Education taps CSC for database job

Under a five-year, $34.6 million contract with the Education Department, Computer Sciences Corp. will develop and operate an Internet-based database management system for the Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC.

As the world's largest education repository, ERIC will store more than a million journal articles and document abstracts. It will use the latest search and retrieval methods to cull education literature and provide materials faster over the Internet, Education secretary Rod Paige said yesterday.

The new database, replacing a vintage 1960s system, will provide as much free, full-text access as possible, with links to commercial sources so that individuals can buy paid journal articles and other materials immediately. The department's Institute of Education Sciences will oversee development of a searchable Internet catalog of education literature

'For the first time, educators and policy-makers will have an easy-to-use resource for quick access to comprehensive, up-to-date information and research about education,' Paige said.

The current database will be online during build-out of the new ERIC database, which will become operational later this year. The first additions will be systems for searching, managing content and acquiring authorizations for dissemination.

CSC's subcontractors include CurrenTech Inc. of Columbia, Md., DB Consulting Group Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., Natech Corp. of Coos Bay, Ore., and Research Triangle Institute of Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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