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Tailoring Workshops to the Participants’ Needs (HINARI, July 2011)

6th July 2011

HINARI logo

  • In the past three years, approximately 20 new training modules have been developed. These include E-book Resources for HINARI Users, Evidence-based Practice Resources for HINARI Users, EndnoteWeb, CINAHL, Information Literacy, Authorship Skills, etc. Many of these modules highlight underutilized HINARI resources. Consequently, there is too much material to cover in a 3 or 4 day workshop.
  • The 1st part of the module reviews E-books resources available from HINARI Partner Publishers via the Reference Sources drop down menu (e.g. The Oxford Textbook of Medicine). The 2nd part is an overview of free E-books available from the Internet (e.g. freebooks4doctors com gateway). After completing this module, participants will have the knowledge and skills to locate and use these clinical and basic sciences electronic textbooks.
  • In recent workshops in Papua New Guinea and Nepal, the trainers have worked with the local organizers to identify the specific information needs of the participants. For Nepal, an ‘Advanced HINARI’ course was developed. In Papua New Guinea, the workshop included the E-book Resources, Evidence-based Practice Resources plus a separate Authorship Skills course. (February 2011).

Read the article on WHO.int here

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Research4Life in Ethiopia – User Shares His Experiences

1st July 2011

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. July 2011

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Young innovators seek solutions to close the ‘knowledge gap’

6th February 2011

Reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world is one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals which nations seek to attain by 2015.

Research4Life, a public-private partnership between UN entities, publishers and research institutes, helps the poorest countries bridge the knowledge gap by providing online access to valuable scientific journals and research materials.

Read the full article on UNEP.org

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Over 700 Elsevier Science & Technology Books Now Available in Research4Life

30th January 2011

Elsevier is contributing an additional 950 electronic books to Research4Life, a public-private partnership working to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing developing world access to critical scientific research. Building on the 800 existing Elsevier science and technology books, the new electronic books cover Clinical Medicine (438 titles), Health Professions (332 titles), Veterinary Medicine (174 titles), and Clinical Dentistry (24 titles). These include seminal works such as Clinical Gynecology, Cancer Pain, Pain Medicine, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice and will be accessible to users by the end of the year.

Read the full article on Elsevier.com

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Wiley-Blackwell Announces 102 Additional Products Available through Research4Life

6th January 2011

WileyHoboken, NJ, January 6, 2011—Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWa and JWb), announced today that an additional 88 journals and 24 non-journal resources will be available through the three United Nations sponsored Research4Life programs that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to and training for academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

The Research4Life programs—HINARI, AGORA, and OARE—constitute a public-private partnership between WHO, FAO, UNEP, Cornell and Yale Universities, more than 130 science publishers led by the International Association of STM Publishers, and technology partner Microsoft. The partnership’s goal is to contribute to the attainment of six of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals by reducing the gap in scientific knowledge between industrialized countries and the developing world.

Read the full release on eu.wiley.com

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Research4Life software development challenge presented to thousands of students in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

22nd November 2010

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 22, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Imagine Cup Solve This, a new program to provide inspiration for students looking to help solve the world’s toughest problems. In the spirit of “crowdsourcing,” intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits now will be able to seek the help of the brilliant and passionate students competing in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition, to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. Global IGOs and NGOs including NetHope, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Programme on Youth, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and local New York City nonprofit the Robin Hood Foundation are among the first organizations to participate.

Read the full article on Microsoft.com

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How Providing Access to Research Helps Address the UN Millennium Development Goals – Microsoft’s Frank McCosker

28th September 2010

Posted by Frank McCosker
Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts

At Microsoft, we are driven by the idea that technology helps enable people to realize their full potential. Our involvement with Research4Life is a great example of how access to technology and the information it can provide helps others do great things. Research4Life is a global partnership formed from a shared vision of providing the developing world with access to leading scientific research information that can help them address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This month, representatives from Microsoft, along with several UN organizations, the world’s leading scientific journal publishers, research universities and others met in New York City for the annual partners meeting to discuss the past, present and future of this multi-sector initiative. The passion and commitment of this group, who often volunteer their time and talents on top of their day jobs, was evident throughout the meeting, which was well timed as world leaders met at the Millennium Development Goals Summit during the UN General Assembly.

Read the full article by Frank McCosker on Technet

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STM Appoints Richard Gedye Director of Outreach Programmes

1st September 2010

Oxford, 1 September 2010

From 1 January 2011, STM is pleased to announce that Richard Gedye, currently Research Director at Oxford University Press, will assume responsibility for STM’s Outreach Programmes upon his retirement from OUP. These programmes include Research4Life and patientINFORM access initiatives, the ARDI patent project and STM’s activities with library organisations.

For the last ten years Research4Life and its separate HINARI, AGORA, and OARE programmes, together with patientINFORM and ARDI have been expertly developed and run by Maurice Long, who will be retiring from STM at the end of 2010.

