Digital Science Resources in the Philippines – OpenGov Asia

The challenge for librarians and libraries in the age of digitization is how to make the reliable and relevant resources available online more accessible to researchers, and how to digitize and transform what is available in print that is not available online in formats that are more easily accessible to users.

“There is no need to compete with an online search as libraries advance and become fully digitized, making institutional repositories accessible to target users whenever they want,” says Mary Grace P. Golfo-Barcelona, ​​​​Dean of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman at the Nutrition Research Information Network (NUTRINET) 35e anniversary organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

Knowing that other library networks would continue to do the same, she urged her colleagues at NUTRINET to continue working together to create the most comprehensive repositories of information that meet the needs of their target community of researchers rather than those of all researchers.

The institutions that make up NUTRINET have connected their libraries and documentation services to create a specialized information system on food, nutrition and related topics.

The objective of the Network is to ensure an efficient flow of information for its members and the rest of the country’s scientific community on research and development projects on nutrition and related topics.

Librarians may strive to create the most comprehensive digital resource collections, specifically chosen to meet the unique research needs of the user community, from the available resources available to member libraries, with the assistance of various networks of libraries and information such as NUTRINET.

Former members were asked about their best memories of their time at NUTRINET. One mentioned how expensive journals in the past made it difficult to find specific information.

In order to create an information network on research and development in food and nutrition, NUTRINET was founded in 1987. By facilitating the sharing of information between various nutrition and related agencies, NUTRIENT hopes to improve the flow of information on the country’s nutritional R&D. Of its first 14 members between 1987 and 1999, NUTRINET now has 24.

Meanwhile, the data release will soon make the DOST Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) digital library accessible.

A stand-alone information source called Starbooks was created to help people who have little or no access to science and technology information sources.

The project delivers science, technology and innovation-related content in various formats to students and others in schools and communities across the country who are geographically isolated or low-income.

It contains tens of thousands of digitized scientific and technological resources, such as texts, research papers, journals and encyclopedias, videos, audio, etc. These resources are organized into “pods” with an easy-to-use interface.

On the other hand, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) recently signed an agreement to make the portal available in pilot primary and secondary schools.

ASTI sent educational materials to remote communities using datacasting, which is the process of sending data via digital television and satellites in low Earth orbit.

Datacasting is not a substitute for the Internet, but it is a good way to get learning materials to people in remote locations.

DOST’s Science Information and Technology Institute (STII), which oversees Starbooks, will ensure that resources are consistent with the Department of Education’s learning skills and the most important learning skills listed in the Starbooks curriculum. ‘agency.

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