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June 2006

Newsletter VHL 050 30/June/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

VHL, SciELO and ScienTI in "Diagonales", Limoges, France

Today all fields of knowledge interact within increasingly open and complex systems. In this context, the Universities of Limoges and Clermont-Ferrand II organized an event called "Diagonales" on Research and its Communication, in the city of Limoges, France, on June 11-16, 2006. Rogério da Costa, Manager of Information Technologies and Methodologies (MTI) at BIREME/PAHO/WHO, attended the event and presented the VHL, SciELO and ScienTI Networks, more specifically SciELO, emphasizing the history, development, evolution, and the results from operating these networks, which are operated in the Iberian-American countries coordinated by BIREME
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SciELO Brazil Collection will have 10 new titles

The SciELO Brazil Advisory Committee, during its 11th meeting, held on May 4, 2006, selected 10 new titles in the fields of agricultural, biological, exact and human sciences, which will be included in the SciELO Brazil collection, representing the national index of quality Brazilian scientific journals published in open access. The selection of titles comprises a process of rigorous assessment of journal quality and culminates at the Committee periodic meetings. Launched in 1997, the collection originated the SciELO network of national and thematic collections of quality scientific journals. With the addition of the 10 new selected titles, the SciELO Brazil collection will have 170 journals published
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VHL Stations are opened in Brasilia

To broaden, also within the SUS, the scope, access and use of the most qualified sources of scientific information on health from LA&C and other countries, two VHL Stations were opened in the Federal District of Brazil, in a ceremony held on June 14, 2006 at the library of FEPECS. The initiative puts digital inclusion to serve healthcare. The supporting agencies were represented by Márcia Rollemberg, Coordinator of the CGDI/MS, Elias Antônio Jorge, Coordinator of the DES/MS, José Geraldo Maciel, Secretary of Health of the SES DF, Mourad Ibrahim Belaciano, Director of the ESCS, Rosângela Conde Watanabe, Executive Director of the FEPECS and Verônica Abdala, Manager of SCI - BIREME/PAHO/WHO, who were accompanied by their technical teams. Local authorities also participated in the event, which had approximately 120 participants
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Articles from SciELO journals are disseminated by the Revista Pesquisa FAPESP

The Revista Pesquisa FAPESP is a journal published monthly and represents one of the most important scientific media vehicles in Brazil. It has a section called SciELO News, designed to disseminate information to the general public in an appropriate language; reviews on results and advances of Brazilian research studies in several fields of knowledge that are published in national scientific journals compiled in the SciELO Brazil Collection. This pioneer initiative by FAPESP is highly important in the process of systematically promoting and disseminating information to the general public
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Information Science: prospects and questions in a panel during the 3rd CONTECSI

The 3rd edition of CONTECSI, held between May 31 and June 2, 2006 and promoted by TECSI, FEA/USP, had an exciting panel on the challenges, prospects and questions faced by Information Science progress in the contemporary world. The panel entitled "Information Science: prospects and questions" addressed the pervasiveness and key role played by information, which has become increasingly important in the public arena and for individuals as well, with the Internet being the dominant means of production and communication of information and knowledge. Armando Barreiros Malheiro da Silva, lecturer and researcher of the University of Porto, in Portugal, coordinated the panel. Among the panelists were Maria Nelida G. de Gomez, titular researcher of the IBICT, Luc Quoniam, researcher of the Universite du Sud Toulon Var, France, and Abel L. Packer, Director of BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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Referential sources of information in the VHL and regional technical and scientific production

The VHL's architecture organizes and structures the sources of information (SIs) according to their function and characteristics, which facilitates their identification, operation and cooperation regarding the division of the workload relative to production and intermediation of interoperability, including navigation, retrieval of data in decentralized sources, and dynamic links between them. It therefore creates a common language that includes methodologies and tools for the decentralized operation of SIs. Thence, any resource that responds to a demand for information on the part of users, including information products and services, individuals or networks of individuals, software, etc, is considered a SI. Currently, 6 Sis comprise the VHL architecture, including the referential sources of information that contain metadata, which describe or indicate contents, forums or objects
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