DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 20 May 2011—Embrapa, Brazil's Agricultural Research Corporation, has added more than 470,000 bibliographic records to the OCLC WorldCat database, the world's largest online resource for finding information in libraries.
Embrapa's collection, which focuses on topics such as tropical agriculture, food safety, family agriculture, natural resources, advanced technology and agribusiness, comprises approximately 315,000 titles in Portuguese; 125,000 in English; and 22,000 titles in Spanish. Nearly 18,000 records will link to full-text documents, most of which come from Embrapa's digital repository, the Informática Agropecuária (Ainfo). There are now more than 2 million Portuguese records in WorldCat.
"Because Brazil is a global player on tropical agriculture research, it is very important to share this information with other countries," said Dr. Pedro Arraes, Director-President of Embrapa.
"Embrapa's mission of sharing knowledge is closely aligned with OCLC's mission to further access to the world's information," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "Embrapa's important collections in agricultural information and science will now be shared globally."
"We are honored to have Embrapa's records added to WorldCat," said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. "Scholars and researchers around the world will have increased access to these valuable resources, either through linking to full text or through enhanced resource sharing capabilities."
This is OCLC's first collaboration with Embrapa and comes as part of an ongoing effort to include more resources from Brazil in WorldCat. Prior to initiating this project with Embrapa in 2007, OCLC added more than 34,000 records to WorldCat from IBICT's Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD) Metadata Base. OCLC has also worked in a similar capacity in recent years with Bireme, which added more than 40,000 records from SciELO Brasil, and over 300,000 records from the Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences Database (LILACS).
Founded in 1973, The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation's mission is to provide feasible solutions for the sustainable development of Brazil's agribusiness, by sharing knowledge and generating new technologies. Embrapa is headquartered in Brasilia-DF, Brazil and has 42 Research Centers distributed in different states of Brazil and offices in the U.S., France, The Netherlands, Great Britain, South Korea and Ghana.
Embrapa, through its association with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, has developed and recommended more than 9,000 technologies for Brazilian agriculture that aid in reducing production costs. Embrapa has also assisted Brazil in increasing its food supplies, while conserving natural resources, the environment, and reducing the nation's dependence on foreign technologies, products and materials.
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