'Cosmos' bags three Australian Bell Magazine Awards - 30 Nov 2005
Cosmos, a new science magazine published by Luna Media Pty Ltd., Australia, has bagged three Bell Magazine Awards - the Editor of the Year, the Cover of the Year and Best Consumer Magazine Launch. The awards were presented at a recent ceremony in Sydney. Cosmos, a monthly, was launched in July 2005.
Wilson da Silva, Editor of Cosmos, collected the Editor of the Year award. Rodney Lochner (Art Director), Frank Lindner (cover photography) and Wilson da Silva (cover concept and cover lines) bagged the Cover of the Year award for the cover of the journal's third issue. Cosmos publisher Kylie Ahern took the Best Consumer Magazine Launch award.
The Bell Magazine Awards are distributed annually by the Australian Business and Specialist Publishers, a magazine industry association.
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FIZ Karlsruhe launches enhanced version of automatic document delivery service - 30 Nov 2005
Information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced the launch of a new version of FIZ AutoDoc, its automatic broker service for document delivery. The latest version contains enhanced features and functions to facilitate the ordering process. Users can order articles of selected publishers electronically through a pay-per-view mode. They can order documents from external and in-house sources.
With the new version, all orders will be listed on a monthly, shared invoice. URL 1.0 is deployed to help users import order and user data and to link to subscribed e-journals. Other enhancements include improvements in interface and user interaction, and new ordering masks for patent documents and other literature. Full-text patent documents can be ordered from anywhere in the world using a special order form. Additional search options, more status messages and an enhanced user management facility with easy cost centre provision and user administration are projected to make the new FIZ AutoDoc a resourceful online library for intranets and portals.
The latest version of FIZ AutoDoc is on display at stand no. 226, Olympia Grand Hall at the ongoing Online Information 2005 event in London. To access FIZ AutoDoc, visit http://autodoc.fiz-karlsruhe.de.
Nerac launches search tool for engineers - 30 Nov 2005
Technology information provider, Nerac Inc., US, has announced the launch of Nerac 180, a new online search tool for engineers. Nerac 180 features an easy-to-use interface, providing access to database content of abstracted references from several engineering publications and conference proceedings. It also offers a distinctive integration of the end-user search technology with combined access to the research proficiency of Nerac analysts.
The Nerac 180 database contains a wide range of engineering content, which includes bioengineering, electrical, aerospace, chemical, nuclear, automotive, fuel and optics sectors. Researchers can choose the 'Ask Nerac' feature when involved in extensive research needing expert collaboration.
Elsevier Engineering Information (Ei) has developed the backend technology for this tool. Engineering Information provides information solutions and tools for the engineering and science communities.
Oxford Journals acquire two Henry Stewart Publications titles - 30 Nov 2005
Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, UK, has acquired two titles from Henry Stewart Publications. The titles Briefings in Bioinformatics and Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics join Oxford's collection of Life Science titles from 2006. The publications that already exist include Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acids Research, and Human Molecular Genetics.
Both these journals publish custom-built reviews every quarter, acting as a global medium for techniques and approaches in Life Science researches and providing practical guidance to working biologists. Both the titles include key areas of contemporary molecular biology which includes bioinformatics, genomics and proteome research.
These briefing titles are due for publication from 2006. Visit www.bib.oxfordjournals.org or www.bfgp.oxfordjournals.org for more information.
ProQuest releases C19 Index to access 19th century publishing output - 30 Nov 2005
ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has announced the publication of C19 The Nineteenth Century Index (C19 Index) to create a bibliographic spine to its digital research collections. C19 Index is part of ProQuest's growing initiative to digitise critical historical works. It allows academic researchers, scholars and students to release publishing output of the 19th century. It also gathers content from seven separate Chadwyck-Healey and ProQuest collections, enabling cross-searching through a single interface.
The C19 Index depends on reputable indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index and Periodicals Index Online to produce an integrated coverage of more than 11 million bibliographic records for books, periodicals, newspapers and government documents published between 1790 and 1919. It is a dynamic resource expected to grow as ProQuest expands its affiliations with the publishing and academic communities.
Earlier this year, ProQuest had announced its digitisation of the 19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. The company has also announced the forthcoming launch of British Periodicals, a digital archive of rare serials from the seventeenth to early twentieth centuries in 2006.
Click here to view index of its first release.
Schwartz's Principles of Surgery on AccessMedicine.com - 30 Nov 2005
Print and digital content provider McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing, US, has announced that Schwartz's Principles of Surgery and Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics 11th Edition will be available online via McGraw-Hill's clinical and educational online service, AccessMedicine.com. The AccessMedicine update will include monthly editorials in addition to content updates focused on the latest research in surgery.
An essential part of AccessMedicine, Schwartz's Surgery Online contains the latest edition of Principles of Surgery with over 1,000 new illustrations related to surgical practice and anatomy. The online edition also includes monthly editorials on current debates, evaluations of ongoing clinical trials and research updates. Around 800 questions and answers from the Schwartz Self-Assessment & Board Review will be added to the collection in 2006 to aid surgeons readying for certification and recertification.
The revised edition of pharmacology resource Goodman & Gilman Online contains updated coverage of all drug disciplines, organ systems and recognised disorders and diseases. The latest information on drug metabolism, pharmacogenetics, membrane transporters and drug response and a new chapter, 'The Science of Drug Therapy', have been included in the latest edition.
German media regulator open to Springer's acquisition of ProSieben - 29 Nov 2005
Germany's media regulator, the Commission on Concentration in the Media (KEK), has stated that it holds an objective view of Axel Springer's proposed acquisition of domestic broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. It had been reported earlier that the KEK was not in favour of the takeover and planned to raise objections. Springer's Bild Zeitung has a daily print run of nearly 4 million copies, making it one of Europe's most widely read newspapers. The German cartel office has pointed out that Springer already holds an 80 percent market share, and raised objections to the ProSieben acquisition plan on grounds of feared hindrances to competition.
The KEK will hear arguments from Springer, ProSieben and regional media supervisory bodies before announcing its verdict. It has been given a deadline of December 13, 2005. If cleared by KEK and the cartel watchdog, the acquisition will create a media group that will directly compete with Bertelsmann.
Springer had announced plans to purchase ProSieben from US media tycoon Haim Saban for cash and stock.
Ovid to announce new technologies and partnerships at London event - 29 Nov 2005
Electronic information provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced its participation in the Online Information conference on November 29-December 1, 2005, in London. The company expects to announce new publishing partnerships, recent e-book developments and cutting edge workflow solutions at the conference.
Company officials will outline Ovid's strategies to widen its content offerings and develop customised services, tools and content targeted at the academic, healthcare and corporate sectors. Topics under discussion will include the company's eResource Management solution, e-book solution Books@Ovid, the effect of user behaviour and online content delivery on information purchasing decisions, and the latest trends in gathering healthcare information.
Apart from this, the company is expected to discuss strategic partnerships with key publishers such as Blackwell Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press and Quosa, Inc. Representatives of sister publishing concern Lippincott Williams & Wilkins will discuss PubFusion, a newly introduced content management and production workflow system for publishers.
Somatic Digital forms Technical Advisory Board - 29 Nov 2005
Publishing technology developer, Somatic Digital, Ohio, provides development tools that enable publishers and content providers generate interactive technology-based publications. The company has recently announced the formation of a Technical Advisory Board (TAB) featuring experts from interrelated disciplines pertaining to education and the human-computer interface (HCI).
The formation of this TAB accentuates the company's thrust to be the leading source of hardware and software tools for publishers, allowing them to create multimedia-based, interactive, and comprehensive products that serve special needs. The TAB will enable the company to offer multi-modal, multi-cultural, technology solutions using which publishers can create products that cater to the needs of their varied reader population.
The TAB will first focus on the company's Touch User Interface (TUI) Technology that enables students to directly connect to the digital content by touching a word or picture on the printed page using their finger, a stylus or a pointer. A support area has been designed to help member publishers interact with the TAB for product enhancement and research-oriented ventures.
Click here for a brief introduction of the TAB members.
Thomas Publishing to take directories entirely online - 29 Nov 2005
Directories publisher Thomas Publishing Co., US, has announced that its 100th industrial print directory, to be launched in February 2006, will be the final, and that henceforth its directories will be published exclusively online. Thomas has been bringing out the directories, which catalogue thousands of manufacturers and distributors, for about a century now.
ThomasNet.com, one of the company's divisions, seeks to serve online industrial buyers in two key ways - providing information in a user friendly manner and helping them learn the cost of the items quickly. It has tied up with Internet search services firm Google, Inc., US, to guide industrial organisations in web-based communications. In line with this, the two conducted a seminar recently in Oak Brook.
Unlike consumer-oriented web sites, industrial sites are usually not very forthcoming about displaying the prices, as they typically use differential pricing plans. The effort, therefore, is to make requesting a quote easy for the online user.
Thomson Scientific and FIZ Karlsruhe launch upgraded version of Derwent World Patents Index - 29 Nov 2005
Thomson Scientific, US, in association with information service provider, FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced the launch of the upgraded version of Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM). This new version can be accessed on STN International (The Scientific & Technical Information Network) from the first quarter of 2006. The enhanced version of the database has been reloaded at FIZ Karlsruhe, STN operator for Europe.
The execution of DWPI on STN is intended to meet the requirements of the IPC Reform (IPC8) which comes into effect from January 1st 2006. This will also provide additional enhancements on patent information search which include new sub-sections on every patent family member. The new sub-sections will contain additional first level data such as new author titles, abstracts and claims and other additional bibliographic data which will provide a complete picture of patenting activity, worldwide. With this, about 750,000 additional documentation abstracts can be accessed in a text-searchable format. Other features include an end to 'stop words' and availability of SLART (Simultaneous Left and Right Truncation) in nearly every text field.
The improved version of DWPI will be presented at the Online Information 2005 at London between November 29th and December 1st at Stand no. 226 and 248 by both FIZ Karlsruhe and Thomson Scientific.
Thomson Scientific launches Web citation index - 29 Nov 2005
Thomson Scientific, US has unveiled the new Web Citation Index, a multidisciplinary reference directory of academic content sourced from institutional and subject-based repositories. The Web Citation Index provides users with a strong citation-based innovative vehicle for preprints, technical reports, thesis, events and other gray literature, thus extending beyond the conventional abilities of existing web search engines.
The Thomson Scientific content editors use rigorous procedures of evaluation and opt only for high quality scholarly content that are authentic, relevant and well formatted.
Web Citation Index is a collaborative effort from Thomson Scientific, NEC Laboratories America (NEC) and seven other key institutions viz. California Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Society, NASA Langley, Cornell University, Australian National University, Monash University and University of Rochester.
The Cited Reference Searching aids better navigation, allowing researchers to browse forward, backward through the content to arrive at relevant research which would have been missed otherwise. It does this by integrating the capabilities of ISI Web of Knowledge with a suite of technologies from NEC.
The ISI Web of Knowledge platform contains a wide range of content for the researchers, which include over 22,000 journals, 12,000 conference proceedings, 5,000 books, 23 million patents, 4,100 Web sites, 2 million chemical structures and the latest scholarly Web content. All these are anchored by Web of Science and can be easily accessed through the cross-content search tool.
'Science' carries report on greenhouse gases study - 28 Nov 2005
US-based journal Science has published a report on how people across the world are significantly impacting the increase of greenhouse gases. Bern University researchers have discovered, as part of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica, that there is a greater amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere presently than at any time in the past.
They have drilled over 3,200 metres into the ice in the Antarctic to examine ice-core samples from about 650,000 years ago in a bid to trace greenhouse gases. Working in partnership with other European researchers, the German scientists have been studying minute air bubbles preserved in the ice for a million years. On analysing the extracted air, they can measure the contents of the atmosphere at various points of time in the past. The present day concentration of carbon dioxide and methane are found to be 27 percent and 140 percent, respectively, greater than at any time in the past. The study proves wrong the theory that the increase in greenhouse gases may be due to a natural, fluctuating cycle. The increase is found to be occurring at too rapid a pace to be deemed part of a natural cycle.
