Conference Opening Session
Session coordinator: Vladimír Karen, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic
Time and venue: May 25, 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Vencovsky Aula
Review of First Ten Years of 21st Century in Area of Scientific Information
- Jaroslav Šilhánek, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
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If the last ten years of 20th century are a period of introduction of modern information technologies then during the first ten years of 21st century such technologies became dominant method of work with scientific information. Scientific information is also important part of information industry and therefore it is a good example for reviewing this period which is also period of substantial state support in this field.
Except of more or less subjective judging it is possible to describe development by real statistical data of usage for scientific journals. Statistics data are very impressive and clearly show that switch from printed to electronic access to information resulted in substantial increase in total usage of scientific information which means that the whole process of exchange of scientific data is now more effective.
But on the other side scientific information represent financially demanding process both on side of public and private sources. And if we claim that the process of switch from printed to electronic usage is practically finished it is not possible to say the same for financial aspects both on side of users and providers. Searching for a new business model for scientific information is main aspect of near future.
- Author's professional CV
After graduation from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology he obtained his PhD in organic technology from the same institution in 1968. Starting carrier as an organic chemist mostly in areas of pesticides and organic sulphur compounds chemistry he has been steadily engaged in the fields of chemical information and particularly in its electronic forms. He wrote a couple of teaching text on this subject and he is lecturing courses on Chemical Informatics on the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague.
He has about 70 papers, patents and review papers in local and international journals and gave a couple of plenary lectures on Online Meeting in London (1997, 1999) as well as at the largest chemical congress Achema in Frankfurt am Main on the subject of management of chemical information and searching problems. He is also author of a couple of projects on promotion of widespread access to the most important chemical databases for all chemical or natural science faculties in the Czech Republic.