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Galvin, Brian (2009) New NDC website. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 31, Autumn 2009, p. 26.

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 The National Documentation Centre on Drug Use (NDC) launched its new website in July. The NDC adapted Eprints, an application used to develop research repositories in universities around the world, to create the new system. It allows the NDC to integrate all its digital collections in one easily searchable database.  

The new site www.drugsandalcohol.ie is a repository of Irish research outputs in alcohol and drugs. Any of the repository’s 1,000 documents or the 7,000 news items, bibliographical records and reports of parliamentary debates can be retrieved using a simple search function  
 
Regularly updated news stories and records of new library acquisitions are available on the home page, and various key resources, including the annual national report on the drug situation in Ireland, fact sheets and the NDC newsletter, are made available with just one click on links on the home page.
 
Visitors can search the entire website using a simple search function on the home page or, for more experienced users, an advanced search can be used for more refined searching. The search result displayed below shows how the repository’s records and full text material are presented after a search.  

One of the key aims of Ireland's National Drugs Strategy 2001–2008 was to make available 'valid, timely and comparable data on the extent and nature of drug misuse in Ireland'. It is important that high-quality research information is made accessible to, and informs the work of, policy-makers, service planners and service providers. The NDC’s new website will help to strengthen its contribution to this process of knowledge transfer during the implementation of the new drugs strategy.

Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Education and training, Policy
Issue Title
Issue 31, Autumn 2009
Date
October 2009
Page Range
p. 26
Publisher
Health Research Board
Volume
Issue 31, Autumn 2009
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Available)

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