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Appel aux candidatures cours en ligne AGORA : Principes fondamentaux de l’alphabétisation informationnelle et de l’accès mondial en ligne à la recherche en agriculture – 14 au 25 Mai 2018

20th April 2018

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L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), en collaboration avec Research4Life, a le plaisir d’annoncer un cours en ligne en français sur la plateforme AGORA (Accès à la recherche mondiale en ligne sur l’agriculture), qui se tiendra pour la première fois du 14 au 25 mai 2018.

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu’au 6 Mai 2018 à travers ce lien : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HH3DNBR

Objectif du cours : Principes fondamentaux de l’alphabétisation informationnelle et de l’accès mondial en ligne à la recherche en agriculture.

Ce cours est conçu spécifiquement pour répondre aux besoins des étudiants, chercheurs, universitaires, bibliothécaires, informaticiens ou autres professionnels. Il vise à fournir des informations sur les fondements des compétences en matière de alphabétisation informationnelle et à développer les compétences nécessaires pour accéder et utiliser efficacement la plateforme AGORA. AGORA propose une collection de plus de 10 500 revues électroniques et 22 000 livres, auxquels plus de 3 000 institutions dans plus de 115 pays ont actuellement accès.

 Pour ceux qui souhaitent participer au cours, les contenus suivants seront offerts:

  • Identifier et évaluer les sources d’information, développer des stratégies de recherche et se familiariser avec les techniques de recherche,
  • Comprendre les questions éthiques dans le milieu universitaire, développer des compétences pour citer et référencer la bibliographie,
  • Obtenir des connaissances sur le cadre institutionnel du programme AGORA et Research4Life
  • Développer des connaissances sur l’enregistrement au programme AGORA et ses conditions d’utilisation,
  • Accéder et rechercher efficacement du contenu dans AGORA

Conception du cours en ligne

Le cours est offert en français et aura une durée totale de deux semaines. Le cours sera développé avec une méthodologie théorique-pratique basée sur la découverte guidée d’outils, d’études de cas et de réflexions sur AGORA. Il se compose de deux unités qui comprennent un total de cinq leçons. Les participants auront besoin d’un minimum de 7 heures par semaine pour pouvoir lire le contenu et participer aux activités proposées telles que des tutoriels en ligne et des séminaires en ligne. Pour réussir, les participants devront passer un test à la fin du cours. Les participants qui réussissent le test recevront un certificat.

 

Unité 1: Identifier, accéder et utiliser les sources d’information

Leçon 1: Identifier les sources d’information

Leçon 2: Utiliser les sources d’information

Leçon 3: Citations et référencement

 

Unité 2: Accès à la recherche mondiale en ligne sur l’agriculture AGORA

Leçon 1: AGORA et Research4Life: le cadre institutionnel

Leçon 2: Chercher AGORA de façon efficace

 

Qui peut soumettre une demande de participation?

Le cours est plus spécifiquement conçu pour les utilisateurs potentiels d’AGORA (étudiants, chercheurs, universitaires, bibliothécaires, informaticiens ou autres professionnels dans le domaine de l’agriculture ou des sciences connexes) provenant d’établissements situés dans les pays éligibles du programme AGORA, notamment le Groupe A et Groupe B. Il n’est pas nécessaire que votre institution soit déjà registré pour pouvoir participer au cours.

Comment postuler pour participer au cours?

L’appel pour les cours qui se tiendra du 14 au 25 mai 2018 est ouvert. Nous acceptons des applications jusqu’au dimanche 6 mai 2018. Vous devez remplir le questionnaire à travers de ce lien : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HH3DNBR

Si vous avez des questions sur le cours, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à agora@fao.org

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SAGE Publishing has made its e-book collection available to Research4Life

17th April 2018

In April 2018, SAGE Publishing opened its e-book collection to Research4Life. Thanks to this addition, AGORA’s (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculturecollection now includes 3,325 new e-books!

About AGORA and Research4Life

Founded in 2003, by FAO of the UN in partnership with Cornell University and 65 world leading science publisher partnersAGORA is one of five programmes in the Research4Life initiative that provides free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Research4Life also includes HinariOAREARDI, and GOALI (launched in 2018).

AGORA offers its resources (over 10,459 active key journals and 26,536 e-booksto more than 3400 registered institutions in eligible countries (Group A and Group B). See: Research4Life registered institutions.

If your institution is not registered and falls under one of these eligible countries, access can be granted by following the instructions provided in this registration form.  Join Research4Life and benefit from thousands quality research resources that may be accessed by just logging into the joint launch page.

About SAGE Publishing

Set up in 1965, SAGE is a leading international, independent, academic and professional publisher of innovative, high-quality content. Each year, SAGE publishes more than 1000 journals and over 800 new e-books each year, covering a wide range of subject areas.

SAGE’s growing selection of library resources includes archives, data, case studies and videos.

SAGE has published open access journals for a number of years with the goal of disseminating vital research to the broadest community. Central to SAGE’s mission since its inception is to focus on communities firmly believing that access to education creates healthy minds and cultures.

SAGE has produced a series of white papers looking at the challenges faced by librarians in the developing world. Alongside SAGE’s partnership with Research4Life, the publisher is also closely aligned with other developing world initiatives including INASP, the eIFL Foundation and Journal Donation ProjectMore about SAGE

SAGE also maintains an active relationship with various organisations to support both original research and training opportunities.

SAGE Publishing and Research4Life: benefits from partnership

In April 2018, SAGE Publishing made its e-book collection (composed of 3,325 items!) available to Research4Life. Even though SAGE does not publish agriculture e-books, it does contain some subject areas that are included in AGORA.

SAGE e-books subjects in AGORA:

·        Business & Management
·        Business Management
·        Education
·        Geography
·        Geography & Environment
·        Geography, Environment and Development
·        Health & Social Care
·        Political Science
·        Politics & International Relations
·        Research Methods, Evaluation and Statistics
·        Sociology
·        Study Skills

All e-books are included by subject area rather than individual book title.

Through Research4Life and its programmes, users in eligible countries can also access over 225 journals from SAGE.

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From AGORA Workshop in Nepal (29 -30 March, 2018)

11th April 2018

Participants of the AGORA workshop, Lalitpur, Nepal, 30 March 2018

INTRODUCTION

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a two-day national workshop on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) on 29–30 March 2018 at ICIMOD, Lalitpur, Nepal.

This workshop aimed to raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, environmental science, and forestry and enhance access and use of resources available on the AGORA online platform.

The AGORA programme was set up in 2003 by FAO of the UN in partnership with Cornell University and 85 of the world’s leading science publishers to reduce the scientific knowledge gap between higher income and lower income countries. AGORA is one the five programmes that make up Research4Life (R4L) which includes also HinariOAREARDI, and GOALI (launched in 2018).

The Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA):

* Provides developing countries with access to an outstanding digital library scientific collection (more than 6,100 key journals and 23,000 e-books) to aid scholarship in the developing world in discovering evidence, sharing findings, supporting informing teaching, quality practice and public policy on food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences;

Serves more than 3,400 institutions in some 115 of the AGORA eligible countries, Group A and Group B respectively.

AGORA Workshop in Nepal: Goals and Takeaways

Above sixty library and information science professionals from five university central libraries, university central departments, as well as government and non-government academic and research organizations across Nepal attended the workshop on AGORA at ICIMOD, Lalitpur, Nepal.

The training included presentations and demonstration of tools for online information retrieval, practical exercises, and discussions in plenary session related to access to information in agricultural research, and to different options for information search through the AGORA / R4L.

AGORA search facilities presented by Imma Subirats (FAO of the UN) during the workshop

Participants learned how to search, browse, retrieve AGORA resources, sort search options and use the Summon – which is AGORA’s Google-like search engine, a R4L Google Scholar link that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

The workshop also introduced International System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS), – a global public domain database with more than nine million structured bibliographical records on agricultural science and technology.

