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SUN BOOSTS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INFORMATION SYSTEM New Sun SITE Information Repository at Syracuse University SYRACUSE, N.Y., November 1, 1994 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced its newest Sun SITE(TM)?server, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and Syracuse University. Located at the upstate New York campus and accessible worldwide via the Internet, the Sun SITE repository will host the AskERIC Virtual Library, the most widely used educational service on the net. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC(R)) program and developed by the Schools of Information Studies and Education at Syracuse University, AskERIC is a national information system for educators, parents and anyone interested in education. Last year, AskERIC was chosen as a finalist in the education and academia category for the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for innovative use of information technology. The electronic AskERIC Virtual Library currently includes a range of text and image files about learning and teaching. With this support from Sun Microsystems, AskERIC will be able to add sound, video and multimedia and will also be able to increase the size and scope of the electronic library significantly. According to Mike Eisenberg, professor of information studies and director of AskERIC, "Being a Sun SITE location gives us a tremendous boost. Demand for AskERIC resources has exploded, with over 15,000 direct user contacts a week. With Sun SITE, we can expand the quality and quantity of our holdings to meet the users' needs. We can also work with Sun and other Sun SITE partners to take advantage of cutting-edge technological development." The Sun SITE server system at Syracuse University also provides remote access to educational and general resources throughout the world. And because the information is presented in "hypertext" links, it can be linked to other Sun SITE databases with the click of a mouse button or a simple keystroke. "AskERIC and Sun have been leaders in harnessing the power of the Internet," said Linda Roberts, Special Adviser of Educational Technology for the Department of Education. "I am delighted that the new Sun SITE will host the AskERIC Virtual Library at Syracuse University. This is an example of partnerships that can truly benefit education. I expect that this project will provide students and teachers with a source of rich materials and exciting learning opportunities." Launched in 1992, Sun SITE database servers quickly gained a reputation as the destination for cutting-edge content. They are now one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, providing up to 140,000 users a day with everything from public domain software, to technical white papers, White House speeches and even amateur music recordings. The original Sun SITE location was established at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Others include: Sun SITE Northern Europe at Imperial College, London; Sun SITE Tokyo at Science University, Tokyo; Sun SITE Russia at Moscow State University; and Sun SITE South Africa at the University of Witwatersrand. The Internet, a web of tens of thousands of computer networks, links roughly 20 million users worldwide. All Sun SITE locations are accessible free of charge through the Mosaic graphical user interface, an easy-to-use way to "surf" the network. In addition to Mosaic, all Sun SITE locations support more traditional ways of accessing information, including FTP, WAIS, telnet and gopher. To reach the Syracuse Sun SITE, type: ericir.sunsite.syr.edu in the URL (uniform resource locator) prompt in a Mosaic tool. Sun Microsystems, Inc., can be accessed by typing http://www.sun.com at the URL prompt in a Mosaic interface. Sun Microsystems, Inc. is the world's top supplier of open network computing solutions. Its SPARC(R)/Solaris(R) workstation and server family leads the UNIX(R).market. The company has its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. To visit Sun's home page, type http://www.sun.com at the URL prompt in the Mosaic interface. # # # Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Sun SITE, Solaris, and The Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All SPARC trademarks, including the SCD Compliant logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other products are referred to herein by the trademarks as designated by the companies who market those products.