The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces that the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has selected Science Classic, the digital archives of Science (1880–1996), as the first acquisition in a major project to provide national access to scientific archives. Russian students, scientists, and professors can now access 116 years of Science‘s archive through a local platform provided by the National Electronic Information Consortium (NEICON).
The Ministry´s project, established in Summer 2011 to create a scientific archive within the Russian Federation, will provide 600 non-profit and academic institutes with access to the digital archives. “We are pleased that such a large project is beginning with the acquisition of the Science Classic archive, ” said Dr. Olga Moskaleva, head of the scientific research department of St. Petersburg State University. “This journal is always in demand and we are happy to have access to the full content since 1880.” Through the NEICON Consortium, Russian researchers and academics receive access to both Science Online (1997-current) and Science Classic (1880-1996), the complete catalogue of Science content.
The not-for-profit National Electronic Information Consortium is one of the biggest Russian library consortia. Today, NEICON comprises more than 730 Russian institutions all over the country that represent universities, research institutions, and public libraries. Since 2005, NEICON has been partially funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. It provides access to hundreds of databases belonging to dozens of Russian and foreign publishers and information owners.
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