Siderean Software, Inc., a provider of flexible navigation solutions to organize and manage information, has announced that Siderean's Seamark Navigation Server is providing navigation and search capabilities for a new education portal developed for the Indiana Humanities Council. The portal, called SmartDESKTOP, was developed by Indianapolis-based development consultant MindGent LLC and is available initially to select teachers from central Indiana schools. By tapping into the portal, the teachers can access a growing database of information to support their classroom lessons. Access to SmartDESKTOP should be extended to teachers throughout Indiana by the start of the fall semester.
Siderean technology is part of ResCon, or the Resource Connection, one of three components of the SmartDESKTOP program, which also includes an electronic plan book and an assessment module. ResCon provides a searchable database of materials from major state and national museums, cultural organizations, government offices, and other sources. About 25 major state institutions and 10 national organizations act as resource partners. The ResCon database includes more than 1,300 resources at present, with new items to be added each month. The public version of the Resource Connection can be accessed at http://resource.smartdesktop.org