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$1.8 million dollar literature website to benefit the Australian community.



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$1.8 MILLION DOLLAR LITERATURE WEBSITE TO BENEFIT THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY 27 August 2002 MIN 160/02

I am pleased to launch today an Australian first; a unique website which will enhance research and learning in literature for the whole community.  

AustLit: The Australian Literature Gateway is a subscription-based service that provides access to information on more than 70,000 Australian authors and 370,000 creative and critical works.  Subscribers can also access rare and out-of-print titles, such as early Australian literature.  

This is a book lover’s dream - delivered by the latest in Australian innovation.  It will be a valuable resource for teachers and members of the public enabling complex research queries to be easily answered. 

The site was developed at a cost of $1.8 million by a consortium of eight universities, the National Library and the Australian Research Council (ARC).  The Commonwealth Government, through ARC grants, has contributed about $1 million. 

This is another example of the research infrastructure support being provided by the Commonwealth.  

Under Backing Australia’s Ability the Howard Government will provide $246 million between 2002 and 2006 to upgrade the basic infrastructure of universities to support research and research training.  

The AustLit project is an excellent example of research collaboration across the higher education sector, and has won broad support in research, education and library communities throughout Australia. 

AustLit will help enrich and sustain our literary culture. 

Further information is available online at www.austlit.edu.au. 

News Editors please note:

Dr Nelson will launch the website at 6.15 p.m. tonight, Tuesday August 27, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. 

 

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office:                                             Ross Hampton             0419 484 095

Department of Education, Science and Training       Laila Lacis                  02 6240 9275