South Korea has taken the first step towards exporting its R&D information portal system to Belarus.
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) announced on May 29 that it concluded an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) on May 28 (local time) to jointly develop science and technology infrastructure, including the establishment of a national technical information service (NTIS).
NTIS is a national R&D information portal service where various information related to national R&D projects promoted by the government authorities and agencies is gathered, worked and provided on a real time basis. It was established by KISTI in 2008. It currently contains 6.8 million information items on national R&D projects and 136 million items of scientific and technological information.
Under the agreement, KISTI will conduct a feasibility study to build an NTIS tailored to the Belarus R&D environment. To this end it will study the Belarusian national R&D information collection and service environment. It also plans to organize seminars on the latest science and technology trends of the two countries and carry out joint research projects.
The full-scale cooperation was started when the Belarus Science Ministry included establishment of an NTIS in the agenda for the Korea-Belarus Joint Science and Technology Committee held in April last year.