The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), in partnership with UNESCO in Brazil have launched the directory “Open Science is Life“, that brings together the sources of scientific information in open access, national and international, which makes available content about Coronavirus and COVID-19.
In addition to the scientific articles already published and also those that are so recent, they have not yet been published. The Directory gathers research data, clinical trials, theses, dissertations, and other materials related to the production of researchers worldwide.
A prepress repository (called preprints) will also be launched, created to streamline the publication of research results. The idea arose from the spontaneous demands of some Brazilian scientific editors, who realized the need to give visibility to their productions more quickly, especially in the face of the pandemic. Unlike other existing prepress repositories, this one stands out because the deposits are made by the magazine’s editors, who make a prior assessment of the scientific nature of the articles.
The Director and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil, Marlova Jovchelovitch Noleto highlighted, “This is a big step towards sharing information about COVID-19, which is in line with the efforts being made by UNESCO and all its offices to promote international technical-scientific cooperation against the pandemic. Open science mechanisms, such as those recently launched by IBICT and MCTIC, constitute important contributions to the free exchange of knowledge and scientific research on the new coronavirus.”
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Open Science is part of an action developed by the IBICT and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC), which will place other open-access spaces with information on the Coronavirus on the internet.
One of them is the “Rede Vírus MCTIC” (MCTIC Virus Network), with activities promoted by the Ministry; another is the “Infográfico Interativo” (Interactive Infographic), which allows visualization of data related to COVID-19; the “Universo Científico” (Scientific Universe) presents the actions for disseminating scientific information to researchers; and the “Ciência em Casa MCTIC” (Science in Home MCTIC) brings scientific activities, games, and information designed to bring scientific knowledge to the population in a playful way.
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The portal will be available in three languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish and it can be accessed here.