Columbia University Joins European Economics Consortium


(NEW YORK, February 12, 2009) Columbia University became the first U.S. institution to join the Network of European Economists Online (NEEO), an international economics research project. Led by the Nereus Consortium of European economics research libraries, NEEO is building Economists Online—a repository bringing together premier institutions’ economic research into a single portal.

Columbia joins 19 institutions participating in the project, including The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Sciences Po in France, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the University of Oxford, and University College Dublin. NEEO members share their faculties’ research by enabling the Economists Online repository to automatically harvest economics publications from their repositories and display them online.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is leading activities to share items from the University’s research repository, Academic Commons. CDRS, in a joint effort with the Libraries Digital Programs Division, has prepared an existing set of working papers, the full text of which will be provided to Economists Online. CDRS is also working to secure new content, including citations from current Columbia economics faculty work from the past ten years.

Economists Online provides an international venue for Columbia economists’ research, and the scope of the collection ensures that the full breadth of faculty work will be displayed within the context of comparable efforts by peer institutions. Additionally, by providing one portal that is freely searchable online, Economists Online exposes critical research that is accessible on a global scale. The project also allows librarians and repository developers to engage around preserving and sharing electronic resources at an international level.

"Columbia is pleased to join Nereus and NEEO, and to have this opportunity participate in the development of Economists Online, a service that takes advantage of the work we’re doing to build Academic Commons," said Patricia Renfro, Deputy University Librarian and Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services.

"The Nereus consortium is delighted to welcome Columbia University as our first US member. Our economists will benefit greatly from having a single repository combining research content from the major European universities, and the addition of content from Columbia will add icing to the cake," said Jean Sykes, Chair of the Nereus Consortium and LSE Librarian and Director of IT Services. Economists Online was launched in January 2009.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia's research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about our services and projects is available at http://cdrs.columbia.edu. CDRS is part of the Digital Programs and Technology Services division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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