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Saudi Research Base (Qabas) & Scientific Monitoring Department

 - Saudi Research Base (Qabas)

This is a national electronic database covering all fields of scientific research supported in KSA.

Qabas aims to preserve and document scientific research funded by the research support entities in the Kingdom, in order to regulate and organize research grants, rationalize financial support and obtain indicators of research performance. It will also help support decision making through the creation of databases for research, researchers, experts, supporting entities. This will enhance cooperation and communication in the scientific research community, coordination among research institutes, knowledge of the topics and previous studies that have been discussed, and ensure that material support is not repeated for one topic of research by more than one side. The content of the database is currently funded by KACST, and it contains 5,055 research papers and more than 31,000 registered experts. KACST is seeking to develop an appropriate mechanism for listing all funded research to achieve its objectives.

 - Scientific Monitoring Department

This is one of the new departments of the General Directorate of Information, which aims to collect, analyze, organize, compare information about scientific research activities in the Kingdom, and produce the results in the form of reports and indicators that enable the understanding of scientific research trends in Saudi Arabia.

 - Saudi Automated Terminology Bank

BASM is a four-language automated encyclopedic dictionary that allows researchers and translators to effectively and quickly find Arabic terminology for English, French and German terms. BASM is responsible for creating an inventory of scientific and technical terms that have been Arabized, and entering them into a database according to the standards of documentation used in international institutions and databanks. This is in addition to the inventory of non-Arabized terms which are Arabized according to the standards and conditions of the formal Arabic used by linguistic and scientific assemblies. They are then classified according to their subjects and documented on the bank’s system.

The accomplishments of this year are: the implementation of a review plan for more than 105,000 terms, including deleting and updating, bringing the number to a total of 575,834 terms, covering 225 specific scientific fields, the addition of 2,000 new terms, and the transfer of records to a new database in order to launch the new portal of BASM.

 - Digital Library Department

KACST library provides specialized information services to researchers and scientists. The library arranges books, periodicals and other sources of information. The library manages information in the fields of science and technology, and has a total of 1,192,264 information sources, of which 5,756 were added during 2016. The library uses the MARK 21 global system and includes the following: 33,500 scientific books, 500,000 records, 68,764 scientific journals, 560,000 scientific articles and documents, and 57,000 Arabic books.

 - Reference and Extension Services

KACST library allows researchers to take the advantage of the library reference service and Internet facilities. In the year of the report, 370 book s were borrowed, 300 books were viewed, 260 hours of Internet usage were provided, and 2,100 books were granted as gifts.

-  eBooks & Beneficiaries Organizations

  • 93,882 scientific and technical eBooks have been provided by international publishers. In 2016, 12,575 eBooks were added.
  • There have been numerous beneficiaries of the information services provided by the department. These include: 81 scientific and academic institutions in the Kingdom; and 12 international scientific and research institutes that also received and exchanged knowledge and information. During the year, 4 lectures were held on the uses of information systems offered by KACST.
  • The Technical Support Department supports the information technology infrastructure of the Directorate General of Information. During 2016 it provided the following: 75 requests for technical support to servers, 255 requests for technical support to the Directorate General of Information Administrations, and 73 requests for technical support to outsource companies.

 - Beneficiaries Services Unit

Information Services is considered one of the most important elements in supporting scientific research. Therefore, KACST has worked hard to obtain and make available all the necessary sources such as national and international information services, approved full text scientific documents for researchers, research centers and academia. KACST is providing information services for all researchers as follows:

  • Information Services and Search Requests: during the year of the of 2016, KACST processed a total of 50,503 requests made by researchers and information seekers.
  • Providing scientific and technical documentation: 62,252 scientific and technical documents were supplied directly to the researchers and scientists of the research institutes. The total number of scientific and technical documents that have been utilized was 178,673 in the year of 2016.
  • One Click: KACST provides the One Click service to researchers and information seekers to save them time when trying to find out information. One Click manages the digital sources and information resources system through the comprehensive unified One Click search interface. This was utilized by a total of 4,298 information seekers during 2016.

National Databases

KACST aims to document the intellectual and scientific production, and collect, classify, and process the technical terminologies and store them electronically. KACST also aims to build local databases and to support national scientific research activities, providing these databases with the latest information in order to assist researchers in carrying out their research.

 - Arabic Database:

This department is tasked with accumulating, categorizing, and referencing English scientific and technological documents. It is also responsible for storing these documents and making them accessible for academic researchers. The English Database has so far added 6,816 documents, which brings the total of stored documents to 100,057 covering scientific fields such as physics, engineering, humanities, agriculture and medicine.

 - English Database:

This department is tasked with accumulating, categorizing, and referencing English scientific and technological documents. It is also responsible for storing these documents and making them accessible for academic researchers. The English Database has so far added 6,816 documents, which brings the total of stored documents to 100,057 covering scientific fields such as physics, engineering, humanities, agriculture and medicine.