Thirteen institutions from Nepal were registered to AGORA and a DGroup “AGORA in Nepal DGroup” <nepal-agora@dgroups.org> mailing list was created to connect AGORA’s users in Nepal. All interested parties that would like to share news and receive updates about AGORA may join AGORA DGroups through the following link: <https://dgroups.org/fao/agora/join>

For more information about AGORA:

http://aims.fao.org/sites/default/files/images/fao(2).jpg FAO of the UN is working with several partners to facilitate awareness, to foster capacity development activities, and to make agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and usable to contribute to enhanced food security and good nutrition.

FAO Priorities in Nepal.

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From Workshop on AGORA: Global Access to Online Information in Agricultural Research (6 March 2018, Cairo, Egypt)

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AGORA National Training Workshop Bangladesh (2-3 April 2018, Bangladesh)

11th April 2018

Date: 2nd April 2018 to 3rd April 2018
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University , Dhaka, Bangladesh
Type: Training Workshops
Title: AGORA National Training Workshop Bangladesh

Contact person: Md. Anwarul Islam anwarpulak@gmail.com, PhD, Librarian,  Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh in collaboration with the Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), South Africa organized a National Workshop titled Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) National Training Workshop Bangladesh”supported by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the UN, from 2nd to 3rd April 2018. The workshop was held in Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Inauguration session held on 2nd April 2018.  The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) was the Chief Guest, and the Chairperson was Professor Md. Ruhul Amin, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture of SAU, the Special Guests were Professor Dr. Md. Sekender Ali, Hon’ble Pro-VC, SAU & Professor Dr. Md. Anwarul Haque Beg, Treasurer, SAU and Imma Subirats, AGORA Programme Manager, FAO of UN was the Guest of Honour, the programme was presided over by Dr. Md. Anwarul Islam, Librarian, SAU & Programme Coordinator.

The main objective of this workshop was to:

  • raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, environmental science, forestry and related social sciences, and
  • enhance capacities to access and use information resources available on the AGORA platform.

The course comprised lectures delivered in a classroom setting, hands-on exercises, and group work. Some of the activities were involved accessing relevant live websites and portals on the Internet and others few issues were conducted offline.

Total 105 participants from the various institutions of Bangladesh attended the National Training Workshop. Imma Subirats (AGORA Programme Manager, FAO of UN) conducted both the days as resource person while different participants assisted her for interactive sections.

Before ending the programme there were a certificate award sessions for the participants in both days.

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA):

  • Enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection that includes information on food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences;
  • Provides a collection of more than 6,100 key e-journals and 23,000 e-books to more than 3,400 institutions in more than 115 countries;
  • Is designed to enhance the scholarship of thousands of students, and researchers of agriculture and life sciences in the developing world;
  • One of the five programmes that make up Research4LifeThe other four are Access to Research in Health Programme (Hinari), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and  Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI).

For more information about AGORA:

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Workshop on Global Access to Online Information in Agricultural Research in Egypt

29th March 2018

Introduction

FAO is working with several partners to facilitate awareness, to foster capacity development activities, and to make agriculture and nutrition data available, accessible and usable to contribute to enhanced food security and good nutrition. Two national workshops were recently held in Cairo aimed at enhancing access and use of resources available on AGORA and Research4Life. The workshops were funded by the Research4Life Capacity Development Team and by FAO.

Goals and Objectives

The workshops on AGORA and Research4Life were hosted by the National Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) of Egypt and organized by the AGORA team with FAO Egypt. Participation in the workshop was by invitation from FAO Egypt, and participants included research scientists, ministry staff, professors and and lecturers. About 125 participants attended the two half day workshops. FAO Egypt provided invaluable support in logistics and invitations.

The two half-day training workshops on Access to Online Information in Agriculture Research were held specifically for researchers and lecturers in food, agriculture and rural development, and selected information professionals. The training included presentations and demonstration of tools for online information retrieval, practical exercises, and discussions in plenary session. The training focused on:

  • Access to information in agricultural research, particularly through the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) programme and Research4Life
  • Options for information search

The key outcomes from the workshops were:

  • Enhanced skills among researchers and lecturers on accessing resources via AGORA.
  • AGORA and Research4Life have four new registrations from Egypt so far

News coverage

 Read also about the AGORA Workshops in Nepal and Bangladesh

AGORA Workshop in Nepal
AGORA Workshop in Bangladesh

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National Workshop on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) in Nepal

26th March 2018

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a National Workshop on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) from 29 to 30 March 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The AGORA programme, set up by FAO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection that includes information on food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of up to 6,000 key journals and up to 22,000 books to more than 3,400 institutions in more than 115 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty, and researchers of agriculture and life sciences in the developing world. AGORA is one of the four programmes that make up Research4Life. The other three are Access to Research in Health Programme (HINARI), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI).

The main objective of this workshop is to raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, environmental science, forestry and related social sciences, and enhance capacities to access and use information resources available on the AGORA platform.

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Regístrense antes del 2 de Abril ! AGORA Curso en línea: Fundamentos de Alfabetización Informacional y Acceso Global en Línea a la Investigación en Agricultura

13th March 2018

AGORA Curso en línea: Fundamentos de Alfabetización Informacional y Acceso Global en Línea a la Investigación en Agricultura – 9 Abril hasta 20 Abril 2018

¿Cómo aplicar para participar en el curso?

La convocatoria de la primera edición del curso esta abierto del 12 de Marzo hasta el 2 de Abril. Los participantes pueden registrarse,

completando el siguiente formulario en línea: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PFK3MW6

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) en colaboración con Research4Life se complace en anunciar la realización de un curso en línea sobre la plataforma AGORA (Acceso a la Investigación Mundial en Línea sobre la Agricultura) en español.

Objetivo del curso: Fundamentos de Alfabetización Informacional y Acceso Global en Línea a la Investigación en Agricultura.

Este curso está diseñado específicamente para atender las necesidades de estudiantes, investigadores, académicos, bibliotecarios, especialistas en TI, u otros profesionales. Tiene como objetivo proporcionar información sobre los fundamentos de las competencias de alfabetización informacional y desarrollar las habilidades necesarias para acceder y utilizar de manera eficiente la plataforma AGORA. AGORA ofrece una colección de hasta 6.500 revistas electrónicas y 22.000 libros, a la que actualmente más 3.000 instituciones en más de 115 países están accediendo.

Para aquellos que deseen participar en el curso, se les ofrecerá los siguientes contenidos:

  • Identificar y evaluar fuentes de información, desarrollar estrategias de búsqueda y familiarizarse con técnicas de búsqueda
  • Entender las cuestiones éticas en el entorno académico, desarrollar habilidades para citar y referenciar bibliografía
  • Obtener conocimientos sobre el marco institucional del programa AGORA y Research4Life
  • Ampliar conocimientos sobre el registro en AGORA y sus términos de uso
  • Acceder y buscar con eficiencia contenidos en AGORA

Diseño del curso

El curso se ofrece en español y tiene una duración total de dos semanas. Se desarrollará con una metodología teórico-práctica basada en el descubrimiento guiado de herramientas, casos de uso y reflexiones acerca AGORA. Consta de dos unidades que incluyen un total de cinco lecciones. Los participantes necesitarán un mínimo de 7 horas a la semana para leer los contenidos y participar en actividades como tutorías en línea y seminarios en línea. Para superar el curso los participantes tendrán que realizar una prueba al final del curso.

Los participantes que completen la evaluación con éxito recibirán un certificado.

