What is CAICYT?

Nowadays it provides consulting services of bibliographical databases. It also analyzes and developes indicators for the diagnosis and capture of decision in science and technology. It is in charge of the Collective Catalogue of Periodic Publications and provides technical assistance, advising and training courses in tools specially orientated to librarians and editors. One of the most relevant functions of the CAICYT is giving support to the edition of scientific magazines, to its diffusion and technological renovation. The fact of editing scientific magazines in Latin America is a way to disclose the investigations results developed in the countries of the region. That is why it takes part in projects as SciELO and LATINDEX.

 

Brief about CAICYT. The CAICYT and its background

 

Ricardo Alberto Gietz[1], first director of the CAICYT, wrote in 1981: "Since its inception in 1958, the CONICET[2] imposed on itself the task of solving the information problems of scientific researchers (…)”. The project “(…) started as the Library and Bibliographic Information Division, that worked until 1962, when it became the Scientific Documentation Center, a specific department of the CONICET.

The CAICYT was created on the basis of the former department, in 1976[3]. Created as a division, it was later turned into a department. Currently, and for the past thirty-four years it has been designated as the Argentine Center of Scientific and Technological Information (CAICYT). It was first located on Rivadavia Avenue, then on Moreno Street[4] and since 1997, on Saavedra Street.

 

The institution and its background has partnered along the 50 years accomplished by the CONICET. In its origins almost on the sesquicentennial and today, in the Bicentennial year, our institution redoubled its enthusiasm in an effort to undertake a journey towards new projects and achievements.

 


 

[1] The Argentine Center of Scientific and Technological / Ricardo Alberto Gietz. - IN: Unesco Journal of Information Science, Library and Archival. --- Paris: UNESCO. --- ISSN 0379-1211. --- Vol 3, No 2 (1981), p.113-117 (Library of CAICYT Ricardo A. Gietz).

[2] Nacional Council of Scientific and Technical Research.

[3] Creation of the Argentine Center of Scientific and Technological Information (CAICYT). - In: Report of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research. --- Buenos Aires: CONICET. --- ISSN 0010-6364. Vol --- June-July, No. 113, (1976), p.30-31 (Library of CAICYT Ricardo A. Gietz.

[4] Center for Scientific Documentation. - In: Report of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research. --- Buenos Aires: CONICET. Vol --- September-November, No 97, (1973), p.55-56.

Notes: It is reported that the Center for Scientific Information has been moved to a new headquarters in Moreno 431/33 and further that the Executive Branch by decree, authorized the director of the Center, Gietz, Ricardo Alberto to participate in the 4th Regional Congress Documentation FID / CLA (Database of CAICYT REMCYT)

 

Review by Ms. María de las Mercedes Couselo.