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j1-2k7-mtW10: Armenian E-Science Library Project

August 15, 2007








E-Science Library Project

We are interested in aggregating digital library services, as well as other digitized services,
to make them available via a web-based server at American University of Armenia (AUA). We are
seeking discounted digital library services from major scientific organizations
(e.g., ACM, IEEE). In addition to providing these library resources for researchers in the
country it would help bridge the digital divide by providing their paid subscription
services at a greatly reduced (appropriate) rate in support of this project.

Similar digital library services are currently offered in Iraq through the Iraqi Virtual
Science Library project to Armenia. Sun Microsystems is developing the Iraqi Virtual
Science Library project.
The following link provides more information for the IVSL project

This infrastructure would assist researchers in Armenia by providing access to
digital libraries, as well as other digitized library resources in a convenient manner.
A Sun Fire T2000 Server will be utilized for the project.

Note the following brief description from the site used to develop the software
infrastructure that is provided for the project:
"The objective is to build a software package that can be deployed at institutions
like universities or libraries, and give access to journal publishers in a controlled
way based on user identities and roles. Most journal publishers have their own set of
security constraints (IP address control, Shibboleth, Athens,...) . This project will
build modules to deal with each of them. The project will also include a user
registration/management component. The project is sponsored by Sun."

The software infrastructure has been developed as part of a java.net project. New
software will be added to the project to enhance services

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Barry Levine is a Professor and Graduate Coordinator at San Francisco State University, and Professor and Director of the Computer & Information Science Program at the American University of Armenia.
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