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Global Text Project the Focus of Bentley Provost's Seminar on November 16

October 25, 2007

Paying for expensive textbooks is an ongoing burden for students in developing countries. University of Georgia business professor Richard Watson discusses ways to bring free online textbooks to those students through the Global Text Project at the Bentley Provost's Seminar Series -- Friday, November 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The lecture will be held in the Adamian Academic Center Commons Room, Third Floor. A luncheon will immediately follow in the Dandes Room.

Watson is co-leader of the Global Text Project, an international initiative to create a free library of 1,000 electronic textbooks available on the Internet for students in the developing world. Watson's lecture will focus on the proposed project infrastructure, incentives, funding and project status. To register for the free program, call Diane Whelan at 781.891.2471.

Richard Watson is the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy and Director of the Center for Information Systems Leadership in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He has published more than 100 journal articles, written books on electronic commerce and data mangement, and presented in more than 20 countries. His most recent research focuses on the business of open source and the role of information systems in creating ecologically sustainable practices. He is a consulting editor for John Wiley & Sons, former president of the Association for Information Systems, and a visiting professor at the University of Agder in Norway.


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