Since 1994, the Scout Project has focused on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.
Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, and part of the University's College of Letters and Sciences, Scout has access to highly educated content specialists and a world-class array of computer science and library resources. Scout's eclectic staff blends academics and professionals from Library Science and Computer Science, along with graduate and undergraduate students studying the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Research That Delivers Results
The Scout Project research team creates and delivers practical Web-based information and software solutions for educators, librarians and researchers. Through stand-alone and collaborative projects, they focus on joining concepts from both Library and Computer Science with the latest in internet technology to create tools and publication services that deliver.
Tools That Deliver Solutions
Scout's open source software tools are designed with academic and non-profit groups and users in mind. They are flexible, provide easy to use interfaces and can be set up with out a lot of technical expertise. Their turn-key portal software, for example, allows digital collection developers to share their unique online materials and collections with colleagues and students throughout the world.
Publications That Deliver Knowledge
The project's acclaimed reports and resource archive provide educators, students, researchers, and librarians with fast, convenient ways of staying informed about the most valuable online resources. Their most popular publication, the Scout Report, is one of the Web's oldest and most respected current awareness services. Published every Friday since 1994, it is read by more than 250,000 readers every week.