Media Advisory - IDRC Launches Intellectual Platform for Developing Countries



    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's International Development
Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Digital
Library, the first Open Access Institutional Repository established by a
Canadian research-funding organization. The IDRC Digital Library provides full
access over the Internet to IDRC's rich research archive. In addition to
making information more freely available, this initiative provides IDRC-funded
researchers with a much-needed outlet to publish and showcase their work.
    The Digital Library is an institutional repository - a database driven by
open source software that makes content freely available through the Internet,
permitting users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link
to information, as long as the source is acknowledged and cited. More than 700
academic institutions and research organizations worldwide have established
repositories since 2000, but IDRC is among the first funding agencies to do
so.
    In addition to making information more freely available, this initiative
will enable IDRC-funded researchers to publish and showcase their successes,
insights, and expertise. Through the IDRC Digital Library their work will be
available, not just to a select few subscribers of journals, but to the entire
global research community.
    Throughout its 35-year history, IDRC has believed that knowledge must be
shared to bring about positive change in some of the world's poorest
countries. Soaring costs of accessing research literature, and difficulties in
having research published in traditional journals are restricting the
development of research capacity in the developing world.
    The Digital Library will help IDRC research partners engage in the
international dialogue on important development issues and increase the impact
of their research.
    "The IDRC Digital Library raises the bar considerably for information
sharing," said Rohinton Medhora, Vice President of Programs at IDRC. "By
making sharing and collaboration much easier, the Digital Library will also
strengthen IDRC-supported research networks. And by giving all stakeholders
equal access, it will make it easier for research results to play a central
role in public debate about development issues."

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
35years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
societies.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, 1 (613) 236-6163,
ext. 2343, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca

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