Unidad 1: Identificar, acceder y usar las fuentes de información

Lección 1: Identificando las fuentes de información

Lección 2: Usando las fuentes de información

Lección 3: Citando y referenciando

Unidad 2: Acceso a la investigación global en línea en agricultura (AGORA°

Lección 1: AGORA y Research4Life: marco institucional

Lección 2: Buscando en AGORA con eficiencia

Quién puede aplicar?

Cualquier persona que trabaje o estudie en el área de agricultura o ciencias relacionadas puede aplicar para participar en el curso. Está especialmente diseñado para usuarios potenciales de AGORA (estudiantes, investigadores, académicos, bibliotecarios, especialistas en TI, u otros profesionales) de instituciones ubicadas en países elegibles para el programa AGORA, Grupo A y Grupo B, respectivamente.

Si usted tiene cualquier pregunta sobre el curso, no dude en contactarnos en agora@fao.org

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ILO AND Research4Life launch online access to legal research and training for developing countries

6th March 2018

Researchers, law students, policymakers, judges and legal experts in low- and middle-income countries can now get free or low-cost online access to legal information and training from the world’s leading academic publishers.

GENEVA, March 6th, 2018 – Research4Life, The ILO and a group of academic partners have launched a programme to provide free or inexpensive access to legal information and training to promote research in low- and middle income countries and help strengthen the rule of law.

The programme, known as GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will give users in more than 115 developing countries access to a wide range of essential legal information for their work and studies that they would not normally be able to obtain.

Eligible institutions include governments, universities, law schools, research and not-for-profit institutions, as well as the secretariats of national workers’ and employers’ organizations.

Some of the key topics covered in the programme are international law, human rights, humanitarian law and labour law – areas that can help strengthen legal frameworks and institutions in many developing countries. The programme will also contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

The aim of GOALI is to improve the quality of legal research, education and training in low- and middle-income countries, strengthen legal frameworks and institutions and further the rule of law,” said ILO’s Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield.

This initiative will make this vital information available to those who, until now, have not had access. In turn, it will help promote social justice and inclusive societies, which is at the heart of the ILO’s mandate. ” she added.

GOALI has been developed with the participation of publishers, UN organizations and academics, as part of Research4Life, a partnership to boost evidence-based research, healthcare, policymaking and global justice.

The programme was launched at ILO headquarters in Geneva, together with representatives from the Brill Nijhoff academic publishing company, Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, the Cornell Law School Library and the International Training Centre of the ILO. Liesbeth Kanis, Managing Director Brill Asia said that GOALI “will clearly fill a gap in the area of access to legal information in developing countries. Brill Nijhoff has contributed nearly 160 journals and ebooks, mainly in the area of law, including the International Development Policy book series and the not-for profit Journal of Interrupted Studies.”

The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, for its part, is “adding hundreds of legal journals and ebooks daily, along with associated metadata to ensure the content is easily discoverable by GOALI users,” explained its Law Librarian Teresa Miguel-Stearns. “As of today, we have over 10,000 legal titles from over 60 publishers. Many of these publishers have been contributing content to Research4Life’s other programmes for years,” she said.

A third partner, Cornell Law Library, “will contribute its expertise in the areas of research, teaching and learning by providing instructional support to participants in the program both virtually and in person,” said Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Associate Dean and Professor of Practice at Cornell Law School.

Institutions registered with other Research4Life programmes will automatically receive access to GOALI. Others are encouraged to register on this website.

For more information on GOALI, please visit: http://www.ilo.org/goali
For more information on Research4Life, please visit: http://www.research4life.org
For information contact: Edit Horvàth, goali@ilo.org

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About Research4Life: Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and more than 185 international publishers. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information. The other Research4Life programmes include agriculture, health, environment, science and innovation.

 


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New Research4Life Programme – GOALI Launch event

27th February 2018

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and its partners will launch a new Research4Life programme called “Global Online Access to Legal Information” (GOALI), on Tuesday, 6 March.

Recognizing the importance of access to legal information, the new programme gives free or low-cost online access to academic legal journals, publications and databases in more than 115 low- and middle-income countries. 

The programme will go live during an event organized for the occasion. It will provide an opportunity to introduce founding partners: Brill Nijhoff, the International Training Centre of the ILO and academic partners (Cornell Law School Library and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School).

The main speaker will be Deborah Greenfield, ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Policy.

The launch event will be held at the ILO Library, on 6 March from 14:00 to 14:45. Live video streaming of the event will be available on this page.

The programme can be found here.

 

 

For more information about GOALI visit: www.ilo.org/goali

If you are an eligible institution you can register to GOALI here.

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Research4Life provides a joint launch page to enhance your search experience

21st February 2018

The Research4Life team has been working on improving our portals and services and is pleased to announce several enhancements for Research4Life programme users:

From the beginning of this year, all institutions registered for any of the Research4Life programmes  (HinariAGORAOARE and ARDI) get access to all portals with their credentials. New registered institutions no longer receive programme specific credentials but a general Research4Life access.

This means that any Research4Life user can now access up to 81,000 resources of Research4Life from all programmes! On the 6th of March, the GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will be launched as the fifth Research4Life programme. All institutions registered with the partnership will have access to information on academic legal journals, publications and databases. GOALI is hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). More information about the launch can be found here.

We have also facilitated the search for contents on each of the portals: From now on users can use a simple search box that allows to discover books and journal articles by keyword.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 185 international scientific publishers. 

The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. 

 

IS YOUR INSTITUTION REGISTERED FOR RESEARCH4LIFE ?

To date, more than 8,500 institutions from more than 115 countries have already registered for Research4Life.

Follow this link to see the complete list of registered academic institutions and to get an overview about the number of registered universities and professional schools in each country.

Local, not-for-profit institutions in two groups (A, B) of eligible countries, areas and territories may register for free or low cost access to up to 81,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases publications through Research4Life.

Here you can find out more on how to register your institution for Research4Life.

LEARN MORE ABOUT RESEARCH4LIFE : 

For more information on Research4Life, Contact: info@research4life.org

If you like to contact the programmes directly, write to:

You would like to receive news about Research4Life?

Subscribe to the Research4Life Newsflash or follow the partnership on Twitter or Facebook
Research4Life has also its own DGroup – an e-mail based communication and discussion channel where members receive updates and news about Research4Life.

 

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Instituto Nicaraguense de Tecnologia Agropecuaria eager to discover the AGORA platform

7th February 2018

 

Objective of the training: knowledge sharing on how to use of the AGORA platform, to be able to access the digital library collection covering food, agriculture, environmental sciences and related social sciences

When:                                     5 February 2018

Where:                                    Online training

Who:                                       38 staff members of the National Technical Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries in Nicaragua

 

Upon request of the National Technical Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries (INTA) in Nicaragua, the AGORA team of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with FAO Nicaragua, organized a four-hour online training for the INTA team at the central level and their remotely connected colleagues from the six regions. In total 38 staff members of the Institute participated to jointly discover the AGORA platform and collection for the first time. At the central level 15 colleagues followed the training together on a big screen, while at the same time practicing on their laptops. (see picture).

The training was composed of four basic modules: an introduction to AGORA and Research4Life, how to connect to the platform and navigate AGORA, how to define a search and how to search for full text articles on the topic of your choice. Towards the end of the training exercises were shared with the participants and based on the problems they encountered questions and answers were provided.

As for many institutions registered with Research4Life and AGORA, accessing the wealth of scientific resources online is a great step forward to improved access to the most recent research and more variety of research materials. INTA immediately dove in starting to search for materials directly relevant for the work they are doing at this moment.

INTA staff members have now strengthened their skills to better use the resources available in AGORA and the AGORA Team at FAO will ensure follow up through the AGORA helpdesk for the participants who might have further questions while using the AGORA portal to work on their scientific research projects.

