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September 2009

Newsletter VHL 092 08/September/2009

ISSN 1809-6859

World Fair of Municipalities and Health innovates in communication, information, knowledge and experience

Cities that focus on improving the quality of life of their communities had an effective opportunity to exchange information, knowledge and experiences during the World Fair of Municipalities and Health, held between August 18 and 21, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event, organized by the Ministry of Health, with support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Argentina, brought several innovations, particularly in the area of knowledge management, and was also supported by BIREME/PAHO/WHO which helped organize and advertise the event through training and VHL blog
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Open education resources accessible at CVSP and VHL

Open educational resources can now be accessed at the Virtual Campus on Public Health (CVSP) and the Virtual Health Library (VHL). An integrated indexing and retrieval of educational resources is now possible thanks to the project that promoted the interoperability of VHL and CVSP, using standardized methodologies and protocols. The project, conducted by the PAHO, aims at supporting human resources training on health, providing updated information
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Globalizing scientific publications - Science's editorial highlights SciELO

Wieland Gevers, emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Capetown and President of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa between 1998 and 2004, wrote an editorial for the Science magazine of August 2009 discussing globalization of scientific communication and the SciELO model as a solution for the publication of scientific journals in developing countries. The editorial raises the central question of how to expand the global reach and the potential impact of scientific research of developing countries in Africa and other regions of the world
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Rapid Research Notes: new type of scientific literature has a repository for Influenza

The scientific communication in the Web streamlines with some initiatives, such as the portal Rapid Research Notes (RRN), launched in August by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in the United States. The portal enables publishers to submit research results that go through quality and reliability analysis by a committee of experts. The first material filed at the RRN contains research notes on influenza of the PLoS Currents collection
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Health History and Cultural Heritage VHL's network grows with innovation

VHL promotes the advancement of scientific information and knowledge in the area of Health History and Cultural Heritage (VHL HHCH) as an integral part of the national healthcare systems. During August, some of the highlights within the regional network level were the institutions' participation, the new contents contributed to the platform, and the communication actions, all coordinated by Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/FIOCRUZ. At the national level, the VHL HHCH Brazilian Network, promoted by the Ministry of Health of Brazil, launched a national portal
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Overcoming the language barrier in scientific communication

Scientific knowledge is universal and its wide communication made English the predominant and mandatory language for researchers. At the same time, for the non-anglophile researcher, and chiefly for the audience which requires scientific information for decision-making, it is key that scientific knowledge communication be made in their native language. Thus, the web offers new opportunities, technologies and services for multilingual publication and translations, as is the case of SciELO publication system
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