NCSE's public education strategic goal is to provide access to a comprehensive source of understandable science-based information on the Internet. To achieve this, in 2003, the Council catalyzed the creation and operation of the Environmental Information Coalition (EIC) for the many organizations, agencies, institutions, and experts who can contribute to achieving this goal. NCSE is the secretariat to the EIC.The Environmental Information Coalition is building the Earth Website to provide clear, intuitively presented, science-based resources that help make sense of the issues from air pollution to zoology, from back yards to oceans. The Earth Website will be part of technology partner Trunity Networks ' Digital Universe .
The first component of Earth Website launched in Fall 2006, is the Encyclopedia of Earth . The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by expert authors in non-technical language for a general audience. Articles are independently reviewed by other expert Topic Editors . The scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth is the environment broadly defined, with particular emphasis on the interaction between society and the natural spheres of the Earth. Authors and Topic Editors are experts in their fields as judged by their peers and by their track record of distinguished research, teaching, writing, training, and public outreach. This community of scholars create and maintain the Encyclopedia of Earth via a specially adapted "wiki" - an online tool that allows experts to collectively add and edit web content. Unlike other, well-known wikis, such as Wikipedia, access is restricted to approved experts and all content is reviewed and approved by Topic Editors prior to being published from the wiki to public Encyclopedia. Revisions to existing articles are also done on the author's wiki, and when approved they become the current version at the public site. This process produces a constantly evolving, continuously updated reference.
As part of its public education goal, the National Council for Science and the Environment provides free public access to the environmental reports of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). CRS, part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain non-technical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy. CRS does not itself provide these documents to the general public. Although CRS documents are prepared specifically for Congress and not widely distributed, their distribution is not protected by law or copyright. NCSE is committed to expanding, maintaining and updating its database of reports, making them available and searchable for the public. The NLE currently posts over 1,600 CRS reports on environmental and related topics.
Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the NationLast Updated on 2009-01-07 12:42:29Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the Nation
The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) kicked off Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009) -- a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration--this week in Boston at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. COPUS, which represents more than 500 organizations, is celebrating how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters. Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, broadcast every week on National Public Radio, launched the week’s events with a plenary presentation encouraging scientists to get involved in communicating and sharing the excitement of science at every opportunity.
Flatow said: “If you don’t stand up for science, then no one else is going to do it. We as journalists and scientists have to figure out ways to share science in plain English whenever possible.” This... More »
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