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Dartmouth institute bestows cyber security collection on Naval Postgraduate School

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/04/08 • Media Contacts: Sue Knapp (603) 646-3661 or Laurie Burnham (603) 646-0686

In a ceremony on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) near Washington, D.C., Dartmouth's Institute for Information Infrastructure (I3P) recently transferred responsibility for its cyber security library to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California.

David O'Keeffe and Martin Wybourne
David O'Keeffe (left) of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Dartmouth's Martin Wybourne transfer responsibility for the I3P Digital Library from Dartmouth to the Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS. (photo by Laurie Burnham)

The I3P library, which contains more than 7,000 listings related to cyber security, will form the cornerstone of a special collection in the NPS Homeland Security Digital Library, augmenting an existing assemblage of security-related resources.

"We are delighted to partner with the Naval Postgraduate School in this venture.  The transfer will help consolidate key resources related to national security and promises to give the I3P's work lasting impact," says Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research at Dartmouth and the I3P principal investigator.

Amassed under the direction of Patricia Erwin, the former associate director for operations at the I3P, and with funding from NIST, the I3P library collection functions as both a repository of information and as an advanced search engine that directs patrons to important research in cyber security. Although the focus is on peer-reviewed publications, the library also features a broad array of supporting documents, such as workshop notes, technical reports and unpublished white papers that are of technologic and historic importance.

In seeking an appropriate home for the expanding library, the I3P wanted an institution that would both value the collection and actively expand it. "Given its national stature and commitment, the NPS Homeland Security Digital Library was the perfect choice," says I3P Executive Director Martha Austin.

Housed within the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the NPS digital library has more than 50,000 items in its collection and reaches a wide audience of local, state, and national security leaders as well as some 400 academic institutions. 

"One of our missions is to take everything we do-from homeland security education and research to providing a national forum for discussion and debate -and push it out around the country," explained David O'Keeffe, CEO of the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security.  "In line with this goal, we created the Homeland Security Digital Library as a 'one-stop shop' for relevant policy and strategy documents. We are really honored to house the I3P collection and make it the foundation for our new cyber infrastructure section."

Like the I3P digital library, the Homeland Security Digital Library collects all forms of documents that have research relevance, says O'Keeffe, and thus actively seeks contributions, ranging from policies and strategies to conference proceedings and research findings, to build a strong foundation of knowledge in a world increasingly defined by its information infrastructure. 

The Homeland Security Digital Library can be accessed at by anyone with a governmental, educational or military email address.

Managed by Dartmouth College, the I3P is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary consortium designed to facilitate research on cyber and information security.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NIST, the I3P connects academia, industry, and government in a mutual pursuit of information infrastructure protection.

By Bridget Alex, Dartmouth class of 2008

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