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BIOME: Incorporating the OMNI Service

Lisa Gray reports on recent developments with the BIOME hub.

The Hub for Internet Resources in the Health and Life Sciences, as part of the Resource Discovery Network (http://www.rdn.ac.uk/)

Looking for quality Internet resources in the health and life sciences?

BIOME will provide access to quality resources in agriculture, food, forestry, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, nursing, dentistry, biological research, veterinary sciences, the natural world, botany, zoology, and much, much more...

Due to be launched in Spring 2000, BIOME will build on the experiences, skills and content of the established OMNI service, and expand to cover all areas within the health and life sciences. The BIOME hub will consist of five subject gateways, which will be cross-searchable and cross-browsable at the BIOME level, as well as retaining their own individual identities. Each gateway serves a particular community of people.

These five gateways are:

The service will be coordinated by the University of Nottingham, where OMNI is based, and will be a Hub within the Resource Discovery Network (RDN). The service will be consortium based, and OMNI is joined by a range of high profile partners and content providers from the UK health and life science sectors. These are:

These partners will bring invaluable subject-based skills, expertise and profile, and are already participating in the development of BIOME.

Content of the five gateways will be added by specialist staff at the partner institutions who will provide descriptions of Internet resources across all the subject areas covered by BIOME. In addition, a number of paid and volunteer staff will also provide content to the gateways. BIOME will ensure the quality of the resources made available and employ rigorous evaluation criteria and quality control mechanisms across the hub. If you are interested in submitting resources to BIOME or making suggestions for resources to be included please contact the general enquiries email address listed below.

BIOME will offer several different types of services:

  1. Catalogues of Internet resource descriptions that can be searched or browsed individually or across the five subject gateways.
  2. Hosting of databases, collections of data and mirrors of appropriate resources (for example OMNI already hosts the CME database and the DERWEB image description catalogue).
  3. Outreach and training activities to support the use of BIOME and the Resource Discovery Network.

If you have any questions or queries about BIOME, or would be interested in working with us, you can contact us at:

Greenfield Medical Library
Queens Medical Centre

Phone: (+44) 115 9249924 x 42788
Fax: (+44) 115 9709449
General enquiries: webmaster@biome.ac.uk

A discussion list has also been set up at the Mailbase service, for announcements and discussion about BIOME. Please see http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/biome/ for details.

Editor Details

 Lisa Gray
OMNI/BIOME Team Manager
Greenfield Medical Library
Queens Medical Centre

Email: lg@biome.ac.uk
Web site: http://biome.ac.uk