• Architecture and building of Medical Digital Library at NIC [of India]: What exists and what is required for MeDLib@NIC?

      Singh, Sukhdev; Gaba, Surinder K; Pandita, Naina (2004)
      ICMR-NIC Centre for Biomedical Information has developed various products that are available over Internet. These includes: i. UNcat (http://uncat.nic.in) - union catalogue of journal holdings of medical libraries of India; ii. IndMED (http://indmed.nic.in) - A bibliographic database of Indian biomedical journals and iii. medIND (http://medind.nic.in) - full texts of Indian biomedical journals being indexed in IndMED. Now, having these services, tools, databases and content in operation, the focus of future activities would be to integrate these "ingredients" both internally and externally to provide "single window digital access persistently". Here we propose an architecture under which each service, tool, database and content collection is an independent layer. These layers are the building blocks of Digital Library (DL) and can interoperate with each other due to either build-in or plug-in(ed) interoperability. They are accessible by their own interfaces as well as through Digital Library interface. In context of the proposed architecture, this article also takes stoke of what is available and what is required to build the digital library.
    • IndMED and medIND: NIC's Online Biomedical databases

      Pandita, Naina; Singh, Sukhdev (2003-10)
      Very few Indian biomedical journals have found place in international databases due to various reasons like delayed / irregular publishing, lack of quality articles, etc. The National Library of Medicine's (NLM, USA) MEDLINE database covers approximately 50 Indian journals. As far as the full-text of these journals are concerned, MEDLINE has only covered three Indian journals. The ICMR-NIC Centre for Biomedical Information, the 17th International MEDLARS Centre has been catering to the biomedical information needs of the medical professionals since 1986. One of the tasks undertaken by the Centre is to meet the glaring and obvious "unavailability" of Indian biomedical research literature. Hence, the Centre took up the challenging task to develop databases of Indian biomedical journals and provide a platform for making this literature available to the Indian as well as international medical community. One such database developed is the IndMED, which covers the bibliographic details from 75 peer reviewed Indian biomedical journals. IndMED has received a lot of recognition and the Centre strives to keep this database at par with the MEDLINE database. The 2nd database being developed is the Online full-text database of Indian biomedical journals, medIND, which would cover the full-text of IndMED journals and serve as one vital resource for all Indian biomedical literature.
    • IndMED: Indian biomedical research database developed at NIC - a case study.

      Singh, Sukhdev; Pandita, Naina; Gaba, Surinder K; Agarwal, Rajesh (2003)
      IndMED is an online bibliographic tool for indexing Indian Biomedical Journals. It was conceived to fill up the gaps of reporting medical research from India by major indexing tools in the field like MEDLINE. 75 Indian Bio-Medical journals were selected by a committee to be covered in IndMED. A suitable database structure was adopted based on International Standards. Suitable back-end and front end were developed to publish it on the web. It is available from Internet free of cost. Along with the bibliographic details of the articles it also provides links to the source journals on the web if any.
    • Opportunities and challenges of establishing open access repositories: a case study of OpenMED@NIC

      Singh, Sukhdev; Pandita, Naina; Dash, Shefali S. (2008)
      National Informatics Centre had established a subject repository in May 2005. It is meant for Medical and Allied Sciences and named as OpenMED@NIC . It has MeSH® based subject categorization and this makes it one of its own kind. Taking OpenMED@NIC as a case â this paper discusses key issues in establishing and maintaining an open access repository. Librarians and information science professionals can play active role in providing access and exposure to quality research and academic content generated in their institutions. Mature and standard open sources softwares are now available for setting up repositories. Libraries can install one of these on existing institutional or library servers to setup repositories. However to ensure better access and faster response time dedicated hardware and reliable connectivity would be required. Librarians and information science professional can play important role in exposing intellectual content produced by their organizations. They can take of various roles like â generating awareness among staff, researchers and students about benefits of self arching in institutional or subject repositories; training them in uploading their articles and other documents in such repositories; acting as meta-data editors and repositories managers. Establishing a repository, administrating and inviting authors to deposit their articles and other works in it is golden opportunity available to librarians and information science professionals. This opportunity should be grabbed with open hands.