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UK Ziyad Marar, President, SAGE Publishing, to present opening keynote at London Info International 2017 - 14 Nov 2017

London Info International 2017 takes place in just under four weeks. While places are now filling up fast for the LII conference and exhibition but there's still time to book and take part in this global event. There is a wide array of features, events and things to do and the conference will host participants from almost 30 different countries.

Ziyad Marar, President, Global Publishing, SAGE Publishing, will present the opening keynote on December 5th. Ziyad will speak about how the rise of big data and new technology is transforming the very nature of social research, and how we as an industry can respond to this phenomenon, both tactically and strategically. To handle the threats and to respond to the opportunity in this area requires fresh thinking, ranging from organisational culture to the relationships we have as an industry with a whole host of new actors. Ziyad will also walk through some of the innovations and approaches Sage Publishing plans to implement through building, buying, partnering or investing.

The conference will go on to look at 'Valuing truth in the age of fake', 'Birth of the new Infotech', 'Whose research is it anyway?', 'Cyber Security', 'Open Science, Open Futures', 'The new impact', 'Changing user behaviours and new business models', 'New tribes', 'AI and machine learning', 'The University publishing revolution', 'Start-ups challenging the status quo' and 'Publishing to address grand societal challenges'.

London Info International 2017 is more than just another conference; it is an independent platform that enables discussions, engages communities, shares knowledge and drives change with influencers, users and providers of information across all disciplines. LII 2017 is independent and inclusive. It exists to bring together a community of engaged information professionals to improve outcomes in research, education and business.

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Austria Elsevier announces winner of the 2017 Semantic Web Challenge - 14 Nov 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced the winner of the 2017 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). The winner was announced at the International Semantic Web Conference held in Vienna, Austria, in October. The challenge and allocated prize were sponsored by Elsevier.

In 2017, the Semantic Web Challenge - the longest-running and highly prestigious competition in the area - introduced a new format to measure scientific progress in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) over the web. To enhance reproducibility, competing teams were measured against each other. Each team's contribution was also measured against the current state of the art, based on the FAIR benchmarking platform.

This year's challenge focused on knowledge graphs. Both public- and privately-owned. Knowledge graphs are currently among the most prominent implementations of semantic web technologies.

The 2017 challenge was organized by the SWC Chairs: Dan Bennett, Thomson Reuters; Prof. Dr. Axel Ngonga, University of Paderborn; and Prof. Dr. Heiko Paulheim, University of Mannheim. The winner of the 2017 semantic web challenge is IBM Socrates by Michael Glass, Nandanda Mihindukulasooriya, Oktie Hassanzadeh, and Alfio Gliozzo of IBM Research AI.

The 2017 SWC Winning team from IBM received the 'Big Elsevier Check' to the value of one Bitcoin (approximately USD 5500 / EUR 4740). All competing SWC teams will be featured in a special issue of the Journal of Web Semantics.

By now, concepts such as "Big Data Web Analytics" and "Knowledge Graphs" need no further explanation. This year, the SWC adjusted the annual format in order to measure and evaluate targeted and sustainable progress in this field. In 2017, competing teams were asked to perform two important knowledge engineering tasks on the web: fact extraction (knowledge graph population) and fact checking (knowledge graph validation). Teams were free to use any arbitrary web sources as input, and an open set of training data was provided for them to learn from. A closed dataset of facts, unknown to the teams, served as the ground truth to benchmark how well they did.

The evaluation and benchmarking platform for the 2017 SWC is based on the GERBIL framework and powered by the HOBBIT project. Teams were measured on a very clear definition of precision and recall, and their performance on both tasks was tracked on a leader board. All data and systems were shared according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

The SWC organisers also provided a system to serve as baseline representing current progress in this area, so that teams not only competed against each other, but also against the current state of the art.

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German Springer Nature launches new Grand Challenges publishing programme - 14 Nov 2017

Springer Nature has launched its Grand Challenges programme. The programme seeks to generate collaboration on solutions to the world's most pressing problems, by linking the high quality research and independent analysis published by Springer Nature to those policy and business leaders tasked with addressing them.

The programme launches with an initial focus on five grand challenges, all with a clear connection to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: climate change, global health, the food-energy-water nexus, a digitally transformed world, and sustainable cities.

The Springer Nature Grand Challenges programme will connect decision makers with academic expertise via a new portal, grandchallenges.springernature.com, which will feature cutting-edge research from a wide range of science, engineering, social sciences and humanities disciplines, chosen to help practitioners develop innovative and effective policies, initiatives, and technologies to address global issues.

The programme will also feature a series of events that convene academic researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss and advance new solutions.

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UK Emerald journal Advances in Autism now a featured journal on ScienceOpen - 14 Nov 2017

One of Emerald's top journals, Advances in Autism, is now a featured journal on ScienceOpen, along with three other journals integrated into the latter's citation network. The other three journals are: The Journal of Health Organization and Management, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy and International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care.

Advances in Autism is unique in its focus on the health and care aspects and outcomes for people with autism. The content of this journal will be a key tool in building and disseminating evidence to change the way that professionals work with people with autism and to challenge traditional assumptions and ways of working.

This trial partnership with ScienceOpen will help to increase the visibility and impact of Emerald research, by exposing the content within ScienceOpen's citation framework, and opening it up to a range of features on the platform. These include article recommendations, comments, social sharing, post-publication peer review and the addition of non-specialist supplementary content from authors, including author summaries.

All these features are integrated into ScienceOpen's multi-layered search engine in a place where people are going to discover research content. With 20 filters and 6 sort options, this will make precise discovery of content easier for researchers.

