9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P80 - Research report: representation, retrieval and access

This work discusses methodological parameters aiming to improve the access to reports from studies carried out at the Oswald Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), taking the output of one of its units (CICT) Unit as a model and source of information. To access research reports’s relevance for researchers working at CICT, in-depth interviews were carried out, addressing issues related to scientific reports production, representation and retrieval. The comprehensive analysis of the documents produced in the Unit permitted to disclose how scientific reports have been elaborated, and then to establish criteria for the standardization of such documents, with the inclusion of key elements in their structure. The study conclusions realized access to such documents constitutes a permanent challenge. Standard reports, with sound criteria, will be easily represented and registered. Most reports contain detailed information on results and methodological approaches and procedures and as such constitute an invaluable source of info rmation for the scientific community, even if not formally published.