British Library Direct registrations cross 5,000 - 28 Nov 2005
British Library Direct, an online document service launched by the British Library in June 2005, has hit its 5,000th registered user mark. The service, which provides access to millions of research articles in the library's collections, caters to patrons in 138 countries across the world.
According to the feedback received, users have expressed satisfaction with the ease of use, simplicity of sourcing and ordering a document, and the speedy delivery in secure PDF format. More than 50 percent of the users are from outside the UK, with registered customers in every continent and even far away places such as the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
British Library Direct (http://direct.bl.uk) offers pay-per-article access to works from the top 20,000 international research journals in its collection. The subjects range from aeronautics to agriculture, pharmacy and law. Users can find an article, place an order online and pay via credit card. About 20% of the articles can be downloaded instantly.
The British Library, the national library of the UK, is among the world's largest research libraries. Its information services address the academic, business, research and scientific communities. The library's collection, built over a period of 250 years, comprises over 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation. The publications include books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Further information is available at www.bl.uk.
EE Times-China launches three web portals for electronics designers - 28 Nov 2005
B2B media firm Global Sources Ltd. and Electronic Engineering Times-China (EE Times-China) have launched three specialised electronics web sites targeted at Chinese designers of cellular phones, media players and automotive electronics. The sites are at http://cellphone.eetchina.com, http://mediaplayer.eetchina.com and http://autoelectronics.eetchina.com, respectively.
The portals provide news updates, new product reports and technical features in simplified Chinese. They also host forums for the engineers to discuss design issues in their respective fields. The new sites are expected to help Chinese engineers meet the increasing pressure from manufacturers to develop innovative, cost-effective designs in the shortest possible time. They seek to offer a comprehensive source of methodologies and technologies required by the designers. The sites are also expected to help technology firm reach specific design communities in China. Each site offers more than 500 specialised technical reports.
About 30,000 engineers have pre-registered for the three web sites since September 2005.
Technology firm that are sponsoring the sites include Cypress Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, US. The content is sourced daily from EE Times-China and tailored to meet the requirements of the designers. The Electronic Engineering Times network is part of Global Sources' integrated information portfolio that serves the electronics industry from design to export through print magazines, web sites, and conferences and exhibitions. EE Times-China is published by eMedia Asia Ltd., a joint venture between Global Sources and integrated media firm CMP.
Elsevier revamp to see new business units and 30 job cuts - 28 Nov 2005
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, is undertaking a major restructuring exercise, which includes the retrenchment of 30 staffers. As part of the revamp, the company will create five new business units - journal publishing, academic and government, book publishing and sales, users marketing and corporate. It will also take steps to enhance customer relationships.
The company's Science and Technology division will be strategically transformed to cater to changing market requirements. Elsevier has also gone for a technological overhaul. It has implemented a new query management solution, an online contracts directory and feedback mechanisms at the point-of-service in a bid to beef up customer relationships.
A few days after the announcement of 30 job cuts, Reed Elsevier, the parent company, announced that it expected to report a 5 percent growth in revenue this year. The company added that the STM market was particularly witnessing strong demand. The Elsevier business was cited for a good performance in terms of subscription renewals, online revenues and sales of medical books.
European law may hinder Google book digitisation project - 28 Nov 2005
Internet services firm Google, Inc., US, has conceded that it is legally not in a position to digitise copyright-protected books from European libraries, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has stated. According to Sally Morris, ALPSP Chief Executive, Google acknowledged at a meeting in October that it was "absolutely the case that it is not allowed to (digitise copyright-protected books from libraries) in Europe". The meeting was also attended by the Publishers Association, the International Publishers Association and the Association of American University Presses.
Google has been citing the US' "fair use" law to justify its digitising of in-copyright books from libraries in the US for its Google Print project. However, the corresponding European law, "fair dealing", will not cover the project. The company is facing lawsuits in the US from the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers over its scanning initiative. Even if Google wins these lawsuits, it will need to find a legal solution to go ahead with the project with European libraries, it has been observed. An alternative would be the Canadian model wherein, if the copyright owner cannot be located, a licence is obtained to scan the book legally.
IPC book to chronicle electronics manufacturing history - 28 Nov 2005
The Institute for Printed Circuits (IPC), US, has announced plans to publish a book on the history of electronics manufacturing, tracing its growth since the printed wiring board (PWB) was first produced about 50 years back. The book is slated for release in the beginning of 2007, coinciding with IPC's 50th anniversary.
The book will outline the evolution of the electronics manufacturing industry over half a century, from inventors/entrepreneurs working solo to significant technological developments from major companies and trade groupings. The chronicle runs parallel to IPC's own history from 1957, when it was created from the merger of five PWB companies. For long, IPC remained an organisation of PWB (later printed circuit board, or PCB) manufacturers. However, the book will cover the events in all categories of the electronics manufacturing sector, such as components, materials, test and assembly. This is projected to represent the range and scope of the 21st Century electronics manufacturing industry.
Michael L. Martel of MMC, Inc., has been mandated with collating the facts and writing and revising the content. Inputs, such as recollections and opinions on major events and significant developments, are invited.
Library of Congress launches book digitisation project - 28 Nov 2005
The US' Library of Congress has launched an initiative, called the World Digital Library, to digitise significant literary works from all over the world. Once loaded on to the Net, the works will be available to everyone free of charge. The project, which will be funded by public as well as private organisations, will build a locale online, wherein works from different regions the world over will be pooled. As the project's first partner, Internet search services firm Google, Inc., US, has made a $3 million grant. About a half of the collections in the online library are written in non-English languages.
The World Digital Library marks yet another attempt to digitise books in web-based libraries. Other active players in this line include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and the Open Content Alliance, which is working in tandem with major US and European libraries and educational institutions.
The Library of Congress has conducted various large-scale book digitisation projects in the past. For instance, it recently undertook a year-long initiative along with Google, under which 5,000 non-copyright books were digitised. It has been observed that Google's donation would help the company shore up its image against the backdrop of the negative publicity it has received for its own digitisation project. The company can also expect to gain experience in the field, particularly in negotiating with publishers.
Prof. Jason Shogren named co-editor of Elsevier energy journal - 28 Nov 2005
Jason Shogren, a Stroock Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management at the University of Wyoming College of Business, US, has been appointed Co-Editor of Resource and Energy Economics. His Co-Editor at the quarterly journal brought out by STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, is Prof. Sjak Smulders of the Tilburg University, Netherlands.
The international journal, primarily targeted at economists specialising in energy and environment, seeks to examine the utilisation and development of natural resources. The topics covered include analyses of firm and industry behaviour, environmental problems and governmental policies. Questions of optimal production and consumption affecting energy, minerals, land, air and water are also addressed.
Thomson Financial forges agreement with IBS for Russian market - 28 Nov 2005
Information service providers Thomson Financial, US, and Interfax Business Service (IBS), Russia, have announced a partnership, under which IBS will market Thomson's products to corporate customers across Russia. IBS will be Thomson's exclusive agent, providing Russian companies with Thomson's investor relationship information and consulting services. These are projected to help the user-companies obtain information on investor trends in the overseas markets. This, in turn, will assist them in raising funds from foreign investors.
The products covered under the deal include tools to analyse the global investor base, assess a company's image across the international financial arena, examine a firm's shareholder base, arrange institutional investor events and develop customised products to carry out coordinated investor relationship programmes. As capital markets increasingly globalise and Russian firms seek to tap foreign funds, the Thomson agreement is expected to augment IBS' portfolio of services with the latest technology and tailor-made content. It is also projected to enhance the image of Russian enterprises among foreign investors and improve the quality of investor relation services in Russia, which in turn will make the market more appealing to investors.
DTI examines issues in US Army modernisation plan - 25 Nov 2005
The latest issue of Defense Technology International (DTI), a new magazine published by the McGraw-Hill Companies' Aviation Week Group, highlights the growing problems in the US Army's modernisation efforts. The articles carried include a profile of the military's next-generation radio system and an in-depth analysis of why the Army's plans to replace its 40-year-old M-16 assault rifle failed.
The $32 billion programme to deploy secure, next generation software-defined radios, called the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), will be decided upon by the US government by November end. The Defense Department's disappointment over its progress has endangered Boeing's $856 million contract to provide new radios for Army ground and aerial vehicles, according to the magazine. In another article, DTI examines the Army's cancellation of a competition to replace the M-16 assault rifle with an updated, modular range of assault weapons. The plan was cancelled while the Army "reevaluates its priorities for small-caliber weapons, and to incorporate emerging requirements identified during Operation Enduring freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom."
DTI has also carried features on solutions for improvised explosive devices. The journal had obtained an internal Pentagon document, according to which the US Army acquired Chinese-made blinding lasers to send to Iraq to prevent suicide bombers from rushing checkpoints. The issue also features an article on the Israeli navy's coastal patrol strategy after the Gaza disengagement.
DTI is produced bimonthly as a magazine within a magazine. Half of the 38,000 distribution is in the center of Aviation Week & Space Technology, while the other half goes to additional high-level decision makers in land, sea, joint commands and international government.
Elsevier and Science Press open translation centre in China - 25 Nov 2005
STM publishers Elsevier, Netherlands, and Science Press, China, have announced a joint initiative to launch a translation centre in Beijing. The centre is projected to support various publications - including books and journals in print and electronic format - in the Chinese market as well as overseas.
The first project of the joint translation centre will support the release of key book and reference work titles from Elsevier in the Chinese market. It will also work on English language book titles from Science Press scheduled for international launch by January 2006. Various STM journals that are presently brought out by Science Press in print will henceforth be jointly published and distributed in print as well as in electronic format, via Elsevier's ScienceDirect. The alliance is expected to help Chinese researchers widen the reach of their works.
LWW to distribute Amirsys series on anatomical imaging - 25 Nov 2005
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced a strategic agreement with health informatics provider Amirsys, Inc., US. Under the deal, LWW will be the exclusive distributor of Amirsys' upcoming reference textbook series, Diagnostic and Surgical Imaging Anatomy. The series is designed to provide practitioners with an innovative approach to anatomical imaging.
Amirsys has already produced reference series such as PocketRadiologist and Diagnostic Imaging. The new anatomy series, Diagnostic and Surgical Imaging Anatomy, will use Amirsys' trademark graphics along with cutting-edge imaging featuring multi-detector row CT and 3T MRI. Brief summaries of important anatomic topics will accompany the high-resolution imaging anatomy. The first book in the series, slated for release in spring 2006, will focus on the brain, spine and head and neck. The next, on chest, abdomen and pelvis as well as musculoskeletal and soft tissue imaging, will be in print by autumn 2006. Well-known experts in various fields have been roped in to author the content.
The latest arrangement is projected to expand WK Health's print and online radiology product line that already offers products such as the Core Curriculum Series, Computed Body Tomography with MRI Correlation, Textbook of Breast Imaging and Orthopedic Imaging.
Nature Clinical Practice forms two strategic alliances - 25 Nov 2005
Following the recent launch of the Nature Clinical Practice journals, Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced alliances with the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) and online health media firm CIAOmed, US.
Under the first deal, Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism has been adopted as an official publication of the ISE. Everyone who registers for the ISE's congress will receive a subscription of the journal. The ISE will also boost the circulation of the journal among its members.
Under the second deal, Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology will partner with CIAOmed, which has secured an educational grant from Genentech, to provide subscriptions to 3,000 rheumatologists in the US. CIAOmed and Nature Clinical Practice have a common Editor-in-Chief - Dr. Peter Lipsky - and several advisory board members. CIAOmed.org (Contemporary Inflammation, Autoimmunity, Arthritis, Orthopedics and Osteoporosis) offers a range of news and educational programmes, providing scientific updates via interviews, on-location coverage of medical meetings, expert-led panel discussions and live newscasts. CIAOmed and Nature Clinical Practice alliance will seek to keep physicians abreast of the latest developments in their field and translate the research into patient care.
Recently, the European School of Oncology officially endorsed Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, while the International Society of Nephrology adopted Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology as an official publication of the Society.
Newscientist.com editor Carrington bags British Society of Magazine Editor's award - 25 Nov 2005
Damian Carrington, Editor of
Newscientist.com, has bagged the Web Editor of the Year title at the 2005 British Society of Magazine Editors awards. Carrington, who previously worked at BBC News Online, was appreciated for the speed and quality of Newscientist.com, which ranks as one of the most popular science web sites.
