Ulisse (http://ulisse.sissa.it) is an innovative Italian project for the popularisation of science  via  the  internet.  Its  main  purpose  is  to  establish  a  connection  between scientists and the general public, and therefore contribute to bridging the gap between scientific research and society at large. Ulisse was set up in September 2000 and will be available as a prototype in spring of 2001. The complete system – organised as a freely accessible portal of science – will be ready by the end of 2002.

The core of Ulisse will consist of three main sections:
•  Asking scientists
•  Online magazine for the public understanding of science
•  Online laboratory of physics

Through “Asking scientists” interested people will be able to submit their queries to an expert. Each question will be automatically sorted out by a software and assigned to the appropriate expert, selected out of hundreds of scientists specialised in several fields. He or she will provide an answer through a personal web page. Questions and answers will be made public on the Ulisse web site.

The online magazine for the public understanding of science will publish articles, essays, hypertexts and the like according to a peer review system. Only contributions of quality will be selected for publication.

The online physics laboratory will consist in a series of interactive experiments set in a historical context. It is especially dedicated to teachers and a preliminary version will be ready in May 2001.

Other services – such as reviews for books, websites and other products, projects for collaborative learning, discussion fora and others – will progressively be added. Furthermore Interscienza will be a service for the exchange of information between scientists across a spectrum of disciplines.

The  material  published  in  Ulisse  will  be  part  of  a  database  and  will  be  archived according  to  a  system  of  keywords;  it  will  be  made  available  through  efficient  and friendly search engines to all interested users.

Ulisse is an undertaking of the SISSA Laboratory of science communication, which has developed JHEP – the first scientific journal entirely run via electronic means – and TIPS, an  advanced  project  aimed  at  developing  innovative  tools  for  academic  publishing. Ulisse is run in cooperation with CIRD-University of Trieste, AIF (Italian Association for Physics Teaching), Master in Science Communication (Trieste), and is sponsored by the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific and Technological Research.

 






 

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ULISSE In the net of science

Simona Cerrato   International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Italy)

Ulisse (http://ulisse.sissa.it) is an innovative Italian project for the popularisation of science  via  the  internet.  Its  main  purpose  is  to  establish  a  connection  between scientists and the general public, and therefore contribute to bridging the gap between scientific research and society at large. Ulisse was set up in September 2000 and will be available as a prototype in spring of 2001. The complete system – organised as a freely accessible portal of science – will be ready by the end of 2002.

The core of Ulisse will consist of three main sections:
•  Asking scientists
•  Online magazine for the public understanding of science
•  Online laboratory of physics

Through “Asking scientists” interested people will be able to submit their queries to an expert. Each question will be automatically sorted out by a software and assigned to the appropriate expert, selected out of hundreds of scientists specialised in several fields. He or she will provide an answer through a personal web page. Questions and answers will be made public on the Ulisse web site.

The online magazine for the public understanding of science will publish articles, essays, hypertexts and the like according to a peer review system. Only contributions of quality will be selected for publication.

The online physics laboratory will consist in a series of interactive experiments set in a historical context. It is especially dedicated to teachers and a preliminary version will be ready in May 2001.

Other services – such as reviews for books, websites and other products, projects for collaborative learning, discussion fora and others – will progressively be added. Furthermore Interscienza will be a service for the exchange of information between scientists across a spectrum of disciplines.

The  material  published  in  Ulisse  will  be  part  of  a  database  and  will  be  archived according  to  a  system  of  keywords;  it  will  be  made  available  through  efficient  and friendly search engines to all interested users.

Ulisse is an undertaking of the SISSA Laboratory of science communication, which has developed JHEP – the first scientific journal entirely run via electronic means – and TIPS, an  advanced  project  aimed  at  developing  innovative  tools  for  academic  publishing. Ulisse is run in cooperation with CIRD-University of Trieste, AIF (Italian Association for Physics Teaching), Master in Science Communication (Trieste), and is sponsored by the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific and Technological Research.

 






 

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