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Overview

Introduction

The Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM) is a project of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in collaboration with several institutions in its Member States. This is the Region's contribution to the Global Health Library (GHL) initiative which aims to extend to all the benefits of the knowledge that is essential to the fullest attainment of health. WPRIM will be deployed and hosted, along with the index medici of other WHO Regions, at the Global Index Medicus portal under the GHL platform, where searches can be conducted individually or simultaneously through a federated search engine.

Goal

The creation of an online index of medical and health journals published in Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region which can be accessed on the Internet thus ensuring global accessibility of medical and health research done in the Region.

Objectives

  1. To index selected medical/health journals in Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.
  2. To create a bibliographic database containing records linked to their full text.
  3. To raise the level of journal publishing in Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region through a peer-review system.
  4. To build the capacity of participating health institutions.
History of WPRIM

The Global Health Library (GHL) has been conceptualized by WHO Library & Information Networks for Knowledge (LNK/HQ) to "extend to all the people the benefits of the knowledge that is essential to the fullest attainment of health". One of the contents of the GHL is the Global Index Medicus (GIM) which currently hosts the regional index medici produced by the WHO Regional Offices in Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia where they can be searched individually or simultaneously through a federated search engine. The WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) would like to create its own regional index medicus to be deployed alongside the other regional medical indexes in the GIM portal as part of WPRO`s contribution to the GHL.

Regional Workshop of National Focal Point Librarians, 23-25 May 2005, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In May 2005, the Regional Workshop of National Focal Point Librarians on the Global Health Library was convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and one of its objectives was "to identify the activities required to produce a regional index medicus and the necessary steps to produce a regional union list of medical periodicals". The workshop recommended, inter alia, the scope or coverage and selection of the journals to be indexed for the regional medical index that was subsequently named Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM).

This has been identified as a priority project of WPRO that one of the workshop participants who represented the Republic of Korea, volunteered to work on the initial project study and visited the Regional Office in January 2006 to lay the groundwork for its creation. Furthermore, a professional librarian from the Philippines was recruited on Agreement for Performance of Work (APW) contract to assess the capabilities of member states of WPRO, in terms of human, material, and information technology resources, for developing their national index medici and joining the regional index medicus project.

Informal meeting between the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) staff and the Philippine advocates of WPRIM.

Towards the end of January 2006, an informal meeting between the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) staff and the Philippine advocates of the project was held in Manila. KAMJE staff offered their customized software used for the KoreaMed (Korean Index Medicus) for the proposed WPRIM.

WPRIM Virtual Community at Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Knowledge Gateway

A virtual community, named Global Health Library Western Pacific Working Group (GHL - WPRO), has been established using the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Knowledge Gateway. Registered members of the WPRO core group use this medium to discuss issues relative to the development of WPRIM, or post any announcements or messages which are automatically sent to all the registered members. The name was changed to WPRIM after the Informal Consultation in March 2006 to be more reflective of the activities being pursued by the members.

Meetings of the Philippine Focal Team

Several meetings were also held among the Philippine advocates of WPRIM which includes medical librarians, information officers, and medical journal editors, through the collaboration of the DOH and PCHRD staff, to discuss the Philippine participation to the WPRIM project.

WPRIM Test Site in WPRO

WPRO agreed to host the test site of WPRIM in one of its servers. Staff from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) installed the Linux operating system on 21 Feb 2006 and KAMJE staff installed the KoreaMed and KOMCI program on 12 Mar 2006.

Informal Consultation on the Development of the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM), 30-31 March 2006, Manila

In March 2006, the Informal Consultation on the Development of the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM) was convened in Manila with the purpose obtaining from the temporary advisers their ideas and suggestions on how to develop the quality of the content of the WPRIM and its subsequent maintenance.

WPRIM Poster in International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

Dr Seo has applied WPRIM for the IFLA's Poster presentations in its general conference to be held this month and was accepted. Thus, a poster has been prepared specifically for the said event and for the promotion of WPRIM.

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