Following the launch of the site in 2000, guided by Carrington, the traffic has gone up to over 1.7 million visitors per month. The site is profitable, with revenues coming in from paid subscriptions and advertisements. It also generates subscriptions for the print version of the magazine.
About a quarter of Newscientist.com's readers are UK-based, while a half are US-based. The site is drawing up plans for various new initiatives, such as the introduction of blogs. It recently launched a popular space site as a spin off from the original.
Paul Ryan named Administrator of DTIC - 25 Nov 2005
R. Paul Ryan has been appointed Administrator of the US' Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), which he has served for the past 20 years. Since November 2004, he has been the centre's Acting Administrator and, prior to that, he was its Deputy Administrator, handling the daily operations, budget and personnel.
Ryan is credited with having shifted DTIC from a paper-based workflow to an electronic environment. The DTIC was established as a Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity, aligned with the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, in 2004. Ryan's role in this move has also been noted.
A native of Philadelphia, Ryan holds degrees from Villanova University and Drexel University. He has bagged the Meritorious Civilian Service and the Exceptional Civilian Service Awards in the past. Ryan is a former President and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS). He was also Chair and Deputy Chair of the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research & Development (AGARD) Technical Information Panel. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harford County Public Library System.
DTIC facilitates access to DoD scientific, research and engineering information. Please visit www.dtic.mil for more information about DTIC.
Royal Society cautions against rapid shift to open access - 25 Nov 2005
The UK's Royal Society has expressed concern that the haste with which funding bodies are forcing researchers to publish their papers through the open access (OA) model may have "disastrous" results.
Spelling out its stand on the OA debate through a statement, the Society has welcomed technologies that facilitate the "exchange of knowledge between researchers and with wider society". However, it has urged funders to perform a thorough study of the costs and benefits before directing researchers to publish their works in OA publications, archives and repositories.
Rushing towards a new model may lead to the closure of several refereed journals, points out the Society's statement. About one-third of all journals are published by non-profit organisations and they, along with learned bodies like the Royal Society, use their publishing income to fund academic conferences, public lectures, etc. The statement also notes that the same model cannot be adopted uniformly across all nations and all disciplines of science. If done so, OA would impede, rather than support, the exchange of scientific knowledge. While it may not seem equitable to allow commercial publishers to profit from public-funded research, that alone should not be the criterion to direct the course of exchange of scientific knowledge, says the Society.
You can read the original press release Here
Ulrich products to be integrated into CSA business - 25 Nov 2005
Scientific bibliography and research information provider CSA, US, is set to integrate the products of periodicals directory operator Ulrich, US, into its own business from January 2006. As a source of information on serials, Ulrich's addition is projected to widen CSA's product offerings to academic and research libraries. The product range to be integrated comprises Ulrich's Web, Ulrich's CD, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory and Magazines for Libraries.
Since 2001, Ulrich has been a part of RR Bowker, a sister concern of CSA. Bowker will manage Ulrich's sales, service and support activities until the integration is completed. Post integration, Bowker expects to focus on its book industry information and services business.
Blackwell's Collection Manager to host EBL titles - 24 Nov 2005
Ebook Library (EBL), part of digital books provider Ebooks Corporation Ltd., Australia, has announced the addition of its entire catalogue of e-books to Collection Manager, a service of Blackwell's Book Service, US. The deal enables libraries to order EBL's e-books using Collection Manager's Request, Order, and Export features, or place electronic orders directly to Blackwell's. Publishers represented on the list include Amacom, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, John Wiley, Springer, Taylor and Francis and Jossey-Bass.
The deal is projected to offer libraries various benefits such as title-by-title selection of e-books, multi-user access, flexible pricing and no minimum purchasing requirement. EBL's titles on Collection Manager sport the company's brand icon and format. On browsing print titles on any subject thesaurus, libraries can easily identify which of those titles have e-book editions by the special e-book format icon, (e). Blackwell's has recently added a new feature called 'Selection Lists', which showcase lists of top-selling titles in print and e-book format.
Blackwell's is launching the service with EBL's full title list of over 25,000 e-books, which will be updated every week. Librarians who wish to use the title notification service need to register at http://www.blackwell.com/level2/ListservSignup.asp
EBSCO Information tests web service to harvest usage data - 24 Nov 2005
Library services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, along with members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), has announced the successful demonstration of a web service that will allow simple machine-to-machine transfer of journal-level usage. The pilot is part of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), a project being developed by NISO.
SUSHI is used to harvest the data presented by the Project COUNTER Code of Practice, a standardised form of counting usage data from libraries. Having obtained data via COUNTER, libraries can use SUSHI to collect the reports for analysis. With SUSHI, the library's usage consolidation application (often tied to a library's e-resource management software) will be able to use the web service to automatically retrieve data whenever required. The application has been given a simple design, so that it can cater to content providers as well as application developers. SUSHI will be released by NISO as a Draft Standard for Trial Use early in 2006. This will be followed by a workshop in spring 2006, wherein the initiative will be opened up to a larger audience. ,BR>
NISO, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute, identifies, develops, maintains and publishes technical standards to manage information in a digital environment.
Ed Kubel, Jr. appointed Editor of HTS journal 'Heat Treating Progress' - 24 Nov 2005
The ASM Heat Treating Society (HTS), an affiliate society of ASM International, has announced the appointment of Ed Kubel, Jr. as Editor-in-Chief of its Heat Treating Progress magazine. Kubel, who holds a degree in metallurgical engineering, has 36 years of experience in the heat treatment field, including 18 years as an industry metallurgist and 18 as editor of technical publications.
Prior to this appointment, Kubel was Editor of Industrial Heating magazine. Earlier, he was Editor of ASM International's monthly magazine, Advanced Materials & Processes.
HTS also sponsors the ASM Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition, an event targeted at the North American heat treatment community. For more information, please contact Lana Shapowal, Associate Publisher at 800-336-5152, ext. 5647 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Infomedia India scouting for BPO acquisitions in UK and US - 24 Nov 2005
Infomedia India Ltd., an India-based provider of publishing business process outsourcing (BPO) services, has announced plans to acquire BPO firms in the US and the UK. The acquisitions, estimated to cost up to US$17.8 million, are projected to help the company beef up its position in the $250 million Indian publishing BPO market. According to company estimates, the market is growing 30 percent annually, generating profit margins of 30-40 percent.
The global publishing industry has consolidated to produce giants such as Reed Elsevier, Macmillan and Thomson. It is expected that the conglomerates will outsource both low-end and high-end publishing work to locations such as India, in an effort to gain a competitive edge.
Infomedia, originally part of the Tata Group, was taken over by ICICI Venture Funds Management in 2002 through a US$24.4 million management buyout.
OCLC announces 100,000th e-book on NetLibrary service - 24 Nov 2005
Global library cooperative OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., US, has announced the publication of the 100,000th e-book on its electronic library service, NetLibrary. The e-book, Growth and Empowerment, Making Development Happen, is from MIT Press, one of the 400 publishers who provide content to NetLibrary.
NetLibrary provides electronic content, including e-books and digital versions of audio books, to 13,000 libraries across the globe. The titles can also be located at WorldCat, OCLC's database of library collections.
Toxicological Sciences to publish research on birth defects in fruit fly - 24 Nov 2005
The New Year edition of Toxicological Sciences magazine is to publish a
Queen's University research on fruit flies that is projected to drastically change the way birth defects are studied. The research has identified the genes affected by Methotrexate (MTX), a widely prescribed drug known to cause birth defects.
MTX, a cancer drug that is also prescribed for psoriasis, ectopic pregnancies, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, remains in the body for a long time. It leads to birth defects in children from women who have it in their systems, says the report. Studying MTX's impact on fruit flies, Queen's University researchers have identified the genes on which the drug acts. This, in turn, is expected to help them gain insight into mammalian birth defects. A number of genes that are affected by MTX are involved in key functions, such as cell cycle regulation, signal transduction, transport, defence response and various aspects of metabolism.
The study is co-authored by biologist Dr. Virginia Walker. Though Toxicological Sciences typically does not publish insect studies, it has deviated from the norm for this study because birth defects in fruit flies show a stark resemblance to those in human beings. Scientists expect to use the model to test methods to prevent birth defects, as well. They can study the effect of a drug on the genes of three generations of fruit flies within a month, which trims the study time as well as costs.
World information summit opens in Tunisia - 24 Nov 2005
Over 16,000 delegates from 176 nations met at the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) inaugurated in Tunis last week. The meet examined strategies to make information and communication technologies (ICTs) more accessible and affordable to all.
At his address during the inaugural function, Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as well as the WSIS, called on world leaders to make ICTs an integral part of their strategies for national economic and social development. He also pointed out that making the technologies inaccessible to developing nations would heighten global inequality.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who spoke on Internet governance, also assured that the UN would not try to acquire control over the Net. Swiss President Samuel Schmid emphasised on the need to develop open access to information and make it a central theme of the WSIS meet.
APAPO's publication bags L-Soft award for best e-newsletter - 23 Nov 2005
PracticeUpdate, the e-newsletter of the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO), has bagged L-Soft's Listserv Newsletter Award for 2005. The e-newsletter offers tools and information to help psychologists grow their practice, obtain the latest information, reach out to their community, link with associates and take part in psychology promotion activities.
Launched in January 2004, the APAPO newsletter is e-mailed once in every three weeks to nearly 60,000 certified psychologists and psychology graduate students. The Listserv Newsletter Award is the second to be announced in this year's Listserv Choice Awards competition, which recognises exceptional e-mail list communication across the world. Launched last year to commemorate L-Soft's 10th anniversary, the awards programme for 2005-2006 featured four nomination categories - Discussion, Newsletter, Announcement and Innovation. L-Soft's Listserv is identified as the product that launched the e-mail list management industry in 1986.
Knovel publishing platform for TMS e-Library - 23 Nov 2005
Web-based information service provider Knovel Corporation US, has announced a partnership with The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
(TMS) under which TMS will use Knovel's publishing platform for its recently launched TMS e-Library. The new service will provide all TMS members with online accessibility to full-text editions of three essential reference books. The members can also access 21 additional titles for an annual access fee and utilise Knovel's intuitive research platform to find data quickly, examine it and upload the results.
The three titles in the TMS e-Library will provide information on the materials that are in use currently, offer data and other references for metallurgy practitioners. They will also assist people in identifying the most appropriate material for a given application from a variety of materials and section shapes.
Knovel integrates references from more than 30 publishers into online libraries embedded with analysis software. It is used by over 375 companies, government agencies and universities around the globe.
Microsoft seeks to make Office Open XML an international open standard - 23 Nov 2005
Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, has announced plans to offer Office Open XML (Extensible Markup Language), its document format technology, as an international open standard for the industry and the user community. The British Library, NextPage Inc., Barclays Capital, Intel Corporation, Apple, Statoil ASA, BP, Essilor and Toshiba will co-sponsor Microsoft's submission of the standard to standards organisation Ecma International.
In addition, Microsoft will create tools to transfer old documents to the open standard format. With the availability of the Office format as an open standard, customers can store and manage data for a long period, with a variety of vendors and tools to select from. This is projected to benefit the software environment, as software and services vendors worldwide can easily build solutions that are interoperable across a wide range of technologies.
Industry leaders will work together as part of an open technical committee, which the members of Ecma can join to regulate, and fully document the Open XML formats for Excel, PowerPoint and Word from the subsequent generation of Office technologies, as an Ecma standard. They will also assist in maintaining the development of the formats. The group will request Ecma to submit its partnership results to the International Organization for Standardization for approval.
Microsoft's Office formats are used in large numbers, with thousands of documents produced every minute. Over 300,000 developers have utilised the XML file formats in Office 2003 versions alone. With the new open standard, document contents can be accessed, explored, used, combined and developed in new, pioneering ways.
