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June/May 2010

Newsletter VHL 099 10/May/2010

ISSN 1809-6859

BIREME celebrates its 43rd anniversary and the renovation of its institutionality

On April 15, 2010, BIREME/PAHO/WHO celebrated 43 years dedicated to democratization of access to and publication of scientific information on health, with the participation of authorities, representatives of the thematic networks of the VHL Brazil, of BIREME and guests. The celebration updated all on the institutionality, considering the amplitude and complexity the BIREME operation achieved. The institutional reform aims to build-up the governance and sustainability of BIREME, considering the global aspect of its actions. The event, preceeded by the I Meeting of the National Advisory Committee (CAN) of BIREME, in 2010, was another mark in the history of BIREME
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Technical Committee reiterates the importance of sustainability of the VHL for Brazil

The 2nd Meeting of the Technical Committee of the VHL Brazil was held on April 15, in BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The main theme was sustainability of the VHL and revising the different models and lines of financing used in diverse thematic networks, including the support given by the Ministry of Health and institutions that incorporate the VHL in their policies and scientific information programs, as well as professional societies and projects of financing agencies. The committee reassured the need of the Ministry of Health and the PAHO for maintaining and strengthening political and financial support to the VHL as a strategy of technical cooperation
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ePORTUGUÊSe Network: capacity building in Sao Tome and Principe promotes the use of VHL

Sao Tome and Principe is one of the eight Portuguese speaking countries that actively participate in the ePORTUGUÊSe network, coordinated by WHO and supported by BIREME/PAHO/WHO. In April, the country conducted a capacity-building program on the VHL model, with over 60 participants, including managers and health and information professionals. Sao Tome and Principe advances in appropriation, commitment and strengthening of the VHL and prepares to host in 2011 the 3rd Coordination Meeting of the VHL ePORTUGUÊSe
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COC/FIOCRUZ launches new portal and promotes Learning and Informed Environments

The Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (COC/FIOCRUZ) dedicated to research, education, information and dissemination of information in History and Cultural Heritage of Health launched its new portal in April, gathering innovations in architecture of information, design and retrieval of information, combining institutional products and services with those of the VHL. In addition, it enhances visibility of the actions performed by COC, and the innovations contribute to incorporate the VHL model to the institution, so as to organize and retrieve information, as well as to adopt the learning and informed environments
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mVHL - Virtual Health Library is now accessible via mobile phone and mobile devices

The VHL goes along with the trend toward mobile access providing the mobile version of the global VHL portal - The mVHL Project is coordinated by BIREME/PAHO/WHO and will also include the development of applications for the main operational systems of iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia, besides mobile phones that use Android and Windows Mobile. The mVHL reassures the innovative nature of the VHL, in fulfilling its mission of democratizing access to information, knowledge and scientific evidence by strengthening ubiquity of services in the Web
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Brazil strengthens institutional support network to national collection and SciELO network

The SciELO Project is promoted, led and financed by FAPESP, with the technical cooperation of BIREME/PAHO/WHO. It expanded the network of national collaboration with the decision made by UNIFESP Support Foundation (FapUNIFESP) to assume the execution of the project, which is responsible for financing the operation of the SciELO Brazil Collection and its cooperation to develop the SciELO Network. The expansion of the Brazilian network reinforces the principle of decentralization and autonomy of management and operation of the national SciELO collections. Besides FAPESP, CNPq, BIREME and now the FapUNIFESP, the development plan of the SciELO in the country proposes integrating other federal and state agencies to the support network
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