Thomson Reuters Commemorates Partnership with Moroccan Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
National Launch Event Held at the CNRST in Rabat
Casablanca, Morocco, June 30, 2011 – Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today hosted a welcome event to celebrate its new partnership with Institut Marocain de l’information Scientifique et Technique (IMIST). The event commemorates the start of a three-year partnership that will bring Thomson Reuters Web of KnowledgeSM – an integrated and versatile search and discovery platform – to scientists and researchers at 14 IMIST public institutions.
Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge delivers access to the world’s leading scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, while providing metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.
Keith MacGregor, executive vice president at Thomson Reuters, said: “In years past, Morocco ranked among the top five African nations producing research papers in 11 of 21 fields of study, including clinical medicine, engineering, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Now, with this partnership, Moroccan researchers can continue to expand their collaborations internally and across national borders.”
IMIST, a research institute dedicated to creating a network of science and technology information for the scientific community, holds an investment budget of 150 million dirhams and reports to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST) as operator of research. Through the Web of Knowledge, IMIST will provide Moroccan scientists and decision-makers with quick and efficient access to scientific and technical information.
Professor Said Belcadi, director of the CNRST commented: “We look forward to our partnership with Thomson Reuters and are pleased to offer Morocco’s universities access to the world class research information within Web of Knowledge. The agreement provides us with continuity for the next three years and underlines our commitment to increasing research excellence in Morocco and to playing a greater role in leading research and innovation in a global market.”
The IMIST’s other goals for the research environment include streamlining resources of national scientific and technical information, and contributing to strengthening and upgrading the national economy to better cope with international competition.
IMIST is a key organization within the Moroccan Ministry for Higher Education. It reports to the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) in its capacity as operator of Research. The main objectives are to: enable Moroccan scientists in the world of business and different decision-makers a quick and efficient access to scientific and technical information (STI), promote the development of the national STI and adapt to user needs, support the dynamics of technological innovation in all economic sectors, streamline the means and resources of national STI and contribute to the strengthening and upgrading of the national economy with a view to better cope with international competitiveness.
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