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Africa doubles research output over past decade, moves towards a knowledge-based economy – Research Trends

4th December 2013

Ylann Schemm looks at the factors contributing to a promising trend of African research output. The author cites many :  increased funding, significant policy changes within countries, improved research infrastructure, both human and physical and others – but she notes that much more needs to be done to further improve this upward trend. Read the article in Research Trends here. 

 

About the author: 

Ylann Schemm, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager,  drives Elsevier’s corporate responsibility programmes which focus on research capacity building in the developing world and advancing women in science. She manages the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Programme which provides additional infrastructure-building, medical library needs assessments, preservation of unique research, and training to boost information literacy and research skills to enable the optimum use of Research4Life. Ylann also chairs the Research4Life partnership’s Communications and Marketing working group.

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Watch the FAO webcast on the 10th Anniversary of AGORA from Rome, Italy – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva

13th November 2013

AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

“Lack of access to knowledge is a major bottleneck for many poor countries to develop their agricultural sector and ensure food security,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva celebrating AGORA’s 10th anniversary in Rome.

Click here to access webcast.  Filmed 16 September 2013.

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Research4Life: A User Experience Review

3rd November 2013
In January 2010, R4L contracted Edmond Gaible of The Natoma Group to conduct a User Experience Review, which was to assess key factors that affect the influence of Research4Life on developing-country participation in the activities of the global research community, with particular emphasis on the impact such participation has on social and economic development. Underlying the assessment was the perceived need to develop improved understanding about the R4L user community. This article, presenting results of the 2010 User Experience Review , offers an extensive picture of the people who use R4L, the activities that they conduct, and the ways in which R4L currently orpotentially supports these activities. The findings presented here complement and expand the
scope of recent case-study analyses of access to research in eastern and southern Africa (Harle 2010).   Presented at IFLA 2011.

Click here for full report 

 

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United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization Radio: 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program

21st September 2013

 

10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program

 African librarians win the Research4Life competition

18 September 2013, Rome—    This week marks the 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program – a program coordinated by FAO, together with major publishers – which provides over 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing countries with

Onan Mulumba, a librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, was honoured by Research4Life for recognition of young, motivated and innovative talents at FAO Headquarters. An Honourable Mention for a second case study was also awarded to Cynthia Kimani, librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library. They are being interviewed by Liliane Kambirigi, FAO.

free or low-cost access to leading journals in the fields of health, agriculture, and environment. This past summer, the Research4life Library Competition recognized the role of librarians in building research capacity and boosting output among scientists, doctors and policy makers. Onan Mulumba, a librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, has won this year’s competition. He was honoured earlier this week during the AGORA anniversary celebrations at FAO Headquarters. An Honourable Mention for a second case study was also awarded to Cynthia Kimani, librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library. A recognition of young, motivated and innovative talents.

Mulumba and Kimani visited FAO studios to share their stories about the impacts of the AGORA program and how the Research4Life initiative is a game changer in the field research and information sharing in developing countries. (Interview conducted by Liliane Kambirigi)

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Useful links:

Press Release

 Photos from Anniversary celebrations in Rome, Italy 

 

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FAO Press Release: Bridging the information gap in agriculture

16th September 2013

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva awards Mr. Onan Mulumba for his outstanding contribution to the Research4Life Library Competition.
El Director General de FAO, José Graziano da Silva premia el Sr. Onan Mulumba por su excelente contribución al concurso “Héroes Anónimos”

AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries – Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

16 September 2013, Rome – AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

“Lack of access to knowledge is a major bottleneck for many poor countries to develop their agricultural sector and ensure food security,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva celebrating AGORA’s 10th anniversary in Rome.

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Elsevier Connect: Q&A with Stephen Rudgard as AGORA celebrates its 10th anniversary

14th September 2013

Equipping agricultural scientists in the developing world with the research they need 

AGORA is used by agricultural researchers from across developing countries. (Photo: ©FAO/Danfung Dennis/FAO)

 

Stephen Rudgard is the Chief of Knowledge and Capacity for Development at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. He heads a global team that manages programs aimed at strengthening capacities of institutions and individuals in developing countries to manage and share information and knowledge. The team facilitates several global partnerships that provide access to agricultural information and develops global standards for agricultural information management.

Ylann Schemm, who manages Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, interviewed Rudgard for Elsevier Connect for the 10th anniversary of AGORA  (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) on September 16.  AGORA provides free and low-cost access to key peer reviewed research in food, nutrition and agriculture.

Read article here

 

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CABI Boosts Contribution to Research4Life with 77 New Titles on Agriculture, Plant and Veterinary Science

10th September 2013

Access to Research in the Developing World

Press Release

10 September 2013 –  CAB International (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International) announced today they will be provide free access to 77 recently published CABI books through Research4Life, a global UN-publisher initiative providing free and low cost access to researchers in developing countries. The recent editions on agriculture, plant and veterinary science will be available to eligible institutions as part of AGORA, Research4Life’s Global Online Research in Agriculture programme.

Launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2003 in partnership with major publishers, AGORA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary providing researchers, students, policymakers, non-profits and agriculturalists in developing countries with free and low cost access to a unique digital library in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. CABI is a founding member of the AGORA programme, joining as part of its commitment to furthering knowledge management in international development.

The over 70 books offered by CABI include titles published from 2008 to 2010, giving users access to critical peer reviewed information. These books will be added to the current online resources available through AGORA.  Currently, over 2200 institutions have registered for access to AGORA which provides access to over 3400 journals, up to 2000 e-books, and up to 20 other information resources. covering agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences in public institutions across the world.

Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI, said, “A key part of our mission is to strengthen access to research knowledge, especially in the world’s poorest countries. As a world class publisher in agriculture and the environment, we’re delighted to offer free resources to the researchers who need it most, through this global open initiative.”

“This latest addition of books from CABI’s high quality selection is a further generous contribution to AGORA from one of the founder publisher partners,” said Stephen Rudgard, AGORA programme manager, FAO. “The collection will be greatly appreciated by users.”

Additionally, CABI provides free health-related books to HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme – one of the other four Research4Life Programmes – launched and managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2002 which enables low and middle income countries to gain access to biomedical and health literature.

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Notes to Editors:

Details about eligibility for free access to this information can be found here: http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/about_agora/elegibility.html

 

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About CABI

CABI is a not for profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Its mission and direction is influenced by its 47 member countries who help guide the activities undertaken as a business. These include scientific publishing, projects and consultancy, information for development and mycological services. CABI’s activities contribute directly to achieving Global Development Objectives, particularly those concerned with poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and partnership for development. For more information on CABI go to www.cabi.org .CABI Publications and Resources: CABI is a world-leading publisher of bibliographic databases, books, CABI re-index improves searching and retrieval for database products.

