CSEP Library Launches NanoEthicsBank

May 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm | Posted in CSEP Library, databases | 1 Comment

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions Library has recently launched the NanoEthicsBank, a resource for researchers, scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Items in the database fall into the following four categories:

  • National and International initiatives to build a regulatory framework for nanotechnology research and development.
  • Public perception and acceptance of nanotechnology, including popular media coverage, and efforts of public engagement by governments, academic institutes, and industry.
  • Development of best practices and voluntary standards by industry and businesses using nanoparticles.
  • Ethical development of nanotechnology: military use, questions of privacy and surveillance, bioethics, and nanomedicine.

New material is added to the NanoEthicsBank as it becomes published or available online.

Records contained in the database include all relevant citation information, an abstract, and links to materials available on the World Wide Web. IIT users can access almost all other material cited in the database through Galvin Library’s E-Resources. The full text of publicly available documents, such as government reports, is included in the NEB, and more will become available as authors and publishers grant copyright permission.

The NanoEthicsBank is part of the NanoConnection to Society project that will be an important resource on the interchange of public discourse, regulation, and economics in the development nanotechnology. It will support the study of how society shapes the development of technology, and how technology shapes society. The NanoConnection to Society database is part of the Center for Nanotechnology and Society, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

To access the NanoEthicsBank (NEB), click here.

1 Comment

  1. Galvin

    Good to know …


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