June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.205.1 - 14.205.10
An International Repository for Engineering and Technology Education (IRETE)
Engineers work in settings that are dictated by global perspectives. This places a need for engineers who can operate seamlessly in global environments. A key component for the success of this seamless knowledge exchange is the development of information repositories for the engineering fields. E-Lis < http://eprints.rclis.org > is an example of such a repository for documents, published or unpublished, on librarianship, information science and technology. IRETE will be a repository totally focused to the world-wide community of scholars and teachers dedicated to engineering education. IRETE will operate with an administrative group under the leadership of a Principal Investigator or Director. Several working groups will focus on specific tasks such as: a technical group; a procurement and selection group; a metadata group; a publicity group. This paper presents a framework for the design and development of IRETE.
The cornerstone of the US economy depends on innovation and creativity, backed by a well trained engineering workforce. Engineers work in settings that are dictated by global perspectives. As manufacturing continues to shift offshore, many US companies have been compelled to maintain a competitive edge in their global perspectives. This places a need for engineers who can operate seamlessly in global environments. It is imperative that colleges and universities worldwide must collaborate to develop strategies that provide the global perspectives and international experiences that will facilitate their graduates to perform effectively in this new world order. The role of information exchange in this effort is fundamental, as it provides the much needed avenues for knowledge dissemination. A key component for the success of this seamless knowledge exchange is the development of information repositories for the engineering fields.
In this paper, we would like to propose the development of a repository for information related to engineering and technical education. This International Repository for Engineering and Technology Education (IRETE) will serve a wider population of educators, students and the public, worldwide. We will present its importance, benefits to the profession and society, and the basic operating principles for this project. Two examples of successful subject repositories include the arXiv and E-Lis. The arXiv < http://arXiv.org >, a physics repository partially funded by the National Science Foundation, resides at Cornell University and is one of the largest in the world. Its main focus is physics but it also covers other related subjects. E-Lis < http://eprints.rclis.org > is a repository for documents, published or unpublished, on librarianship, information science and technology. It is housed at CILEA, Consorzio Interuniversitario Lombardo per l'Elaborazione Automatica, Italy. E-Lis is run by a multinational group of volunteers.
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