LanTEEAL 2.0 – bigger, better, and faster!

We are launching a brand-new version of LanTEEAL with the 2006 update, which includes an overhauled interface and improved search capabilities. LanTEEAL 2.0 runs in a browser window, and for networks running Windows Server, there are no limitations to the number of simultaneous users!

Access the same quality full-text scientific literature, but with a look and feel more closely resembling your favorite research databases such as EBSCO and ISI Web of Science.

The interface is intuitive and easy-to-use – although of course there will be a full help section included. Furthermore, all articles in the 1993-2006 collection are now PDFs for easy opening, viewing, and printing.

All subscribers ordering the 2006 update will receive an entirely new hard drive loaded with the entire database at no extra charge. Our new hard drives are smaller AND have more capacity, so there’s no worry about running out of space with future updates.

The expected launch date for the new software is mid-February 2008.

ITOCA conducting Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) Institutional Survey

ITOCA is currently conducting interviews on behalf of a major international foundation with significant grant-making activities in agricultural development. We are carrying out an assessment to understand the current status and role of Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE), research and extension within all Sub Sahara Africa countries. The aim of the initiative is to assess the gaps, challenges and opportunities in improving the agricultural productivity for small holder farmers and to understand ways in which these activities could be strengthened. Our findings will help to inform the future work of the Foundation in the region.

To date ITOCA has interviewed over 300 professionals from about 100 TAE, research and extension institutions in 20 Sub Sahara African countries. The data collected and findings will be published on a new portal for TAE in Africa set for launch July 2008. The TAE-Africa portal is aimed at informing further investment into human capital and institutional development in TAE in the region and policy makers, development organizations, academic and research organizations will benefit from the portal.

121 Trainers trained in 2007

In 2007, ITOCA managed to conduct four national workshops in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania. The workshops brought together a total of 121 participants from 82 institutions which included, training hospitals, national agricultural research institutions, health research institutions, and institutions of higher learning. In the past years the downstream training effect has been around 65% and this is expected to be even higher as evidence is already showing that more and more training is happening on the ground as reflected in the feedback reports of the trained participants.

The workshop model developed in 2004 has continued to be robust and appropriate for the audience. ITOCA continually updates and modifies the content inline with new improved developments and the platform for delivery (PowerPoint presentations interspersed with hands-on exercises) remain appropriate. Incorporating feedback from participants the workshop duration has been extended from 3 to 4 days. The overall comments from participants show that the short, in-depth, hands-on , and face-to-face approach is an effective way of maximizing usage of electronic resources.

More training workshops are being planned for 2008 and the training calendar is available from http://www.itoca.org/

HINAGOA User Forum kicks-off on a high note!

The HINAGOA user forum kicked off on a very high note with a lot of users and interested parties joining the forum. The past month has been left for the users of the forum to introduce themselves and get a feel of who is where and doing what in the forum. Its encouraging that already there has been some networking among the participants which is one of the objectives of the forum. Beginning of 2008 will see the introduction of themes for discussion by forum participants .
The goals of the forum are to:

  • identify and mobilize HINAGOA users in Africa and create a formal forum of users that support the programmes’ development.
  • network and influence the formation of user chapters in each of the initially selected ten African countries.
  • document the lessons from the project with the aim of expanding the initiative throughout the eligible countries in Africa and replicating the model through out other regions of the world.

To join the forum you can go to: http://www.itoca.org/hinagoa_usercommunity.htm

Downstream training at the Infectious Disease Institute in Uganda by Anselm Olweny

Since my AGORA/HINARI training I have been able to do some training at my institution. As part of our HIV training programme, we have a literature search session where I have had the opportunity to train participants in online literature searches and full text retrieval. Essentially I conduct training on how to search and retrieve full text biomedical literature using HINARI through PubMed, Cochrane library, POPLINE. I also take the participants through ELDIS and search engines like Google scholar and Google itself and then advise them to use HINARI to access the full texts if necessary.

Since my Training in April, I have trained a total of 114 as below.

Staff trainings Date of Literature search training Number of participants
Research Department staff Wednesday, 16th May 2007 6
Clinic Department staff (Doctors) Wednesday, 23rd May 2007 8
Training Courses
Core course – A3 Thursday, 10th May 2007 23
Research in HIV care Monday, 28th May 2007 14
Core course – A4 Tuesday 4th September 2007 22
Research in HIV care Monday 24th September 2007 12
Evidenced based medicine Tuesday 30th October 2007 29
Total 114

However the main complaint I receive after training is that the system is quite slow and this tends to frustrate it users. There are also some journals listed in HINARI but we are not able to get full access.

Olweny Anselm
Librarian
Infectious Disease Institute
PO Box 22418
Kampala, Uganda
e-mail: aolweny@idi.co.ug

If you would also like to give us feebback on your training sessions and the problems you are facing please send an email to itoca@itoca.org

What they said about HINARI/ AGORA/OARE and Training Workshops in 2007

My Institution and I have benefited a lot from your training in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) which was conducted in the mid of September 2007.
Basically I attended the Training and eventually transfered the acquired knowledge and skills to our users.
I have to congratulate you all facilitators, for your recommendable good work, and hope all the stakeholders in this initiatives will keep on enhancing this programme.

James Ndege
Librarian
Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority

I have just completed (this morning)a 9.00 am – 12.00 pm training session with 28 students of our Masters in Public Health Leadership and Save the Mothers programme including 1 of their staff. It was enlightening to them and they were delighted, “I have learned something new today”, one of them said. Many expressed appreciation of the new found treasure of knowledge, and especially for the fact that it is free.

David Bukenya
Uganda Christian University Library

This was a very fruitful workshop and it will have a positive impact on my work. More of such workshops should be held through-out Africa so that researchers can benefit from these invaluable resources

Wilson Yule
Researcher/Writer
Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre -(SARDC) – Zimbabwe

HINARI Journals access rights

We would like to bring to the attention of our HINARI users that within the HINARI framework, publishers are entitled to choose what titles to include and what not to include in countries where they have significant business or local sales agents. We urge you to please read the Publishers’ Statement on the HINARI website (http://www.who.int/hinari/statementofintent/en/ ) and pay particular attention to bullet 5. Currently HINARI offers over 3700 titles and even when a publisher does not give you access to their journals, your country will still have significant access . If for example publisher X contributes 150 journals to HINARI and due to significant business in country Y they don’t give access to their titles, Country Y will still access more than 3400 titles free through HINARI.

Please take note that having problems accessing any full text does not necessarily mean you don’t have access rights. Should you have problems accessing any journal please do not hesitate sending an email to hinari@who.int or itoca@itoca.org