Licensing Data from the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
The ERIC database includes more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal and non-journal education-related materials from scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, university presses, the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies, and selected works submitted by individual contributors. Records for these materials include bibliographic data, an abstract of the work, and information indicating full text availability.
The Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors (Thesaurus) is a controlled vocabulary - a carefully selected list of education-related words and phrases assigned to ERIC records to organize them by subject and make them easier to retrieve through a search. The Thesaurus provides an historical perspective of the development of education-related terminology.
CSC, as the ERIC contractor to the U.S. Department of Education, licenses the ERIC database and the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors at no cost to be incorporated into third-party software and systems. Licensing requests are considered on a case-by-case basis following a review of the intended use.
Approved licensees access the ERIC database and/or Thesaurus data in XML data files through a secure FTP server with updates provided monthly. Licensees are required to provide ERIC with monthly usage statistics on a regular basis and to display ERIC branding as appropriate.
The following .zip files contain documentation and sample data which may be used for development purposes:
Additional technical information is located on the ftp site and made available upon approval.
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