CSIR-URDIP, Pune launches Global Directory of Open Access Databases

Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR launched LOADB – the listing of open access databases, a portal developed by CSIR URDIP showcasing the databases in multiple areas of science and technology that are available freely for public use. The objective is to create a web-enabled, linked, classified and categorized collection of Open Access Databases which can be accessed from a single portal.

Dr. Sahni was in town to be the Chief Guest in the sixteenth foundation day celebration of CSIR URDIP on 24th October 2015. In his address, he lauded the work done by CSIR URDIP and emphasized on the pivotal role the institution needs to play in aligning with the CSIR mandate of Science for Societal need.

Dr. Sahni delivered the foundation day lecture on “Innovation, Invention, Discovery, Manufacture and Value Creation”. His case study on the lifecycle of indigenously developed first generation native streptokinase – a clot buster in cardio vascular diseases, followed by second generation recombinant versions and third generation clot specific version and to finally the fourth generation clot inhibitors, drove home the point as to how innovation holds meaning only if it ultimately fulfils the purpose of value creation either in terms of economic benefits or betterment of society.

On the brink of adulthood, CSIR URDIP now has to carve a niche by working together with CSIR Scientists to harness the total potential of every discovery and translate that innovation having application in myriad fields; the ultimate vision being “Invent in India and Make in India”.

Earlier Dr. Hirwani, Head, CSIR URDIP in his inaugural address traced the history of the institution wherein he mentioned how it has grown from a handful of people to a strength of more than hundred. Its portfolio encompasses work in patent informatics, chembioinformatics and toxinformatics. The institution has also built portals like CSIR-CENTRAL – a central repository of all CSIR publications and ANUSANDHAN – the Indian Science and Technology Portal enlisting more than 1500 research institutions.

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