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Ithaca, New York
E: VP Research
group of eager dot-commers crowd around a computer monitor, watching
sales build, one user at a time, as a newborn company website creeps
onto the information superhighway. This television advertising scene
underscores the need for infrastructure to support web sales.
At the opposite end of the e-commerce spectrum, the goal of the National
Science Digital Library (NSDL) is to enhance science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through online technology.
People's "experiences" with the NSDL, not their "online
purchases," will point the way toward the development of a fabric
for joining and multiplying the impact of NSDL, which focuses on
technical infrastructure and community networking. Outreach activities
for what will become the largest heterogeneous public digital library
in a post–dot-com world has turned the question, "If we
build it, who will come," into "If we don't build it with
them, will they ever come?"