Monday, 6 Mar 2006

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 6 March 2006 Australian research resources available from EdNA Online Educators, researchers and students will have increased access to a wide range of educational and research resources from 6 March following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between EdNA Online and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to link their databases. The two organisations will collaborate on the delivery of information services, which will enable the sharing of knowledge, research and learning content. As of 6 March ACER’s EdResearch Online, a research repository of online articles from over 130 leading education journals, which contains bibliographical details and links to over 10 000 full text articles published since 2000, will be available through EdNA Online’s existing suite of information repositories. EdResearch Online is produced by ACER’s Cunningham Library, which holds one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date collections of educational research documents in Australia. ACER’s chief executive Professor Geoff Masters said the education and training community would benefit from the collaboration to bring high-quality research resources together in one place. Gerry White, CEO of education.au, the agency that manages the EdNA Online project, said for the first time educators, researchers and students would have access not only to an array of educational resources but also quality research resources. "The addition of the ACER EdResearch Online repository presents a value-added service to the education and training community throughout Australia, especially those interested in or conducting research" he said. EdNA Online is one of the world's largest education and training web services. The website provides access to quality online resources for Australian teachers, academics, administrators, librarians, researchers, trainers, parents and students. EdNA also provides a range of free tools and services, and syndicates educational content with a range of national and international partners. EdNA’s search facility provides access to ten national and international high quality digital repositories. These repositories enable the Australian education and training community to search and locate relevant and quality resources. EdNA Online is a joint initiative of the state, territory and Australian Governments through their education departments, and is managed by education.au limited. Further information on EdNA Online is available from http://www.edna.edu.au/ ****************ENDS************* Chief Operating Officer, education.au limited Phone: (08) 8334 3226 Mobile 0434 074 682 Email: nstanelis@educationau.edu.au Louise Reynolds Corporate Publicity and Communications Manager Australian Council for Educational Research Phone: (03) 9277 5582 Mobile: 0419 340 058 Email: reynolds@acer.edu.au Media enquiries: Nancye Stanelis