to a joint
project with Elsevier that will allow scientists with
limited bandwidth to access information online more
easily, the school announced on Tuesday.

MIT's technology, called TEK, lets researchers with
limited resources, such as outdated technology or weak
funds, send a query to its servers and search engine.
TEK will collect documents, compress them and send
them back via email a week later, saving the recipient
on connectivity costs.

Combined with Elsevier's science search engine, dubbed
Scirus, TEK will hone in on the science-related subset
of the Web for researchers, according to the two

Called Search Scirus with TEK, the service "can help
bridge the information divide between technologically
advanced and developing countries, serving the global
scientific community at large", Sharon Mombru, Scirus'
senior product manager, said in a statement.

The move comes as many projects are under way to bring
more scientific information to the Web and mitigate
the costs of otherwise pricey information. Google, for
example, is adding many different sources of
scientific data to its specialised search engine,
Google Scholar. Still, the project doesn't directly
address the slow connection speeds that
bandwidth-challenged researchers face.

MIT and Elsevier plan to bring the project to
institutions with specific expertise in
information-delivery to developing countries.

"We hope that organisations with access to users in
these countries will take Elsevier's lead and get
involved... to help put this initiative into practice
and extend the reach of valuable scientific
information available on the Internet," said Saman
Amarasinghe, associate professor of electrical
engineering and computer science at MIT. 

Sandeep Bhavsar
Dr.V.N.Bedekar Institute of Research and Management
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