By: Imelda Castro-Rivero
VIGAN CITY, Sept 19 (PIA) – A one-stop science and technology information kiosk is now open for students and researchers in Barangay Tamag here.
The Ilocos Sur Science and Technology Center under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has made available thousands of digitized science and technology resources in text, video and audio formats through the Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS).
Ramon Sumabat, ISSTC chief, said STARBOOKS is the new academic resource with key access portals in strategic areas in the country.
He said users could have access to the latest data and information which are included at the DOST SciNet, the Philippine eLibrary project sources, freely-available online resources and subscribed databases.
The STARBOOKS include a standalone information kiosk where information can be accessed even without internet connection; a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world and videos on “Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos” to stimulate every Filipino’s entrepreneurial capacity.
The DOST said information kiosks were put up to create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses.
The kiosks also encourage curious minds to develop new ideas from inventions and innovations and inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.
Maryann Sabelayanes, the center’s focal person, said the kiosk is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5pm.
The DOST said the kiosk could be set up upon request from stakeholders which include local government units, non-government organizations, educational institutions and private corporations.
A kiosk could be set up using a computer, a POD, a space measuring 3m x 4m ( with specifications for physical set up of the Kiosk), mandatory 2-day training and a focal person. More information about STARBOOKS could be obtained from www.dost.gov.ph.#