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May 2006

Newsletter VHL 046 26/May/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

Integration of VHL, SciELO e ScienTI advances in Peru

The products, services and national scientific and technical information systems of Peru have been improving and developing in a sustainable manner with the integration of the VHL, SciELO and ScienTI networks. This process involves the active participation of major national institutions dealing with scientific and technical information and with innovation, especially the Ministry of Health, National Health Institute, CONCYTEC, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peruvian Association of Medical Colleges (ASPEFAM), National Academy of Medicine, Institute of Research in Nutrition, National Institute of Civil Defense and PAHO Office (Pan American Health Organization) in Peru. The important role of information professionals and the challenges they face to make these networks evolve were topics discussed by the Director of BIREME/PAHO/WHO, Abel L. Packer in a meeting with the coordinators and representatives of the VHL, SciELO and ScienTI networks
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Guy Casteignau discusses the Information Society at BIREME

On the second week of May 2006, BIREME/PAHO/WHO received the visit of Professor Guy Casteignau, responsible for the Campus Virtuel TIC, Faculté de Sciences et Techniques, Université de Limoges, in France. "The information Society and the growth of virtual communities" was the topic addressed by Guy, who also presented an exclusive long-distance education (LED) program he directs at the University of Limoges. This action is aligned with the strategy to consolidate BIREME as a learning organization
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Study reveals citation advantage of Open Access Articles

A study published in the May 2006 edition of the PLoS Biology concluded that articles published in the same journal PNAS in open access are cited earlier and more often. The results of the article written by Gunther Eysenbach contribute with new evidence for the debate on publishing in restricted and in open access mode, which means with no access and use restrictions, emphasizing the strategy of the SciELO model of open access publishing of quality journals from Latin American countries
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BIREME receives the visit of PAHO specialists from Washington

A team of specialists from PAHO Headquarter, in Washington, visited BIREME on May 18, 2006. The team guided the work aiming to strengthen the institutional and financial sustainability of BIREME as a PAHO specialized center responsible for technical cooperation in scientific information and knowledge on health. The leadership of BIREME is recognized at international level and has consolidated with significant advances in equitable access to information and knowledge on health with the VHL, SciELO and ScienTI networks
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The Western Amazon Region was the scenario of an event with the participation of BIREME

At the end of April and beginning of May 2006, in Rio Branco, State of Acre, BIREME/PAHO/WHO promoted the dissemination and the access to scientific and technical information on health, by providing a training session on the sources of information (SIs) of the VHL, and demonstrating the VHL Adolescence Brazil. The Western Amazon Region, which includes the Brazilian States of the Northern Region, with the exception of Para and Tocantins was discussed during the events. The events were promoted by the Universidade Federal do Acre (UFAC), under the coordination of Dr. Creso Machado Lopes, and were attended by representatives of the Brazilian Northern States and of Bolivia and Peru
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BIREME promotes training for the VHL on the Web version of the LILACS/LILDBI

BIREME/PAHO/WHO starts up the actions of strengthening of the bibliographic control in Latin America and the Caribbean providing trainings for the VHL network starting by Brazil. At the beginning of May 2006, the training course in the use of LILACS/LILDBI methodology, Web version, was launched, aiming the promotion of the efficient access to the scientific and technical sources of information of the VHL (Virtual Health Library)
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