Private equity firms acquire 'Discover' from Disney Publishing - 23 Nov 2005
Discover Media LLC, US, a company created with funding from private equity firms WallerSutton 2000 and Sandler Capital Management, has announced the acquisition of Discover from Buena Vista Magazines, part of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Bob Guccione, Jr., founder and former publisher of journals Spin and Gear, has been appointed Discover Media's Chief Executive Officer.
Discover, a consumer science magazine founded in 1979, is read by 5.5 million readers every month. It covers topics on new technologies, medical innovations and other scientific areas such as space travel, physics and paleontology.
WallerSutton 2000 is focused on the media and communications industries. Sandler Capital Management is focused on traditional media, telecommunications/data communications and enterprise communications. Discover Media, created for the acquisition of Discover, will also make further media acquisitions.
Thieme adopts ArticleWorks for on-demand delivery of journal articles - 23 Nov 2005
Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced that Thieme Medical Publishers, Germany, has chosen its ArticleWorks content delivery and digital rights management (DRM) solution to facilitate the sale of Thieme's journal articles to non-subscribers. Thieme can now provide individual articles in its 130 medical journals for purchase in electronic format via ArticleWorks. Earlier, its content was accessible only to individual or institutional journal subscribers.
The deal marks Cadmus' first implementation with a major European publisher. It is also for the first time that it will offer multi-language capability to allow clients to order content through an English or German interface.
ArticleWorks features a total e-commerce functionality that allows publishers and other content providers to deliver content-on-demand in print or electronic formats. The DRM protection provided through the solution works with the freely available Adobe Reader and does not entail any downloads or plug-in applications. Other publishers and content providers presently using ArticleWorks include Elsevier, Sage Publications, Infotrieve, the American Society of Investigative Pathology and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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W3C initiative to bring Semantic Web technology to medical industry - 23 Nov 2005
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the launch of a new interest group to link medical industry verticals with Semantic Web professionals in a bid to boost cooperation, R&D and the adoption of innovation in the life sciences and healthcare industries. The Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG), which represents the first such effort by W3C, installs uniform Semantic Web specifications into specific services identified by a user community.
In both life science research communities and healthcare services, restrictions on data sharing have been found to curb innovation and hamper the delivery of efficient care. The embedding of semantics into medical and research information will enable researchers to have better access to the knowledge required to find therapies for diseases, make safer and affordable drugs and allow healthcare providers to offer customised medical management. Semantic Web technologies will help eliminate trial-and-error methods and make it easier to adopt molecular pathway knowledge to take effective decisions in clinical research.
The HCLSIG will take initiatives to demonstrate the value of adopting Semantic Web technology to the user communities. The group will provide a medium for supporting communication, partnership, education and functioning. It will also work in association with other Semantic Web groups to draw suggestions for future enhancement. Apart from this, the group will promote the use of Semantic Web technologies and encourage the development of interoperable, policy-conscious data and databases in these industries.
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'PACE' publishes report on cardiovascular drug to prevent sudden death - 22 Nov 2005
A review of a research published in the journal Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE) shows that cardiovascular drug Carvedilol can help reduce cardiac death in high-risk patients with a history of myocardial infarction or heart failure or both. Apart from this, the drug can also help prevent or reduce the frequency of atrial fibrillation in several cases.
The drug contains electrophysological properties that influence a variety of ionic currents that may result in a major anti-arrhythmic action. At present, the only effectual management of these patients is to implant a device called implantable cardiovertor defibrillator, which has various side effects and is highly expensive. According to the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2005, more than 70 million Americans suffer from one or more types of cardiovascular diseases and above 7 million suffer from myocardial infarction.
PACE is a refereed journal covering the pacing and implantable cardioversion defibrillation field. It publishes more than 50 percent of all English language articles in this area, featuring news, reviews, educational papers and case reports relating to daily practice. These articles also include editorials, book reviews and commentaries on issues pertinent to medical practice, electrophysiology (EP) Rounds, NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society policy reports and information on the quality of the tools used in the practice of the specialty.
'T.H.E. Journal' revamped with new design and targeted K-12 focus - 22 Nov 2005
Media firm 101communications, has announced an overhaul of its education technology publication, T.H.E. Journal, which includes a new layout, expanded content and a targeted focus on K-12. The monthly is aimed at assisting technologists, educators and administrators in the use of technology to enhance teaching and administration.
Starting with the November issue, the journal features a total redesign with a brand new look and slightly bigger page size, which resembles its sister publication, Campus Technology. T.H.E. Journal will continue to feature practitioners solving technology concerns in the classroom. It has also included new columns on an array of technology issues relating to K-12 districts and schools. These include Technology Funding, Tech Support, Networking, Hardware, Mobile Computing/Wireless, Software, Professional Development, eLearning, Policy and Advocacy, Smart Classroom, Security, the Net and Kids on Technology. Coverage on news, products and events will be included every month, along with pages for reader/practitioner opinion.
AAPS and Springer expand partnership to include book publishing - 22 Nov 2005
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and STM publisher Springer, Germany, have expanded their partnership to add a book publishing programme. AAPS has sponsored Springer's journal, Pharmaceutical Research, for the past 20 years. Under the new agreement, starting immediately, the two parties will also work jointly to offer books for pharmaceutical scientists.
With AAPS' members and sister concerns worldwide and Springer marketing to the global library market and individuals outside the association, the extended partnership is projected to widen the target audience for the books.
Founded in 1986, the AAPS is a professional scientific society with over 12,500 members worldwide while Springer is a leading scientific publishing company publishing on behalf of over 300 academic associations and professional societies around the globe. It publishes 1,450 journals and over 5,000 new books every year.
NAPC appoints Kimberly R. Durliat as VP of Finance and Administration - 22 Nov 2005
Books digitisation services provider National Archive Publishing Co. (NAPC), US, has announced the appointment of Kimberly R. Durliat as Vice President of Finance and Administration. A graduate from the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business, Durliat has more than 13 years of experience. Prior to her present appointment, she served as Corporate Controller of Interlink Networks, Inc., US. In her new role, Durliat has been mandated to direct the internal and external activities of the company to enhance its performance and boost its ability to analyse business results.
NAPC was formed earlier this month by a group of ProQuest investors and executives, who acquired three existing business operations from ProQuest Information and Learning and combined them into a new company.
Scope to unveil chemical research application and taxonomy “Chemaze” at Online Information event - 22 Nov 2005
Database and research services provider Scope eKnowledge Center, India, has announced a partnership with Anglo-Swedish technology firm Elucidon. The companies have utilised a fine-tuned version of Elucidon's information analytics technology and Scope's proprietary chemical taxonomy to develop "Chemaze", which will be presented at the Online Information exhibition at Olympia Grand Hall, London, on November 29 - December 1, 2005.
Chemaze is projected to enhance corporate and institutional knowledge repositories. Its key features include classification of chemical compounds based on their chemical structure and systematic names (IUPAC nomenclature), distinct identification of compounds by molecular formula, chemical formula and other unique identifiers, term standardisation and enrichment through thesaurus, lexical and morphological variants of the compound names and combinations of technical and commercial data for each compound.
Scope's techno-commercial taxonomy features a deep granular structure that in combination with Elucidon's information analytics software enables users to locate the most appropriate and precise results. It can be used to discern links between concepts, products, people and events; identify trends in patent/technical documents; track competitor activity; and enhance the planning and decision-making process.
To arrange a meeting with Scope's & Elucidon's senior management team, please contact Hector Bolanos, Scope's Business Development Manager in the UK, on +44 20 8693 9467 or email@example.com. Alternatively , please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting at a suitably convenient time, with Scope's sales representatives in the UK, US or Europe.
US government launches latest version of Science.gov search facility - 22 Nov 2005
The US Office of Science has launched the latest version of Science.gov, an initiative introduced in December 2002 to facilitate free searches of federal science databases. Version 3.0 allows more refined search queries, which is particularly expected to help scientists and information specialists in their searches.
Science.gov 3.0 features 'MetaRank', which deploys a sophisticated method for ranking science queries by using a complex system of metadata elements including information within title, author, date, abstract and/or other keyword identifiers. This technology enhances the relevancy ranking ability of QuickRank, introduced in version 2.0 and still deployed on every search. The latest version also provides improved Boolean searches, advanced field searching, instinctive site navigation and early viewing of results while maintaining the database and site searches in real time. Science.gov provides information sourced from 12 federal science agencies, which together offer 30 databases and 1,800 web sites for searches. Users can search the surface web as well as the deep web, where traditional search engines cannot reach.
The R&D for MetaRank was performed by Deep Web Technologies (DWT), US, partly through an infrastructure grant from the US government. Its efforts were supported by members of the Science.gov Alliance and other organisations such as the NASA and the National Science Foundation. Science.gov is hosted by the US Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information.
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Blackwell to publish AWHONN's peer-reviewed nursing titles - 21 Nov 2005
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has announced a partnership with Blackwell Publishing, US, under which Blackwell will publish AWHONN's refereed journals from January 2006. The titles, the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) and AWHONN Lifelines, are distributed to more than 22,000 healthcare professionals globally. Both are currently published by Sage Publications.
JOGNN has published significant findings on the healthcare needs of women, childbearing families and infants for the past 35 years. Innovative articles on key issues related to evidence-based and medical practice have influenced nursing practice and legislative policy over the years. AWHONN Lifelines has provided content on issues related to women's health, obstetric and infant care and professional nursing during the past decade.
With this partnership, more of the journals' content will be posted online. Opportunities for expanded institutional access and consortia sales will be explored. Editorial content will be improved through a new annual awards programme for the "best of" JOGNN and AWHONN Lifelines, additional pages and the introduction of specialised supplements.
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FierceMarkets launches online magazine on Internet Protocol TV - 21 Nov 2005
Business intelligence e-publisher FierceMarkets, US, has announced the launch of a new weekly publication titled FierceIPTV, the inaugural issue of which is currently available at www.fierceiptv.com. The magazine will cover the latest developments in Internet Protocol television technologies and provide readers with news and expert commentary in a user-friendly format. Subscribers are expected to gain insights into business strategies involving bundled video, voice and data processing services.
Other journals from the FierceMarkets stable include FierceWireless and FierceVoIP. The company also publishes FierceWireless, an e-mail newsletter that reaches 67,000 wireless executives worldwide. FierceMarkets' publications are estimated to reach over 280,000 top-level executives in more than 100 countries.
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Open Text introduces online user community - 21 Nov 2005
Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, has announced the launch of an online customer community wherein Open Text users can find and share information about ECM software and the company's technology. The company unveiled the community, called Open Text Online, at its LiveLinkUp Orlando 2005 user conference in Orlando, Florida.
The community web site http://online.opentext.com allows customers and partners to easily navigate through all Open Text resources. The content includes information on product and training customised for specific users. The site also hosts collaborative tools such as forums and blogs.
Open Text Online is built on the company's solution, Livelink ECM for Communities of Practice. Launched a year ago, the software allows community members to publish news, share documents, contribute blogs, organise meetings online and hold webcasts at a central workspace. The software also traces participant contributions, thereby assisting members to spot experts in the community on specific subjects.
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Oxford University Press launches intellectual property journal - 21 Nov 2005
Oxford University Press, UK, has announced the launch of a new intellectual property (IP) journal titled the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP). The journal will publish peer-reviewed research across a range of IP topics including practice-related matters such as litigation, enforcement, drafting and transactions, and relevant aspects of related subjects such as competition and world trade law. JIPLP is primarily targeted at lawyers and attorneys working in IP law, patenting and trademarks, academics specialising in IP, members of the judiciary, officials in IP registries or regulatory bodies and institutional libraries.
Though the topics will be of global interest, there will be specific focus on Europe. Prof. Jeremy Phillips will serve as Editor, and the editorial board will comprise IP practitioners and academics across Europe, the US and other regions. JIPLP is already available online while the first print issue will be available from the end of November 2005.
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SchemaLogic and WAND partner for enterprise taxonomy solution - 21 Nov 2005
Metadata and taxonomy management software provider SchemaLogic, US, and WAND, Inc., an industry vertical product and service taxonomies provider, have announced a partnership to provide comprehensive taxonomy solutions for enterprises. The partnership offers taxonomic content from WAND combined with taxonomy management software from SchemaLogic, which allows users to view, manage and distribute the taxonomies to their search and content management functions.