Is your institution interested to benefit from an online training session to introduce AGORA or to further explore it? Write us at agora@fao.org

To stay in the loop of more AGORA news, follow us and the Research4Life programme on Twitter @AGORA_R4L @R4LPartnership

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More than 80,000 resources are now available through Research4Life

26th January 2018

As per January 2018 Research4Life has reached more than 80,000 journals, books and other resources through its four programmes: AGORA, Hinari, OARE and ARDI.

 


Hinari

Journals: up to 14,000
Books: up to 56,000
Other info resources: up to 120
Total resources: up to 67,000
Registered institutions: more than 6400

AGORA

Journals: up to 6000
Books: up to 22,000
Other info resources: up to 40
Total resources: up to 27,000
Registered institutions:  more than 3400

OARE

Journals: up to 11,000
Books: up to 22,000
Other info resources: up to 55
Total resources: up to 31,000
Registered institutions: more than 3200

ARDI

Journals: up to 7500
Books: up to 22,000
Other info resources: up to 25
Total resources: up to 28,000
Registered institutions: more than 1000

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National AGORA Workshop in the Republic of Moldova: Access to Online Information in Agricultural Research

6th December 2017

OBJECTIVE:

Knowledge sharing & experience capitalization on how to use the AGORA platform to access an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

WHEN :

27-28 November 2017

WHERE :

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

In November 2017 the AGORA team of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a national workshop on Access to Online Information in Agricultural Research in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

The main objective of this workshop was to raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, fisheries and forestry and enhancing access, and of the use of resources available on the AGORA platform.

AGORA : Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

The goal of AGORA as one of the five Research4Life programmes is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scientific research in the area of agriculture. Currently, the AGORA provides access to up to 8,200 Journals and 22,870 Books in the area of agriculture and related sciences. To date, AGORA has more than 3,300 institutions from more than 115 countries registered. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world. AGORA is one of the five programmes that make upResearch4LifeAGORAHINARIOAREARDI and GOALI*.

*the fifth Research4Life programme will be launched early 2018.

FOCUS ON THE USE OF AGORA

The event focused exclusively on the use of AGORA, with a series of workshops that addressed two different kind of audiences, well proportioned among:

  1. Researchers from several Moldovan universities and
  2. Librarians, from universities and research institutes, from all over the country.

The Workshop had also attendants from the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture and different university faculties (including information technology departments) and campuses. Approximately 45 participants from 25 national institutions attended this event.

OUTCOMES & TAKEAWAYS

  • All participants have strengthen their information literacy skills on the use of AGORA resources in agriculture and related domains.
  • All the AGORA official contacts from the participant institutions were updated.
  • The AGORA helpdesk is open to all the participants providing them with further information on how to better access and use AGORA contents and fixing technical issues.
  • AGORA received new registrations from eligible institutions.
  • AGORA in the Republic of Moldova DGroup was created for all participants of the workshops. The DGroup is a mailing list that connects the workshop participants and aims to share news and updates about AGORA.

This workshop was funded by the Research4Life Capacity Development Team and by FAO.
Logistics were handled by the FAO Office in the Republic of Moldova.

 

Original announcement: http://aims.fao.org/activity/blog/national-agora-workshop-republic-moldova-access-online-information-agricultural

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AGORA Online Course was held between 23 October – 5 November 2017: Follow-up

13th November 2017

(Image source: Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017, CommonWealth of Learning, under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License)

AGORA Online Course entitled “Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture” was held between 23 October- 5 November 2017. The course was provided by FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life. We are happy to announce that over 200 people attended the course from 37 different countries !

AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is one of four programmes in Research4Life initiative.
AGORA team has been offering face to face trainings for many years in many countries.
This e-learning programme complements AGORA’s face to face programmes and is offered in Moodle online course environment.

The aim of the course was to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA. It targeted for researchers, academics, research officers, librarians, IT specialists, other practitioners and students.

The participants were well proportioned among researchers, academics (41.55%) and librarians (40.85%). The rest of them were students as well as other practitioners in agricultural sciences.

92% of the participants recommends the course to the others. From the feedback that we received in the course evaluation survey, we would like to share some testimonials here :

@ “The course saves a lot of time in finding relevant documents for professional development”.
“My understanding of certain issues has been broadened, e.g. the different types of plagiarism”.
“For me it is a refresher that gave me more confident and online course experience. It’s wonderful, encouraging and effective”.
“The course helped to understand AGORA in and out! I am in position of training my users with ease and also it helped me grow professionally. The fact that I am embarking on my studies so soon, I will have less difficulties with my research most especially with “Citing and Referencing”. Thank you so much”.
“The course is useful, as a PhD candidate I have developed my search skills as well as reference management using Mendeley”.
“The practical aspect to me is so tasking and very insightful on the way and manner we use and search for information especially as contained in varied formats. This course has really giving a better and clearer understanding of the importance of information literacy skills on the use of information resources”.
“The blended mode of chat/interactive sessions, reading materials with illustrations, quizzes, video clips, directory of participants and the course website design made navigation very easy”.

We are very thankful for the active participation of our AGORA Online Course Alumni. Due to limited capacity in the October 2017 course, some of the applicants are already placed in January edition of the course.

The course will certainly be repeated in 2018. For those who would like to apply for the upcoming courses, we suggest to follow the news here on the AIMS portal and its social media channels as well as AGORA web site.

P.S. “It’s Time for a Revolution in Data Access“!

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Call for applications 2018 MLA Librarians without Borders®/ Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants

8th November 2017

znptcptkThe Medical Library Association (MLA) has announced the Hinari/Research4Life (R4L) Grants for 2018. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards, will support Hinari/R4L training activities that promote the use of the programs’ scientific research resources in emerging/low income countries.  The grants will benefit the users in the eligible countries as these individuals will obtain skills to effectively and efficiently use the Hinari/R4L resources and also become a training resource for their institutions or country.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants are required to hold a professional library or information science qualification, but in the case of exceptional candidates this criterion may be waived. Transcripts or a copy of the diploma should be sent with all applications.
  • Applicants must be currently employed in a health and/or sciences library or related science information organization.
  • Individuals and/or institutions are eligible to submit proposals.
  • Applicants are not required to be members of MLA.

Terms

  • The grant award is contingent upon completion of the project within 18 months of notification of the award.
  • Agreement to submit an interim (9 month) and final reports to MLA’s Librarians Without Borders® The final report that focuses on the results of the project will be posted on the LWB Blog and may be published in other health/science-related information venues or journals.
  • More than one grant may be offered in a year. Grants range from $1500 to $6000 and are distributed in one payment.
  • Grant funds are distributed in June following the MLA annual meeting with the project completion date being December 31 of the following year.
  • If there are no appropriate applications, as reviewed by the jury, the association may elect not to fund a grant or multiple grants in a given year.
  • MLA will acknowledge applications upon receipt via email.

Ready to Submit an Application?

  • Go to the 2018 LWB®/Elsevier/R4L Grant online application form.
  • Complete online form and upload all documents no later than December 1, 11:59 p.m. (CT).
  • Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

For questions contact MLA’s grants coordinator

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Call for applications: Hinari Online Users Course

6th November 2017

A new Hinari Users course will be available for free to users in registered institutions.

The two-week distance learning course focuses on the basic skills needed to effectively access and download full-text material from Hinari. You will also learn how to complete keyword searches in Hinari/PubMed and Summon. The course will take 5-7 hours to complete including hands-on activities. After the instructors review of the submitted exercises, recipients will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

  • Registration Deadline: November 17
  • When: November 20 – December 1st (2 weeks)
  • Where: Online through ITOCA* Moodle platform
  • Language: English
  • Audience: Participants must be from Hinari registered institutions and already have the institutions’ UserID

To register to the course submit the application form available at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/HINARIMaster2017

For questions about this course email: hinari@who.int

You will need your name, email address, institution and Hinari userID.

