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US Funding Bodies sign open letter in support of ORCID - 07 Dec 2018

ORCID has announced the launch of an open letter in support of the use of ORCID identifiers (iDs) in the grant application and reporting process.

Nine funding bodies around the world have signed the letter - and are inviting others to join them - to indicate their support for 'the use of ORCID iDs in grant application and/or reporting workflows and to implement ORCID in accordance with best practice guidelines for funders.'

The launch signatories also support the ORBIT (ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency) project, intended to develop and test practical uses of identifiers in funder grant management systems through a Funder Working Group and a series of pathfinder projects. These initiatives, which also involve the adoption and use of other identifiers, including for grants, organisations, and publications, will enable an open infrastructure that supports open research.

In the order in which they appear on the letter, the nine launch signatories are: Klement Tockner, Austrian Science Fund (FWF); Gerhard Moolman, National Research Foundation, South Africa; Bodo Stern, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US; Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust, UK; John-Arne Røttingen, Research Council of Norway; Concepta McManus, CAPES, Brazil; Alexander Thomson, The Royal Society, UK; Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation; and Michael Hill, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

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US SAGE Publishing invests in Thusly to launch TagWorks crowd annotation software into academic research market - 07 Dec 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has made a major seed investment in Thusly Inc., a technology start-up creating research tools for big data analysis of document archives. The investment is the first for SAGE as part of its SAGE Ocean initiative, and will support the launch of Thusly's TagWorks crowd annotation software into the academic research market.

TagWorks enables social science researchers to perform complex content analysis on very large document collections at up to ten times the speed of existing methods. The collaborative tool enables researchers to deeply analyse documents by asking internet-based workers a series of detailed questions to evaluate passages of text. TagWorks is currently being used to identify and report nuanced forms of misinformation in news articles such as 'exaggerated metaphor,' and 'confusion of correlation and causation.'

Thusly Inc. was co-founded by Nick Adams, a sociologist and former research scientist at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and Norman Gilmore, a seasoned software developer with a long term interest in citizen science. The idea for TagWorks was born when Adams's research posed the challenge of closely annotating nearly 10,000 news articles describing events of the Occupy movement.

SAGE Ocean was launched earlier this year to support social scientists working with big data and new technologies. TagWorks joins its growing portfolio of products, which also includes social data science e-learning platform, SAGE Campus.

TagWorks' first customers include the Public Editor project from Goodly Labs, a California-based non-profit evaluating thousands of news articles for social good projects and the History Lab at Columbia University, which is using TagWorks with National Science Foundation support to annotate and curate U.S. State Department cables. TagWorks will also provide ideal human-labeled 'training' data for research projects developing artificial intelligence through supervised machine learning.

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US LSC Communications and Elsevier sign multi-year agreement to provide book fulfillment and distribution services in the US - 07 Dec 2018

LSC Communications has announced a multi-year agreement with Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health.

LSC currently prints a significant share of Elsevier's books and journals and, under the new agreement, will begin providing book fulfillment and distribution services in 2019 for Elsevier's US markets.

Additionally, LSC has acquired Elsevier's Linn, Missouri Fulfillment and Distribution Center. Consequently, all Elsevier employees will be transferred to LSC in 2019. The addition of this facility will further strengthen LSC's ongoing focus on providing a full range of supply chain services for publishers of both printed and electronic books.

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US Learning House releases research brief on Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education - 07 Dec 2018

Learning House, a Wiley brand and an online program manager, has released Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, a research brief summarising AI developments in higher education. The paper explains how universities may use AI at their institution in the future and includes recommendations on how to prepare for potential changes that may transform standard processes.

The brief assesses current, future and in-development opportunities for AI in four areas: student acquisition; learning and instruction; student affairs; and institutional efficiency. Across all four sectors, the authors expect that AI will have a positive influence on higher education by improving outcomes and helping institutions scale quality education for their students.

In addition, the report highlights how AI will affect what students need to learn and any additional certificates or degrees universities should offer to meet this need and suggests necessary policy changes to fully realise those benefits. The brief features four case studies of higher education institutions piloting or implementing AI technology as well as highlighting more than a dozen specific AI-related tools or systems that are either in development, testing or already in use in universities around the globe.

In order for university leaders and administrators to make those decisions, the report encourages institutions to consider: When to implement AI (short- or long-term); In what areas of the institution AI would be most helpful; How to protect students' privacy while using data to help them; and What the university's definition of success is regarding AI implementation.

The report also highlights the important policy guidance and recommendations that are likely to accelerate AI innovation or, if unrealised, stifle its growth and adoption. For example, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) last updated in 2001, predates many common education technologies including smartphones, tablets, wireless data, MOOCs and even online education programs in general. The brief also cites necessary changes to policies on data security and accreditation.

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UK BMJ to publish International Journal of Gynecological Cancer from January 2019 - 07 Dec 2018

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ will start publishing the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer from January 2019.

The journal publishes evidence-based content on the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancerous growths in women and includes peer-reviewed original research, reviews and opinion pieces on topics such as ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and diagnostics.

The journal's main audience is gynecologists and gynecological oncologists, but it is also relevant to surgeons, oncologists and research scientists, and is the official publication of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) and European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO).

New features included in the move to BMJ are lead article podcasts, consensus statements, protocols for prospective clinical trials, and review articles that highlight and summarise the most up-to-date information in women's cancer. In addition, the journal will feature case studies focusing on expert opinions on management of complex clinical scenarios, high-quality educational videos and congress proceedings.

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