Dr Girish Sahni, director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched LOADB — the listing of open access databases, a portal developed by CSIR URDIP showcasing databases in multiple areas of science and technology that are available freely for public use.
The objective is to create a web-enabled, linked, classified and categorised collection of Open Access Databases which can be accessed from a single portal. URDIP is the Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, which provides value-added services to start-ups, research institutes and MCNCs.Dr Sahni was the chief guest in the sixteenth foundation day celebration of CSIR URDIP October 24. In his address, he lauded the work done by CSIR URDIP and emphasised the pivotal role the institution needs to play in aligning with the CSIR mandate of Science for Societal need.
Dr Sahni delivered the foundation day lecture “Innovation, Invention, Discovery, Manufacture and Value Creation”. He said innovation holds meaning only if it ultimately fulfills the purpose of value creation either in terms of economic benefits or betterment of society.