*Information, Training and Outreach Centre for Africa

 

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Call for Applications ! ASIRA Online Course on Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture

5th October 2017

We are pleased to announce that REGISTRATION is now OPEN (till October 15th; Sunday 23:00 CEST) for the 4th edition of the online  Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) course !

This course edition runs for 3 weeks between 30th October and 19th November 2017.

The main goal of the course is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of data and information in the agricultural domain, particularly in low-income countries.

Since the beginning of 2017, over 300 participants from 41 different countries have been trained through ASIRA. Please see the course web site for more information.

WHO CAN APPLY? Academics, researchers, librarians and postgraduate (master and PhD) students who work in the fields of agricultural sciences can apply to the course. Group A and group B Research4Life eligible countries, respectively, have the priority in the selection process.
HOW TO APPLY? Use this ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
WHEN TO APPLY?

 

The submission deadline is
15 October, Sunday by 23:00 CEST.

Selection of participants will be finalised by 20th October, Friday.

Related : Call for Applications for the AGORA Online Course is now Open (deadline 8 October 2017)

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New Research4Life Programme Approved to be Launched in 2018

4th October 2017

Looking for legal information in a developing country? Stay tuned for a new programme coming in 2018 as part of the Research4Life partnership.

A new Research4Life programme, GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will join the Research4Life partnership and will be launched in February 2018. GOALI will provide free or low cost online access to law and law-related academic and professional peer-reviewed content to government and not-for profit institutions in more than 115 low- and middle-income countries.

Main beneficiaries will include researchers, librarians, policymakers, judges and legal experts from governments, universities, law schools, research and not-for- profit institutions as well as secretariats of national workers’ and employers’ organizations. Eligibility for access is defined by Research4Life, the broader development partnership.

GOALI has been adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) based in Geneva and is currently in the implementation stage with the ILO Library in the lead. GOALI fosters strong partnerships between the hosting UN entity (ILO), publishers, libraries and academic institutions. Its main partners include the Yale and Cornell University Law Libraries. GOALI will be the fifth programme of Research4Life, a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Yale and Cornell Universities and more than 200 academic publishers with the aim to bridge the gap in scientific knowledge between industrialized countries and the developing world.

Governments and not-for- profit institutions from eligible countries are encouraged to register for GOALI from January 2018.

* For more information about GOALI, please contact goali@ilo.org
* Publishers wishing to join the initiative, please contact Ms Liesbeth Kanis: kanis@brill.com

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RESEARCH4LIFE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS 2016/2017

2nd October 2017

An overview of the Research4Life Capacity Development workshops by country and funding organization.

Click map to enlarge

• Hinari   • AGORA  • ARDI  • Others


Hinari

Bangladesh

  • Hinari Training Workshop 2,3 and 4. WHO Bangladesh Country Office. August 2016.
  • Research4Life: Hinari. ICDDR,B. October 2016.
  • Research4Life: Live search on Hinari. ICDDR,B. December 2016.

Bhutan

  • Hinari Train the Trainers Workshop. SEARO; WHO Bhutan Country Office . September 2016.

Ghana

  • Hinari Train the Trainers workshop. Librarians Without Borders. March 2017.

Honduras

  • Hinari y sus recursos. Universidad Nacional de Honduras, Biblioteca Médica Nacional San Pedro de Sula. August  2016.
  • Taller Hinari. Universidad Nacional de Honduras, Biblioteca Médica Nacional Tegucigalpa. September 2016.
  • Hinari y sus recursos Universidad Nacional de Honduras, Biblioteca Médica Nacional Tegucigalpa. November 2016.

Jordan

  • Hinari Sub-Regional Train the Trainers Workshop. EMRO, WHO Country Office, LWB December 2016.

Laos

  • Country Based Research4Life Workshop (Hinari) WPRO, WHO Country Office Vientiane. December 2016.

Nepal

  • Hinari Training Course for health Education: Pubmed, Summon-Hinari Search, Scopus (Elsevier) other databases. Norvic Institute of Nursing Campus. June 2017.
  • Training for WHO Staff: PubMed, Authorship, Zotero. WHO Nepal Country Office September 2016.
  • Hinari update/training WHO Nepal Country Office. September 2016.
  • Introduction to Hinari and Research4Life Resources, CINAHL and Scopus. Norvic Institute of Nursing Campus. January 2017.
  • Introduction to Hinari and Research4Life Resources, CINAHL and Scopus . B and B Medical Institute (Nursing College). March 2017.
  • Hinari Training Course for Health Information. Chakrabarti Habi Education Academy (College of Allied Health Science). April 2017.

Nigeria

  • Research Methodology. University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine. October 2016.
  • Advance Research Methodology Course. National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. October 2016.

Papua New Guinea

  • Hinari & Internet Resources. WHO Country Office/PNG, Librarians Without Borders. May 2017.

Rwanda

  • Training on HINARI: e-resources for health. WHO Rwanda Country Office Kigali. October 2016.

Sudan

  • HINARI Training Workshop “Training of Trainers”. WHO Country Office in Sudan. April 2017.

Tanzania

  • Introduction to Hinari and Research4Life Resources, PubMed and Scopus. Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. January 2017.

USA

  • Hinari Train the Trainers/Developed Country. LWB, UNC Chapel Hill & Duke University October 2016.
  • Hinari Train the Trainers/Developed Countries. LWB. November 2016.
  • Hinari & Internet-based Information Resources for Health Professionals in Low & Emerging Countries. TCU & LWB. May 2017.

AGORA

Ethiopia

  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop. Ethiopian institute of Agriculture Research (EIAR)/ITOCA. October 2016.

Ghana

  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES)/ ITOCA. July 2016.
  • “Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Ghana + Workshop on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry”. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, R4L, GODAN, ITOCA, GAIMS, CSIR-INSTI, University of Ghana. July 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Ministry of Food and Agriculture/ITOCA. August 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Wisconsin International University/ITOCA. September 2016.

Global

  • ASIRA webinar: Emerging Themes in Agricultural Research Publishing by Thomas Ingraham. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, F1000. February 2017.
  • ASIRA webinar: New Roles for Changing Times: UNAM Subject Librarians in Context by Chenjerai Mabhiza FAO, AIMS, AGORA, UNAM. February 2017.
  • ASIRA webinar: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. February 2017.
  • Delivery of first edition of e-learning course “Access to scientific information resources in agriculture in low-income countries” FAO, AIMS, AGORA. February 2017.
  • ASIRA webinar: AuthorAID: Supporting Developing Country Researchers in Publishing Their Work. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, AuthorAID. March 2017.
  • Publishing Open Data in Agricultural Research by Sander Janssen . FAO, AIMS, AGORA April 2017.
  • Three AGORA Summon webinars EN ES FR. April 2017.
  • Delivery of second edition of e-learning course “Access to scientific information resources in agriculture in low-income countries”. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. April 2017.
  • ASIRA webinar: How to Foster Openness from an Academic Library. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. May 2017.
  • Three AGORA searching webinars EN ES FR. May 2017.
  • Webinar: Developing Capacities to Access and Use AGORA: Experience and Lessons from Africa and Asia”. FAO, AGORA. June 2017.
  • Delivery of third edition of e-learning course “Access to scientific information resources in agriculture in low-income countries”. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. June 2017.
  • AGORA/R4lL webinar for ASIRA course. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. February 2017.

Guatemala

  • AGORA training workshops in Guatemala. FAO, AIMS, AGORA. June 2017.

Honduras

  • AGORA training workshops in Honduras. FAO, AIMS, AGORA, UNAH. June 2017.

Laos

  • Country Based Research4Life (HINARI & AGORA) Workshop. MOST, Hinari/WHO, AGORA/FAO. February 2016.

