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Title: Role of S


1
Role of ST Information in Socioeconomic
Development and PASTIC Services
  • Muhammad Aqil Khan
  • PASTIC

Seminar on Empowering the RD, Industrial SME
Sector with ST Information, Karachi May 22, 2007
2
CONTENTS
  • Importance of ST Information
  • ST Information and Socioeconomic Development
  • Forms of Information Information Resources
  • ST Information Services of PASTIC

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Importance of ST Information Much
is said about the information age, the
information economy, the information society
and particularly about information technology,
but little about information itself. If these
are important so is the information.
Information is a meaningful message transmitted
from source to users. Information especially the
scientific and technical information is an
important resource for social economic
development.
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Importance Cont
  • Information is a significant factor for economic
    well being of countries.
  • It is major indicator of success or failure of
    the economies of developing countries.
  • Its power is like life blood for innovation and
    continuous learning.
  • Thus it plays a pivotal role in scientific,
    technological, agricultural and socio-economic
    development of a country.

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Few decades ago ST information was used for
scientific research. Currently it is also used
for
  • Market research
  • Business development
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy making
  • Decision making
  • This maximizes its usefulness

6
Competitive Advantages of Information
  • Adds value to research and development work.
  • Enhances skills and knowledge of users.
  • Facilitates decision making for the policy
    makers.
  • Improves knowledge sharing.

7
ST Information and Socioeconomic Development
  • ST Information is key element for RD process
    and socioeconomic development is based on
    research and development activities.
  • Information is always needed for scientific
    research
  • Advancement in research can not be made without
    having access to scientific data and already
    generated ST information.

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Provision of Appropriate Information Leads
  • To proceed to the next step in research project.
  • To proceed further in other such tasks.
  • To facilitation in better and well informed
    decision making.
  • To improved relations with clients.
  • To exploitation of new business opportunities.

9
Right information at the right time can benefit
an organization or a country and saves a lot of
time and money. A good policy maker utilizes
information depending on its accuracy for
  • Decision making
  • Policy making
  • Devising regulations
  • Advising public

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Information Plays Important Role in Policy Making
  • Policies pertaining to different
    socio-development activities such as policies on
    health, education, agriculture, energy,
    biotechnology, information technology, water
    supply, sanitation, environment etc. are shaped
    by right kind of information.
  • Many other areas such as disaster relief, medical
    education, engineering education, control of
    epidemics, business management, etc. needs
    information for devising better policies in these
    areas.

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Role of Information Technology
  • Information is of value if it is accurate and
    delivered at right time
  • Advent of Information technology i.e. development
    of internet, worldwide web, electronic databases
    has enabled users to access and retrieve the
    accurate and reliable information timely
  • Scientists and researchers can get immediate on
    line access to data and scientific resources
  • Information Technology has opened new ways to
    store knowledge and deliver information and it is
    a tool of choice for all kinds of scientific,
    technical and environmental information

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Forms of Information
  • Books
  • Monographs
  • Journals
  • Patents
  • Standards
  • Technical reports
  • Proceedings
  • Internet
  • Electronic journals
  • Electronic databases

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Information Resources
  • Libraries
  • Information centres
  • Internet/worldwide web
  • CD-ROM databases

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ST Information ServicesofPASTICThe
information Provider
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Mission
  • PASTIC serves as a gateway for ST information
    for research and development by catering to
    information needs of researchers, entrepreneurs,
    industry, educationists, policy makers etc.
    through responsive and anticipatory information
    services.

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History
  • PASTIC evolved from the erstwhile Pakistan
    National Scientific Technological Documentation
    Centre (PANSDOC), which was established under
    PCSIR in 1957 at Karachi by UNESCO.
  • In 1974 PANSDOC was transferred to the Pakistan
    Science Foundation (PSF) and was renamed as the
    Pakistan Scientific Technological Information
    Centre (PASTIC). After transfer to PSF its scope
    and facilities were expanded.

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ISO Certification
  • PASTIC is one of the few public sector
    organizations to be ISO 9001-2000 Certified.
    PASTIC evolved a Quality Policy and initiated
    work on acquiring ISO Certification.
  • Quality Policy
  • Implementation of Quality in Services and
    Activities and continuous commitment towards
    Client satisfaction

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Main Objectives
  • To acquire, process, organize and disseminate ST
    information to researchers, scientists,
    industrialists entrepreneurs in the form of
    research papers, patents, abstracts,
    bibliographies, publications, etc.
  • To develop/strengthen the National Science
    Reference Library.
  • To develop inter-library cooperation resource
    sharing.
  • To organize trainings in contemporary techniques
    and methods of information handling.
  • To establish linkages and interact with regional
    and international information agencies/networks.
  • Compilation of information tools such as PSAs,
    Union Catalogue, Directories, Databases etc.
  • Printing Publishing of ST literature and
    provision of Reprographic services.
  • Development of I.T. Support Systems/Services.

