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Free Wildlife Information For The Developing World

15 years ago

15th March, 2007 00h00

WIN LogoWildlife Information Network (WIN), the charity that has for fifteen years published invaluable wildlife health and management information, has today made all its information resources Open Access to the developing world. This major move, the first step in WIN’s Open Access initiative, will offer an ever-growing database of unique conservation information free of charge to every vet, wildlife professionals, decision-makers and student in over 150 countries. Anyone who visits the WIN website – - from a low currency country will be redirected to a free login page. From there, they will be able to access up-to-date and fully referenced scientific information on species, diseases, treatment methods and husbandry guidelines without restriction. Chief Executive Iain Boardman said “WIN is committed to saving wildlife and the environment through education, but has been restricted to date in its scope by costs. This initiative is therefore a major achievement for us, and I have been delighted with the initial responses from our users and contacts around the world.” WIN is in contact every Ministry of Education in the developing world, as well as the Zoo Associations and wildlife charities that work in these areas, in order to ensure that as many people as possible take advantage of this huge information resource. The charity continues to search for foundation funding that would enable WIN to go Open Access globally. WIN will be celebrating the launch of this landmark step with zoo directors, academics, MPs and education ministers this evening at The Farmers Club, Whitehall.

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