LENUS, the Irish Health Repository, was launched on Friday 27th February 2009 by the HSE. Taking its name from Lenus Mars, the Celtic God of healing and well-being, LENUS is Ireland's most comprehensive online repository of health-related reports, research and official publications making available a wealth of material from former Irish health boards, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and Children and many other organisations active in Irish healthcare.
LENUS is built on BioMed Central's 'Open Repository' system, meaning that the HSE is now able to provide a personalised in-house repository that maximises the distribution of its research and publications. LENUS embraces the 'open access' movement by allowing authors to submit their original research directly to the repository. Librarians are also encouraged to submit electronic documents, including articles, pre-prints, monographs, reports, movies and databases. As the only Irish resource of its kind, LENUS is a vitally important facility for medical professionals, policy-makers, academics, librarians, students and the general public.
Speaking about the new system, Bennery Rickard Regional Librarian from the HSE said " With LENUS, we are able to make the HSE's research freely available to health workers, policy makers and researchers in a clear, easily-searchable format." The HSE is just one of 16 organisations globally that have adopted Open Repository since its inception. Open Repository is built upon the latest version of DSpace, an open-source solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly material.
LENUS is available at: http://www.lenus.ie/