[AAACE-NLA] [rsct] ERIC Data base being taken over by CSC
George E. Demetrion
sophocles5 at juno.com
Sun Apr 4 21:44:18 EDT 2004
More good news from Washington, D.C.
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To: RScriticalteach at lists.execpc.com
Subject: [rsct] ERIC Data base being taken over by CSC
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 18:52:36 EST
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According to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher
Education list-serv (3/31/04):
"The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Computer Sciences
Corporation (CSC), along with its subcontractors, a 5-year, $34.6 million
contract to develop and implement a revised Education Resources
Information Center (ERIC) database. The revamped ERIC will be a one-stop
shop for educators, researchers, and the general public alike to search
for journal articles, document abstracts, and full-text documents as
"The development process for the ERIC database will include a steering
committee to recommend operational guidelines for the database. Groups of
content experts will recommend guidelines for identifying journal and
non-journal materials for the database, followed by the organization of
public forums to solicit ideas on how to make the redesigned ERIC
database even more useful."
So who is the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) who will ensure that
all have open access to information in this time of Ashcroft, Bush, and
Rice? A quick web check to their web site tells us that they are a "
consistent performer in the global information technology market for
more than 40 years" [http://www.csc.com/aboutus/content/glance.shtml].
That is, they are
a for-profit Fortune 500 business with revenues of $11.3 billion and
90,000 world-wide employees. The industries to which they provide
services include retail, insurance, health services, government,
financial services, consumer products, communications and high tech,
chemical and energy, capital markets, banking, and aerospace and defense.
If you missed seeing education on the list, you didn't blink, it's not
there. And if you did see defense, you saw correctly.
Last year, in fact, CSC purchased DynCorp. Who are they? According to
CSC's web site, they are a major provider of "security-related services."
In fact, according to Van B. Honeycutt, CSC's CEO, ""Now that the U.S.
Homeland Security Department is in place, the resources and security
expertise of CSC, coupled with those of DynCorp, will position us
extremely well as the federal government expands and accelerates its
efforts to enhance U.S. national security"
[http://www.csc.com/features/2003/7.shtml]. And what might those
security services be? According to the web site for the "International
Police Programs Information Source" website
[http://www.policemission.com/iraq.asp], those services include
recruiting security personel for Iraq. To quote, " DynCorp International
FZ-LLC (DIFZ), a CSC Company, is seeking individuals with appropriate
experience and expertise to participate in an international effort to
re-establish police, justice and prison functions in post-conflict Iraq."
The pay, for police and other law enforcement officers, is at least
$75,000 plus room and lodging, but
candidates must not only be quite experienced, they need at least "two
years experience in specialized skills"-what those specialized skills are
remain unspecified. If that isn't enough, DynCorp is also the
organization that provided contract personnel to Plan Colombia
who participated in aerial spraying of Colombia's cocoa fields, this from
the State Department's web site
[http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/ar/colombia/fact09.htm]. They have
been sued by the International Labor Rights Fund on behalf of Colombian
peasant families reportedly harmed by aerial fumigation
So if you're wondering by now what does an organization that specializes
in recruiting soldiers of fortune to drop poison spray on agricultural
lands or put down resistance to illegal occupations has to do with
ensuring the free flow of information for education
research...you're not the only one. But you should know who's managing
that store...and what else they do.
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