Ovid Consortia Deal Extends Electronic Access to Universities in India

Feb 13, 2004

Ovid Technologies has announced the launch of a new program that is intended to eventually grant all universities in India access to vital academic research. In an agreement with the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, Ovid will provide universities across the country with electronic access to BIOSIS Biological Abstracts, a research tool in life sciences. The agreement was brokered by Informatics, Ovid Technologies' distributor in India. It will provide all UGC-Infonet Consortium members with local access to Biological Abstracts using ERL (Electronic Reference Library) networking technology, available on Ovid's SilverPlatter platform. Additionally, the content will be hosted at INFLIBNET for parallel access by Universities. Funded by the UGC, the program's first phase will cover 50 universities. Eventually, the consortium is expected to include all universities in India. Through its INFLIBNET Centre, the UGC-Infonet consortium provides electronic access to research journals, abstracts, review publications, and databases. Founded in 2001, the UGC-Infonet currently has a membership of 50 universities across India with plans to extend the scheme to colleges, as well as distant and continuing education sectors.

Ovid Technologies is a medical information solutions provider focused on offering the combination of content, tools and services that makes research smarter, faster and more effective. It supports Ovid Online and SilverPlatter Online customers, and provides a local solution for customers requiring offline access. Ovid is used by colleges and universities; medical schools; academic research libraries and library consortia; hospitals and healthcare systems; pharmaceutical, engineering and biotechnology companies; and HMOs and clinical practices. Ovid is an operating company of Wolters Kluwer Health (WKHealth), a division of Wolters Kluwer, NV, a multinational information services company.