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Organizational Structure of PASTIC
CHAIRMAN PSF
CHAIRMAN PSF
Sr. Addl.Dir (FA) FINANCE
DIRECTOR GENERAL
Addl. Dir. (Admn) ADMINISTARTION
QUALITY SYSTEM MANAGEMENT
DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
Chief Editor PUBLICATION
TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION PROMOTION SYSTEM
Sr. Bibliographic Officer BIBLIOGRAPHIC SERVICE
Sr. System Analyst IT. SUPPORT
DOCUMENT SUPPLY SERVICE
Sr. Librarian LIBRARY
REGIONAL SUB-CENTERS
Manager Reprographic Unit REPROGRAPHY
Bib. Officer/ Officer Incharge MUZAFFARABAD
Liaison Officer KARACHI
Chief Liaison Officer LAHORE
SIO/Officer Incharge PESHAWAR
SIO/Officer Incharge QUETTA
SIO/Officer Incharge FAISALABAD
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Facilities
  • Building
  • National Science Reference Library
  • I.T. Support and Management Information System
  • Reprography Unit

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Major activities
  • ST Documents Delivery Service
  • Bibliographic Information Service (Literature
    surveys/off-line on-line database searches)
  • Technological Information Service (TIPS)
  • Patent Information Service
  • Reference and Referral Services
  • Human Resource Development
  • Reprographic Service
  • International Liaison
  • Reference Information Tools/Publications
  • In House Databases

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ST Document Supply Service
  • Copies of research articles/reports conference
    papers, patents and other scientific documents
    published abroad or in the country are provided
    to scientists, researchers and other users at
    subsidized rates
  • Bibliographic Information Service
  • Bibliographies on specific topics are prepared
    and supplied.
  • Literature searches are carried out through
    off-line/on-line electronic databases.
  • Off-line and On-line international bibliographic
    databases are acquired regularly.

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Bibliographic Databases on CD-ROM
  • Medline Premier source for biomedical literature
    including clinical and health care services.
  • POLTOX Global information on all aspects of
    environmental pollution, hazardous materials,
    toxicology and related environmental issues.
  • Life Sciences Interdisciplinary coverage of
    biological sciences for life science
    professionals.
  • PROQUEST Abstracts from world prestigious
    journals of physics and related fields.

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Databases (Cont.)
  • Applied Science and Technology Index Database on
    abstracts of applied science and technology.
  • Socio-file Database on abstracts of social
    planning/ policy and developmental matters.
  • Science Citation Index Reference source of
    articles cited by researchers in their published
    materials.
  • INSPEC Abstracts of scientific and technical
    papers in physics, electrical engineering,
    electronics, communication, control engineering,
    computing and information technology.
  • Derwent Biotechnology Abstracts Abstract on
    tissue culture, stem cells and biomedical etc.

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Technological Information Service
  • Technological information, business information
    and Industrial information is provided through
    this service under TIPS.
  • Patent Information Service
  • This service is provided through document supply
    service.

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Reference and Referral Service
  • Reference and referral service, reader service
    and internet search service is provided through
    National Science Reference Library.
  • Human Resource Development
  • Workshops and trainings are conducted for human
    resource development in different areas such as
    Information Handling Techniques, Library
    Automation, Knowledge Management, ICTs for
    Libraries, Intellectual Property Rights, Science
    in Mass Media, Data Warehousing Data Mining
    etc.

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Reprographic Service
  • Reprography facilities are meant for PASTIC/
    PSF/PMNH publications. This facility is also
    provided to other ST and RD organizations.
  • International Liaison
  • PASTIC interact with regional and international
    information agencies/networks for information
    exchange. PASTIC is focal point of following
    regional/ international information networks
  • UNEP/INFOTERRA
  • WHO/CEHANET
  • SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC)
  • UNDP/TIPS

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Reference Information Tools/ Publications
  • Pakistan Science Abstracts
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Chemical Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Earth Environmental Sciences
  • Biotechnology Biochemistry
  • Information Communication and Engineering
    Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Medical Sciences

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Cont.
  • Union Catalogue
  • Serial holding data of 200 libraries
  • Available on website pastic.gov.pk
  • In print form
  • On CD-ROM
  • Directory of Scientific Periodicals of Pakistan
  • Contains reference information of 300 Pakistani
    Scientific Periodicals.

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In House Databases
  • Serial Holdings Gives information about ST
    periodicals available in main libraries of
    Pakistan.
  • Research Published in Pakistan Bibliographic
    Database of the abstracts of research articles
    published in ST journals of Pakistan.
  • Environmental Health Documents Database Contains
    information about articles, reports and
    conference papers published in Pakistan on
    environmental health.
  • Database on Pakistani Expatriate Scientists
    Cover details of expatriate Pakistani scientists
    and engineers.
  • Database on Libraries in Pakistan (On going)

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Ongoing Development Project
  • Science Awareness through TV Channel
  • Objectives
  • Acquisition, translation and dubbing of ST films
    and documentaries on important aspects of science
    and technology.
  • Production of ST films and documentaries on
    important local ST issues.
  • Interviews and Panel discussion on TV involving
    scientists and eminent scholars for clarification
    of scientific concepts and technological issues.
  • Training of young scientists for awareness of
    science through mass media.

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Information Services In Different Sectors by
other Organizations
  • NARC Agriculture
  • PCSIR Industry
  • PITAC Industry
  • Aga Khan University Medicines
  • NIH Medicines
  • Medical Colleges Libraries Medicines
  • PINSTECH Physical Sciences Engineering
  • PCRWR Water Resources
  • CEWR Water Resources

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PASTIC SUB CENTRES
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Karachi
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Lahore
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Faisalabad
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Peshawar
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Quetta
  • PASTIC Sub Centre, Muzaffarabad

Website pastic.gov.pk

E.mail
director_at_pastic.gov.pk

Tel No.
9201340, 9201341, 9207116
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