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January 2010

Newsletter VHL 096 31/January/2010

ISSN 1809-6859

VHL and associated networks gather successes and issue new challenges

The year 2009 was marked by one of the most important facts in the history of the BIREME/PAHO/WHO, which was the approval of its new bylaws. This and all results of the technical cooperation of the institution last year, through the VHL and associated networks, were presented and discussed in the meeting of the National Advisory Committee of the BIREME, held in December, demonstrating the crucial role of the scientific information and communication networks in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean and worldwide
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The ABCD system of library management is launched

The ABCD system of Administration of Libraries and Documentation Centers is part of the ISIS software family and is based on the web. The ABCD has been publicly available since the launching event in December 2009. The system was developed with the support of the BIREME/PAHO/WHO, together with the Flemish University Development Co-Operation and collaboration of 60 supporters from 19 countries. The ABCD gathers knowledge of specialists in automation of libraries, Open and Free Software, and the experience of communities
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State Secretariat of Health of Sao Paulo consolidates its information network

The cooperation between the State Secretariat of Health of Sao Paulo (SES-SP), in Brazil, and the BIREME/PAHO/WHO started over three years ago. The results of the joint project have contributed to the operation of sources of information of the Information and Knowledge Network (RIC) portal and to enhancing visibility of the scientific and technical production of the Secretariat at local, national and international levels
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From traditional to innovative: study details financing models for open access journals

The study Income Models for Supporting Open Access, published by the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), in September 2009, describes and gives examples of the models adopted by different scientific journals and open access systems to obtain financing
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Meeting of the VHL HPCS Network launches the Declaration of Antigua

The 2nd Meeting of the Subregional Coordination of the VHL History and Cultural Heritage of Central America Health (VHL HPCS) was held in December, in Antigua Guatemala, with participants from eight countries as well as the regional coordination of the HPCS and the BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The technical cooperation model configured by the VHL and the developments of the network opened the discussion about recommendations to make the network stronger in Central American countries
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South-South Cooperation evolves with information networks

The networks VHL, ePORTUGUÊSe, SciELO, and GHL advance in technical cooperation among developing countries, with the essential support of the PAHO, WHO and active participation of the BIREME as its specialized center. Several regional and international events show a notable evolution in infrastructures and capacities in the countries, with an emphasis on sharing scientific information, knowledge and evidence on health
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