The interoperability of VHL with networks, systems, products and information services is a priority line of action in the globalization process of VHL. In AL&C, the main complementary networks are the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), the Virtual Campus of Public Health (CVSP), and the Iberian American Cochrane Collaboration. In the global scope and under the concept of cooperation south, stand out the networks and initiatives of scientific and technical information in health, led by WHO, as well as the networks GHL, ePORTUGUÊSe, the EVIPNet and the TropIKA.net. These networks are described as follows:
SciELO Network (Scientific Electronic Library Online)
Network of institutions to support the research and the scientific communication, involving publishers of the main scientific journals published in Latin America and Caribbean. The countries account for more than 80% of the Iberian American scientific production already operate national and thematic collection of quality scientific journals with approximately 600 titles in open-access modality, with more that 15 million articles visited by month. The SciELO collections are among the most visited scientific and technical portals in Iberian America. It’s certainly one of the most important world collections of open-access scientific journals. Working together with the VHL, Network SciELO contributes decisively with continuous innovations in information and communication scientific.
ScienTI Network (International Network of Information and Knowledge Sources for Science, Technology and Innovation Management.
Network of national counsels of science and technology with the participation of the OPAS, OAS (Organization of American States) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), and research and development groups. It operates directories of researchers, institutions and projects. Adopted by the majority of South American countries, Mexico and Portugal, should expand it to the Central American and Caribbean in the next years. The BIREME exercised the Executive Secretariate of the ScienTI Network, until the year 2006 when the Secretariate has become of responsibility of COLCIENCIAS, in Colombia.
ePORTUGUÊSe Network (The Network of Sources of Information and Knowledge on Health for the Portuguese Language Countries)
Led by the WHO, and having as one of its main action lines the adoption and implementation of Virtual Health Libraries (VHL) in eight Portuguese-speaking countries in the world: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.
The ePORTUGUÊSe Network has the formal support of the Community of the Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and should consolidate itself in the next two years with the operation of its global portal and the collections and the national portals in all of the eight countries.
GHL – Global Health Library
The Global Health Library is an initiative led by WHO which relies on BIREME support for its development. The GHL aims at organizing, indexing, inter-relating and making available international, national and local sources of information, including those sources available in the Regional WHO offices’ libraries. GHL will be based on regional initiatives. Thus, in Latin America and the Caribbean, the VHL will be GHL regional instance.
TropIKA.net (The network Tropical Diseases Research to Foster Innovation and Knowledge Application)
Initiative led by Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) of WHO, aims to operate a portal oriented update of researchers and authorities on scientific advances, in the control programs and in policy publics related to infectious diseases and poverty. The portal shows contents in form of news, reviews and comments on scientific articles, blogs, etc.. and systematization and indexing of secondary sources with emphasis on scientific and technical literature on infectious diseases.
EVIPNet (Evidence-informed Policy Networks)
It is a program led by WHO for promote the use of results of scientific research on health in the policies, processes of decision-making and practice. BIREME will collaborate with PAHO and WHO in development of EVIPNet and will operate the contents in Evidence Portal VHL. It is in development a national instance of EVIPNet to Brazil.
Adopts Platform International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP – International Clinical Trials Register Platform) of WHO in countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through development and operation of a regional platform based in network of national registers, according to management and operation model of VHL.
The collective construction of VHL is, therefore a wide, intensive, permanent and dynamic operation that advances continuous and decisively based on cooperative work in the production and use of sources and flows of scientific information and technical in health.