Nicaragua

  • AGORA workshop Nicaragua FAO, AIMS, AGORA, R4L, RENIDA. February 2017.

Nigeria

  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM)/ITOCA July 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop National Horticulture Research Institute (NIHORT) /ITOCA October 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN)/ITOCA November 2016.

Tanzania

  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Agriculture Research Institute – Makutopora /ITOCA. July 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Agriculture Research Institute – Katrin/ITOCA. August 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Agriculture Research Institute – Ukiliguru (Mwanza)/ITOCA. September 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Tanzania National Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI)/ITOCA. October 2016.

Uganda

  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop. Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KAZARDI)/ ITOCA. June 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop Busoga University/ITOCA. August 2016.
  • TEEAL – AGORA Training of the Trainer Workshop National Agricultural Research Laboratories  (NARL)-NARO – Makerere/ ITOCA. October 2016.

Zimbabwe

  • AGORA workshop Zimbabwe . FAO, AIMS, AGORA, RAprilL, GODAN. November 2016.

ARDI

Armenia

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. September 2016.

Cameroon

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).WIPO.  May 2017.

Central African Republic

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. June 2017.

Guinea

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. May 2017.

Jamaica

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. June 2017.

Mauritania

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. July 2016.

Mongolia

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. September 2016.

Pakistan

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. January 2017.

Senegal

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. February 2017.

Sri Lanka

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. September 2016.

Uganda

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. January 2017.

Uzbekistan

  • Workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques and on Establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs). WIPO. May 2017.

Others

Ethiopia

  • DAAD-E-Resources. October 2017.

Namibia

  • DAAD-E-Resources. December 2017.

Sudan

  • DAAD-E-Resources. January 2016.

Tanzania

  • DAAD-E-Resources. October 2017.

Tanzania

  • DAAD-E-Resources. October 2017.

Zimbabwe

  • DAAD-E-Resources. November 2017.
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Information in Action: Celebrating Research Advocacy Champions

12th July 2017

Research4Life and INASP present “Information in Action: Celebrating Research Advocacy Champions” a booklet made in partnership with INASP that showcases the best stories from the 2016 Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition

 

 

In 2016, Research4Life and INASP launched a competition to celebrate the critical role of advocacy in research and got a resounding response. More than 150 stories rolled in from researchers, doctors and librarians across the developing world. Many of them shared the hurdles they had overcome to boost leadership support for peer reviewed resources and for evidence-based policies based on that critical information. These include resources to improve access, infrastructure and funding, all of which contribute to improved evidence-based health care, agriculture and environmental policies.

To celebrate their work we collected and curated seven of the most impactful case studies including the stories of the two winners:

  • Alice Matimba, whose multidisciplinary team successfully advocated for a health policy that has transformed the care and treatment offered to patients diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy and other eye complications.
  • Mary Acanit, whose management team successfully advocated for the connection of Kyambogo University to the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU), which aims to connect all Ugandan universities, colleges and research institutions via an affordable country-wide high speed network backbone for cheaper & faster access to global research resources.

If reading this book inspires you to learn more, whether as a participating institution, publisher, technology partner, journalist, donor, or policymaker, please contact us at: info@research4life.org.

Download the booklet

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Elsevier Adds ClinicalKey to Research4Life Access Program for Developing Countries

25th May 2017

Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in under-resourced communities around the world to receive access to the latest clinical information

Philadelphia, PA, May 25, 2017 – Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, will add ClinicalKey to its global research and health resources available through Research4Life starting in June 2017. The expansion of the Research4Life access program with ClinicalKey benefits healthcare professionals in under-resourced, low- and middle-income communities around the globe.

ClinicalKey is Elsevier’s premier clinical search engine, providing access to the most current scientific and medical information, and it will help Research4Life meet the 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that health policies and practices globally should be informed by the best research evidence.

“In 2012 the WHO Strategy on Research declared that health policies and practices globally should be informed by the best research evidence – and so we are delighted that ClinicalKey will help us grow the evidence-based medicine materials available for low- and middle-income countries through Hinari and provide an expanded basis for the informed decision-making of practitioners and policymakers,” said Kimberly Parker, Hinari Programme Manager. Hinari is part of the Research4Life program managed by the WHO, in partnership with Yale University, and provides access to health and medical research.

As a founding partner of Research4Life, Elsevier contributes more than a quarter of the 77,000 peer-reviewed journals, books and scholarly databases that are available through the program. Access to ClinicalKey adds to an existing collection of research resources offered by Elsevier, including ScienceDirect and Scopus. Elsevier also provides technical, strategic and communications expertise to help advance and promote Research4Life.

Dr. Kristina Krohn, Health Frontiers Field Representative in Laos, said she was gratified to see how the Lao doctors reacted the first time they had access to medical journal articles through Hinari. “The Lao resident doctors devoured everything,” said Dr. Krohn. “Hopefully ClinicalKey can help them sort through the medical literature without getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available.”

Dr. John Danaher, President of Clinical Solutions at Elsevier, said, “Making ClinicalKey available to doctors and nurses in developing countries through Research4Life will help those medical professionals utilize the latest evidence-based clinical information to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.”

Adding ClinicalKey to Research4Life follows Elsevier’s recent agreement to provide ClinicalKey to Doctors without Borders and strengthens Elsevier’s commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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About Research4Life
Research4Life is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to 77,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences. www.research4life.org

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray’s Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

Media Contacts:

Christopher Capot
Global Communications, Elsevier
+1 917 704 5174
c.capot@elsevier.com

Natalia Rodriguez
Research4Life Communications Coordinator
communications@research4Life.org
Twitter: @R4LPartnership

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Call for Applications ! Online Course on Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) for Low-Income Countries

22nd May 2017

Please find below a Call for Applications to attend the Online Course on  Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) for Low-Income Countries.


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 3rd edition of the online ASIRA course for the period of June 19th – July 14th, 2017.  

The main goal of the course is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of data and information in the agricultural domain, particularly in low-income countries.

Since February 2017, over 150 participants from 33 different countries have been trained through ASIRA. Please see the course web site for more information.

WHO CAN APPLY? Academics, researchers, librarians and postgraduate (master and PhD) students who work in the fields of agricultural sciences can apply to the course. Group A and group B Research4Life eligible countries, respectively, have the priority in the selection process.
HOW TO APPLY?

 

Use the Online registration form or pdf. This registration form must be completed, signed and submitted to agora@fao.org
WHEN TO APPLY?

 

The submission deadline is June 4th, Sunday by 23:00 CEST for both online and pdf via email submissions.

Selection of participants will be finalised by June 9th and successful candidates will be emailed afterwards.

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ECS Partners with Research4Life to Help Close the Knowledge Gap in the Developing World

1st April 2017

All ECS content will be accessible to over 8,200 institutions

ECS is partnering with Research4Life to provide accessibility to over 132,000 articles and abstracts published in the ECS Digital Library. All papers published by ECS will be free to access for more than 8,200 institutions in an effort to reduce the scientific knowledge gap between high-income and low- and middle-income countries by providing free or affordable access to critical scientific research.

The ECS Digital Library is home to the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the flagship journal of ECS, published continuously since 1902, and to the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, ECS Electrochemistry Letters, ECS Solid State Letters, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, ECS Transactions, ECS Meeting Abstracts, ECS Proceedings Volumes and the ECS quarterly membership magazine, Interface.

The research published in ECS journals directly addresses the sustainability of our planet, with topics ranging from renewable energy storage and conversation to clean water and sanitation.

“Open access, especially in electrochemistry and solid state science, is an important goal for scientific and technological development and, quite simply, creating a better world.” says Roque Calvo, executive director of ECS. “ECS’s partnership with Research4Life is a step toward ensuring that everyone working on these issues, wherever they are in the world, has access to the latest research.”

