After a year and a half living in the air, the Colombian Digital Library brings together today about 27,000 titles of virtual consultation for those seeking academic and scientific production of the country’s universities. page registers between 5,000 and 10,000 visits a day. University Autonoma of Occidente, Icesi, Santiago de Cali, Rosario, Savannah, national, Minuto de Dios, Salle, North, autonomous from the Caribbean, Eafit, Medellin and Antioquia constantly climbing your material to the portal, which is open access. The largest digital offer focuses on magazine articles: some 20,000 are part of the bag’s content library, of which 14,000 were contributed by the National University. Follow the thesis: 1,750 and 95 percent of them are produced by undergraduate students; Eafit contributed 1,100 and the Universidad de Medellin, 270. The remaining material is cultural, artistic and literary content.
Users, simply, digitan by word or term key topic of your interest and the system returns the results of your search quickly, says Edwin Montoya, Eafit University and coordinator of the Project Library Digital Colombiana. The material you access 24 hours a day, free of charge. The texts of thesis and articles are displayed in its entirety. The thesis that there we deal with all areas of knowledge and to facilitate their incorporation into the network we adopt the policy of accepting these works only in electronic format, and not on paper, says Margarita Lisowska, Director of the library of the University of Rosario and participant in the construction of this project.At year end, it emphasizes Lisowska, expected that 50 universities with their respective productions might be added to the digital library. We will track more consulted to know where academic interests move articles and theses. The goal is to index all academic and scientific production that will be possible, Montoya stresses. Even, it is already under way the creation a library Digital Latin American project led by Colombia, and which eight countries would part. It is expected to start operating in 2013. The Colombian Digital Library has the support of the Ministry of national education and of the national academic network of advanced technology (Renata).