Iran Scientific Information Database (Ganj)


January 2009
2nd Version

Known as Iran treasure of scientific and technical information (Ganj in Farsi) is the result of IranDoc initiatives in using IT in science and technology information management. The root of this initiative goes back to four decades ago when the Iran Center for Scientific Documents started the practice of gathering, organizing and dissemination of scientific and technical documents in Iran. Although now a majority of updated data on Ganj belongs to dissertations, theses and research proposals, the scope of its content is quite broad. Ganj includes research projects, governmental reports, and scholarly articles too.

In 1998, for the first time, the data entry was carried out on "main frame" computers using CDS-ISIS. In 2001, Ganj employed Dial-up technology in an Iranian network, named Saba, and made its content remotely available to users. It was then in 1999 that IranDoc benefited from Internet and, hence, Ganj content became available via the Internet.  Since then, with the fast-moving advancements in the world of IT, Ganj gained new capabilities and as time passed by its new versions were used, using the latest technology available. The Ganj database contains over 100,000 research documents. It is considered as Iran largest scientific treasure. It is the reference of many researchers in Iran and across the world. It hosts over 10,000 users who conduct tens of thousands searches per day (i.e. around 10,000 unique IP-based users).

In terms of content, Ganj provides the foundation for IranDoc other information systems such as "similarity-check" and "research literature", as well as some of the research and technology observatory dashboards.

Iran Scientific Information Database