About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities in collaboration with the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, and technology partner, Microsoft.  Research4Life aims to help attain six of the UNs eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.  Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to over 35,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers. Visit www.research4life.org.

 

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communicationscommunications@research4Life.org Twitter: @R4LPartnership

 

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Research4Life featured in the WHO World Health Report 2013

21st August 2013

The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low- and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.

Research4Life’s HINARI programme has been featured in this years report on page 40. To access the report, click here.

 

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Research4Life Newsletter July 2013

6th August 2013

Table of Contents


Note from the Editor

Welcome to this latest edition of our Research4Life Partner Newsletter. We want to make it possible for you to fully leverage and promote your participation as partners of this impressive access initiative.  Read on and find out about the recent milestones, competitions, interviews, outreach and upcoming meetings.
Over the last months we participated in TEDMED in Washington DC, celebrated our 35,000 information resource milestone and congratulated the winner of our librarian case study competition, Onan Mulumba of Makerere University Library in Uganda. Read on to learn more about the winners, the meeting and catch up with Kimberly Parker in her recent interview as HINARI programme manager.
Finally don’t forget to follow us at www.twitter.com/R4LPartnership and ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/R4Lpartnership!  Share the news with colleagues and customers—and help expand our Research4Life community. Interested in getting more involved? We have teams focused on everything from communications to training, technology and impact.  Contact us at communications@research4life.org to find out how you can get more involved.

– Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications and Marketing Team;
Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier


Competition Update and Winner: Librarians Share Impact Experiences from Research4Life
Onan Mulumba, Agricultural Librarian for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda was chosen from among 45 highly competitive applicants by a panel of 12 distinguished judges and international experts in the field of research capacity building. As part of the first prize, Onan Mulumba has been invited to serve as the first user to join the Research4Life Executive Council. The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Partners’ General Meeting in Rome, Italy in September 2013.
An Honourable Mention for a second case study was awarded to Cynthia Kimani, Librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library.  Cynthia has been invited to attend the annual Research4Life partner meeting and serve on Research4Life’s newly founded library advisory council which provides a forum for direct engagement between the Research4Life partnership and its user community.
“The Research4Life programmes began because we heard and responded to our users’ needs,” said Barbara Aronson, competition judge and founder of HINARI. It’s very gratifying that these two librarians, who have made such an important impact in their institutions, will be continuing our tradition of user voices helping guide our work.”


Research4Life Reaches Milestone of 35,000 Scholarly Resources

Research4Life announced in June that the total number of its offering of information resources has now surpassed 35,000. The total number of journals now tops 13,000, with e-books totaling over 22,000. The Research4Life partnership currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. Read the press release

 


Celebrating AGORA’s 10th Anniversary in Rome at our Partner Meeting

On Monday 16th September, 2013, FAO and its partners will celebrate the tenth anniversary of AGORA – during the Research4Life General Partners Meeting in Rome. The Director-General of FAO is scheduled to speak and there will be a viewing of the most recent video on how AGORA has made a difference in the life of a particular researcher in Burkina Faso.  Also on the Agenda, the prize for the Research4Life Library Competition will be awarded, and the winner will share with the audience his testimonial of how AGORA and Research4Life have made a real difference in his university. We anticipate the anniversary celebration to be a vivid commemoration of the enduring partnership between the public and private sectors to respond to the fight against hunger.

 


Announcing the new Research4Life Advisory Council

One of our core strategic objectives outlined in ‘Beyond the 2015 Horizon’ is to ‘Mobilize user communities (ie. librarians, academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers within eligible countries’ (it’s Goal D.1, to be precise).  We have made a further step towards achieving this by forming a new Advisory Council which is meeting for the first time in South Africa on July 5th, alongside the African Library Summit.  This new Council includes members from these different constituencies but is mostly made up of academic librarians from institutions across Africa in the pilot phase.  The objectives of the Council are to:

  1. Provide a forum for direct engagement between the user community and R4L partnership.  To give a more prominent voice to developing country customers with publishing partners in particular.
  2. Support early identification of trends, unmet needs, problems and opportunities from the research and library communities in developing countries.
  3. Increase international exposure and provide opportunities for professional development amongst key stakeholders.
  4. Nurture champions for Research4Life and the research culture within eligible countries.

We have two virtual meetings planned.  A press release announcing the membership will be available soon. For more information, contact info@research4life.org.

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Q & A with Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health Organization

In May, Kimberly took some time to talk to us about her pivotal role in developing Research4Life:
Officially I am the Programme Manager for the HINARI programme, which has its “home base” in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. HINARI is one of four Research4Life programmes, and there are also UN leads for each of the other three programmes.
Unofficially, I am something of an institutional memory for Research4Life, as I became involved in the programmes in 2002 when I worked for Yale University Library, the first partner of HINARI outside of the publisher community. So I suppose I have a certain form of seniority within the group. Having said that, Research4Life is a very organic partnership, and we work almost entirely by consensus and drawing on the skills and knowledge sets of those who enthusiastically volunteer their time or ideas. So, I may be a “centre of gravity” for the partnership, but there are many others who can be described that way as well, and we all work together towards a common goal.

–Read the full article in the May 29th issue of ElsevierConnect.

 


What’s up with Training?

Lenny Rhine, Coordinator of the ‘E-library Training Initiative’; a Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association project funded by the Elsevier Foundation, recently returned from the MLA/International Congress of Medical Librarianship where he held numerous workshops including the HINARI users group and a 5 hour Train the Trainer course which he co- taught with Michael Chimalizeni from ITOCA. The course was oversubscribed with over 35 colleagues receiving a crash course in training. The training equips librarians in Western institutions teaching visiting scholars or librarians’ doing outreach through their institution’s developing world partnerships. Interested in learning more about training? Contact info@research4life.org.


Making a Difference Series: Share Research4Life Impact in Burkina Faso

Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, a researcher from Burkina Faso, shares how Research4Life has helped  him to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes. Watch the video.

TEDMED/Research4Life Collaboration

TEDMED Live is an extraordinary offering that TEDMED had agreed to give away for free to all the Research4Life institutions so that all participants in R4L had the chance to join the event remotely in real-time or on-demand. As a thank you to all the partners of Research4Life, TEDMED made TEDMEDLive available during the event free of charge 16-21 April. TEDMED also referenced to Research4Life as part of its achievement to simulcast conference globally to 50 countries and 2,500 Organizations. See more.


Donate to Research4Life

We are always asked by partners to suggest different ways that individuals and society members can contribute to Research4life. We are grateful for your current participation, and pleased to offer an additional way to further enhance your support for the developing world. If you or any of your society members would like to contribute funds to training or outreach, you can support Research4Life through http://www.who.int/hinari/donation/en/


Banners, Brochures, Video & More for Research4Life Partners

Don’t forget, if you are a Research4Life partner, you can access Research4Life promotional materials including logos, web banners, flyers, brochures, boiler plate and presentations, and other information at a special partner-only link. As a partner, you can also choose to customize your Research4Life brochure or the“Making a Difference” booklet with a quote and logo. For more information, please contact Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator at communications@research4life.org

 

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Research4Life Announces Winner of “Unsung Heroes” Library Impact Competition

1st July 2013

Onan Mulumba, of Makerere University, is awarded First Prize in the global case study competition to raise awareness about the essential role of librarians powering research in developing countries.

