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March 2006

Newsletter VHL 039 31/March/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

LILACS completes 20 years online!

LILACS is the most important bibliographic index of scientific and technical production on health of the LA&C region, produced in a decentralized way, under the coordination of BIREME/PAHO/WHO. It is a cooperative product of the VHL involving hundreds of institutions of almost all countries in the region. In addition to celebrating 20 years online in 2006, LILACS has also reached the historical landmark of 400 thousand bibliographic records of scientific papers, monographs, papers presented in congresses, theses, government documents, and non-conventional documents. We have to congratulate the network of collaborating centers, scientific editors, authorities of teaching and research institutions, authors and readers that have built LILACS during these 20 years
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BIREME launches the Avian Influenza Portal at the VHL

In response to the demand for current scientific and technical knowledge on the subject, as well as the need to inform people about actions and plans at national and international levels to fight avian flu, BIREME/PAHO/WHO launches the Avian Influenza Portal at the VHL. The portal gathers a collection of scientific and technical sources of information on the subject at the global level, providing organized access to selected and relevant information to support the decision-making processes related to the measures of monitoring, prevention and control of the disease. The portal is available in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English) and is based on the VHL model
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The project SciELO Biodiversity is presented in an event during the COP8

The Publishing of an open access scientific collection dedicated to biodiversity in the SciELO Network was put forward in a scientific event held before the COP8. Considering that scientific knowledge on biodiversity should have universal access to support policies, programs and actions related to protection, preservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, the proposal was presented by the Director of BIREME/PAHO/WHO and Coordinator of SciELO Network, Abel Packer, together with Hussam Zaher, Associated Professor of the Museum of Zoology of the Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP)
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After capacity building program in Lima, Peru, three more countries join the LEYES Network

The scientific coordinator of SciELO, Rogerio Meneghini, attending a request made by the CenDoTeC, comments in França Flash [Journal] about the initiative of French institutions to create a site to be the repository of scientific works. França Flash is a quarterly published newsletter that promotes cooperation among France, Brazil and the Southern Cone and disseminates French scientific and technological materials. The importance and pioneer condition of SciELO, which offers more than 300 scientific journals in open access, were emphasized
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Meneghini comments on repository of scientific articles created by French institutions

The 2nd Meeting of Latin American Librarians was held in Sao Paulo, on March 17, 2006. It was promoted by the LA & C Section of IFLA, together with the Memorial da América Latina [Latin American Memorial of Sao Paulo], which hosted the event. The theme was “Current Latin American panorama of national policies on access to information and reading”. The meeting gathered over 40 librarians and information professionals representing Brazilian and Latin American institutions from 11 countries. IFLA promotes the ICML, and its 9th meeting was held last year, in Brazil (ICML9). Elenice de Castro, VHL events coordinator (EVE/GA), represented BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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10 Years of RIPSA – A unique initiative in Latin America

In 2006, RIPSA celebrates its 10th anniversary, characterized by its extensive cooperation and consecutive efforts for health in Brazil. On March 21st, 2006, there was a celebration for RIPSA’s 10th anniversary in Brasilia, DF, Brazil. It is a unique initiative in Latin America, aimed to improve any information applied to strategic management of the Brazilian health sector. Aligned to RIPSA’s ongoing strengthening strategy, BIREME/PAHO/WHO and PAHO, through the Technical Unit of Information for Decisions, from its Country Office in Brasilia, started integrating RIPSA and the VHL network, to enable access and availability of RIPSA scientific and technical production, also from the VHL information sources
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ICML9 | CRICS 7 ICML9 | CRICS 7 - Annais
Cochrane Library
Cooperative Service for Accessing Documents
Scientific Electronic Library Online
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