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Today, Sigma Theta Tau International, the organization which seeks to offer all nurses around the globe online access to nursing information that can be easily utilized and shared, announced the launch of its new library repository. Built in conjunction with Open Repository, the service from BioMed Central which builds, hosts and maintains repositories on behalf of organizations, the Virginia Henderson Library Repository will offer individuals access to nursing information and conference proceedings.
Recent advances in Internet technologies and wider policies regarding mandatory open access to published articles influenced Sigma Theta Tau International to expand their online Registry of Nursing Research abstract database into a new, full-text service with Open Repository.
Open Repository is built upon the latest version of DSpace, an open-source solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works. Customers of Open Repository benefit from updated system features not only from DSpace themselves, but also from BioMed Central's team who are continually working to enhance their repository service.
Speaking of the launch, Margie Wilson, Library Manager at Sigma Theta Tau International said: “The goal of the Honor Society’s Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library (VHL) is to continually strive to provide nurses in all roles around the globe, free online access to reliable nursing information that can be easily utilized and shared. BioMed Central has been a trusted resource used by the VHL staff for several years. When looking to enhance our system, we found that the Open Repository system offered by BioMed Central provided the services that would support the conversion and delivery of our existing data into the format needed to support the enhancements.”
Notes to Editors
1. BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.
2. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 125,000 members in 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s 475 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Republic of China-Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.
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