 

London, United Kingdom 1 July 2013 – The Research4Life partnership announced today the winner of the case study competition to recognize the role played by librarians in building research capacity and boosting output among scientists, doctors and policymakers. Onan Mulumba, Agricultural Librarian for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda was chosen from among 45 highly competitive applicants by a panel of 12 distinguished judges and international experts in the field of research capacity building. As part of the first prize, Onan Mulumba has been invited to serve as the first user to join the Research4Life Executive Council. The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Partners’ General Meeting in Rome, Italy in September 2013.

“Research4Life has significantly boosted teaching and research at Makerere University, and is the main source of reference for both students and faculty. In addition, Research4Life databases have drastically reduced the use of print resources and this has helped to minimize congestion in the libraries,” said Onan Mulumba, “As a result, researchers have come to acknowledge the efforts and roles librarians play in promoting teaching and research at Makerere University.”

“AGORA, Research4Life’s agricultural programme, will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary, and we’re delighted that the winner of the Library Impact Competition highlights the work of an agricultural librarian from a prestigious African university,” said Stephen Rudgard, AGORA Programme Manager at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Onan Mulumba has clearly succeeded in influencing Makerere’s scientists, academics and students to make greater use of AGORA and so to improve the quality of their research, their lectures, and their dissertations, possibly bringing them into the international stage.”

An Honourable Mention for a second case study was awarded to Cynthia Kimani, Librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library.  Cynthia has been invited to attend the annual Research4Life partner meeting and serve on Research4Life’s newly founded library advisory council which provides a forum for direct engagement between the Research4Life user community and the partnership. The Council aims to give Research4Life’s customers a prominent voice and support the early identification of trends, challenges and opportunities from the research and library communities in developing countries

“The Research4Life programmes began because we heard and responded to our users’ needs,” said Barbara Aronson, competition judge and founder of HINARI. It’s very gratifying that these two librarians, who have made such an important impact in their institutions, will be continuing our tradition of user voices helping guide our work.”

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About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities in collaboration with the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, and technology partner, Microsoft.  Research4Life aims to help attain six of the UNs eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.  Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to over 35,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communications communications@research4Life.org Twitter: @R4LPartnership

 

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Research4Life Reaches Milestone of 35,000 Free and Low Cost Peer Reviewed Resources for Developing World

5th June 2013

Publisher partnership continues to add new journals, books and databases for researchers and doctors through HINARI, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI programmes

London, United Kingdom – London,  5th June 2013 – The Research4Life partners announced today that the total number of its offering of peer-reviewed resources has now surpassed 35,000. The total number of journals now tops 13,000, with e-books totaling over 22,000.The Research4Life  partnership currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers.

“This is wonderful growth when you realize we launched OARE in 2006 with less than 1,300 journals,” remarked Mohamed Atani, OARE Programme Manager at the United Nations Environment Programme, “We’re working on further growth, however our main focus now is to drive usage and build research capacity in eligible countries.”

Dr. Arun Neopane, a pediatrician at Kathmandu’s Shree Birendra Hospital, and active Research4life user said,”I can remember those days when we had to go to the library and sit in the archives section turning page after page, reading all the abstracts and getting them Xeroxed, and finally coming back to square one, frustrated by the literature search and finally not finding what one needed. Gone are those days for doctors now, and all because of free access to medical literature through HINARI.”

“As the youngest Research4Life programme, ARDI – Access to Research for Development and Innovation – has been able to build on the partnership to support researchers in the innovation process through applied science and technology,” noted Andrew Czajkowski, ARDI Programme Manager at the World Intellectual Property Organization, “The steady rise in content is an excellent sign and we hope that this will spur an active exchange of innovative ideas and technologies between North and South.”

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About Reseach4Life (www.research4life.org)
Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to some 18,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Notes to Editors:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and programme managers are available upon request.

 

Media Contact:
Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator, communications@research4life.org

 

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Beyond the 2015 Horizon: Research4Life’s Current Strategic Plan

28th May 2013

Beyond the 2015 Horizon cover

Our first strategic plan for Research4Life as a whole, The Path to 2015, was produced in 2006 and was based on the findings and recommendations of the previous year’s user and infrastructure reviews. Our latest plan, Beyond the 2015 Horizon, was published in 2011 and once again has built its content and structure from the findings and recommendations of detailed external reviews conducted during the previous year.

In addition to outlining the five strategic goals which form the heart of our strategy for the next five years, the plan document also summarises in one place a wide range of basic information about Research4Life, its provenance, mission, and modus operandi.

From the link below you can download:

For more information, please contact us at info@research4life.org

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Learn more about ARDI, Research4Life’s programme for Development and Innovation

8th May 2013

ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to promote the integration of developing and least developed countries into the global knowledge economy, allowing them to more fully realize their creative and innovative potential. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI programme is designed to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure in developing and least developed countries and to support researchers in these countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level. Learn more

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TEDMED Highlights Research4Life as it Announces Final Speaker Lineup

22nd April 2013

TEDMED referenced Research4Life as part of its achievement to simulcast conference globally to 50 countries and 2,500 Organizations.

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TEDMED enjoyed by Research4Life Users and Partners for free 16-19 April

19th March 2013

 

At Research4Life, we are always looking for ways to help our members and partners.  This year we had a very special opportunity to bring TEDMED to everyone on 16-21 April.

TEDMED (www.tedmed.com)  is the famous, multidisciplinary gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC (16-19 April) where world-class thinkers and doers inspire and share their ideas and vision in medicine, global health, wellness and overall quality of life issues.

TEDMED Live is an extraordinary offering that TEDMED had agreed to give away for free to all the Research4Life institutions so that all participants in R4L had the chance to join the event remotely in real-time or on-demand.

As a thank you to all the partners of Research4Life, TEDMED made TEDMEDLive available free of charge.

Learn more about TEDMED. Download the brochure here.

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Research4Life and its impact on Agronomist’s work in Burkina Faso

12th March 2013

Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, a researcher from Burkina Faso, shares how Research4Life as helped him to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes.

 

 

 

 

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RESEARCH4LIFE ANNOUNCES CONTEST HIGHLIGHTING LIBRARY IMPACT

6th March 2013

For Release: March 6th 2013

Contact:       Charlotte Masiello-Riome,  Research4Life Communications communications@research4Life.org 

Follow R4L on Twitter at  @R4LPartnership


Global case study competition focuses on how vital collaboration between Research4Life and librarians powers effective research in developing countries.

