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Proposal for International Recognition, Support and Cooperation with the Internet Clearinghouse on the Three Rs (Altweb)

Lisa A. Libowitz

This presentation will focus on the establishment and current international scope of Altweb, the clearinghouse of resources and information about the Three Rs. The need for an international central reference point was established by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods workshop number 25, which was followed by the development and implementation of Altweb through a Project Team. The growth of the Project Team to include representatives from several European countries and Canada, in addition to widespread support in the USA, and the Project Team’s role in shaping this important resource will be discussed, as well as the role Altweb will continue to play in spurring the development of information resources on the Three Rs at an international level. Ways of encouraging use and reducing redundancy with other information providers are explored. A proposal will be introduced to initiate annual meetings in the field of information resources.