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Thursday, November 11, 2004

MIDIRS Institutional Access

The MIDIRS service at http://www.midirs.org/ has been provding an excellent information and abstraction service for midwives for years, as an educational charity. It now now contains a database consisting of over 100,000 records of articles, book chapters, reports and other publications relating to maternity, pregnancy, childbirth, postnatalhealth, breastfeeding, and early infant care.

They have just announced a new initiative called MIDIRS Institutional Access ( MIDIRS I A ) which will provide access to the database for Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members via their web site http://
www.rcn.org.uk


While checking for more info on this I inadertantly typed http://www.midirs.org.uk
which is a commercial site with "sponered" links which I believe to be trying to make money out of the good name and quality of service. This highlights to me the importance of anyone creating web resources registering similar domain names to protect their intellectual (and possibly commercial) rights.

I will be interested to see if any action is taken over the commercial site - I've informed MIDIRS in case they were not aware of their "competitor".

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