London, United Kingdom 6 March 2013 – The Research4Life partnership announced today a case study competition to recognize the role of librarians and library staff in building the research capacities of scientists, doctors and policymakers and helping to boost research output within their institutions.

Since 2001, the Research4Life initiative has developed into a partnership of over 200 scientific publishers around the globe, giving researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers.

Research4Life has launched the library impact case study competition in celebration of the work that librarians do and to facilitate the sharing of best practice. The competition aims to highlight the dedication and capacity building of those who assist researchers in accessing and using vital information within their institutions.  The competition will run from the 6th of March through the 27th of April 2013.  Online applications will be accepted through April 27th 12 am GMT.  Submissions of library case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international librarians and trainers. Thewinner will be announced in June and invited as the first user to join the Research4Life Executive Council. The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Partners’ General Meeting in Rome, Italy in September 2013.

 

“From information literacy training to building infrastructure and concerted outreach, librarians are critical to building a healthy research culture in the developing world—and they are often the unsung heroes,” said Emily Gillingham, Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and Director of Library Relations at Wiley, “We hope our competition will raise awareness about the essential role played by librarians across the developing world.”

The Research4Life Librarian Competition is open to all librarians and library staff whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes  Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI). Eligible countries, areas, and territories are available on the Research4Life website.

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Notes to Editors:
The
online application form will be open for submissions from March 6th through the 27th of April 2013.  In 2011, Research4Life celebrated HINARI’s 10th anniversary and produced “Making a Difference”,  case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians.  Interviews with the Research4Life partners and programme managers are available upon request.

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About Research4Life

Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities in collaboration with the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, and technology partner, Microsoft.  Research4Life aims to help attain six of the UNs eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.  Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Research4Life helps charity improve lives of HIV-infected orphans- Zambia

21st February 2013

In 2003, a woman with AIDS, seven months pregnant and living in a bus terminal in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, was found by nuns and brought to a shelter. After delivering the baby, physician Tim Meade and a team of volunteers looked after the child. Unable to care for her newborn son, the mother turned to “Dr Tim”. As a sign of gratitude, she named the boy Tim. Thus was germinated the idea for Tiny Tim & Friends (TT&F), an organization that specializes in paediatric HIV/AIDS clinical care.
HIV/AIDS takes an enormous toll on Zambia. In Lusaka, around one quarter of the adult population are infected and there are tens of thousands of AIDS-related deaths each year. Mother-to-child transmission is a major route of infection, with more than 14 000 children infected nationally in 2010, out of 80 000 newborns exposed. Tragically, the country is also home to a million AIDS orphans. TT&F screens orphans for HIV in vulnerable communities surrounding Lusaka and provides anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of AIDS. The charity currently serves almost 500 children and their caregivers through its medical and psychosocial care programme.
Research4Life plays a major role in TT&F’s work, allowing research that informs the development of policies and medical procedures that provide the best possible treatment. Access to HINARI has also allowed the charity to obtain essential information about groups performing related research in similar settings. According to Dr Meade, this makes a big difference in resource-poor areas where published data are often unavailable. “Every issue of just three of the journals accessed through HINARI – AIDS, Journal of Infectious Diseases and Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency – contain papers relevant to resourcelimited settings and TT&F’s work,” he says.
One of the key policies developed by Dr Meade and his team through their HINARI-assisted research is that mothers with HIV should continue to breastfeed their babies until two years of age, if stable on anti-retroviral medications. This allows children to thrive with minimal risk of the infection. Another is that social workers and their training are crucial to the success of TT&F – training and empowering them leads to the best outcomes for the mothers and children. By providing high-quality medical care and personalized intensive adherence plans, TT&F allows patients to access the medical and social assistance they need, thus prolonging their lives and reducing the transmission of HIV in Zambia.

Text from the book, Making a Difference, available at http://www.research4life.org/case-studies/stories-from-the-field/

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Over 12,000 Wiley Online Books Made Available in Developing Countries Via Research4Life

6th February 2013

Media Contact:
Ben Norman (UK) +44 (0) 1243 770 375

Amy Molnar (US) +1 201-748-8844
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com

 

Over 12,000 Wiley Online Books Made Available in Developing Countries Via Research4Life

Hoboken, NJ, February 6, 2013, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced that its 12,200 Online Books would be made available through the Research4Life initiatives of HINARI, AGORA and OARE, benefitting research and academic communities in 80 low- and middle-income countries including Malawi, Cambodia, and Bolivia.

Research4Life provides 6,000 institutions in developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The addition of Wiley’s Online Books brings the total number of peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership to almost 30,000.

“Our goal with Research4Life is to provide and support quality research in developing countries in order to advance higher education, inform public policy decisions and ultimately improve quality of life,” said Emily Gillingham, Director of Library Relations at Wiley who also serves as the new Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life. “We hope the addition of this vast collection of Online Books will make a real difference to researchers in countries which can least afford it and as such is a central part of Wiley’s social responsibility program”.

“Through Research4Life we’ve been able to really level the playing field in terms of access to primary research material in the developing world”, said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health Organization.  “This is vital for supporting local authorship and helping researchers in poorer countries to participate in and contribute to the global scientific knowledge base”.

The Wiley Online Books Collection includes handbooks, dictionaries, companions, encyclopedias and landmark book series from award-winning authors and renowned researchers in the life, health and physical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.  Online Books are available on Wiley Online Library and offer the benefits of unlimited concurrent user access, cross-searching with journals, and no DRM restrictions.  Access to the majority of Wiley’s peer-reviewed journals, the Cochrane Library, Current Protocols and major reference works are already included in the Research4Life programmes.

“We are delighted to be able to add Wiley’s books to Research4Life for access by researchers in eighty countries across Africa, Latin America, and Asia”, said Antonia Seymour, VP and Director of Science, Technical, Medical and Scholarly Books at Wiley.  “Not only will they have access to our 12,200 Online Books already digitized but we will also be adding the 100 or so new books published each month”, she added.

 

More Information:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and program managers are available upon request.

URL: http://www.research4life.org/competitionbook

About Reseach4Life:
Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to almost 30,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers

URL: www.research4life.org

Contact Reseach4Life:

Charlotte Masiello-Riome

Research4Life Communications Coordinator

communications@research4life.org

 

About Wiley:

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfil their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

 

Wiley is a global provider of content and content-enabled workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional development; and education. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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Interview with Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director ITOCA, South Africa and Research4Life Training Coordinator

8th January 2013

Gracian Chimwaza, is the founding director for ITOCA-Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa www.itoca.org. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Thames Valley University, UK (2001), an electrical engineering diploma and a graduate diploma from Institute of Marketing Management (IMM). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria.  In the last 13 years, Chimwaza has undertaken extensive ICT outreach, capacity building and research missions in many African countries focusing on library e-resources access through the Research4Life and TEEAL programmes. He currently serves on the Research4Life Programs Executive Council, the IAALD Africa Executive Board and is also Chair of the International Advisory Group for the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D), Institute for Development Studies (UK). He has been an invited speaker in many international, regional and national-level policy meetings that address ICTs, knowledge sharing and capacity building in Africa.