This partnership is expected to benefit Emerald with increased readership, citations and content engagement. Additionally, it will also boost authors and give them in-depth insights into the breadth of engagement with their research.

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US Digital publishers find shared purpose at W3C Publishing Summit - 14 Nov 2017

Members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently met for a Publishing Summit, the organisation's first annual meeting since combining forces with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in February. The two-day conference drew more than 200 participants from around the world, a mix of publishing professionals, librarians, developers, executives, and digital creatives working with a now shared sense of purpose.

The W3C has spent more than 20 years creating global standards for the Web and Web-based technologies. IDPF developed the EPUB format to be the 'universal accessible interchange and delivery ecosystem for eBooks and other digital publications,' a goal that aligned with W3C's mission.

The pressing need for a common standard in digital publishing was made clear during a panel discussion about global eBook adoption. In Japan, the majority of eBooks comply with the EPUB3 format, the most flexible and future-facing iteration of the EPUB format.

During a presentation at the summit, Liisa McCloy-Kelley, VP, director eBook product development & innovation at ‎Penguin Random House, and IDPF board member shared a long list of print formats that publishers currently cannot adapt as digital books—mostly due to the technical limitations of eBook formats. These included pop-up books, flap books, touch and feel books, and books with more than 3,000 images.

Accessibility was another major theme at the summit, as speakers argued that single digital book standard would make it much easier for more readers to access content.

Many speakers looked ahead to the future of content, exploring how data analysis, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality will reshape content in the future. O'Reilly Media founder and author Tim O'Reilly summed up these opportunities in his keynote.

The most futuristic example came from Bluefire Productions founder Micah Bowers. The creator of the Bluefire Reader imagined what reading will look like in a future where virtual reality tech is portable and ubiquitous. The company has created a prototype virtual reality environment for reading EPUB books in a soothing simulated environment.

At the end of the conference, Maurice York, an associate librarian overseeing digital preservation at the University of Michigan Library/Publishing, offered some technological context. The librarian read a quote from a 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine describing a 30-ton computer with 19,000 vacuum tubes—an unimaginably huge machine that is now eclipsed by the power of a single smartphone.

York's library has preserved everything from papyrus to rare books to carefully standardized digital books, but the librarian reminded publishers to prepare for a future where technology might remove the need for screens and paper altogether.

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Switzerland ESMO Precision Medicine Glossary published in the Annals of Oncology - 14 Nov 2017

ESMO, the leading professional organisation for medical oncology, has announced the publication of the ESMO Precision Medicine Glossary in the Annals of Oncology. The 43 definitions are set to pave the way for consistent communication on precision medicine between oncologists, reseachers and patients by standardising the language in the field.

ESMO has been a leading authority on shaping the paradigm shift in cancer treatment towards precision medicine, which tailors therapeutic interventions to the individual molecular features of a patient and/or their disease. The field of precision medicine has brought many new concepts and terminologies that are often poorly defined when first introduced, and may subsequently lead to miscommunication.

ESMO is committed to promoting clarity in precision medicine and ensuring that it is accessible to all cancer patients. This novel glossary is an example of ESMO's ongoing dedication to supporting oncologists in a fast-changing professional environment which increasingly demands highly specialised expertise and a grasp of complex concepts in molecular biology, as stated in the ESMO 2020 Vision.

The terms included are those identified in an ESMO member survey, as causing oncologists the most confusion. Each term was defined by a consensus of experts in the field. The definitions are grouped into five main themes: mechanisms of decision; characteristics of molecular alterations; tumour characteristics; clinical trials and statistics; and new research tools.

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US Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers appoints Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou as Editor-in-Chief of The CRISPR Journal - 14 Nov 2017

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the appointment of Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou as Editor-in-Chief of The CRISPR Journal. Launching in early 2018, The CRISPR Journal will be the definitive journal for everything CRISPR and will serve as a central forum dedicated to bringing together the globally diverse CRISPR community.

Dr. Barrangou currently serves as the Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and Associate Professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Born and educated in Paris, France, Dr. Barrangou moved to the United States for his post-graduate work. He is one of the early pioneers of CRISPR, having made major contributions during his years working at DuPont, prior to joining the NCSU faculty in 2013. Dr. Barrangou has published over 80 CRISPR papers since 2005, including the seminal 2007 study with Philippe Horvath and colleagues which presented the first experimental evidence that the bacterial CRISPR-Cas system provides adaptive immunity against viral infection.

Dr. Barrangou is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, and an inventor on over 40 issued and pending patents. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious scientific awards, including the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award, the 2016 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, and the 2017 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in Molecular Biology. Dr. Barrangou also serves as a scientific advisor to several CRISPR-related biotechnology companies including Caribou Biosciences; he is a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics and Locus Biosciences.

The CRISPR Journal will be the voice of the global CRISPR community and seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines, including genetics and genomics, cell biology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, plant biology, ethics, and law. In addition to a broad selection of peer-reviewed research, the journal will feature an array of provocative front matter content including editorials, analyses, and commentary. Dr. Barrangou will guide an established group of luminaries who have thrown their support behind the journal by joining the Editorial Board, including Jennifer Doudna (HHMI/UC Berkeley), Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), George Church (Harvard Medical School), Virginijus Siksnys (Vilnius Institute of Technology), and Eugene Koonin (NCBI).

The CRISPR Journal is actively considering research papers for its inaugural issue, which will be published in early 2018. Potential author inquiries can be sent to editorial@crisprjournal.com.

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