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The ISOC  Community Grants Programme Committee has selected the project 'Establishing a Content Creation Centre in the Fundamental Scientific Library  of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia  for funding.  The National Academy of Sciences with its 30 research institutions is a leading producer of scientific publications in Armenia. The Fundamental Scientific Library (FSL) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is one of the research institutions of NAS and is the main and largest repository of scientific publications in the Republic of Armenia. It is a powerful information and bibliographical services centre for the whole National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Currently 3 Open Access journals – ‘Armenian Journal of Physics’ , ‘Armenian Journal of Mathematics’ , and ‘Proceedings of NAS RA: Mechanics’ are published in NAS, and all 3 journals are hosted on the FSL ‘Open Access’ server. Armenian Government has announced distance learning as a priority direction, and has already established legislative basis for building fast, reliable and secure ICT infrastructure for establishing Virtual Learning Environment. Although in recent years the information environment has been greatly improved in Armenia, there is no indication that ‘e-CONTENT’ with components: ‘online course materials’ and ‘online library of full texts’ is being developed.
The aim of this grant is establishment of the brand new Content Creation Centre in Armenia, to mount that content in the Open Access Domain, and to reopen academic e-content to educators, students and researchers all over the world.