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SSSTI definition

The STI system of the Republic of Belarus (SSSTI) is a totality of interacting information bodies ensuring collection, storage, processing and dissemination of scientific-technical information, and it’s one of the important components of the national innovation system.

The scientific-technical information (STI) is information about documents and facts generated during scientific, scientific-technical, innovative and public activities. The STI is presented in print or electronically by scientific-technical literature (books, brochures, periodicals, conference proceedings, etc.), patent and other information on industrial property, standards and other normative-technical information, design-engineering documentary, non-published materials (reports on research and development works, dissertations and deposit manuscripts), documents of obligatory governmental accounting and other official documents.

The national innovative system (NIS) is a system of interconnected institutions for generation, storage and transfer of knowledge, craftsmanship and experience and instruments which determine new technologies.

The goal of the SSSTI is development and meeting information needs of the subjects of the NIS in the STI.

The main functions of the SCST are collection of the STI from its basic sources (generators); processing, storage, dissemination and support of access to information resources in the field of the STI.

The SSSTI unites a number of organizations. Their main tasks are the support of formation and efficient use of state resources of the STI, the integration of them into the world information area and the assistance to the establishment of a market of information products and services.

The main components of the SSSTI are:

  • Organizational structure (including libraries, archives, information centers, etc.);

  • Normative legal and methodic basis;

  • Information resources including documentary funds of documents in the traditional form or electronic form, online services of electronic information delivery, electronic catalogues and full-text databases;

  • Telecommunication networks and means of delivery of information including internet access;

  • Human resources (qualified specialists in the field of information technologies and information workers);

  • Information technologies (data-retrieval systems, program means of information collection, storage, processing, search, provision and protection).

The scope of the SSSTI is regulated by the SCST, which, in accordance with Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated March 15, 2004 No. 282 (amended on December 31, 2019) “On the State Committee on Science and Technologies of the Republic of Belarus”, provides for the development of a system of scientific and technical information. The scope of the SCST regulation includes the activities of government bodies acting as customers of measures for the development of SSSTI in conjunction with the activities of organizations subordinate to them, as well as an assessment of ways and methods of development of the STSTI.

Every year in the field of SSSTI, government bodies and other organizations as performers implement activities in the following areas:

  • research and development of a system of scientific and technical information (R&D), ensuring the creation of automated information systems and resources, the development of telecommunications infrastructure, legal and methodological support of the State Scientific and Technical Institute;

  • maintenance and development of scientific and technical libraries, information centers and funds;

  • preparation and publication of scientific, technical and methodological literature (including periodicals);

  • conducting scientific events (conferences, seminars, symposia, exhibitions, other events);

  • ensuring the functioning of scientific information and computer networks (NICS);

  • propagation of scientific and scientific and technical knowledge.

The structure of the SSSTI includes:

  • government bodies involved in departmental coordination of the development of SSSTI;

  • state and other organizations whose responsibilities include the creation, storage, distribution and processing of STI;

  • library infrastructure;

  • information and telecommunication infrastructure.

Activities in the field of coordination and monitoring the development of SSSTI are carried out in accordance with the Instructions on the procedure for the development, implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of measures to ensure the development of a system of scientific and technical information funded from public funds, approved by order of the State Committee on Science and Technology of May 23, 2018 No. 150.

Additional info

The SSSTI Development in 2012-2018