|Alliances, Partnerships & Consolidations (7)|
|New Release - Journals/Products/Services (5)|
|Scientific Data Management, Indexing & Archiving (3)|
|Results/findings from research reports (2)|
|Grants and other research fundings (1)|
|Awards, Certifications and other Achievements (1)|
|Copyrights/Data integrity (1)|
|Open Access (5)|
|Collaborative content / Web 2.0 / Social Networking (2)|
|Events and conferences (4)|
|New appointments and other Executive movements (2)|
|Alliances, Partnerships & Consolidations|
The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced the acquisition of ChemSpider, a free online service providing a structure centric community for chemists. This acquisition complements RSC's existing leading role in online chemistry, including award-winning semantic mark-up technology and the release of the InChI resolver, recently launched in partnership with ChemSpider.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Amazon to offer select Wiley textbooks for sale through the Kindle DX. The large-screen Kindle DX, the latest addition to the Kindle family, will enable the delivery of textbooks on a wireless electronic reading device.
Storage and management services provider EMC Corporation has announced a partnership with publisher John Wiley & Sons to produce Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing and Protecting Digital Information. Information Storage and Management (ISM) is projected as the definitive reference on the full spectrum of storage technologies, for those who must understand how to efficiently store, manage and protect digital information - from students, to IT professionals in the field, to senior technology decision makers.
The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that academic publisher SAGE has extended its contract with ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central) as its online peer review system. ScholarOne Manuscripts is an innovative, web-based, database-driven peer review and online submission programme for scholarly publishers.
CPM Resource Center (CPMRC), an Elsevier company, and The Shams Group (TSG) have partnered to provide small- and medium-sized hospitals with next-generation nursing and interdisciplinary documentation that integrates with their current health information systems. Through this new partnership with TSG, CPMRC seeks to bring its evidence-based clinical content and interdisciplinary documentation to the hundreds of hospitals that use TSG’s software solutions to better leverage their MEDITECH and other HIT systems.
Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two open-source software platforms for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly material, have announced the launch of the DuraSpace Organization. The new organisation will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mission. DuraSpace will aim to sustain and grow the founding partners' flagship repository platforms - Fedora and DSpace.
LibLime, a US-based provider of open source library software, has announced a partnership with Syndetics Solutions to provide enriched bibliographic content to users of the Koha open-source integrated library system (ILS). Syndetics Solutions is a supplier of descriptive content designed exclusively for library catalogues. Its services enable libraries to link to more than 15 million data elements including cover images and a variety of data element matching on more than 6 million ISBNs and UPCs.
|New Release - Journals/Products/Services|
Market research and data services provider Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed" report to their offering. Written by an international group of addiction science journal editors and their colleagues, the guide tackles such issues as choosing a journal, publishing qualitative research, responding to reviewers reports, becoming a reviewer yourself, and appropriate responses to ethical issues common to addiction science publishing.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) has launched a new genre of research papers at the ongoing 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2009). IJRR data papers will facilitate and encourage the release of high-quality, peer reviewed datasets to the robotics community. In addition, SAGE also launched a revamped multimedia site for the journal.
Energy publisher Hart Energy Publishing has announced the launch of the Developing Unconventional Gas Video Center at www.dug2009.com/shop, where keynote and panel presentations can be purchased and viewed online from Hart's Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) conference held in April in Fort Worth, Texas. Videos from the A&D Workshop: Unconventional Gas that preceded the conference are also available at this website.
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing has released a new resource for corporate sustainability professionals. Sustainability Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability. The database provides full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas integral to sustainability including environmental stewardship; 'Green' issues and initiatives; recycling; renewable energy; resource conservation; sustainable business practices; and waste reduction.
Specialist publishing group Springer Science+Business Media is making the print version of Springer's 150 years of publishing history freely available on the internet. The two-volume work Springer-Verlag: History of a Scientific Publishing House was published in 1992 to mark the publishing company's 150th anniversary. The volumes appeared in print in English and German at the time.
|Scientific Data Management, Indexing & Archiving|
The US' National Science Foundation has announced a $2.18 grant for Dryad, a digital data repository designed to archive data that underlie published findings in evolutionary biology, ecology and related fields. The repository allows scientists to access and build on each other's findings. The grant recipients are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Metadata Research Center (MRC) in the School of Information and Library Science; North Carolina State University's Digital Library Program; Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office at the University of New Mexico; Yale University's TreeBASE database; and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESC), a collaborative effort involving UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke and North Carolina State universities.
GenomeQuest, Inc., a US-based provider of biological sequence search, content and analysis services, has announced the release of a Digital Gene Expression Workflow designed to enable researchers working with next-generation sequencing data. The Digital Gene Expression Workflow is the second such workflow to be delivered by GenomeQuest that allows researchers to analyse hundreds of millions of raw reads and explore the results in their web browser within the GenomeQuest web-application.
The HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership among some of the US's largest academic research libraries, has launched a new digital catalogue search that delivers nearly 3 million full-text records through an Internet browser. The new service provides access to the collections of premier research libraries.
|Results/findings from research reports|
The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy have welcomed the recent publication of the HE in a Web 2.0 World report. The report looks at the projected future trends in the use of technology in higher education. Findings from the report show that students typically spend four hours a day online, a figure that looks set to rise as teenagers make increasing use of Web 2.0 technology in their daily lives.
Not-for-profit organisation eIFL.net, the University of Kansas Libraries, the DRIVER project and Key Perspectives Ltd. are conducting a study as part of a cooperative programme between the organisations. The study aims at creating an inventory of current digital repository activities in developing and transition countries, at both the infrastructure and services level.
|Grants and other research fundings|
Medical journal The Lancet has criticised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for lacking transparency, making too many grants to recipients in rich nations and not focusing its resources on the greatest health needs. The latest edition of the journal has published an analysis of Gates Foundation grants from 1998 to 2007, along with commentary on the findings. The analysis revealed that much of the foundation's research and development grants have been awarded to institutions and universities in high-income nations.
|Awards, Certifications and other Achievements|
Medical news service MedPage Today has announced that it has been named the Best Overall Web Publication by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) in ASHPE's 2009 annual awards competition. MedPage Today provides 24/7 real-time coverage and continuing medical education credit to physicians and other clinicians.
Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has teamed up with the Copyright Clearance Center's (CCC) Rightslink system to automate online ordering of copyright permissions. Rightslink claims to be the most widely used web-based licensing application, supporting more than 11,000 journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as thousands of books online. Users of content published by LWW will now be able to instantly obtain permissions to reuse and distribute copyrighted content.
E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced that it is providing free access to Global Issues in Context and health and medical related e-books from the Gale Virtual Reference Library. With this move, Gale seeks to make reliable, expert information regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flue, readily available. Librarians can install a widget (http://www.gale.cengage.com/flu/) on their homepage, allowing their community to access the information at the library or from any computer with an Internet connection.
Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has announced complimentary online access to all issues of its peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Women's Health, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week (May 10–16, 2009). The offer can be availed of for the entire month of May at www.liebertpub.com/jwh.
Cornell University Library, a US-based academic research library, has announced that it will no longer require its users to seek permission to publish public domain items duplicated from its collections. Instead, users may now use reproductions of public domain works made for them by the library or available via web sites, without seeking any further permission. The immediate impetus for the new policy is Cornell's donation of more than 70,000 digitised public domain books to the Internet Archive.
Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it is providing hospitals and healthcare centers around the world with free 30-day access to the Ovid MEDLINE's database and CABI's Global Health database on the OvidSP platform. The move is projected to help physicians, pediatricians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals combat the current H1N1 flu outbreak that is seriously affecting thousands of people globally.
Molecular Autism, a new journal published by open access publisher BioMed Central, is now accepting submissions. The journal focusses on research that relates causal and risk factors with these conditions, leading to model systems and novel therapeutics. This will include studies of genetics, neuropathology, neuroimaging, biomarkers, and molecular neurobiology.
|Collaborative content / Web 2.0 / Social Networking|
STM publisher Elsevier has issued a public statement over its role in the marketing of the Vioxx anti-arthritis drug. The publisher acknowledged that it had failed to meet its disclosure standards in producing a publication sponsored by US pharmaceutical group Merck. Elsevier produced several issues of a magazine called The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine between 2003 and 2005. The magazine carried articles promoting Merck products Fosamax and Vioxx. The company, however, failed to state that the publication was sponsored by Merck.
The eighth edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are Janet D. Stemwedel (When big pharma pays a publisher to publish a fake journal...); Ben Parr (Is Real-time the Future of the Web?); Stevan Harnad (The Freedom to Publish and the protection of Copyright); and Colin Smith (Open Access and author-publisher relationships: loyalty or apprehension?). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of blogspeak Here.
|Events and conferences|
Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have announced that the 19th biennial SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication will be held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July. Co-sponsored by SPARC and ACRL, the forum will explore 'Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace.'
Key figures in UK education and research recently met at the British Library to explore the tensions and opportunities surrounding the role of copyright law in an increasingly digital knowledge economy. A panel drawn from the fields of publishing, libraries and higher education provided a range of perspectives on how copyright might best support innovation, education and research in the online environment. The event was the latest in a series of discussions and debates facilitated by the British Library to promote a public debate on intellectual property regulation in the digital age.
Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. is participating at the ongoing EURAM 2009 Annual Conference being held at the ACC Arena in Liverpool, UK, May 11-14, 2009. The Annual Conference provides an open, international and multicultural European forum for networking. This year's theme is Renaissance and Renewal in Management Studies.
The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2009 conference will be held from June 9-10, 2009, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Conference attendees will be able to meet the speakers; learn how digital libraries and e-publishers can accelerate scientific discovery; understand how your organisation can benefit from emerging eScience strategies; and network with sponsors and colleagues from government, publishing, information and library communities.
|New appointments and other Executive movements|
Niche information services provider United Business Media Limited, has announced that Nigel Wilson has tendered his resignation as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer. Also, he has stepped down as a member of UBM's Board. The move follows his decision to join Legal and General Group Plc.
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