Customers can quickly install an 'out-of-the-box' solution that suits their field of operations. The solution helps bring down the time and cost required to deploy a corporate taxonomy. SchemaLogic's software supports the management and use of metadata, taxonomies, terminologies and plans across several systems to enhance the way data is structured, accessed and pooled across large enterprises. This leads to enhancements in search functions, business dexterity, data governance and worker competence. Enterprises can easily peruse their catalogue of metadata and handle metadata lifecycle change through a desktop or Net-based platform.
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VNU and IMS call off $6.8-billion merger following shareholder opposition - 21 Nov 2005
Media firm VNU NV, Netherlands, and medical information services provider IMS Health Inc., US, have called off their proposed $6.8-billion merger, as investors who claim to hold a nearly 50 percent stake in VNU refused to support the deal. They had been opposed to the deal since its announcement in July, calling the acquisition price too high.
According to the terms of the termination agreement, VNU will compensate IMS with US$15 million for its actual costs. Apart from this, it is also obliged to pay IMS an additional US$45 million if VNU is acquired according to any contract entered into in the next one year. IMS has agreed to compensate VNU with US$15 million under similar circumstances. The two companies will continue to work in tandem to build on some of the initiatives they had planned as part of the integration.
The VNU Chairman and CEO, Rob van den Bergh, has announced his resignation following a 25-year stint with the company.
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'Magnetic Resonance Imaging' carries paper on lessening MRI heating risk - 18 Nov 2005
Medical technology developer Biophan Technologies, Inc. has announced the publication of a new scientific paper co-authored by its research staffers, Robert W. Gray and W. Timothy Bibens, and Dr. Frank G. Shellock of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The paper, published in the latest issue of refereed scientific journal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, presents a new, advanced solution to an imperative patient safety issue.
The new scientific findings put forth in the article show that comparatively minor manufacturing design variations made to implanted medical device leads can significantly reduce MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)-induced heating risks. Based on their research, the authors have concluded that minor alterations to a wire form reduce MRI-related heating significantly. The tested option is projected to have major implications for developing patient safety associated to MRI-induced heating of leads in medical implants. Biophan has developed a range of proprietary solutions in line with the authors' findings.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a multidisciplinary journal covering physical, life and clinical science examinations as they relate to the expansion and use of the MRI procedure. The journal covers basic research and medical applications, catering primarily to physicists, biochemists, engineers, physiologists, radiologists, biologists, computer scientists and other professionals with special interests in medical and research developments.
Cadmus Communications short-listed for Red Herring Small Cap 100 - 18 Nov 2005
Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced that it has been selected to the short-list of 200 finalists for the inaugural Red Herring Small Cap 100 award. The editors of Red Herring magazine assessed more than 2,500 technology companies from Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America for the award. The winners will be announced at the Red Herring Fall 2005 event in San Francisco on December 13-15, 2005.
Cadmus offers content management and production services to STM publishers, as well as integrated graphic communications services to commercial publishers, non-profit societies and companies. Its Emerging Solutions suite and software platform are deployed to deliver content to a wider audience.
Small-cap tech firms are typically tech start-ups that have gone public. The Red Herring Small Cap 100 finalists were chosen for their pioneering technology and effective business models.
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Elsevier and VitalSource launch digital nursing textbook collection - 18 Nov 2005
Digital content solutions provider VitalSource Technologies, US, in association with STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has launched 'Evolve Select', a digital textbook compilation for nursing students. Over 20 nursing schools have adopted the product, which contains content from Elsevier nursing textbooks for each school's course.
VitalSource's computer application works in tandem with the traditional textbook and enables students to perform keyword and phrase searches, highlight text electronically and take notes. Evolve Select also offers electronic access to textbook graphics, figure legends and bibliographic data. It allows students to individualise their learning process via colour coding and separate folders to store selected content. An Internet connection is not necessary to access the digital textbook.
Elsevier to launch new journal on diabetes - 18 Nov 2005
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a partnership with Diabetes India (DI), a group of around 400 practicing diabetologists, to launch a new journal, Diabetes Research & Metabolic Syndrome. The journal, slated for launch in June 2006, will cover diabetes and metabolic syndrome, with the focus both on vascular damage reasons and the glucose centred disease approach.
The journal will focus on issues relating to diabetes and metabolic syndrome in Africa, South Asia, China and the Middle East, which are home to 60-70 percent of the world's diabetic population. These regions are also not well represented in existing diabetes journals.
The journal's editorial board will consist of professionals from developed and developing countries. Prof. Philip Home has been named Editor of the new journal, with Prof. Anoop Misra as Co-Editor.
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Free online open content education project launched at global meet - 18 Nov 2005
The Development Gateway Foundation, in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has launched a new web project called 'Open Educational Resources' at the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The project seeks to connect everyone with Internet access to premium open educational materials for free, in a bid to make education available for all, particularly in developing nations.
The portal contains free course materials and other educational content provided by the Chinese Open Resources for Education, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions around the globe. Though the content is mainly structured for educators, students and self-learners in developing countries, it can be accessed by everyone. The portal also facilitates communication among the online providers and users of free web educational resources.
The Hewlett Foundation has also announced a $900,000 grant to support the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) project, an open content repository of educational materials to instruct teachers in basic curriculum areas including science and life, literacy, health skills and arithmetic. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will fund the Open Educational Resources portal and TESSA.
NAPCO journals to go digital with LizardTech and Realview technologies - 18 Nov 2005
Digital content service provider LizardTech, US, has partnered with Realview Technologies to convert NAPCO's 14 print journals into online digital copies using LizardTech's DjVu format and Realview's Online Publishing Solution, from 2006. The digital versions will come with the same design as the print editions, retaining the editorial content, colour images and advertisements. They will also include hyperlinks to other web sites mentioned in the magazine, providing readers with immediate access to the latest news, other advertiser offers and information. NAPCO expects the new technology to further augment its products and services for its 300,000 subscribers and 20,000 advertisers.
LizardTech's technology allows publishers to transform their existing print issues to DjVu format from pre-press PDFs and by scanning previous print issues, which results in considerably small file sizes. Key features of the digital copies include keyword searches, e-mail addresses, hyperlinks and page spills. Also, the distribution of nearly all the digital editions can be calculated as audited circulation, enabling the publication to expand its worldwide reach and boost its advertising revenue.
NAPCO's (North American Publishing Company) journals include BookTech, Printing Impressions and E-Gear. Realview is an Australia-based document and imaging firm.
Swets Information to launch federated search solution - 18 Nov 2005
Subscription services firm Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced the December 2005 launch of SwetsWise Searcher, a federated search solution. The new service, built on US-based Vivisimo, Inc.'s metasearch and clustering technology, will facilitate faster and more efficient federated searching. It will classifying search results into relevant categories for users, which will allow them to quickly locate the pertinent information.
The addition of Vivisimo technology to the SwetsWise suite is projected to present a better service to Swets' 60,000 global customers in the academic, corporate and government markets. Swets has been operating for over 100 years, catering to clients from over 160 nations.
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Yahoo to carry Gawker Media blogs alongside regular news stories - 18 Nov 2005
Internet firm Yahoo!, Inc., US, has signed an agreement to incorporate high-profile blog content from Gawker Media - such as Wonkette, Defamer and Gizmodo - in its own offering of articles from mainstream journalism channels. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The agreement follows Yahoo's October 2005 announcement that it plans to carry blog and online journal content along with traditional news features. Of late, blogs and web journals have assumed media distinction, breaking news on several important events long before their appearance via traditional media channels. Blogs, however, are often condemned for publishing erroneous and biased information. This has led to a debate on whether or not web and blog content can be treated on par with traditional media content, which is vetted by a regular journalistic procedure.
Yahoo's agreement with Gawker is seen to tip the balance in favour of accepting blog content along with mainstream news stories. It has been observed that Gawker blogs adhere to mainstream media standards in terms of language, images and subjects covered. Yahoo is yet to confirm whether it will sift content from Gawker and other web journals, or provide users with tools for the same.
'BioTech World' to feature content from Reed publications - 17 Nov 2005
B2B publisher Reed Business has announced an agreement with technology media firm International Data Group, US, under which IDG will license content from Reed Business Information's Science Group for IDG journal BioTech World. The magazine, which covers the latest technology and applications, is targeted at biotechnology and life science researchers in China.
The agreement will allow BioTech World to feature content from BioScience Technology, Drug Discovery & Development, Genomics & Proteomics (G&P), Research & Development (R&D), Laboratory Equipment, Scientific Computing and Pharmaceutical Processing. These journals are focused on the latest developments in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic sectors.
BioTech World is a bi-monthly covering the latest developments in biotechnology across many industries including medicine, food processing, drug and vaccine discovery and development, agriculture and genomics. It also examines issues that influence the biotechnology industry, including capital investment trends, market research, finance and government and environmental policy. The journal is delivered to 20,000 subscribers in China.
'Geochemical Transactions' shifts to open access via BioMed Central - 17 Nov 2005
Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that it will publish Geochemical Transactions, the online periodical of the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, from January 1, 2006. Among geochemistry journals, Geochemical Transactions is ranked third in impact factor and will be the first OA journal in that area. It joins a list of over 140 OA journals presently published by BioMed Central, including over 70 titles run by separate editorial groups. Following the switchover, all articles published in Geochemical Transactions can be accessed online for free, immediately and permanently. Back issues will also move to open access.
Scott Wood will continue to serve as Editor¬-in-Chief along with Martin Schoonen and Kenneth Anderson. BioMed Central will construct and host the journal's web site and provide online text submission and article-creation systems plus other editorial tools, technical assistance, marketing and customer support.
Geochemical Transactions covers organic and inorganic geochemistry including marine and aquatic chemistry, chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, and geomicrobiology. It brings out articles, communications and technical opinion on published studies. Brief reviews of specific geochemical research areas or perceptions on the latest trends in geochemical research are also published.
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Six UC Berkeley professors elected as AAAS fellows - 17 Nov 2005
Six faculty members of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They will be formally inducted at the association's annual meeting in February 2006 in St. Louis, where 376 other elected fellows will also be present.
The newly elected UC Berkeley fellows are Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, N. Louise Glass, Professor of Chemistry, David E. Wemmer, Professor Emeritus of Earth and Planetary Science, late Bruce A. Bolt, Director of Bioinformatics for the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, Suzannah E. Lewis, Professor and former Chair of the Physics Department, Roger W. Falcone, and Professor of Physics and of Materials Science and Engineering, Ramamoorthy Ramesh.
In addition, two faculty members of the UC Berkeley, Prof. Inez Fung, Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center; and Michael Eisen, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, are among the 50 technological leaders chosen for their scientific achievements and profiled in the Scientific American magazine's December 2005 issue. Both Fung and Eisen are active scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Ten publishers sue college-area copy shops for copyright infringement - 17 Nov 2005
Ten major publishers have filed copyright violation suits in two separate actions against copy shops serving educational institutions in western Massachusetts and Boston. The two businesses retail coursepacks that typically include journal articles, book extracts and other materials chosen by course lecturers as study material for their classes.
Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Princeton University Press, Harvard Business School Publishing, the American Psychological Association and SAGE Publications have sued Shafiis' Inc., which operates the Copycat Print Shop in Northampton in western Massachusetts. The publishers claim that the company had obtained only partial authorisation to develop course materials used at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
In Boston, Julesan, Inc., which operates Gnomon Copy, is facing a lawsuit from Thomson Learning, John Wiley & Sons, Princeton University Press, the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, SAGE Publications, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson Education and the University of Chicago Press. Gnomon has been charged with unauthorised and repeated duplication and distribution of copyrighted materials in the form of print course materials for use at Northeastern University.
Univadis.md launches news service for UAE physicians - 17 Nov 2005
Online medical library and research engine Univadis.md, UAE, in association with STM publisher Elsevier Science, has announced the launch of 'First View', a new service to provide UAE-based physicians with reports on the latest advances in treatment practices. The service will offer access to reviews and abstracts from specialists across Europe on key medical journal articles in their respective fields.
