By Development Communication Section
An online database indexing aquatic science-related news
articles appearing in various Philippine newspapers has been launched for
public access during the 27th Book Launching on 12 July 2018 at SEAFDEC/AQD’s headquarters
in Tigbauan, Iloilo as part of the research center’s 45th
The Aquatic News Index, nicknamed ANI as an allusion to the
Filipino word for harvest, is an initiative of the SEAFDEC/AQD Library to improve
the accessibility of current and historical news articles on aquatic science
and to preserve them in digital form.
“We will try how to save our newspaper before it ends up as
a wrapper for dried fish. We will try to index our newspaper and establish an
online index for ease of retrieval and citation,” said Stephen Alayon, Acting
Head of SEAFDEC/AQD’s Library and Data Banking Services.
The SEAFDEC/AQD Library’ has already started indexing
beginning with their collection of aquaculture and aquatic news clippings which
they have accumulated since 1974.
“Since we respect the copyright, we only have the extract,
not the full text of [the article]. So there is no file associated that they
can download the article. But if the newspaper later on will grant us the
permission to upload, much better,” said Alayon.
Entries will be grouped according to newspaper source and,
to ensure accuracy and consistency of the index entries, subject descriptors
were assigned using the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts thesaurus.
Geographic names on the other hand, were assigned using the Getty Thesaurus of
The aquaculture news index may now be accessed through the