Inter-connected European information and documentation system for ethics and science: European Ethics Documentation Centre
Duration: 06/08 - 02/11
Funding: EU 7th framework programme
Title of subproject: Merging of Databases (WP2)
Co-ordination of subproject: C. Wiesemann (EGM) & A. Simon (AEM)
Co-ordination of project: D. Lanzerath (German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences)
It is the overall aim of ETHICSWEB to stimulate an enhanced democratic debate on ethical issues of science and to promote a more engaged and informed public. Therefore, existing information and documentation systems will be connected to allow and ensure an easy access to comprehensive information on science and ethics. At the same time sophisticated tools, both technical and semantic, will be applied or - if necessary developed - to make the huge amount of information available for all parties involved. ETHICSWEB will be a common, decentralized European access point for information that is made available in different European member states, by various regional providers and centres as well as by international organizations. ETHICSWEB strives for the documentation of different sources which include information on ethics and science like
- laws, regulations and guidelines;
- training materials and training programmes;
- academic exchange programmes;
- centres, projects and experts;
- events and news (such as conferences, calls for papers and new initiatives).
Since June 2008, the Department for Ethics and History of Medicine, together with the Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine (IDEM) coordinates efforts all over Europe that will give an overview of the wide range of European information on ethics and science and further their integration. The results will be used, for example, to develop education for students of medicine and health sciences.
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