Covering 24 therapeutic areas, First View will offer physicians a regular and continuous clinical review of top medical journals. With over 20 articles per month, the service will help physicians quickly understand the import of the latest developments in their domain. They will receive weekly e-mail alerts and can also communicate with each other through online discussion forums.
The editorial board at First View will select relevant articles from over 100 journals, while a review team will summarise the article and add commentary. Fully annotated graphs and illustrations are also appended. The content is then posted on the univadis web site.
World Aviation Directory & Aerospace Database renamed 'World Aerospace Database' - 17 Nov 2005
The Aviation Week Group, part of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the renaming of its World Aviation Directory & Aerospace Database as World Aerospace Database (WAD) for both its online and print editions. The database features over 19,000 companies and businesses, almost 60,000 people and 150,000 product and service listings divided into 5,000 categories, all in a single platform.
WAD recently introduced a Program Tracker of 50 major airframe and engine programmes globally, a low-cost carrier section, and extended engine and fleet information. It lists suppliers to 50 main US, European and Asia/Pacific engine, commercial and military and airframe programmes. The new low-cost carrier section includes complete listings of over 50 US and international low-cost carriers.
The improved fleet and engine information, sourced from Aviation Week Group, Forecast International and Airclaims, covers over 31,000 fixed-wing turboprops and jet aircraft in commission, stored and on order, as well as engines for about 2,000 operators. WAD can be accessed in print and online through http://www.AviationNow.com/wad and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).
'Science' launches career portal and revamps group sites design - 16 Nov 2005
The journal Science has announced the launch of a new web site based on the merger of ScienceCareers.org and Science's Next Wave. The new site is projected as a comprehensive and freely accessible source to offer online support for science careers for scientists, career counselors, students, teachers and the public. The launch corresponds with an extensive revamp of the Science family of web sites (www.sciencemag.org) and the journal's plan to allow free access to newly published content on its ScienceNOWdaily new site.
The newly designed ScienceCareers.org features a grants directory, job listings, career advice, events and meeting schedules, a CV database, suggestions on cover letters and interviews, and information on funding opportunities. Special topic portals include the Minority Scientists Network and the Postdoc Network.
The redesign of the Science group of sites follows a string of surveys, focus groups and user testing. It was discovered that users were looking for ease in locating content on these sites and that they generally were overwhelmed by the volume of scientific information available today. The sites include the online edition of Science, ScienceNOW, Science's knowledge environments on signal transduction ("STKE") and ageing ("SAGE KE") and the new career site.
Post revamp, ScienceNOW's editors expect the site to draw teachers, students, policymakers and other members of the public, apart from the regular readership of working scientists, since no subscription is required. The Science web sites are published by AAAS, a US-based nonprofit science society.
AW&ST's Craig Covault bags award - 16 Nov 2005
Craig Covault, Senior Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST), has bagged the 2005 Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications lifetime achievement award from the National Space Club Florida Committee. The award honours journalists and public relations professionals for their skills in "communicating the space story" to the world.
Covault started his career in 1969, covering the Apollo moon-landing project for Reader's Digest. He has served as the Senior Space Technology Editor of AW&ST and the publication's Bureau Chief in Paris prior to assuming his current position in 1996. He has written over 2,500 major stories in his 35-year tenure at AW&ST. The magazine is from Aviation Week Group, a division of McGraw-Hill Companies.
The NASA space shuttle return-to-flight Kennedy news centre team was honoured with the Public Affairs Award.
Microsoft and Open Text announce global ECM partnership - 16 Nov 2005
Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Open Text Corporation have announced a new strategic global partnership to optimise the latter's complete Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for the Microsoft platform. The initiative will leverage the global scale and corresponding products of both the companies to support ECM solutions in huge, complicated customer environments. It is expected that Microsoft's platform and Open Text's ECM expertise will allow user-companies to better manage an ever-rising degree of online information, which is considered the main source of productivity loss and compliance risks.
Open Text is also introducing two new solutions that use its Livelink ECM suite and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 at its ongoing LiveLinkUp Orlando 2005 user conference in Orlando. The new solutions include an Open Text records management solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, which allows clients to expand compliance-focused records management maintenance and disposition policies to content retained in SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Open Text is also introducing Web Parts that expose Livelink ECM content and functionality in SharePoint Portal Server 2003.
The upcoming editions of Open Text solutions will be built on Microsoft Office 12, the next major release of the company's Office products. Livelink ECM will connect directly with Microsoft's ECM capabilities and expand the content produced in Office 12 into key business developments.
ProQuest to host database of New Zealand university - 16 Nov 2005
Electronic database operator ProQuest, UK, has announced an agreement with the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, to host the latter's institutional repository. The deal will signify the first installation of Digital Commons - a new digital institutional repository service from ProQuest - in New Zealand.
Digital Commons, which is supported by the Bepress platform, enables libraries to offer key services such as usage statistics at the paper and site level, personalised e-mail notification for newly posted content, peer-review journal capability, conversion to XML and OAI compliance. Victoria University will obtain direct access to its own institutional repository as part of a feasibility study to examine the workflows and policy requirements for running a successful open access repository, and academics' response to such a facility. The university opted for Digital Commons based on feedback from existing customers. The ProQuest system complements the university's existing systems and procedures.
Digital Commons' current customers include the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Surrey, Boston College and Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations. It is also used by California Digital Library, Florida State and New England Law Library Repository.
Vasont Systems to launch latest version of content management system - 16 Nov 2005
Content management service provider Vasont Systems, US, has announced the launch of Vasont 10, the latest edition of its single-source content management system. Vasont allows enterprises to store their multilingual content once for maximum reuse and distribution via multiple channels. The latest edition will be released at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management in Boston on November 29 - December 1, 2005.
Vasont 10 has the capacity to process faster and store graphical elements and documents in the same repository, which allows users to augment productivity, cost-savings and time-to-market.
Features of the latest version include efficient enterprise network processing for organisations that process large amounts of content; use of Oracle 10g to allow users to benefit from its latest technology and features; and digital asset management for multimedia content and document management to capture, arrange and search all information at once by allowing users to store unstructured documents and structured component-level content jointly in one database.
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Weill Cornell Medical College to develop NIH Neuroscience Information Framework - 16 Nov 2005
The US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that its new Neuroscience Information Framework will be designed by an association to be led by Weill Medical College of Cornell University, whose Dr. Daniel bagged the competitive agreement. The Framework will combine several neuroscience databases to offer neuroscience-related findings and search facilities for brain-related information.
The project is the first major initiative of NIH's Neuroscience Blueprint, a framework to increase supportive activities among 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that seek to boost nervous system research. As a repository of databases, the Neuroscience Information Framework will use novel search technologies to provide users with quick, informative and clear answers as to where dissimilar data exists, and how it can be assimilated. The present prototype, designed by the consortium members, is the Society for Neuroscience's Neurodatabase Gateway, which sources data from over 100 databases, tool repositories and other web sites. The technology required to access the Framework will be non-proprietary and free of cost. It will also support addition of any functionality and data to be included in the future.
The consortium also includes neuroinformatics groups at the University of California at San Diego, George Mason University, Yale University School of Medicine and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The 15-month $550,000 first phase of the project will be followed by a $1.1 million second phase, during which the Framework will be constructed. On completion, it will be maintained by the NIH.
Cadmus shifts Content Services Operation to Columbia - 15 Nov 2005
Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced the shifting of its Linthicum (Maryland)-based Content Services Operation to a new facility in Columbia (Maryland). The new 65,000 sq. ft. facility in Columbia offers enhanced meeting amenities for customers, a well-designed work floor and sufficient space to accommodate future expansion. The Content Services Operation division offers editorial services, content management and composition services to scholarly publishers across the world.
Cadmus also offers Content Services from Ephrata (Virginia), Richmond (Pennsylvania) and Chennai and Mumbai (India). These networked facilities process more than one million pages of journal and book content every year.
Cogito launches commercial graph database solution - 15 Nov 2005
Enterprise software vendor Cogito, Inc., US, has announced the availability of its graph database and data analysis solution, the Cogito Knowledge Center, which facilitates organisations to quickly query and view vast amounts of data, thereby improving data analysis, situation intelligence and process understanding.
The Cogito Knowledge Center works around a core graph database that stores information as graphical nodes and their respective relationships as arcs. This helps organisations address the recursive queries, long wait times and complicated SQL programming required to analyse data with more traditional database technology. By seamlessly integrating with Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and MySQL, the Cogito product works in tandem with existing data management systems to provide the ability to quickly see patterns in structured and unstructured data and make better decisions regarding the achievement of strategic direction and objectives. The product caters primarily to intelligence and security organisations, life sciences companies and manufacturing plants.
The Cogito Knowledge Center is made up of three key components -- the Data Integration Broker, the Cogito Knowledge Center Workbench and the Cogito Graph Engine. These modules are combined together in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and support both JAVA and .NET architectures.
Dialog introduces 'Choice' pricing plan for academic institutions - 15 Nov 2005
Content aggregator Dialog, part of Thomson Corporation, has introduced the Dialog Choice pricing plan, which provides scholastic institutions across the globe with infinite access to key research databases at fixed yearly rates.
Dialog allows universities, graduate schools and other academic institutions to provide their researchers, faculty and students with desktop access to vital databases of scientific, technical and medical findings. It also sources news, business intelligence and other updated current awareness content from various information publishers. With the new scheme, academic information managers can learn in advance the annual cost of providing the necessary information resources to patrons. They can provide unlimited access either to the whole institution or to specific users in certain departments.
The annual subscription plan currently offers 92 databases of research, news content and business intelligence, ranging from abstracts of academic research from numerous refereed journals to intellectual property research. More databases are likely to be added in the future.
Inspec Archive database available via EBSCOhost - 15 Nov 2005
EBSCO Publishing has announced the availability of the new database, Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968, via its EBSCOhost platform. Inspec is considered a key addition to the company's existing database, as it caters to all institutions that perform research in the fields of computer science, engineering, physics and other sciences.
Created by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Inspec Archive allows access to the digitised version of the complete compilation of Science Abstracts Journals, which was the precedent of the existing Inspec database. With coverage spanning 1898 to 1968, the database comprises more than 870,000 records with original classifications. Inspec Archive indexing supports the present Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes. The supplementary indexing provides both Inspec and Inspec Archive users with a seamless search facility.
The new database offers lengthier abstracts inclusive of figures, graphs and tables from the original document. It also features books, conference proceedings, reports and theses. Institutions can access Inspec and Inspec Archive simultaneously through EBSCOhost.
WoodWing Software partners with The Publishing Practice - 15 Nov 2005
WoodWing Software, a Netherlands-based editorial plug-in solutions provider for Adobe InDesign and InCopy, has announced its partnership with The Publishing Practice Ltd. (TPP), a UK-based systems integration company engaged in enterprise publishing solutions for the publishing industry. Under the deal, TPP will serve as the authorised value-added reseller and system integrator for WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise (SCE) product in the UK, offering services ranging from training and implementation to application support.
According to TPP officials, SCE allows publishers to deliver robust, technically sound, user-friendly and scaleable workflow management. TPP delivers services to several publishers. Its alliance with Satyam Computer Systems Ltd., India, enables the company to provide large-scale integration solutions to link content technologies and other business systems and offer backend support and tailor-made solutions to customers.
Yahoo set to introduce easy-to-use podcast publishing tool - 15 Nov 2005
Internet services firm Yahoo! Inc., US, is processing a developmental tool to make podcast publishing easier and simpler. Announcing this at the first Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference 2005 in Ontario, Yahoo officials observed that podcast publishers faced the challenge of not identifying with the technology behind the publishing tools. Another challenge was in handling the RSS feed and publishing and hosting the podcast. Details of the project, however, were not given. There are unconfirmed reports that competitors like Google may also launch similar initiatives.
Yahoo is also considering ways for podcasters to produce video content more easily.
The format to create the podcast is different from audio. It requires a separate 'content capture method', which Yahoo has not focused on in its subscription media services till now.
The company introduced its podcast search engine 'Yahoo Podcasts' at podcasts.yahoo.com almost a month ago. The beta test site allows users to locate and download podcasts from the Net, based on a keyword search.
