More about CYBAES

What is CYBAES?

CYBAES is the on-line tool with which one can find out how much we already know about Cyprus' geology, seismology, oceanography, hydrology, meteorology etc. It was officially launched in November of 2005 and aspires to be the most detailed repository of citations of all the documents that claim to say something about Cyprus and the earth sciences. Various groups - on the island and abroad - use Cyprus as their natural laboratory while working on various fields of the earth sciences. These groups constitute nuclei of knowledge and their intellectual products (reports, articles, books, etc.) will help to satisfy CYBAES' role as this tool.

How does CYBAES work?

Citations are added to CYBAES in two major ways:

  • By locating citations through commercial bibliographic databases (e.g., Web of Science, Georef, ASFA), published bibliographic surveys, or references in the scientific literature;
  • By submissions from on-line users: visitors can either use on-line submission forms or send bibliographic materials to CYBAES by mail. Additional, incomplete information that may be helpful in locating and cataloguing a project are always invited.

The citations are imported in a bibliographic database, lists are generated for various browsing options, and they are released on-line in an accessible format. For citations not currently listed, visitors can follow the submission guidelines and fill out an on-line form after choosing the appropriate citation type. Additional comments that may be helpful in cataloguing a project are always invited. User-submitted citations are anticipated to be the major source of new items in the future.

Upcoming developments

The most significant upcoming development is the introduction of a search feature, which will greatly facilitate this database's usability. The process for the transformation of the desktop database to an on-line searchable database has begun. It will be made available slowly, by incorporating material from the more recent years (starting from 2006), and going back in time. This development will also allow the expansion of the browsing options of the archive.

Other upcoming additions include:

  • thematic foci and featured projects;
  • author lists, leading authors, their profiles and featured publications;
  • interactive project-oriented maps.

What are the next steps?

  • Collection of documents: the next step in the CYBAES project should be to secure copies of the citations in the archive. Whether on paper or digital, these copies will ensure that the citations can -if needed- generate their true potential, which lies in their data;
  • Digitization of documents: all document copies will be digitized, so that their storage and use are practical and feasible. At present, it is not the intention of CYBAES to make all these documents available on-line, due to complex copyright issues. However, where permission of the publisher is obtained, availability of some of these publications will be considered. Please visit the manuscript links and downloads pages to view already-available reprints.

Why should you care about CYBAES?

  • CYBAES is a testament of the global interest in Cyprus as a natural laboratory for the earth sciences, and can be a convincing argument for more and better research support by local authorities.
  • In providing a concentrated source of earth sciences information on Cyprus, CYBAES can greatly accelerate bibliographic research and the setting of research objectives for investigations conducted on the island;
    • Although the research budget of Cyprus has been increasing steadily over the last five years, it is still small enough to render the prioritization of research objectives imperative to ensure the wise spending of research money. CYBAES can be used by steering committees to direct long-term goals in the earth sciences, if such opportunities arise;
    • CYBAES can both learn from and give back to groups that visit Cyprus during field trips. It can act as a clearing-house of scientific publications and information relating to often-visited sites, and perhaps generate materials to assist in "scientific tourism";
    • CYBAES can highlight successful projects and experienced scientists in Cyprus and abroad and thus facilitate new collaborations with younger scientists and additional investigations;
    • At this time, increased interaction between Cypriots of all communities is a given fact. The scientific community of Cyprus is in an advantageous position because it shares the common language of science and enthusiasm for phenomena and processes not bound by political boundaries. CYBAES can be a medium through which acquaintances can be made, discussions can start, and collaborations can form.

How can you help CYBAES

  • Sign up on our e-mail lists and become a member. Your interest in such an effort will be much appreciated, and will encourage the growth of local support of earth science research;
  • Make organizational and practical suggestions as to how this project could suit your research, educational, and outreach needs better;
  • Submit citations and copies of documents for inclusion in CYBAES (please read the submission guidelines before doing so);
  • Become an editor: help collect citations and organize them thematically. Contact Angelos Hannides (hannides(at)cybaes.org) for more details;
  • Let your colleagues - who have worked or are interested in working on earth science-related issues on Cyprus - know about CYBAES.
  • Sign up on our e-mail lists and become a member. Your interest in such an effort will be much appreciated, and will encourage the growth of local support of earth science research.
  • Make organizational and practical suggestions as to how this project could suit your needs better.
  • Submit citations and copies of documents for inclusion in CYBAES.
  • Become an editor: help collect citations and organize them thematically. Contact Angelos Hannides (hannides(at)cybaes.org) for more details.
  • Let your colleagues - who have worked or are interested in working on earth science-related issues on Cyprus - know about CYBAES.

 

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