Academic journal article Resources for Feminist Research

International Women's Human Rights Database [Diana Project]

Academic journal article Resources for Feminist Research

International Women's Human Rights Database [Diana Project]

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The Diana project, available at and through the Bora Laskin Law Library homepage, has been an endeavour to final World Wide Web sites that have portions relevant to the study of women's international human rights. Diana is a metasite of both web sites and full-text Internet documents, as well as a bibliography of print documents pertinent to research in women's human rights. It is the collaborative venture of a consortium of law librarians, university-based human rights centre, and other non-governmental human rights organizations. Present endeavours and future projects are outlined. We hope that the site demonstrates how the Internet can be used effectively by women's groups to produce resources that are useful to an international community researching women studies.

Le projet "Diana," disponible a l'adresse http://www.lawlibrary.utoronto.ca/Diana et a travers la page d'accueil de la Bora Laskin Law Library, a comme but de reperer les sites Web contenant des elements ayant rapport a l'etude des droits humains internationaux des femmes. "Diana" est un meta-site compose de sites Web, de documents integraux d'Internet, ainsi que d'une bibliographie de documents imprimes ayant rapport a la recherche des droits humains des femmes. Il s'agit d'une entreprise de collaboration entre un consortium de bibliothecaires de droit, de centres universitaires des droits de la personne, ainsi que d'autres organismes non-gouvernementaux des droits de la personne. Y sont elabores les projets actuels et futurs. Nous esperons que le site demontre comment Internet peut etre un outil efficace pour les groupes de femmes desirant produire des ressources utiles a une communaute internationale effectuant des recherches sur les etudes des femmes.

Women's Studies research is often a mission in fact finding. The Diana Project, available at http://www.law-library.utoronto.ca/Diana and through the Bora Laskin Law Library homepage, has been an endeavour to find World Wide Web sites that have portions relevant to the study of women's international human rights. Ours is a met a site(f.1) of both web sites and full-text Internet documents, as well as a bibliography of print documents pertinent to research in women's human fights. One of the unique things about a resource like ours is the extent of its scope and, conversely, its concentrated focus on a specific topic. We are currently promoting ourselves as an internet resource for students at a variety of levels, and for educators and advocates internationally.

Diana is the collaborative venture of a consortium of law librarians, university based human rights centre, and other non-governmental human rights organizations. These groups came together to build a comprehensive, timely and authoritative database of electronic materials essential to human rights research. Institutions currently participating in the project include the University of Cincinnati, Yale University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Toronto. The Toronto group is composed of a variety of women in a variety of positions both on and off campus. Brought together by a common interest, the group is comprised of librarians, lawyers, students and web specialists. The groups meets monthly to discuss problems, directions, future projects and to evaluate the page. Users of the page are encouraged to contact us by e-mail to express ideas or concerns regarding our site. Rather than tackling the whole issue of international human rights as the other groups have done, the University of Toronto group decided to take responsibility for the more specialized topic of women's human rights.

The University of Toronto branch of Diana was started in September 1995 as an extension of the Select Bibliography of Women's Human Rights,(f.2) compiled by Professor Rebecca Cook and Valerie Oosterveld for the American University Law Review. After the publication of this bibliography, there was a realization that such a resource would be a good starting point for a more extensive database on the World Wide Web. …

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