Since 2002, Research4Life has been partnering with publishers and is now provide scientific knowledge to institutions in 119 countries, areas, and territories in the developing world. They are enabling more than 8,000 institutions to benefit from online access of up to 77,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books, and databases. ECS will be joining more than 170 publishers already partnered with Research4Life.

“We are pleased to welcome ECS as a Research4Life partner,” says Daniel Dollar, chair of the Research4Life executive council. “ECS’s commitment to Research4Life will help to advance the partnership’s goal of reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.”

This partnership aligns directly with ECS’s Free the Science initiative, aimed at making all research published in the ECS Digital Library freely available to all readers, while remaining free for authors to publish. ECS believes that the opening and democratizing of this information will lead to rapid advances in some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Free the Science can assist people all over the world who need the content to create their own solutions to sustainability,” Calvo says. “Our work with Reserch4Life give us the chance to show some of that vision to the world.”

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ASIRA Online Course Webinars: Recordings and slides are available online

10th March 2017

A.S.I.R.A.  (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture online course for low-income countries – started on 13 February, 2017 – is in its last week. The course was enriched by a number of webinars designed to strengthen the course content, give course participants broader perspective in the relevant areas.

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The four-week online course ASIRA has been delivered by the FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

ASIRA’s goal is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science, particularly in low-income countries.

The course webinars were opened to the public interested in the course topics.

We would like to thank our speakers who delivered great talks on the respective topics and our participants to create interactive environments with their questions and discussions.

Each of the webinar recording and the slides were made available afterwards. You may find them all here listed by the webinar dates:

15 February 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: Emerging Themes in Agricultural Research Publishing by Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research

Recording: https://goo.gl/ddlvCK

Slides: https://goo.gl/80EUf1

17 February 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: New Roles for Changing Times: UNAM Subject Librarians in Context by Chenjerai Mabhiza, Head of User Services at the University of Namibia

Recording: https://goo.gl/2GYti0

Slides: https://goo.gl/mmzmQG

21 February 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web by Thembani Malapela, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at the FAO of the UN

Recording: https://goo.gl/SM3toI

Slides: https://goo.gl/otcraH

 22 February 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) by Kristin Kolshus, Information Management Specialist at the FAO of the UN

Recording: https://goo.gl/8vfAWd

Slides: https://goo.gl/mM3ymb

24 February 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: Introduction to Using TEEAL to Access Agricultural Journals by Joy Paulson, Director of the TEEAL Project and the International Projects Librarian at Mann Library, Cornell University 

Recording: https://goo.gl/ATH0u0

Slides: https://goo.gl/UueXbS

1 March 2017

Webinar@ASIRA: AuthorAID: Supporting Developing Country Researchers in Publishing Their Work by Jennifer Chapin, Programme Manager of AuthorAID and  Coordinator of Research and Communication at INASP 

Recording: https://goo.gl/zQ0yFH

Slides: https://goo.gl/9IxJIu

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Online Course on Access to Agricultural Data is Now Open for Registration!

12th January 2017


ASIRA online course for low-income countries is delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with Research4Life. The course registration is open from  11th  to 27th January,  2017.

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The goal of this online free course is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science, particularly in low-income countries.

The course is designed to serve the needs of researchers, librarians and students who are operating in agricultural science in becoming familiar with academic publishing landscape, latest trends, and using scholarly information resources efficiently including the legal aspect of the field.

ASIRA will be facilitated by experts who will create active participation in the online environment, engage learners, tie the course to the real life practices, act as a guide and provide feedback to the learners.  

The course will start on February 13th and last for four weeks until March 10th, 2017. It consists of 3 units including 8 lessons as follows:

Unit I: Scientific Publishing Landscape
Lesson 1: The scientific publishing landscape
Lesson 2: Overview of research and publishing environment in agricultural sciences
Lesson 3: Local information and global access systems
Unit II: Accessing scientific information resources in agriculture
Lesson 4: Identifying information sources
Lesson 5: Using information sources
Lesson 6: Information resources in agricultural sciences
Unit III: Using search results
Lesson 7: Citing and referencing
Lesson 8: Intellectual property and copyright

Participants will be provided with access to all of the relevant course materials as well as online discussion forums, webinars, videos and additional materials.

The course is open to anyone working in agricultural science related institution or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority will be given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries. Group A and Group B respectively. Those who pass the end of course exam successfully will be awarded with a course completion certificate.

Applications must be submitted by January 27th 2017. Please send the completed Registration Form  (.pdf  .doc or online) and a signed Confirmation Letter form (.pdf or .doc) to agora@fao.org.

Online submission of the Registration Form is also accepted and no need to resubmit the soft copy to the given email address.

You may find the course background information in detail and necessary forms in the attached documents:

If you have any questions or queries, please email us at agora@fao.org.

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Zimbabwe workshop on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

15th December 2016

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO of the UN) in conjunction with several partners has organized a series of training workshops in 2016 across Asia and Africa focused on access to research in agriculture and fisheries. Earlier, workshops were held in NamibiaMyanmar, Tanzania and Ghana. A similar workshop took place in Harare, Zimbabwe 8-9 November 2016.

Tailored to researchers the workshops are aimed at drawing attention to the scope of free online agricultural information available on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORAand AGRIS (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology) and in effectively using these resources. Alongside this core focus, the workshops raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing in agriculture, fisheries and forestry, with a look at the further range of resources available to researchers in agricultural research, and on Research4Life.

Background

Sub-Saharan Africa, as a whole, is facing several major challenges among them climate change, diminishing land and water resources, post-harvest losses, and population growth that are exacerbating the food insecurity situation of millions of people, especially in rural communities. These require innovative solutions and access to open data could contribute to the solutions.

FAO strongly believes that success in agricultural and rural development depends on individual actions of millions of rural family farmers, whose decisions are shaped by the information, knowledge and technologies available to them.  Therefore, easy availability and access to agriculture and rural development related data, knowledge and technologies, contributes to enhancing rural livelihoods and food security.

Open Data – data that anyone can access, use and share, and Open Science – transparency in experimental methodology, observation, and collection of data, coupled with the rapid diffusion of the latest knowledge and broader participation in the discovery of new knowledge play a key role in this context. Open Data is already contributing to agriculture and rural development. It is facilitating information and communication technology based innovations targeting farmers in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is making it possible to develop applications and services that are helping to keep farmers informed of various issues that affect their work: from pest prevalence and weather predictions to crop growth and market prices.

Workshop: approach

While there are a huge amount of research resources on AGORA and AGRIS, making effective searches on both platforms requires know-how, and the idea is for the workshop to train researchers to get the best out of the two programs so that they can share this knowledge back in their institutions.

The workshops provide an overview of both databases, with guidance on searching through the range of free and low-cost research materials and training on some of the new trends and challenges in open science, open access and open data in agriculture. As well as an overview of intellectual and copyright a further section of the workshop looks at existing tools for accessing information to agricultural research, including Google ScholarGoogle BooksAquatic CommonsPubAg, and TEEAL.

Participant feedback

  • Quite an informative workshop which enlightened on issues to do with Intellectual property as well as copyright and Open access as well as Open Science
  • overall the workshop was very interesting, informative and discussions stimulating
  • The training was a great move, and i was happy to be part of it, I left the workshop an AGORA and AGRIS ambassador!
  • The workshop is quite relevant to my work. I can now use the databases confidently and am sure this will help me in my research career and studies. Well organized.
  • Excellent workshop. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit.
  • Thanks for broadening my knowledge on resource access. The workshop was very useful especially since it can be difficult finding good data in Zimbabwe.
  • This was an excellent training which has equipped me with strong skills to use open data for research in my technical field. It is my hope and wish that we have such trainings annually as it is so useful.
  • The workshop has been of great help and enlightening especially to encourage use of the Research4Life engine
  • The workshop was valuable and enriched my knowledge in research aspects.             
  • The workshop was very informative and educative and very practical. Good workshop to enhance the capacity of researchers to research information online.
  • Workshop was quite refreshing and a few new things were learnt. More awareness should constantly be spread among scientists, researchers and scholars on these platforms of accessing information.                        
  • The workshop was important and has equipped us with skills on how to use open access journal

AGORA, AGRIS, Research4Life

Research4Life is the collective name for the four programmes – HINARI,AGORAOARE and ARDI – that provides low-income countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research.

