MedIND Presentation at ICADL 2013

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MedIND Presentation for ICADL 2013 in the Indian Digital Library Initiative (IDLI, scheduled on 11 Dec 2013) at ICADL 2013 at Le Meridien, Bangalore, 9-11 December 2013.

MedIND Presentation for ICADL 2013 in the Indian Digital Library Initiative (IDLI, scheduled on 11 Dec 2013) at ICADL 2013 at Le Meridien, Bangalore, 9-11 December 2013.

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  • 1. Sukhdev Singh @esukhdev
  • 2. MedIND • MedIND = Medical Journals from INDia; http://medind.nic.in • Why? – One point source for Free Full Text of Indexed Indian Medical Journals – To expose the Indian medical research literature globally – Supplement Search Results of Indexing Service (IndMED) by Cross Linking References with their Fulltext Articles • Provide a world wide free access over the Web
  • 3. Technology • In-house developed solution. • Server Side Includes (SSI) technology was used to build portal of Medical Journals. • Retrieval is through a Bibliographic Database (IndMED – http://indmed.nic.in) • PERL is used for CGI Scripts. • Dynamic hyperlink with the “reference” when the full text is available in MedIND.
  • 4. Innovation / Novelty
  • 5. First Indian Initiative • One of the early initiatives to provide free full text of indexed (IndMED / PubMed) Indian Medical Journals over Internet in India. • Portal made public way back in 2003 • Now 65 Indian Medical Journals covered in MedIND • MOUs with Journals. Thus no IPR issues.
  • 6. Supplements IndMED • Initiative was to supplement the indexing service i.e. IndMED • When full text article for a reference in IndMED Search Result is available in MedIND, hyperlink to full text article is shown
  • 7. http://medind.nic.in/iby/t13/i4/ibyt13i4p785.pdf Generated from Bibliographic Description
  • 8. Journals’ Individualities Retained • Journals’ editors wanted to get their “online avatars” in lieu of parting with their full text articles. • Wanted to retain their journals’ their hardcopy “feel and look” in their online avatars. • Thus, it was not a simple case of attaching full text articles files to their respective indexed bibliographic record (metadata).
  • 9. • With such design constraints, MedIND was conceived to be an aggregation of different “online avatars” of participating medical journals • Common minimum elements for journals’ description – SSI Templates used for these elements • Available full text articles listed under separate section facilitating Browsing
  • 10. Explicit File Naming Policy • Explicit documented ‘file naming and organization’ policy. – Journal Title = 3 Character Code • Indian Journal of Medical Research = iby – Year of Publication = 3 Character Code • 2013 = t13 – Issue 4 = i4 – Article = Starting Page of Article • P785
  • 11. URLs Algorithmically Derived • With ‘naming policy’ in place, the URL of a particular full text article could algorithmically derived from the bibliographical details of the article. http://medind.nic.in/iby/t13/i4/ibyt13i4p785.pdf Generated from Bibliographic Description • Indexing and Hosting of Fulltext articles are separated
  • 12. Impact of the Initiative • This is one of the early initiatives of India • Availability journals on web for free, helped them to reach their international audience. • Even the lesser known journals in the company of better known journals being served from single point got exposure. • Increased their manuscript submission rate and thus had liberty to select the best ones.
  • 13. • Gradually with better quality paper submissions with them and online exposure their impact factors (where applicable) gradually rose over the period.
  • 14. Journals included in Directories
  • 15. Initiative Referred
  • 16. Thanks