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CISTI signs Memorandum of Understanding with Library and Archives Canada to ensure business continuity for Csi

Ottawa, May 12, 2006 - The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a facility that will ensure business continuity for CISTI's Canada's scientific infostructure (Csi) in the event of a partial or complete interruption of on-line services.

This collaboration is another major milestone in advancing Csi - a program to build a national information and infrastructure network that will respond to the Canadian research community's need for desktop access to full-text scientific, technical and medical (STM) digital information. This facility is a necessary part of providing a secure technology infrastructure for the Csi program, ensuring reliable access and long-term sustainability.

As part of the MOU, LAC will house Csi's business continuity equipment in its server room in Gatineau, Québec, and CISTI will provide an on-site employee, who will be responsible for CISTI's equipment and telecommunications system, as well as contribute to LAC's server and networking requirements and work with LAC on other projects.

"Along with the obvious economic and administrative efficiencies that come with sharing these facilities, this MOU also marks what we hope will be the beginning of many future collaborative endeavours with LAC," said Bernard Dumouchel, Director General CISTI. "CISTI and LAC are actively looking for other opportunities to work together on information management and access initiatives like the Csi to meet the information needs of Canadians."

"We are very pleased to be able to work with CISTI to improve the availability of scientific and technical information for Canadian researchers," added Peter Bruce, Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology Branch, Library and Archives Canada. "We are committed to ensuring long term access to Canada's digital information resources, and this collaboration is an important step toward improving Canada's digital information infrastructure."

About the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information

As an institute of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) is one of the world's leading sources for information in all areas of science, technology, medicine and engineering. It is also Canada's foremost publisher of scientific journals and books, through the NRC Research Press, its publishing arm. With the ever-growing knowledge-based economy, CISTI is also increasingly considered a key strategic component of Canada's science and technology information infrastructure. Visit CISTI at

About Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution that combines the collections, services and staff expertise of the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada. Its objective is to provide all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to their documentary heritage, in all its forms, as well as acquiring and preserving that heritage. Library and Archives Canada has also assumed a leadership role in addressing the challenges posed by digital information, and is currently developing a Canadian Digital Information Strategy.

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For further information, contact:

Bernard Dumouchel
Director General, CISTI
M-55, 1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0S2
Tel.: 613-993-2341
Fax: 613-952-9112

Lucie Molgat
Director, Canada's scientific infostructure
M-55, 1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0S2
Tel.: 613-991-2462
Fax: 613-952-8246

Library and Archives Canada
Peter Bruce
Director General and Chief Technology Officer
Information Technology Branch
Place de la Cité - Floor 9
550 de la Cité Blvd
Gatineau, Quebec Canada K1A 0N4

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