Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development (http://www.consiliencejournal.org/), an open-access journal edited by students under the guidance of faculty of the Earth Institute, has launched its third issue. The pieces in this issue approach the challenges of sustainable development in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner, and propose concrete policy recommendations and solutions. Consilience partners with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) (http://cdrs.columbia.edu) for site development, hosting services, and maintenance.
The first student-run journal of its kind, Consilience aims to foster dialogue among academics and practitioners, and features articles by students, professors, and researchers around the world. Created in 2007, Consilience publishes scholarly articles, field notes, opinion pieces, and photo essays that promote interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development. Its content is freely accessible under a Creative Commons license. Consilience is edited and managed by a board of undergraduate and graduate students.
"Our board is excited and proud to continue the dialogue that Consilience started three years ago," said Monica Varman, editor-in-chief. "We hope to expand the media through which this dialogue takes place, using video, blog posts, and more dynamic content."
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 their 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 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.