BUiD initiates research into learning difficulties - 14 Nov 2005
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has announced that experts at its Institutes of Education and Informatics are pooling their wide-ranging experience and knowledge to analyse the language development of adults and children with Down's Syndrome in Arabic-speaking regions.
Under the programme, speech appraisals are digitally recorded with a special software before examination.
Early results reveal similar trends in both Arabic-speaking and Western countries. However, the use of speech therapy in the West is highly developed. The research allows lecturers to study wave and sounds samples of speech, which can be matched with international characteristics. Often, the computer can determine exactly what the individual is saying, a task that normal humans may be unable to achieve. For instance, the software can help identify missing words and provide grammatical substitutions that commonly occur due to the syndrome. After the completion of the project, the BUiD Institute of Informatics intends to use the data and suitable technology to make further progress in communication development. This will benefit those with Down's Syndrome and other conditions related to learning difficulties.
Harvard Medical School and StayWell extend and expand alliance - 14 Nov 2005
Harvard Medical School and consumer health publisher StayWell, part of MediMedia USA, Inc., have renewed and widened the scope of their seven-year-old alliance to publish quality health information targeted at the lay reader. Harvard Medical School's five monthly consumer health newsletters, the Harvard Heart Letter, the Harvard Health Letter, the Harvard Mental Health Letter, the Harvard Women's Health Watch and the Harvard Men's Health Watch, reaching 640,000 subscribers, will continue to be marketed and distributed by StayWell. It will also market Harvard's Special Health Reports -- small monographs on a variety of key topics in safeguarding health and dealing with ailments. The organisations also intend to introduce new newsletters in the future.
Apart from this, StayWell will also market and distribute various new e-publications, including interactive tools and detailed content on important subjects in health and medicine. These include content formerly developed for the Aetna InteliHealth web site, for which Harvard Medical School had held editorial responsibility.
Rhonda Hunt joins Curry Rockefeller Group as Program Director - 14 Nov 2005
Medical education provider Curry Rockefeller Group, LLC (CRG), US, has announced the appointment of Rhonda Hunt as Program Director. In her new role, she will report directly to Group Program Director Lynda Smith.
After three years of undergraduate study at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Hunt received her degree in nursing from the Watts School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina. Before entering the field of medical education, Hunt served as a registered nurse in medical environments such as the intensive care unit, renal dialysis unit and emergency room. Apart from this, she has also performed in other high-skilled nursing appointments at Duke University Hospital in Durham. She recently served as Associate Account Manager with the Scienomics Group, US.
CRG provides medical education programmes in various categories such as oncology and neuroscience. Its publishing arm releases textbooks, articles and handbooks in several clinical and scientific areas.
RR Donnelley completes acquisition of Spencer Press - 14 Nov 2005
Print services provider R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, US, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Spencer Press, Inc., US, initially announced on October 6, 2005. Spencer Press produces catalogues and provides direct mailing services for enterprises.
Established more than 140 years ago, RR Donnelley offers solutions for commercial and financial printing, forms and labels, print management, online services, print fulfillment, transactional print-and-mail, direct mail, logistics, call centres, digital photography, colour services and content and database management. Its customers are primarily in the publishing, healthcare, technology, financial services, advertising and retail industries.
Six Stanford professors elected as AAAS fellows - 14 Nov 2005
Six professors of Stanford University have been elected to join the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in recognition of their efforts to enhance progress in their respective fields. They are Pathology and Genetics Prof. Arend Sidow, Biochemistry Prof. Daniel Herschlag, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Paul M. Sniderman, Comparative Medicine Prof. Linda C. Cork, Physics Prof. C. W. Francis Everitt and Engineering Prof. Eric Roberts. They will be formally inducted at the association's annual meeting in St. Louis during spring, where 370 other elected fellows will also be present.
While the areas of research of these elected Stanford professors are diverse, they all have been recognised for their initiative and dedication to their relevant fields. Becoming a fellow requires nomination by three current fellows, followed by at least five affirmative votes and no more than two opposing votes at an election held by the association's executive council.
The AAAS, the world's largest scientific society, is also the publisher of the journal Science, which is edited by Donald Kennedy, former Stanford President.
Springer Science+Business Media takes over CMG - 14 Nov 2005
STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced the acquisition of UK- and US-based healthcare publisher Current Medicine Group (CMG) for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is projected to strengthen Springer's existing position in the UK market and provide it with a presence in the US pharmaceutical publishing market.
CMG is expected give a fillip to Springer's programmes in geriatrics, critical care/emergency medicine and primary care/family medicine as well as enhance its well-recognised programmes in surgery and radiology. The deal is likely to provide more organic growth as synergies arise from the pooling of authors and common subject areas. Springer's STM operations and CMG's publishing programmes will not be combined, as they serve different markets. About 100 staff members of the CMG units will join Springer and Abe Krieger and Jane Hunter, Managing Directors of CMG's US and UK businesses, respectively, will continue in their roles as Springer employees.
CMG comprises four operating units -- Current Medicine Group Ltd. (London), which publishes books, brochures and manuals for primary care physicians, professionals and hospitals; Current Science, Inc. (Philadelphia), for publishing medical review journals; Science Press Internet Services Ltd. (London), which constructs and runs web sites and creates educational content via its MedWire portal; and Current Medicine LLC (Philadelphia), for publishing atlases and operating the image library, Images.MD.
Blackwell links up with Informa to manage Futura Media portfolio - 11 Nov 2005
Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a multi-year agreement with managed events operator Informa Marketing Solutions (IMS), US, part of Informa plc, under which IMS will manage the Futura Media Services course portfolio acquired by Blackwell in 2002.
The partnership will allow IMS to work with the course directors and the CME Advisory Board of Futura Media Services to direct the present course portfolio. It will also develop new courses in medical fields associated with Blackwell's expanding publishing portfolio, including dermatology, neurology, cardiology, urology and gastroenterology. Future plans include developing web-based products to compliment the course offerings and CME products built around Blackwell's journals and books.
Blackwell expects to leverage Informa's global expertise in developing, managing and marketing conferences and seminars, which it can use to roll out new medical courses. The publisher brings out more than 750 journals and 600 text and reference books on a wide range of medical, professional and academic subjects every year.
Emerald launches toolkit for academic librarians - 11 Nov 2005
Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of 'Emerald Librarian Toolkit', a series of free guides that help librarians market electronic complete text, abstracts and reviews to their staff and student user base. It is currently available in hard copy as well as online, at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/help/toolkit/index.html..
The Toolkit covers topics which include using and promoting Emerald publications through training presentations, posters, etc.; linking full text and embedding Emerald search boxes in web sites; implementing systems to monitor usage patterns; and viewing subscription and editing user profiles.
The Toolkit resources contain a blend of reporting tools, online learning tools, printed 'how-to' leaflets and promotional items, such as posters. Through this launch, Emerald expects to help academic librarians boost the use of high quality online subscriptions by both faculty and students. Materials can be accessed in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan languages. Greek, Italian, French, Russian, Farsi and Turkish are in production and will be followed by Japanese and Mandarin shortly.
NHS England renews BioMed Central membership till 2008 - 11 Nov 2005
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has renewed its membership contract with open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, until March 2008. According to the new agreement, all the 1.2 million staff of NHS England will be able to continue publishing their works in BioMed Central's OA journals without incurring any direct expense for article processing. The research content published in the journal can be accessed online for free instantly after publication.
The renewal has come at a crucial time for OA in the UK. A recent study on the accessibility of NHS-funded research had called for 'urgent' changes in scientific publishing, with the government and funding organisations pushing OA by "leading by example". The support and usage from NHS researchers has increased significantly since the organisation signed up for BioMed Central membership in April 2003 for the first time. NHS staff's submissions to BioMed Central's journals so far in 2005 are about six times greater than those in 2003. Similarly, downloads have increased five times in the same period.
Apart from this, NHS England has renewed its subscription to images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, till March 2008. images.MD comprises more than 50,000 premium images spanning all internal medicine, sourced from Current Medicine's series of illustrated atlases. The images are accompanied by detailed texts written by more than 2,000 contributing experts.
Reed Business Information announces new postings - 11 Nov 2005
B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President Tad Smith as its Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds CEO James A. Casella, who has been promoted to Vice Chairman of Reed Business.
Smith will report to Reed Business CEO Gerard van de Aast in London and also join the Reed Business management board. An MBA from Harvard University, Smith joined RBI in 2000 as President of Internet operation, when the business was called 'Cahners'. Later that year, he was promoted to President of the Media Division. In January 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of RBI and also given responsibility for construction information companies Reed Construction Data and RSMeans. He also founded the Quills Book Awards in partnership with NBC Television.
Casella, in his new position, will continue to report to van de Aast as well as serve on the Reed Business management board. In his new role, he will be responsible for the company's expansion into the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) markets.
SatizMS International opts for Inmedius S1000D Publishing Suite - 11 Nov 2005
Publishing software developer Inmedius, Inc., US, has announced that technical publishing house SatizMSX International, Italy, a part of the Fiat group, has adopted its S1000D Publishing Suite. Initially, Satiz will use the S1000Dinteract viewing system to create and deliver Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals to support the British Army Panther project. Later, it will use the software to support its client work for defence and commercial equipment manufacturers across the world.
Satiz selected the Inmedius solution for its user-friendliness, production benefits and overall value. Inmedius has provided Satiz with an integrated software solution and training together with implementation guidance. Inmedius' technical documentation software eliminates the intricacy of the specification, as it was designed and developed by S1000D experts. The wholly integrated Inmedius S1000D Publishing Suite enables projects to have a single point of call.
Stedman's launches latest edition of medical dictionary - 11 Nov 2005
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the launch of the 28th edition of the Stedman's Medical Dictionary with around 5,000 new terms and definitions. An additional CD-ROM contains the Stedman's Plus Medical/Pharmaceutical Spellchecker and over 300 LifeArt Anatomy 3-D figures and medical clipart.
The new edition, with a total of over 107,000 entries, has been reviewed and updated by a panel of over 45 consultants from major medical and health science departments. New professionals in the areas of gastroenterology, rheumatology, geriatrics and endocrinology have also contributed to this edition. It comes with a variety of new and improved features such as precision cut thumb tabs (a feature that offers a quick A-Z reference to help readers find terms) and a system of notes alerting readers to common errors in sense, spelling and pronunciation. It also contains over 15 new rapid-reference appendices that cover cancer classification systems, body mass and body surface computations and common abbreviations to use and not use in medication orders.
The dictionary enables users to develop a better knowledge of major concepts in medicine by highlighting high profile terms that call for more than an ordinary definition.
For more information, visit www.stedmans.com
TG Publishing launches two new online publications - 11 Nov 2005
Technology media firm TG Publishing, US, has unveiled two new online publications, TwitchGuru and DenGuru, as part of its ongoing expansion strategy. TwitchGuru offers reviews, news and information about the gaming industry while DenGuru similarly covers the digital devices industry.
The company has also relaunched its Tom's Networking Guide, which offers network-linked news, reviews and technology analysis to enterprises of all sizes. Readers can access in-depth reports on VoIP, security and network applications issues, in order to make purchasing decisions for their offices and homes.
The latest launches mark the completion of the second phase of the company's expansion plan. In October 2005, it launched two new sites, MobilityGuru and TG Daily. The company provides customers with a range of destination sites for news, reviews and analysis of all kinds of technology and also offers advertisers an array of opportunities to contact target audiences. The company continues to publish Tom's Hardware Guide, its original, pioneering news source.
US journal faces criticism over report on cancer drug - 11 Nov 2005
American medical journal New England Journal of Medicine has come under criticism by British medical journal The Lancet three weeks after it termed Herceptin, an expensive new cancer drug, as "revolutionary" and "maybe even a cure" for breast cancer at its initial stages.
According to Lancet editors, there was no sufficient evidence to prove from the published data that the drug can be a cure for breast cancer. The journal has termed the study results preliminary, contradictory and as raising serious safety issues. The journal published its editorial over the web soon after British Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt openly insisted that the UK's National Health Service provide the treatment to a woman who had taken legal action to be given the medicine.
