20.11.2013

Launch of the National Digital Repositories portal and the new website of the Electronic Library

The National System of Digital Repositories portal and the new Electronic Library of Science and Technology website were launched.

Launch of the National Digital Repositories portal and the new website of the Electronic Library

The Secretariat of Scientific and Technological Articulation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Alejandro Ceccatto with the Under Secretary of Institutional Coordination, Sergio Matheos, launched the portal of the National System of Digital Repositories (SNRD), which provides open access to more than 25,000 digital objects organized in repositories currently adhered to the system. The new website of the Electronic Library of Science and Technology was also presented in the meeting with design innovations providing practical, dynamic and innovative performance.

Ceccatto highlighted the scope of the Act of digital repositories passed days ago that "places us in the brink and at the forefront of the public policies aimed at retrieving scientific information for general use”.

During the opening ceremony, the secretary of Scientific and Technological Articulation, Alejandro Ceccatto, celebrated the importance of the step given “towards open access to the scientific and technological production”and he highlighted the scope of the Act of digital repositories passed days ago that "places us in the brink and at the forefront of the public policies aimed at retrieving scientific information for general use”. He underscored the international trend towards open access "in benefit of the scientific community, to ensure easy access to resources, and of the society as a whole". Finally, Ceccatto said that "we are convinced that the open access has to be global to be successful".

Meanwhile, the Under Secretary of Institutional Coordination, Sergio Matheos, was very pleased for the secretariat progress in "a very specific purpose such as the open access" and he stressed out "the investment that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation intended for the operation of the Electronic Library and the establishment of the National Systems as the SNRD, creating a national network very well strengthened in terms of funding, policies and legislation, with the recent approval of the Act of Digital Repositories”.

The SNRD is an initiative of the Science portfolio aimed at creating an interoperable network of digital repositories from the establishment of policies, standards and protocols applicable to all members of the system. The model of open access to scientific - technological production means that users of this type of material may, without charge, read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link the complete texts of scientific articles, and use them for legitimate purposes related to scientific research, education or public policy management, without economic, legal or techniques barriers other than those involving the Internet itself.

Currently, the SNRD has eight adhered repositories, four fully operational and four under implementation. Another nine repositories are under adhesion stage.

Moreover, the Electronic Library in addition to a new design, functionalities and a better organization of the information, incorporated the GEOScienceWorld , the GeoRef and the Lyell Collection to its records. These three resources of great value to the researchers specialized in Earth, Air and Water Sciences, are additional to the 40 resources already subscribed and accessible from the website, available for consultation and downloaded completely free of charge for library users from the authorized nodes. With the incorporation of these resources, it is estimated to cover over 90% of the specialized journals in the topic.

The meeting was also attended by the researcher at the National Council Research of Italy, Donatella Castelli, who gave the opening lecture entitled " Open science: challenges for scientific publications and primary data”.

The event ended with presentations by the representatives of LAReferencia - Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (CLARA) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). LAReferencia, is a project involving the creation and operation of interoperable repositories of scientific publications generated in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and El Salvador. The agreement was entered into in November 2012 at Buenos Aires by and between technological scientific authorities of the countries involved.

The launch event, held at the Globe Theatre, was attended by over 100 people among authorities, directors of research institutes and representatives from the academic and scientific sector and general public interested in the topic.

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