Read the whole release via PDF here

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Researchers and Farmers in Burkina Faso Benefit from Research4Life’s AGORA Programme

1st September 2010

As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso regularly suffers from drought, poor soil, lack of adequate communications and other infrastructure, a low literacy rate, and a stagnant economy. With 80% of the population relying on the agricultural sector, improving the productivity and competitiveness of Burkina Faso’s agricultural sector is a critical issue for the country’s future. Local researchers know that progress can made in tackling these issues in part through innovation and the application of new technologies, many of which are available in the wealth of information and knowledge developed by the world’s agricultural science community.

A new video launched today illustrates how INERA (Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles), Burkina Faso’s leading institute for agricultural and environmental research, is using the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) programme to access online scientific journals with information on fertilizers and dosages to support development of techniques for maximizing production. Using cutting-edge research through AGORA, a new micro dose fertilization technology, adapted to local needs, was developed jointly by farmers and INERA’s researchers.

 

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ILIG International Award Honours Vimbai Hungwe

30th August 2010

This annual prize is awarded to a person, group or committee, which has made a real difference to a community through their work in library and information services in countries outside the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

This year, two recipients for 2010 were announced at the ILIG informal held at CILIP HQ on Wednesday 7th July.

Vimbai Hungwe was the President of AHILA, the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, and Senior Programme Officer at ITOCA, the Information Technology Outreach Centre for Africa.

Read a PDF of the press release online here

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Low-Income Countries Get Free Access to Medical Text(regarding Oxford Textbook of Medicine Joining HINARI)- From Wellcome Trust Blog (May 2010)

17th May 2010

A new Wellcome Trust sponsorship is helping doctors and healthcare workers in low- and middle-income countries gain free access to one of the world’s leading medical texts.

The Oxford Textbook of Medicine has provided practical guidance on clinical management and the prevention of disease for over 35 years. It contains the best in international medicine from 750 of the world’s best clinicians and medical scientists, covering basic science, clinical practice, infectious diseases and unique sections on the foundations, achievements and limitations of modern medicine, and global patterns of disease.

Read the full article on Wellcome Trust

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A medicine classic goes online and far afield: OUP’s Oxford Textbook of Medicine launched online for the first time (From Oxford University Press, May 2010)

6th May 2010

Oxford University Press logoOxford University Press (OUP) has launched, for the first time online, the prestigious Oxford Textbook of Medicine. Generations of consultants, trainees, and medical students have relied on this “classic” for practical guidance on clinical management and the prevention of disease. Others, such as journalists, authors, and lawyers have used it as the ultimate reference medical book.

In print, this fifth edition of Oxford Textbook of Medicine is a three-volume heavyweight with just under 6,000 pages. It has taken around five years, and 750 of the world’s foremost clinicians and medical scientists, to put it together. One of the biggest benefits of moving online will be the ability to update content regularly, based on clinical evidence, so physicians can be confident they’re looking at the latest information.

Read the full article on OUP.com

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IFIS – FSTA Abstracts join AGORA

2nd February 2010

AGORAThe International Food Information Service (IFIS) Publishing has made available to AGORA subscribers in selected countries the FSTA/Direct- the Food Science and Technology Abstracts database.

Established for over 40 years, the IFIS Publishing database, FSTA/Direct, offers access to extensive food science and technology information relating to every aspect of the food chain including all the major food commodities plus biotechnology, microbiology, food safety, additives, nutrition, packaging and pet foods.

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Scopus Now Available in Research4Life for Scientists in the Developing World

2nd December 2009

Scopus now availabile in Research4Life for scientists in the developing world

Scientists in developing world benefit from freely available web-integrated literature research tool with citation information, direct links to full-text articles, library resources, patent searches and reference management software

Amsterdam, 2 December 2009 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources, will be added to Research4Life. Scopus contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 peer reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Read the full article on ReedElsevier.com

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Research4Life launches website to coincide with sponsorship of World Conference of Science Journalists

2nd July 2009

Research4Life launches website to coincide with sponsorship of World Congress of Science Journalists

London, 02 July 2009 – Research4Life today announces the launch of www.research4life.org.  The website will act as the public face of the Research4Life partnership for journalists, partners and institutions considering joining one of the programmes. It will include news about the programmes, information on the partners and participating institutions, testimonials and case studies.

Read the full article on ReedElsevier.com

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Thomson Reuters Partners with Research4life to bring Scientific Research Information Resources to Developing Countries around the World

15th June 2009

Thomson Reuters

Healthcare & Science Business Creates Special Edition of ISI Web of Knowledge To Advance Research4Life Partnership

Philadelphia, PA, London, UK, June 15, 2009 – The Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters today announced that it is joining Research4Life to provide the developing world with access to critical scientific research. Special editions of ISI Web of Knowledge that include Current Contents Connect, Medline, EndNote Web, and ResearcherID, will be available to select developing countries identified by Thomson Reuters and Research4Life partners.

Read the full article at ThomsonReuters.com

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Sumawa Project in Kenya’s Rift Valley OARE case study

12th May 2009

This video offers a case study on the SUMAWA project in Kenyas Rift Valley. Aided by access to research, through the Research4Life initiative, the SUMAWA project is having an impressive impact on the local community, endangered tribes and wildlife in the area. May 2009

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Research4Life in Nairobi, Kenya

12th April 2009

An insight into how Research4Life is benefitting researchers in Nairobi, Kenya.  April 2009

 

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