The science of particle physics requires international collaboration, because of the scale and cost of particle accelerators and experiments. Global collaboration promotes cooperation and understanding among scientists from all parts of the world. Recent world events have strained the traditional collaborative relationships of international particle physics. Particularly in the United States, issues of visas, access to national laboratories, and travel restrictions create barriers to scientific collaboration. The InterAction Collaboration of particle physics communicators was founded as a countervailing force to these strains on the international particle physics community. Its Web site, www.interactions.org, is critical to the collaboration’s effectiveness.

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The interaction collaboration the role of the world wide web in global physics communication

Judith G. Jackson   Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

The science of particle physics requires international collaboration, because of the scale and cost of particle accelerators and experiments. Global collaboration promotes cooperation and understanding among scientists from all parts of the world. Recent world events have strained the traditional collaborative relationships of international particle physics. Particularly in the United States, issues of visas, access to national laboratories, and travel restrictions create barriers to scientific collaboration. The InterAction Collaboration of particle physics communicators was founded as a countervailing force to these strains on the international particle physics community. Its Web site, www.interactions.org, is critical to the collaboration’s effectiveness.

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