Canada joins international effort to provide access to health research

PubMed Central repository will open new pathway to Canadian health
    researchOTTAWA, July 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Accelerating the development of discoveries
and innovations and facilitating their adoption through free and open access
to research findings. This is the aim of an important new initiative that will
provide researchers and knowledge users free access to a vast digital archive
of published health research at their desktop and connect them to an emerging
international network of digital archives anchored in the United States.
    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research
Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
(NRC-CISTI), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced a
three-way partnership to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada). PMC
Canada will be a national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life
sciences literature, including research resulting from CIHR funding. This
searchable Web-based repository will be permanent, stable and freely
accessible.
    "PMC Canada is a powerful tool that will help researchers build upon one
another's work and speed up the discovery and innovation process to address
important health challenges," says Dr. Ian Graham, Vice-President of Knowledge
Translation at CIHR. "It will provide quick and easy access to a much broader
audience, increasing the value and application of CIHR-funded research."
    PMC Canada supports CIHR's recently announced Policy on Access to
Research Outputs (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/32005.html), under which grant
recipients are required to ensure that their peer reviewed publications are
freely accessible online within six months of publication. PMC Canada will
include a manuscript submission system to enable CIHR-funded researchers to
deposit articles that are accepted for publication by peer reviewed journals.
    PMC Canada builds on the successful PubMed Central (PMC) archive
developed by the US National Library of Medicine and will join UK PubMed
Central (UKPMC) as a member of the broader PMC International network. This
network enables national versions of PMC to share content, and will make much
of PubMed Central and UKPMC content accessible through PMC Canada. The network
uses software developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information
(NCBI), the division of NLM that created and administers PMC.
    "We are pleased that Canada is joining the PMC International family,
further strengthening this effort to share life sciences literature across the
world," says NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. "International
collaboration and data sharing has proven to be a strong driver of scientific
advance, with projects such as the GenBank international DNA sequence database
propelling new discoveries at a rapid pace. The addition of Canada as a PMCI
member should similarly aid the progress of science, while also enhancing
public access to the results of research that affects health and health care."
    CIHR will supply the funds for PMC Canada and NRC-CISTI will contribute
its technological expertise to build the infrastructure and manage the
repository.
    "NRC is proud to be a partner in an initiative that will create a
permanent archive for Canadian health research and increase access for all
Canadians," says Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President, NRC. "This initiative is an
important step forward in NRC-CISTI's efforts to collaborate with others to
provide Canadians with seamless and permanent access to scientific, technical
and health information."
    The initial release of PMC Canada, to be available in fall 2009, will
include a basic bilingual interface, a manuscript submission system for CIHR
researchers and a bilingual help desk. An advisory committee of Canadian
health researchers and other stakeholders will guide PMC Canada's future
development.

    About NRC-CISTI

    NRC's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
(http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/).
    As a key facility of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) is one of
the world's leading sources for information in all areas of science,
technology, health and engineering. NRC-CISTI is transforming its business and
services to meet the evolving needs of the Canadian science and technology
community.

    About CIHR

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
(http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/) is the Government of Canada's agency for health
research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze
its translation into improved health, more effective health services and
products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13
Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health
researchers and trainees across Canada.

    About NLM

    Located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., the
National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library of the health
sciences. NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science
information to scientists, health professionals, and the public. For more
information, visit the Web site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov.
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http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca or contact: Alison Cachia, Communications Officer,
National Research Council Canada, Tel: (613) 991-2464,
Alison.Cachia@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, Tel: (613)
941-4563, Cell: (613) 808-7526, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca; Kathy Cravedi,
Office of Communications & Public Liaison, National Library of Medicine, Tel:
(301) 496-6308, cravedik@nlm.nih.gov