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On-line service provides faculty research and biographical data to MIT community

Interested in learning who at MIT is working on biomaterials or another specific area of research? Try consulting the KnowledgeBase, a searchable database produced by the MIT Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) for members of the Industrial Liaison Program. The new database is also available to members of the MIT community with an "" e-mail address.

The KnowledgeBase includes biographical information and research interests for some 3,000 MIT faculty and research staff. It also includes brief abstracts of current research projects as well as descriptions of MIT departments, labs and centers. It can be accessed on the web at

In the past, the ILP has published periodic guides to the broad spectrum of interests (MIT Expertise) and research projects (Research at MIT) underway at the Institute. The KnowledgeBase, which will be continuously updated, is the online version of the earlier guides.

"We plan to publish both a CD-ROM and hard-copy version of the data within this academic year," said K.C. Klingensmith, editor and information coordinator for OCR and producer of the KnowledgeBase.

MIT faculty and staff can check their records and submit updates online. For instructions on updating biographical and research information, contact Ms. Klingensmith at x3-0422 or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 26, 1998.

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