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.

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MedIND Presentation at ICADL 2013

  1. 1. Sukhdev Singh @esukhdev
  2. 2. MedIND • MedIND = Medical Journals from INDia; • 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. 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 – • PERL is used for CGI Scripts. • Dynamic hyperlink with the “reference” when the full text is available in MedIND.
  4. 4. Innovation / Novelty
  5. 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. 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. 7. Generated from Bibliographic Description
  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. Generated from Bibliographic Description • Indexing and Hosting of Fulltext articles are separated
  12. 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. 13. • Gradually with better quality paper submissions with them and online exposure their impact factors (where applicable) gradually rose over the period.
  14. 14. Journals included in Directories
  15. 15. Initiative Referred
  16. 16. Thanks