  • How long have you been training in regards to the Research4Life Programmes? What are your focus countries?
    Since April 2004, and the focus countries have been Sub-Sahara Africa (in all four region, East, West, Central and Southern Africa)  
  • What has been some of the benefits you have seen directly from your training? Increased registrations for the R4L programs and usage of the programs in countries we have held training workshop?How has the training translated to capacity building for your institutions?
    Our approach is a train-the-trainer model and it’s been incredibly encouraging over the years to see participants go on to share the acquired skills with their colleague librarians, researchers and faculty when they return to their institutions after the workshops. The has helped to get the R4L word out to reach thousands at research and academic institutions across Africa.   
  • How has the training continued? (ie. Train the trainer)
    To date, ITOCA has conducted about 85 train-the-trainer workshops in attended by about 3,000 participants in 28 countries.  We estimate that the trained participants have reached at least 15,000 downstream as a result of the training workshops.  
  • How many institutes do you normally train in a year timespan, and what counties/cities have you done in the last six months?
    We have conducted 4 workshops in the last 6 months and on average ITOCA conducts 7-8 national workshops annually.

 

If you are interested in the Research4Life Train the Trainer Programme, contact

 

 

 

 

 

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Research4Life Newsletter November 2012

1st January 2013

Table of Contents

 

 


Note from the Editor

Welcome to this latest edition of our Research4Life Partner Newsletter. Our goal is to ensure that you can stay up to speed on the latest developments in Research4Life and to enable you as partners to fully leverage and promote your participation.  In this issue you’ll find updates on some of the issues which were discussed in our July General Partners Meeting as well as a trainer’s spotlight on Lenny Rhine of the MLA/Librarians Without Borders.

We are delighted to welcome the new Chair of the Executive Council, Emily Gillingham, Director of Library Relations at Wiley and founding Research4Life partner. In this month’s newsletter, Emily shares her first ‘Chairman’s Report.’ We also heartily thank our outgoing Chair, Kimberly Parker, HINARI programme manager, for her past two years of (additional) tireless service to the partnership.

In November, Research4Life launched a revamped website at www.research4life.org.  A giant thanks to Charlotte Masiello Riome, our Research4Life Communications Coordinator for singlehandedly managing this process-and to WIPO for their material and moral support for our vastly improved outreach channel.  Our new online home will host news, testimonials, case studies and programme information and will give us the flexibility to add further resources, such as training materials, in the future.  The website will also host our new social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/R4LPartnership and ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/R4Lpartnership!  We would really appreciate it if you could share these sites with your social media marketing colleagues to help us extend our networks and share news.

Ylann Schemm, Chair of the Research4Life Communications and Marketing Team; Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier

Note from the New Chair of Executive Council

After 10 years working on Research4Life I’m delighted to have recently taken on the Chairmanship of the Executive Council.  Kimberly Parker of WHO set an extremely high bar in this role and has propelled Research4Life to now encompass four distinct programmes with books and other resources now also available in more than 6000 institutions worldwide.  She has pushed through critical technological improvements to the service and will continue to play an important part in the evolution of the programmes.  On behalf of the Executive Council and all the partners I would like to extend our great thanks to Kim for all that she has done for Research4Life.

There are also some clear areas of focus for us over the coming period.  For example, a new CRM system is being implemented which has the potential to radically improve the way in which access is delivered.  It will also be a tool which we can leverage to improve our communications with librarians and information officers in the recipient institutions in order to support greater dialogue and usage of the resources.  This fits with our strategic goal to build engagement with librarians and researchers in the developing countries and examples of plans in this area include developing a Librarian Advisory Board for Research4Life and bringing users onto the Executive Council.  The recent case study booklet and videos, all available on the newly revamped www.research4life.org  site, amply show how the programmes have made an impact on clinical practice, public policy and higher education.  We will continue to work with the user community and our partners to improve outreach, training, access and outcomes.

Many of you will have seen our press release this week announcing the extended commitment that our Partners have made to support Research4Life through 2020.  This long term sustainability is a critical element of the initiative, giving eligible institutions the justification and confidence to make related investments in necessary networked systems, teaching staff, labs and research projects.  It is this long term commitment that is making the difference to Research4Life’s effectiveness.  As one of the beneficiaries, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali, Director General of Sudan’s Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation, says; “As a policymaker, I use research published in HINARI for formulating research-based policies. I have written many proposals and most of these find their way to implementation. A major reason for this, I think is the evidence that underpins the proposals. To me HINARI is like water and oxygen: it is vital for me.”

It’s a pleasure to work with so many others on a project which delivers something like water and oxygen.  Thank you for your continued support.

Emily Gillingham is the Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and has been involved in the initiative, particularly the marketing and communications side, since soon after its launch.  She is also Director of Library Relations at Wiley, working to support engagement with this key audience and to deliver services which meet the needs of librarians and information professionals.  In this role she runs Wiley’s international network of Customer Advisory Boards.  Emily is also a member of the COUNTER marketing committee and has been a member of the STM communications committee.

Core offer revised eligibility criteria

This July, the General Partners Meeting revised the eligibility criteria for countries, areas, and territories in our Core offer with one additional criterion – Total GNI (World Bank figures).  The main purpose of the revision is to use clear third-party indicators to provide the basis on which some countries have been classified as ineligible for our Core offer.

At the same time, the inclusion of the total GNI factor enabled us to include very tiny economies, or smaller economies with slightly higher GNI per capita numbers.  The newly eligible or reinstated countries for 2013 are:  Botswana; Dominica; Gabon; Grenada; Mauritius; Montenegro; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Seychelles.  The new eligibility criteria can be found at

 


Partners commit to 2020

During the July 2012 Research4Life General Partners Meeting in Washington DC, the partners reaffirmed and extended their commitment to Research4life beyond 2012 for an additional 8 years. A press release announcing the partners’ renewed commitment through 2020 and showcasing achievements was released on November 15th. “As the world community looks beyond the Millennium Development Goal milestone dates, the Research4Life partnership is setting an example by ensuring sustainability of these important information access initiatives through 2020.”

 


Transitional Path Offer – A new opt-in for publisher partners

The General Partners Meeting this summer also approved a new “Transitional Path Option” from January 2013. The goal of the Transitional Path Offer is to ensure a gradual transition for the types of institution likely to be rarely involved in countrywide consortia deals as countries graduate from eligibility for the Research4Life Core Offer but remain in less developed states. In order to ensure all the components are properly in place, we will roll out this new option initially for the HINARI programme only.

