|BIOSIS, a not-for-profit organization providing life sciences information
to the global research community, has announced that it will celebrate
its 75th anniversary with a series of commemorative events throughout
the year. Since its publication of the first biological index, Biological
Abstracts (BA), in 1926, BIOSIS has supplied the research community
with a wide selection of comprehensive, accessible life sciences information
"BIOSIS is very proud of the role it has played in advancing science,"
said BIOSIS interim president John Doyle. "And we think that the current
proliferation of research will make the management of information even
more important in the future. BIOSIS will keep striving for new ways to
make more information—and new types of information—readily available to
life sciences researchers."
For this occasion BIOSIS commissioned the National Federation of Abstracting
and Indexing Services (NFAIS) to write a commemorative book titled BIOSIS:
Championing the Cause, The First Seventy-Five Years. Richard
T. Kaser and Victoria Cox Kaser wrote the book, which was released at the
annual NFAIS Conference in February.
Other special 75th anniversary events are planned for industry
conferences throughout the year, and a commemorative gift will be available
through BIOSIS at these events. Additionally, the BIOSIS UK office in York
has plans to celebrate its 20th year as part of the BIOSIS organization.
According to the announcement, BIOSIS got its start at a time when the
growing body of biology research had become difficult to manage. BA
provided a single resource where scientists could be certain to find information
on published journal articles. Since that time, BIOSIS has continued anticipating
changing needs in the research community, developing new products, and
offering data in a number of different formats—Web, CD-ROM, and print.
Source: BIOSIS, Philadelphia, 800/523-4806, 215/587-4800; http://www.biosis.org.