An Italian Biomedical Publications Database

De Robbio, Antonella and Mozzati, Paola and Lazzari, Luigina and Maguolo, Dario and Dolfino, Manuela and Gradito, Paola An Italian Biomedical Publications Database., 2002 . In EAHIL Workshop 2001 Cyberspace Odyssey, Alghero (Italy), 7- 9 june 2001. [Conference poster]


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Periodical scientific literature is one of the most important information sources for the scientific community and particularly for biomedicine. As regards Italian publications today, a part from very few laudable exceptions, there is a lack of the instruments necessary for accessing the information that they contain. With over 700 Italian biomedical texts, only 25% are mentioned in the more important biomedical data banks, such as Medline, Embase, Pascal, CAB, with unfortunately a great deal of overlapping. This means that in this period, when 'globalisation' is being talked about, scientific publications in Italian journals still have only very local and little international exposure. This fact also effects the bibliometry where Italian journals take little notice of indicators such as impact factor. Therefore our researchers increasingly tend to publish in foreign journals, thus impoverishing the national biomedical scientific literature. These considerations have caused four operative units, led by the Institute Zooprofilattico, to present the Health Ministry with a project to create a data base. This is to be an internationally available data base on all Italian bibliographical material related to scientific production on health subjects. Given that the Health Ministry has agreed, approved and financed the project, we will illustrate briefly its operative phases. The primary aim is therefore: to guarantee widespread, complete information on national scientific publications relating to health subjects, for biomedical, veterinary, zoo-technical and environmental research. Project Phases: - census of national and active (since 1995) biomedical periodical publications and the creation of a specific data base; - obtaining data on Italian biomedical periodicals from the following databases: Medline, Embase, Biosis, Pascal, CAB; - contact with editors and libraries to define collaboration as regards national laws on the management of databases and the information they contain; - design of the databases and structuring of useful fields; - sifting through periodicals and marking items of possible interest. - implementation of the database; - creation of a support web-site for all project activity; - making this database available on line (Internet) and off-line (cd-rom).

Item type: Conference poster
Keywords: italian biomedical database, basi di dati biomediche
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HL. Databases and database Networking.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
I. Information treatment for information services
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DK. Health libraries, Medical libraries.
Depositing user: Antonella De Robbio
Date deposited: 25 Jan 2003
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:57


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