In the Transitional Path countries, institutional eligibility will be limited to national (local) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or agriculture extension centres that are not also research institutes, educational organizations, or major government offices.

As the Transitional Path Offer is just beginning, many publishers are carefully examining their current arrangements and positions in the involved countries.  Publishers will be assumed not to be participating in this Transitional Path Offer unless they ask to opt in.  We anticipate that the numbers of information resources on offer and the number of institutions who will register for the access will both remain small for at least the coming year.  The following countries fit the criteria initially established for eligibility for the Transitional Path –  Belarus; Bulgaria; Costa Rica; Cuba; Egypt;  Indonesia; Iran; Lebanon; Pakistan; Panama; Philippines; Serbia; South Africa; and Thailand.

http://www.who.int/hinari/eligibility/transitional_path_offer_of_hinari/en/index.html

More Research4Life case studies come to the small screen

Interactive Africa will be bringing us a number of new videos in the coming months, including interviews with Research4Life users Dr Sami Hyacinthe Kambire, an agronomist in Burkina Faso’s Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research and Dr. Tim Meade (Tiny Tim & Friends) who is working to improve the lives of HIV-infected children in Zambia. The videos will bring audiences to the field and into the lives of those benefiting from the Research4Life programmes. This series of three videos has been sponsored by the BMJ Group, Microsoft, Wiley and Elsevier. If you are interested in sponsoring the creation of a video, please contact info@research4life.org<mailto:info@research4life.org

For up to date Research4life videos and case studies, visit http://www.research4life.org/case-studies/

Interview with Research4Life’s Lenny Rhine – A leading example in Training the Trainers

Since June 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders(r)/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

What have been some of the benefits you have seen directly from your training?

Some of the visible or tangible benefits are just observing the participants gain the skills to utilize the Research4Life resources.  I’ve seen researchers and physicians find a valuable article and proceed to read it completely instead of completing their training course assignments.  Hospital residents have spent hours using the evidence-based medicine resources as they are obtaining invaluable information for use upon returning to the hospital’s wards.  Health information professionals realize the value of the programmes and understand their role as teachers.  After a national workshop, there is increased usage of Research4Life programmes by the institutions represented.  We also see an increase in registrations.

How has the training translated to capacity building for your institutions?

As Gracian mentioned in the June2012 Partner newsletter, the goal of the train-the-trainer mode is to give the participants the skills so that they can use the Research4Life materials and also instruct others when they return to their institutions.   Besides the specific usage skills, we also teach marketing /promotion strategies and ask the participants to apply them at their institutions. In future workshops, we plan to discuss specific outcomes that will be surveyed at six and twelve months.

Since 2008, we also have conducted training for individuals from developed countries whose institutions have linkages in Research4Life eligible institutions.  Besides approximately 10 workshops, participants have developed 2 training modules and a series of HINARI training videos.

 

How has the training continued? (i.e. Train the trainer)

In the past 5+ years, LWB has conducted 50+ workshops in 23 countries with an average attendance of 25 people.  As previously mentioned, many of these are in conjunction with ITOCA or sponsored by WHO regional offices.  To reach individuals who are unable to attend formal workshops, we have developed online Short Courses for HINARI, AGORA and OARE.  These courses are available on the ITOCA and MLA Moodle servers. Via group email messages, I also continue to communicate with participants from workshops for the past three years.  These messages keep them informed about new Research4Life developments and new/updated training material.

 

How many institutes do you normally train in a year timespan, and what counties/cities have you done in the last six months?

LWB has conducted 6 workshops in the last 6 months in Namibia, Nepal and Viet Nam.  The ones in Viet Nam were collaborations with the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The normal rate is 4 or 5 training sites per year with 8 to 10 workshops. In June, LWB and ITOCA taught a HINARI distance learning course in English, French and Portuguese.  71 individuals completed the online course.

Donate to HINARI and support Research4Life

We are always asked by partners to suggest different ways that individuals and society members can contribute to Research4life. We are grateful for your current participation, and are pleased to announce an additional way in which you can further enhance your support for the developing world. If you, your organization, or any of your society members would like to contribute funds towards programme activities, you can donate to this account and support Research4Life: http://www.who.int/hinari/donation/en/

Lancet – Access to content online

The Lancet now also separately available on Research4life

As a founding partner Elsevier continues to extend its content contribution to Research4Life and is delighted to announce that The Lancet is now also separately available to all countries in the Research4life programmes.  The Lancet believes that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of health and that care should be equitable and just. This initiative will ensure that The Lancet’s extensive portfolio of high quality global health related content is available to those who really need it.   It allows users of Research4Life to view all Lancet journals’ content on The Lancet website, and be free to browse its specialty Collections, and Global Health and Clinical Series on www.thelancet.com.

New and improved Research4Life website launches

Research4Life is proud to announce a newly enhanced website has been launched at www.Research4Life.org. Thank you to the World Intellectual Property Organization for their support in making this a reality.

The website continues to grow, and in the near future will provide extensive information on training activities, increased multimedia featuring our users, and enhanced communication tools for partners to promote the Research4Life initiative to their organizations, their partners, and the rest of the world.

Interesting latest facts

  • ARDI: training remains a key theme for WIPO and ARDI, with 20 workshops having been conducted and an additional 30 planned for this year.
  • 2013 will mark AGORA’s 10 year anniversary.
  • Research4Life currently brings the contents of over 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals and some 7,000 books to researchers in the developing countries.
  • For 78 of the world’s poorest countries subscription charges are waived, while for a further 28 countries they are discounted by over 99%.
  • Over 6,000 institutions are currently registered for access to content available through Research4Life.

 

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Lenny Rhine – A leading example in Training the Trainers

28th November 2012

Since June 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

What have been some of the benefits you have seen directly from your training?

Some of the visible or tangible benefits are just observing the participants gain the skills to utilize the R4L resources.  I’ve seen researchers and physicians find a valuable article and proceed to read it completely instead of completing their training course assignments.  Hospital residents have spent hours using the evidence-based medicine resources as they are obtaining invaluable information for use upon returning to the hospital’s wards.  Health information professionals realize the value of the programmes and understand their role as teachers.  After a national workshop, there is increased usage of R4L programmes by the institutions represented.  We also see an increase in registrations.

How has the training translated to capacity building for your institutions?

Training session in NepalAs Gracian mentioned in the June2012 Partner newsletter, the goal of the train-the-trainer mode is to give the participants the skills so that they can use the R4L materials and also instruct others when they return to their institutions.   Besides the specific usage skills, we also teach marketing /promotion strategies and ask the participants to apply them at their institutions. In future workshops, we plan to discuss specific outcomes that will be surveyed at six and twelve months.
Since 2008, we also have conducted training for individuals from developed countries whose institutions have linkages in R4L eligible institutions.  Besides approximately 10 workshops, participants have developed 2 training modules and a series of HINARI training videos.