Set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO of the UN) together with major publishers (Elsevier has provided over a quarter of the content), AGORA provides low-income countries with access to an outstanding digital library in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences, with a collection of over 6,000 journals and 5,800 books in over 100 countries.

AGRIS is a FAO-maintained global public database providing bibliographic information on agricultural science and technology. Like AGORA its chief goal is to improve access to and the exchange of agricultural information in low-income countries. Over 150 institutions from 65 countries contribute to the AGRIS network and alongside search results AGRIS links to other sources on the web, further enriching knowledge.

Organizers

FAO organized the workshop in conjunction with GODANITOCA,AIMSAGORA and Research4Life.

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Why Should We Care About Information Access?

14th November 2016

The spread of diseases is not limited by geographic boundaries, people everywhere must be able to use the most recent research to better manage diseases.

 

img_0411_highres_brenda_kim_barbara_closeupHeld at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, “Information Access in the Developing World. Why Should We Care? How Does Research4Life Make a Difference” was the seminar presented by Kimberly Parker – Hinari Program Manager – on the past September 6th.

The seminar was organized through the Open Dartmouth Working Group,  and sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library and the Center for Health Equity at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. More than 40 faculty, students, and staff from the Dartmouth and DHMC community and visitors from the region engaged in a lively discussion following the presentations, with audience members sharing their particular experiences in information access to the developing world.

During her talk, Kimberly pointed out, that the spread of diseases “is not limited by geographic boundaries so people everywhere must be able to use the most recent research to better manage diseases no matter where the outbreak.”

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AGORA adds SHARE to its databases: Get access to 125 additional data providers!

7th October 2016

AGORA has added SHARE to its database. SHARE is a collection of open-access data and enriches AGORA with data from 125 additional data providers.

AGORA provides a collection of 20 databases that are listed on the AGORA search portal. AGORA users can now benefit from direct access to the SHARE dataset through the AGORA collection.

SHARE is one of six databases on AGORA that are freely accessible and that do not require authentication.

The SHARE initiative was founded in 2013 and it is a partnership between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Open Science (COS). The initiative is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

SHARE develops services to support free sharing of information about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. It aims to increase innovation and enhance research impact through free and open available research in all areas.

The initiative addresses individuals and groups who work in a scholarly environment. SHARE takes over the gathering, cleaning, linking and enhancing of metadata from all kinds of research activities and outputs like i.e. data management plans, grant proposals, presentations, journal articles or research data.

Most data providers from SHARE are from North America however the initiative is open for international researchers and wants to support international interoperability. SHARE is looking for opportunities to strengthen international scholarly collaboration.

 

AGORA users are invited to check out and use the SHARE data set through the AGORA collection of databases.

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Research4Life Chooses PortSys’ Total Access Control to Ensure Critical Access and Authentication

4th October 2016

PortSys announces adoption of its Total Access Control product by the Research4Life partnership to replace end-of-life Microsoft authentication system.

Marlborough, Mass. October 4, 2016 – Research4Life and PortSys today announced the adoption of Total Access Control (TAC) to provide secure access to Research4Life’s nearly 70,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and databases for researchers, health care providers and policymakers in low and middle income countries. The Research4Life partnership aims to bridge the digital research divide between the global North and South, providing access to over 8000 institutions in over a hundred countries.

“Research4Life is excited to embark on the next evolution of the partnership’s core technology. The migration to Total Access Control will ensure the continued support of Research4Life’s primary goal – to provide affordable access to critical scientific research for users from eligible institutions in the developing world,” said Daniel Dollar, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, and Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library. “Research4Life looks forward to exploring the capabilities of Total Access Control to dramatically simplify secure access and provide a seamless user experience.”

“This is such an important initiative that the people at Research4Life, as well as over 200 publishers, have undertaken,” stated PortSys CEO, Michael Oldham, “The task of being able to provide users in developing countries with access to invaluable research materials, health journals, agricultural information and so much more is an enormous enterprise by an amazing team of people from all over the world. PortSys is honored to have Total Access Control selected to assist in this effort. We believe it offers an all-inclusive solution which will make security issues simpler, stronger and more unified.”

Total Access Control brings together multiple technologies like VPN, SSL/VPN, Single Sign On, Portal Access, Multifactor Authentication, MDM (Mobile Device Management), Application Firewall, Application Acceleration and Cloud Access Control into a single, scalable product that manages access across the entire enterprise. Oldham continued, “If a security product makes life more difficult for the end user, you’ve already lost. Just walk around your office and see how many yellow stickies you have on monitors with usernames and passwords on them! That’s not security, that’s an open invitation. Total Access Control makes life easier for the end user while significantly strengthening security across the organization.”

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About PortSys

PortSys, Inc., (www.portsys.com) founded in 2008, is a privately funded company focusing on information security and access control. PortSys currently has customers worldwide representing some of the world’s largest financial institutions, government ministries, defense departments, utilities, healthcare organizations and industry-leading enterprises. With headquarters in Marlborough, MA, USA, PortSys also serves customers from its offices in the UK and through distributors throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to more than 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

 

Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Research4Life Communications Coordinator
communications@research4Life.org
Twitter: @R4LPartnership

Kristin Canders
Portsys
kcanders@emergepr.com
+1 207-974-7744

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Winners of Research4Life prize drawing announced

20th September 2016
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Dr. Christopher Dye and Kimberly Parker from WHO

King Hussein Cancer Center is the lucky winner of the First Prize 

Research4Life provides access to tens of thousands of online books and journals daily, but it is a rare occasion when it can offer a physical printed publication to one of the institutions. All institutions who paid for 2016 access to Research4Life were automatically entered this year in a Research4Life random drawing  to win a major reference printed publication from one of the publisher partners. The slips with institution names on them were drawn in a random selection by Dr Christopher Dye, the Director of SPI (Strategy, Policy and Information) of the World Health Organization.

The reference publications offered as prizes by the Research4Life partnership were:

*ICD-10 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Vol.1-3, 2010 edition (provided by the World Health Organization)
*Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, 4th edition (provided by Elsevier)

Delivering the first Prize for Ms Alice Haddadin, Director Library King Hussein Cancer Center

With great pleasure, we announce the first prize, first runner up and honourable mention winners of our 2016 payment promotion!

  • King Hussein Cancer Center (Jordan) – First Prize
  • St. George’s University (Grenada) – First runner up
  • Universiteti Aldent (Albania) – Honourable mention
  • University of Academy of Science of Moldova. Central Scientific Library “A. Lupan” (Republic of Moldova) – Honourable mention
  • Center of Early Intervention “Voinicel” (Republic of Moldova)  – Honourable mention
  • University of Tirana (Albania) – Honourable mention
  • Ministry of Health. National Aids Programme (Suriname) – Honourable mention
  • Trinity School of Medicine (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) – Honourable mention
  • Ilia State University(ISU) (Georgia) – Honourable mention
  • Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, Regional Santa Cruz (Bolivia) – Honourable mention

We look forward to holding similar drawings in the future for the benefit of all the Research4Life institutions.  Congratulations to all the winning participants!

Professor Ivan Puiu from Voinicel Center

Professor Ivan Puiu from Voinicel Center

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