[Access reorganization to the scientifc resources for the Belgian health federal institutions: creation of VDIC and the Vesalius.be portal]

Rev Med Brux. 2008 May-Jun;29(3):192-6.
[Article in French]


For several years, the Belgian federal civil servant has had insufficient access to the documentary resources in the field of the public health. A virtual structure gathering the collections of all of the federal resource centres and organizing the work of their teams was implemented in 2005: the Vesalius Documentation Information Centre (VDIC). A portal providing access to the scientific resources was officially launched in 2006. It offers the civil servant a simple and direct access to more than 2,000 journals in full text, a centralized catalogue of monographies and a selection of relevant databases. The portal had immediately a great success, as it broadly met the needs of its users. The VDIC portal impacts positively on the quality of information exchange and consequently improves the services rendered to the citizen. This portal is also directly intended for him: it provides for example access to the partners' scientific publications or to resources selected for their quality, thereby enabling the citizen to get more involved in his own health.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Belgium
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Documentation
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Resources*
  • Humans
  • Public Health*
  • Publishing / standards