New research website brings "library of Babel" to users

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The Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain's highest scientific body, launched a new website on Friday.

21 January 2008

MADRID - The Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain's highest scientific body, launched a new website on Friday, DIGITAL.csic.es, which brings together scientific publications and multimedia files uploaded by researchers. The site is "a kind of library of Babel," said CSIC director Carlos Martínez.

With this initiative, the state-sponsored CSIC, which produces around 20 percent of all scientific publications in Spain, hopes to bring scientific information closer to the greater public. The move is part of the Open Access Initiative, an international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet.

The site allows users to consult articles that have been approved by specialised magazines and are awaiting publication, as well as research patents, dissertations, symposium speeches and educational material aimed at teachers and students. The system also includes a photograph and video archive related to the research projects.

The available fields of research include biology and biomedicine, food science, humanities and social sciences, physics, chemistry, agriculture and natural resources among others.

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Subject: Spanish news

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