How has the training continued? (i.e. Train the trainer)

In the past 5+ years, LWB has conducted 50+ workshops in 23 countries with an average attendance of 25 people.  As previously mentioned, many of these are in conjunction with ITOCA or sponsored by WHO regional offices.  To reach individuals who are unable to attend formal workshops, we have developed online Short Courses for HINARI, AGORA and OARE.  These courses are available on the ITOCA and MLA Moodle servers. Via group email messages, I also continue to communicate with participants from workshops for the past three years.  These messages keep them informed about new R4L developments and new/updated training material.

How many institutes do you normally train in a year timespan, and what counties/cities have you done in the last six months?

LWB has conducted 6 workshops in the last 6 months in Namibia, Nepal and Vietnam.  The ones in Vietnam were collaborations with the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The normal rate is 4 or 5 training sites per year with 8 to 10 workshops. In June, LWB and ITOCA taught a HINARI distance learning course in English, French and Portuguese.  71 individuals completed the online course.

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RESEARCH4LIFE PUBLISHER PARTNERS COMMIT TO FREE AND LOW COST ACCESS THROUGH 2020

14th November 2012

18,000 resources available to the developing world via the HINARI, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI programmes

For Release: 14th  November 2012

For Information, contact: Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Research4Life Communications Coordinator, communications@research4life.org

London, United Kingdom – London, November 14th, 2012 – The Research4Life partners announced today that they have agreed to extend their partnership through 2020. Research4Life (www.research4life.org) currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The renewed commitment will ensure that the 18,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership will continue to reach research communities in low- and middle-income countries.

Nearly 200 scientific, technical and medical publishers worldwide participate in Research4Life. Since the programme’s launch in 2001, no publisher has withdrawn support from the partnership. A 2010 survey which formed part of a Research4life user experience review, revealed that more respondents (24%) cite HINARI as a source for life-science and medical research than cite any other source, while more respondents (32%) cite HINARI as the source they use most frequently. For agricultural research, AGORA similarly tops the list of resources used, with equivalent figures of 27% and 54% respectively.

 

One of the beneficiaries of Research4life, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali Director General of Sudan’s Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation who heads the national government agency responsible for medical supplies to all public health institutions commented, “As a policymaker, I use research published in HINARI for formulating research-based policies. I have written many proposals and most of these find their way to implementation. A major reason for this, I think is the evidence that underpins the proposals. To me HINARI is like water and oxygen: it is vital for me.”

 

“As the world community looks beyond the Millennium Development Goal milestones in 2015, the Research4Life partnership is setting an example by ensuring sustainability of these important information access initiatives through 2020,” noted Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programs, International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

 

“The partnership has extended its commitment to the programmes several times since the HINARI programme for Access to Research in Health was launched in 2001. The last two extensions were for 9 and 8 years respectively.  I applaud the long-term commitment by the partnership in support of low- and middle-income country researchers, who have been making such strides in improving scientific practice, policy, and education in the last ten years,” said Kimberly Parker, HINARI Programme Manager at the World Health Organization.

 

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About Reseach4Life
Since 2001, the four programmes, Access to Research in Health (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have grown and developed  to the point where they now give researchers at more than 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing world countries and territories free or low cost online access to some 18,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

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Notes to Editors:

Case studies about the impact of Research4life on scientists, doctors, nurses and librarians can be found in the 2012, “Making a Difference” booklet. Interviews with the Research4Life partners and program managers are available upon request.

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Physiotherapist Mulugeta Bayisa’s experience with Research4Life’s HINARI programme has helped him find better ways to treat his patients and teach his students

11th July 2012

Physiotherapist Mulugeta Bayisa’s experience with Research4Life’s HINARI programme has helped him find better ways to treat his patients and teach his students. More than that, though, it has changed the way he thinks. Watch this video to find out more.

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Expanding developing-world access – feature in Research Information

9th July 2012

Research4Life, the programme to provide developing-world access to scholarly resources, recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Case studies reveal some of its achievements

Building a viable research culture in developing countries takes more than just access; it calls for training in how to find and use scientific resources, sufficient bandwidth, author workshops and much more.

Read the full article here on ResearchInformation.info

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Technology Partner Microsoft commended for contribution to Research4Life at GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards

22nd May 2012

GBC HealthGBC HEALTH BUSINESS ACTION ON HEALTH AWARDS

Commended Company 2012: Microsoft Award Category: Partnerships/Collective Action

PROGRAM NAME: RESEARCH4LIFE – A LIBRARY-IN-A-BOX

ABOUT THE COMMENDED PROGRAM

Research4Life is a collaborative initiative involving public and private entities including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, Yale Univer­sity and more than 160 science publishers led by the International Association of STM Publishers.

Read the Business Action on Health Awards press release in full on GBCHealth.org

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Stories From the Field: How Access to Scientific Literature is Improving the Livelihoods of Communities Around the World

25th January 2012

©FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

Click here to download the Research4Life Making a Difference Booklet (Low Resolution)

To celebrate Research4Life’s 10th anniversary in 2011, we launched a user experience competition. We asked users to share with us how HINARI, AGORA or OARE has improved their work, life and community. In total we received some 60 entries from countries in all five continents. This impressive array of inspiring testimonies revealed a wealth of positive impacts brought about by Research4Life. This book celebrates the stories behind some of these competition entries.

This illuminating series of case studies provides insights into how access to the results of peer-reviewed research from Research4Life publisher partners is benefiting the health, well-being, and economic and social development of communities in the developing world, as well as contributing to greater environmental health and awareness.

As you read through the following pages, you will discover how access to HINARI, AGORA and OARE has:

• allowed a doctor in Ethiopia to successfully treat a patient with a rare and serious condition, and helped his hospital to deliver more effective training to orthopaedic physicians;

• enabled local researchers, scholars and scientists at a Malawi agricultural college to produce quality and well-researched project reports, scientific papers, theses and dissertations;

• enabled a Nepalese paediatrician to save children’s lives through better treatment of diarrhoeal diseases, at the same time as developing his hospital’s journal into a scientifically rigorous publication;

• helped a physician to improve the lives of HIV-infected children in Zambia;

• allowed a Nigerian researcher to complete his PhD and other research on organic agriculture, biopesticides and biofertilizers, while facilitating his acceptance into the global research community in his discipline;

• helped a researcher from Burkina Faso to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes;

• allowed a Sudanese policy-maker to introduce evidence-based policy development designed to improve the Sudanese people’s health in the long term;

• enabled a midwife to improve maternity care in Zimbabwe and reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates.

