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November 2006

Newsletter VHL 066 24/November/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

Another SciELO title is indexed in MEDLINE

The Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia, included in the SciELO Brazil collection since 2002, was selected, in October 2006, to be indexed in the MEDLINE database which is the most important international bibliographic database in health sciences, with approximately 5,000 indexed journals from over 70 countries. The journal is the official publication of the Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisiologia, founded in 1974, and it has more than 450 articles available in open access at the SciELO. The number of visits has increased from a monthly average of 17 thousand articles accessed in 2004 to roughly 44 thousand in 2006
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Workshop discuss transfer of knowledge for health policies and actions

The workshop "Strengthening collaboration between policy makers and evidence providers, and facilitating cooperation", was held in Dublin, Ireland, on October 24, 2006. Luis Gabriel Cuervo, coordinator, and América Valdés, specialist in information, both from the area of Research Promotion and Development of the PAHO, were in the team of facilitators, composed of professionals from South Africa, Australia and Canada. The objective of the workshop was to identify and propose specific actions to promote and strengthen the transfer of knowledge among researchers in Public Health and policy makers and decision makers
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VHL integrates sources of legislation on health in Brazil

Legislation on health is one of the basic sources of information available at the VHL aimed to provide access to updated legislation and to support the decision-making process of health and health law professionals. The regional index at the VHL - the LEISREF - files the national legislative acts of Latin American and Caribbean countries, and it has been complemented by online collections of full texts on law of the TC-LEGIS system, at the VHL, like Visalegis and LEGSES SP. The Ministry of Health launched, in October 2006, the Saúde Legis system, which is now operated at the VHL Public Health Brazil and integrated to the Visalegis
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LILACS Training in Argentina concludes program for 2006

From October 30 to November 8, 2006, in Buenos Aires, BIREME/PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with PAHO Representative in Argentina, carried out two training courses on bibliographic control and indexing of scientific and technical literature on health, in the context of the VHL. The LILACS methodology and the LILDBI-Web application were used. Representatives of the cooperating institutions of the VHL Network in Argentina and a representative from Paraguay took part in the event. The Referential Sources of Information (FIR) team from BIREME gave the courses
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VHL Veterinary Public Health is under development

The Virtual Health Library Veterinary Public Health (VHL VPH) has been promoted and developed by the PAHO, through the Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (PANAFTOSA), in its Area of Veterinary Public Health, in technical cooperation with BIREME/PAHO/WHO. Aiming to update the VHL VPH technological platform, Dayse Carias Bersot, librarian in charge of developing this VHL at PANAFTOSA, participated in training at BIREME, in October 23-27, 2006
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Network of VHL Interface Developers starts operation

The architecture of data and information processing at the VHL is structured in three independent and interoperating layers that comprise the Networks of Sources of Information, Indices and Interfaces. The first layer has data files corresponding to the six types of VHL sources of information. The second layer contains access indices generated by applications and by other indexing services (ISIS, Collexis, Google, OAI, Yahoo etc). And the last one comprises the interfaces of access to the information. BIREME/PAHO/WHO, through its Graphic Design and Interfaces Unit (DGI), promotes the Network of VHL Interface Developers to encourage establishing a collaborative network based on the free software model, in order to explore and share new interfaces of access to VHL contents
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