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The GreyLit Project: International Co-Operative Challenges in Capacity and Resources

The GreyLit Project: International Co-Operative Challenges in Capacity and Resources

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  • 1. The GreyLit Project:International Co-OperativeChallenges in Capacity and Resources Glenda Myers1, Danielle Aloia2 & Phindile Bekwa1 1University of the Witwatersrand & 2New York Academy of Medicine 2nd International Conference on Digital Libraries & Archives (ICADLA2) Johannesburg, 17-18 November 2011 Page 1
  • 2. Grey Literature (GL)• Body of literature not found by means of conventional published channels − Myriad definitions − Online list (www.greynet.org)• Includes government research, non- profit reports, reports from other primary resource materials − Huffine, 2010 Page 2
  • 3. Why “Grey”?• “In between zone”• “Between extremes of black and white” – White = published material – Black = ideas and thoughts – Giustini, 2011 (http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Grey_literature) Page 3
  • 4. GL in Medicine• Systematic reviews in clinical medicine – Specialized literature reviews that focus on a research question – Identify, appraise, select, synthesize all high quality research evidence relevant to that question – Evidence-base for clinical trials • Exhaustive • Minimize bias• Public Health – Decision-making Page 4
  • 5. “Findability”• “Needle in the haystack” – In regard to difficulties experienced in finding this kind of material • Mathews, 2004• Digital era makes GL easier to find• “Credibility” and “reliability” of “authoring/publishing” body now key – Huffine, 2010 Page 5
  • 6. Credibility• NYAM Library – 1847 – Gift of 3 vol Medical and Physiological Commentaries – Martyn Paine • One of founders of Medical College of University of NYC Page 6
  • 7. Credibility• WHSL – 1926 (1923) – Gazetted into existence by Administrator of Transvaal – 600 books from Prof Raymond Dart Page 7
  • 8. Raymond Dart • World renowned anthropologist • 1925 • Taung skull • HoD Anatomical Sciences • Dean • WHSL (WML) Librarian Page 8
  • 9. PartnershipNew York Academy of Witwatersrand HealthMedicine (NYAM) Library Sciences Library (WHSL) Page 9
  • 10. The Grey Literature Report Aug 1999http://www.nyam.org/library/online-resources/grey-literature-report / Page 10
  • 11. US Food and Drug Administration: Strategic Priorities Page 11
  • 12. NYAM Library GreyLit Collection Module Page 12
  • 13. The Institutional Repository (IR)• Stores and preserves … institutional assets including unpublished or otherwise easily lost (“grey”) literature – Ubogu & Roberts, 2008• WIReDSpace – Wits Institutional Repository on DSpace Page 13
  • 14. Wits IR Page 14
  • 15. African Challenges with IRs• Slow uptake – Issues relating to acceptance of electronic information – Absence of institutional strategies and policies – Inadequate technical infrastructure – Copyright and IP concerns – Lack of awareness/understanding of concepts involved – Lack of funding • Chisenga, 2006 Page 15
  • 16. WHSL Workflow Page 16
  • 17. Challenges facing WHSL• Geographic isolation from Wits Digitisation Centre – Equipment – Exchange of information; Communication• Geographically dispersed Health Sciences campus – Communication (Who does what; what is where?) Page 17
  • 18. 5th Avenue NYC 9th International Urban Health Conference 2010 “HIV and Slums Team  and WITSies” Page 18
  • 19. Quality Assurance: Centre for Health Policy (FHS) Page 19
  • 20. Opportunities for WHSL • Virtual accessibility • Technological capacity • HR capacity – Reskilling • “ „n Boer maak „n Plan” – “Intrapreneurship” – Resourcefulness • Enthusiasm • NYAM Library Partnership Page 20
  • 21. • “It is fair to say that the ease of access to information is one measure of how much societies value that information” – Banks, 2005• The nation‟s health is a significant contributor to the nation‟s wealth Glenda.myers@wits.ac.za Daloia@nyam.org Phindile.bekwa@wits.ac.za Page 21