What is it? Well, broadly speaking, it is an online library. For a single annual fee, subscribers to SourceOECD can get unlimited access to all OECD published information on this internet portal, including 26 statistical databases.
Alternatively, subscribers can sign up to access individual periodicals, such as the twice-yearly OECD Economic Outlook and the monthly Main Economic Indicators database. The technology allows subscribers to sign up for everything or combinations of their choosing. The system is hosted by ingenta, a leading online aggregator (http://www.ingenta. com/), where OECD online publications can also be accessed.
The OECD is the first intergovernmental organisation to create such an integrated information portal to include its published periodicals, reports and databases.
SourceOECD has attracted more than 1 200 subscribers in 57 countries from around the world since its launch in January 2001. And new subscribers are even getting together to sign up. A Canadian consortium of eight francophone universities in Quebec has recently subscribed, and a similar venture is under negotiation in Scandinavia. “The take-up rate has exceeded our most optimistic projections,” said Toby Green, the OECD’s head of marketing.
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©OECD Observer No 229, November 2001