Contributions to the Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) will fund an endowment. The
annual interest generated by the principle, which will remain untouched,
will be available to guarantee the ongoing operation of the Turfgrass
Information Center, regardless of fluctuations in State and/or University
support. In addition, these funds will
provide for the following enhancements:
Additional Electronic Access to Full Text
About half of the information currently in the database consists of abstracts
or summaries of articles. Unless the item has been loaded online by copyright-holders, users interested in reading the entire item typically need
to request a copy from a library or some other provider. Funding
from the endowment will support the addition of full-text content
when publisher approval can be secured.
Expanded Worldwide Access to the Turfgrass Information File
The full online database is currently available only to contributing institutions, members of organizations, corporations, and annual subscribers, except at the TIC facility. Full funding of the endowment will allow
open access to additional materials within the database for all users at no charge.
This will enable all researchers, students, and
practitioners anywhere in the world to access significant portions of this informational resource.
Another objective is to continue to expand the body of literature that
is covered by the databases. Turf managers are increasingly
required to engage in a wider range of land management issues, such
as watershed and habitat management, land restoration and rehabilitation,
water quality concerns, user safety issues, and environmental monitoring.
Increased funding would be used to provide a fuller representation
publications, print and electronic, relating to these and other important