If reading this book encourages you to become further involved in our programmes, as a contributing publisher, a beneficiary developing-world institution, or as a donor please contact us at info@research4life.org

Richard Gedye
Director of Publishing Outreach Programmes
International Association of Scientific,Technical & Medical Publishers (STM)

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WIPO’s ARDI Programme Joins Research4Life

13th October 2011

For Release: 13 October 2011

For Information, contact: Andrew Czajkowski, Innovation and Technology Support Section World Intellectual Property Organization (contact: ardi@wipo.int)

Geneva, Switzerland – The Research4Life partnership, which enables free or low cost online access in the developing world to vital scientific research, is joined today by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), making its ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) programme the fourth programme in the partnership.

Launched in 2009, ARDI was developed together with 12 major scientific and technical publishers in close cooperation with the Research4Life programmes, which include WHO’s HINARI (Access to Research in Health), FAO’s AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) and UNEP’s OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment). With a particular focus on applied science and technology, the ARDI programme seeks to reinforce the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy and to support researchers in developing countries in the innovation process to create and develop new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.
Kimberly Parker, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council and HINARI Programme Manager says: “Researchers in low-income countries will now have access to the source materials that will help fuel their own technological breakthroughs. We’re delighted that ARDI is now the fourth pillar of Research4Life.”

ARDI brings to the Research4Life partnership not only WIPO’s expertise and resources in the area of knowledge infrastructure, including its powerful free PATENTSCOPE patent search service, but also a growing network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) based in universities and research centers around the world, whose trained staff support local users in effectively accessing and exploiting technological knowledge.

According to a statement by Mr. Yo Takagi, WIPO Assistant Director General, “ARDI represents an important contribution by WIPO to the establishment of a solid and accessible global knowledge infrastructure. By joining the R4L partnership, ARDI will be in a position to foster an active exchange of ideas and technologies, the underpinning of sustainable long-term development, on a global scale.”

About Reseach4Life

Research4Life is a public-private partnership between 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 University, Yale University and several technical partners including Microsoft. The partnership’s goal is to contribute to the attainment of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, reducing the knowledge gap between industrialized countries and developing countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, The Research4Life programmes have provided researchers at more than 5,000 institutions in 105 developing countries with free or low-cost access to over 8,000 leading journals in the fields of health, agriculture, and environment.

About WIPO

WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. It has a mandate from its 184 member states to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other stakeholders. WIPO’s activities fall broadly into three areas, namely, the progressive development of international IP law, IP capacity-building programs to support the efficient use of IP, particularly in developing countries, and services to industry which facilitate the process of obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and alternative dispute resolution options for private parties.

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Joint Winners from Nepal and Ethiopia Announced in Research4Life Global Case Study Competition

19th July 2011

For Release: 19 July 2011

For Information, contact: +44 (0)20 81332367

London, United Kingdom – The Research4Life partners today announced two winners in the “Access to Scientific Research Literature” global case study competition on how HINARI, AGORA, and/or OARE have impacted both work and communities. Dr. Arun Neopane a pediatrician from Nepal and Mr. Mulugeta Bayisa, a physiotherapist from Ethiopia were chosen as joint winners from over 60 entries to the competition held in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the launch of HINARI and the Research4Life programme.

The competition drew entries from more than 30 countries, and represented the broad range of institutions which have access to the HINARI, AGORA and/or OARE programmes. Multimedia and print entries came from researchers, librarians and health professionals who shared their insights on how Research4Life can benefit eligible institutions in developing countries.
Joint winner Dr. Arun Neopane of Nepal offered readers the opportunity to experience not only how Research4Life has benefited his work as a paediatrician, but also how it has supported him in his role as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society and General Secretary of Nepal Association of Medical Editors (NAME). “HINARI has changed the perspective of research in our country. It has saved so much of the precious time of our doctors, by making them more learned. And it has also saved many lives”, states Dr. Arun Neopane, “Being a co-winner is not only important to me but also for all the medical journal editors of Nepal, the academicians who teach, the researchers, and for the medical professionals in the country as a whole.”

Joint winner Mr. Mulugeta Bayisa is a physiotherapist based at the University of Gondar, College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ethiopia. He also teaches undergraduate students in both clinical and classroom environments. Using HINARI, he co-developed an innovative therapeutic exercise programme for adults living with HIV and AIDS to improve the health related quality of life, which is now being implemented by the University Hospital. Additionally, Mr. Bayisa has used this access to the scientific literature to develop evidence-based physiotherapy management guidelines for children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy, and to develop a programme of effective spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain in adults. Mr. Bayisa is testimony to how an initiative such as Research4Life can change people’s lives, “I can stand confident in front of people and tell them that I can make true difference with the help of Research 4Life,” he states.

HINARI Programme Manager Kimberly Parker expressed her gratitude to users around the world for offering their first-hand personal experiences, as well as lessons learned through participating in one of the Research4Life programmes, “Nothing is more powerful than those images and words spoken by those that have benefited directly from the Programme,” she explains, ‘Their testimonies validate the importance of HINARI, as well as AGORA and OARE, and help give us valuable insight into the needs of our users and future development opportunities within the initiative itself.’

Barbara Aronson, who has been involved with Research4Life since HINARI’s inception, served as part of the international jury in the competition, “It has been very touching to read the competition entries. It’s wonderful to see that just about everything we hoped for and imagined in April 2000 is actually happening,” she explains.

Karen Hunter, former Senior Vice President at Elsevier, a key Research4Life partner, also participated in the jury deliberations, “Many of the submissions described conditions in developing countries or examples of individual dedication that were moving and inspirational,” she states, “As one of those involved in the initial discussions that resulted in HINARI, it’s been a privilege to be part of the Research4Life programme.”

Due to the calibre of the entries submitted from around the world, a special feature page will be developed and made available on the Research4Life website to recognize these dedicated professionals and share their experiences.

About Research4Life

Research4Life is the collective name for three public-private partnerships which seek to help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing the developing world with access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the three programmes, Health Access to Research (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) and Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), have given researchers at more than 5,000 institutions in 105 developing world countries free or low cost access to over 7,000 journals provided by the world’s leading science publishers.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers. Together with technology partner Microsoft, the partnership’s goal is to help attain six of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.

For more information visit www.Research4Life.org

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Serials Solutions Provides the Summon™ Service to Support Research4Life

19th July 2011

Complimentary Discovery Service and Volunteer Librarians Will Help Build Research Capacity in World’s Poorest Countries

Seattle – July 19, 2011 – Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC, will support the three United Nations-sponsored Research4Life programs via its award-winning Summon™ discovery service.  Research4Life is the collective name given to HINARI, AGORA and OARE, the three programs that offer developing countries free or very low cost online access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content provided by the world’s leading publishers. Beginning with a pilot for HINARI, Serials Solutions will provide complete Summon™ sites for each Research4Life program that enable simple, fast, unified discovery of the entire Research4Life research collections. In addition, professional librarians on staff at Serials Solutions are volunteering time and expertise to create individual Summon™ search sites for eligible countries.

Read the full article on SerialSolutions.com

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