The [World Health Organization's] Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) has established TropIKA.net as a global knowledge management electronic portal to share essential information and to facilitate identification of priority needs and major research gaps in the field of infectious diseases of poverty....
TropIKA.net (Tropical Disease Research to foster Innovation and Knowledge Application) is a web-based platform for the acquisition, review and sharing of current information and knowledge on:
Public health research needs and scientific opportunities
Research-based evidence in support of control and policy
High profile research activities and control projects
International research funding and support opportunities
Potential innovations for interventions and control of infectious diseases of poverty.
Rationale for TropIKA.net
...Informed participation of disease endemic countries in the global research agenda setting is often prevented by limited access to scientific information and essential knowledge. Rapid advances in the field of information technology have made it possible to share and deliver information at higher speeds and lower costs and several initiatives aiming at enabling access to high quality, scientific information, via Internet, are now in place. However researchers and policy makers face the other problem of haphazard flow of scientific information for which they lack time to screen, awareness of what is relevant and essential for their domain of activities and skills for interpretation and application in health interventions....
TropIKA is designed to enhance access and to share essential knowledge with health researchers and policy makers dedicated to improving control of infectious diseases of poverty....
Partners participating in the TropIKA.net initiative to date
TDR (UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases)
BIREME/PAHO/WHO, in Brazil: hosts and manages the portal
HINARI: provides access to full text journals in specific countries
The Global Heath Library (GHL) and the Virtual Health Library (VHL)
Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases (and PLoS in general) for sharing "open access" scientific content and technology
SciELO journals and other open access journals....
Peter Suber at 11/01/2007 08:38:00 AM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.