GCRIO Funds Open Online Access to Global Climate Change Digest Archives
11 February, 1997
Thanks to a generous grant from the US Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO), archived issues of the Global Climate Change Digest will be permanently open to the public on the World Wide Web. A unique and comprehensive guide to published material on global climate change and ozone depletion, the Digest has been available since October 1996 on the World Wide Web at globalchange.org, a site maintained by a second publication, Global Change. Access to archived issues of the Digest (those more than 18 months old, extending back through July 1988) initially has been free. But in order to recover costs, users soon would have been required to pay for viewing them. Instead, by fully underwriting the archives' setup costs, GCRIO has guaranteed permanent public access without user fees.
Pursuant to an act of the US Congress, GCRIO began operating in May 1993. GCRIO's mandate requires it to disseminate "scientific research information available in the United States which would be useful in preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the effects of global change." GCRIO operates under the aegis of the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a private, nonprofit corporation which also was established by the Congress. CIESIN, "dedicated to furthering the interdisciplinary study of global environmental change," seeks to facilitate "access and integration of physical, natural, and socioeconomic information across scientific disciplines."
Electronic access to the Digest results from a collaborative effort between its publisher, the Center for Environmental Information. (Rochester, New York), and the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security (Oakland, California), publisher of Global Change magazine.
The Digest is published monthly in paper format, contains dozens of concise annotated citations in each issue, and is an unparalleled resource for anyone seeking further information about ozone depletion and climate change. Edited by Dr. Robert W. Pratt, it consists of several sections, each devoted to a specific type of publication -- journal papers, books, reports, and magazine articles. It adds a brief overview of news highlights and a comprehensive calendar of events.
Recent Digest issues (from the last 18 months) also are available on the site, but only to paid subscribers to the electronic edition of the Digest. As a new issue is added to the site each month, the oldest recent issue will be placed in the archives where it can be freely accessed by all.