Herceptin, developed by Genentech and marketed by Roche, is intended to treat patients with breast cancer that bear a common genetic change connected with aggressive disease that does not respond well to traditional treatments. All the talk about Herceptin has led patient groups globally to demand the drug from governments and insurers, though it is yet to be licensed for early-stage breast cancer - it is only permitted for use in advanced cases. The demand strengthened last month, when the New England Journal of Medicine published two introductory studies concluding that the drug was highly effective.
Document Sciences showcases content publishing solution at ISOTech - 10 Nov 2005
Content publishing solutions provider Document Sciences Corporation, US, demonstrated its xPression product at the recently held ISOTech event in Las Vegas. The content publishing software allows property and casualty insurers to automate the personalisation and delivery of customer communications across several channels.
xPression facilitates the creation, production and delivery of tailor-made customer communications both in real-time and high volume batch. Insurers can enjoy cost cuts and productivity gains by using an open content publishing system for releasing customer communications, using data and accessing existing content throughout their organisation.
Attendees of ISOTech were given P&C-focused demonstrations of xPression used for producing automated quotes, declarations, policies, billing notices and correspondence. The ISOTech conference and exhibition is focused on technology application issues and business solutions. The theme for this year was "Get Connected."
International expert team at helm of stroke journal - 10 Nov 2005
Prof. Geoffrey Donnan has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Stroke, a publication launched recently by the International Stroke Society in association with Blackwell Publishing.
Prof. Donnan, a neurologist, is currently based at the University of Melbourne and serves as the Director of Australia's National Stroke Research Institute. He will lead an international team of editors from the US, the UK, Hong Kong and Argentina. These include Dr. Andrei Alexandrov, who was until recently Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Cerebrovascular Ultrasound Laboratory at the University of Texas and is now at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix; Dr. Conrad Estol, Director of the Stroke Unit at the Cardiovascular Institute in Beunos Aries and President of the Argentine Cerebrovascular Association; Dr. Peter Rothwell, Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford and Director and founder of the City's Stroke Prevention Research Unit; and Dr. Lawrence Wong, Professor and Chief of Neurology at the Chinese University in Hong Kong and Director of the acute stroke unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
The journal will mainly focus on the clinical viewpoint of stroke. It will offer press reports on the latest developments from around the world, editorials from leading stroke experts, regional and topical news and reviews. The first issue will cover topics including angioplasty and stenting, the genetics of stroke and ultrasound, therapies for intra-cerebral haemorrhage and thrombolysis.
Macmillan positions book digitisation platform against Google Print - 10 Nov 2005
Publishing house Macmillan, UK, is positioning its book digitisation platform, BookStore, as an alternative to Google Print, a similar programme by the US-based Internet search engine. Macmillan expects BookStore, launched in association with parent company Holtzbrinck Group, Germany, to appeal to publishers who are cautious of scanning and taking online their content with Google. BookStore will allow publishers to release their titles online without losing control of copyright or spending on additional technology.
The Google project requires publishers to send an opt-out list of titles that they do not wish to be digitised - an issue that has raised concerns and led to lawsuits from publishers. BookStore allows publishers make their content accessible to search engines like Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo and Google. Similar to Google Print, BookStore will be a searchable online depot of digital book content, offering e-commerce technology for sales.
Macmillan has made a call to the publishing industry to work together on digitisation and search, against the backdrop of Internet players like Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon and Google entering the field in a big way. The publisher has also emphasised the need for standards in formatting the data for book searching.
McGraw-Hill divests Healthcare Information Group to Vendome - 10 Nov 2005
Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the sale of its Healthcare Information Group to specialist publisher Vendome Group, LLC for an undisclosed amount. The group includes magazines such as Postgraduate Medicine and Healthcare Informatics, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, in addition to a range of information programmes that cater to the medical sector. The group was divested in keeping with McGraw-Hill's strategy to focus on the business information and market insight segment.
Founded in July 2004, the Vendome Group has so far acquired five information companies that cover a wide range of markets.
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MedPage Today introduces medical meeting coverage with real-time CME - 10 Nov 2005
Medical news provider MedPage Today, US, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have announced the launch of a service wherein medical conferences are reported on, and the reports peer-reviewed and accredited for continuing medical education (CME), on a same-day basis. The 'News + CME' service is primarily targeted at physicians and other healthcare professionals. It allows medical device and pharmaceutical companies to provide educational funding to sponsor medical meeting coverage, including same-day CME certification.
The service involves onsite reporting by MedPage Today's staff with detailed on-paper coverage complemented by video interviews with opinion leaders. With this, physicians and other healthcare providers can access news as it breaks.
MedPage Today has issued more than 10,000 CME certificates linked to meeting coverage, accounting for a significant part of the 130,000 certificates it has totally issued. The real-time CME activities supported by educational grants help to instruct physicians and other healthcare providers instantly as the news breaks. This enables physicians to address questions and concerns from patients. MedPage Today offers medical specialists an opportunity to receive CME or CE credit as a part of the news service.
NBER takes top rank in citation ranking - 10 Nov 2005
The US' National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with more than 30,000 citations between 1995 and April 2005, is the most cited institution in the economics and business domain, according to a study published in the latest issue of Science Watch. The University of Chicago has gained the highest impact, or number of citations per paper, adds the study.
Using Essential Science Indicators data, the Science Watch study assessed institutions on the basis of papers published, and referred to, across 200 management, business, economics and accounting journals provided by Thomson Scientific. Seven institutions, viz. NBER, University of Chicago, Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania and the Northwestern University, made it to the top 10, in both citations and impact.
Top individual researchers were also ranked according to their number of citations from 1995-2005. Andrei Shleifer of Harvard University topped the ranking with almost 3,000 citations, while Robert W. Vishny at the University of Chicago stood second with just above 2,000 citations. Science Watch is a bimonthly newsletter published by Thomson Scientific.
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Ziff Davis partners with SEEC Media to launch Chinese edition of 'PC Magazine' - 10 Nov 2005
Integrated media firm Ziff Davis Media, Inc., US, has announced its association with SEEC Media Group Ltd., Hong Kong, to launch its technology publication, PC Magazine, in the Chinese market. The deal follows a year-long search by Ziff Davis for a partner to launch the journal in that region. The magazine, already on Chinese newsstands, seeks to guide local technology buyers and professionals in their purchase decisions. It will be published monthly and follow the same editorial guidelines as the US publication. The Chinese version covers all key product zones and topics, including personal digital assistants, digital cameras, desktop and notebook computers, network equipment and servers, printers, cell phones and MP3 players.
Bulk of the content and lab-based assessments will be drafted by the local editorial staff. The other content and product reviews will be provided under licence from Ziff Davis Media and will include content from the original US version. The partnership between Ziff Davis Media and SEEC Media has formed a lab in China to enable editors and analysts to test drive and evaluate the latest customer and enterprise technology products introduced in the market.
The joint venture will also determine allied online properties and combined marketing abilities, including offering events live and online. Furthermore, the partners may consider the launch of Chinese editions of other Ziff Davis Media magazines and services in the near future.
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Bio-IT World to host 2006 Life Sciences Conference + Expo - 09 Nov 2005
Publisher Bio-IT World, US, a division of International Data Group, has announced that it will host the fifth consecutive Life Sciences Conference + Expo 2006 from April 3 - 5, 2006 in Boston. The event, targeted at life sciences and IT professionals, highlights the latest developments in technology and research on topics ranging from drug discovery to market delivery. It mainly deals with how pharma and biotech companies use and acquire technology to improve target recognition, advance drug invention and accelerate clinical trials. The show will feature an array of products and services from information technologies to life science equipment.
Bio-IT World, in association with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC), will sponsor the conference focusing on key technologies throughout the life cycle of drug development. It will feature four main conference tracks, complemented by six instructional workshops. The event, in association with Bioinformatics.org, will also see the announcement and presentation of the annual Benjamin Franklin Award, a humanitarian award for outstanding achievements in open-source bioinformatics.
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Cadmus launches latest version of 3Path content delivery solution - 09 Nov 2005
Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has launched the latest version of its content delivery solution, 3Path Digital Delivery System. The solution allows publishers and marketers to create a branded space on the subscriber's desktop, wherein content of any file type or size can be delivered. Such an opt-in channel negates the need for e-mails to deliver content. This, in turn, does away with the usual delivery problems caused by spam filters or firewalls. 3Path delivers files of all types and produces a strong, rich-media experience for the customers by including HTML, audio and video accessibility even while the user is offline.
The latest enhancements enable content providers to provide one-to-one customised content on the basis of user preferences and interests. As the system facilitates a direct link between the user-organisation and customer, it is ideally suited for marketing schemes, sales and dealer networks and customer care programmes.
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Knovel to offer service to Nylink members at discounted rate - 09 Nov 2005
Web-based information service provider Knovel Corporation has announced a collective purchasing agreement with New York-based non-profit library network Nylink. Under the deal, college and university members of Nylink can use the Knovel Library information service at a discounted rate. The offer covers technical support, customer service and training on par with those provided to Knovel's regular subscribers.
Knovel will also work with Nylink to expand associations with other library networks across the US. It already has a number of academic consortia alliances in Europe, including one with the UK's CHEST. Knovel integrates references from over 30 publishers into virtual libraries embedded with analysis software. Its intuitive platform helps researchers quickly locate data, analyse it and export the results.
Thomson acquires healthcare information firm NexCura - 09 Nov 2005
Thomson Healthcare, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the acquisition of healthcare information and communications provider NexCura, US, for undisclosed terms. The deal is projected to add NexCura's highly targeted patient education and communications business to Thomson's healthcare information business. NexCura is also expected to fortify Thomson's healthcare solutions with critical tools and channels that help clinicians communicate better with patients.
NexCura deploys patented online decision support tools to deliver personalised medical information to targeted groups of patients. Patients and physicians use the evidence-based information to make complex treatment decisions and manage chronic conditions, such as cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Through the NexCura acquisition, Thomson Healthcare expects to reach more patients and market segments. NexCura offerings will be expanded to cover additional disease conditions and customised further to meet the evolving needs of payer and employer clients, as the demand for consumer-directed healthcare tools grows.
Wiley acquires 'Dialysis & Transplantation' from Creative Age - 09 Nov 2005
STM publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of Dialysis & Transplantation, the 34-year-old publication of communications firm Creative Age Publications, Inc., US. The world's oldest refereed journal for renal care, Dialysis & Transplantation primarily caters to nephrologists, internists, surgeons and other physicians, medical directors, technicians, dieticians, transplant coordinators, librarians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals in over 130 countries.
Wiley will take over the publishing of the journal from 2006 and will maintain the print and online versions free of charge to eligible readers. The journal will be available through subscription for other customers. The online edition will be accessible at Wiley's electronic publishing platform, Wiley InterScience. The journal is expected to boost the publisher's presence in the nephrology market.
Ziff Davis Internet launches white paper library service - 09 Nov 2005
Ziff Davis Internet, part of integrated media firm Ziff Davis, US, has announced the release of Ziff Davis Web Buyer's Guide White Paper Library, a wide-range service that helps customers identify, examine and make decisions in technology purchases. The white paper library service, targeted at an audience of over 7 million professional technology buyers, enables marketers to produce a large quantity of sales leads and gain free delivery for their marketing documents. The library covers all Ziff Davis Internet project brands including Baselinemag.com, eWEEK.com and CIOInsight.com.
The library allows marketers to present white papers for download through contextually positioned parts of Ziff Davis' network of web sites. It functions as the new central depository for all of Ziff Davis' vendor white papers and is a major content element of the company's lead generation programmes, including the Lead Generation Showcase Program. The service is available on Ziff Davis Web Buyer's Guide.
Technology marketers can upload any number of white papers for free following a registration process. They can also target their delivery at definite areas from a list of more than 500 IT topics. The registration forms completed by professional IT visitors to access the library provide vendors with key demographic data. Custom question abilities inducted into the process facilitate additional targeting.
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'The South African Journal of Science' celebrates 100th year - 08 Nov 2005
The Academy of Science of South Africa's The South African Journal of Science recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The journal, considered the oldest science publication in the southern hemisphere, plays a significant role in highlighting South African research apart from retaining high standards. It was noted that the journal had made a greater impact than other multi-disciplinary research publications in the region.
Four awards were presented to commemorate the event. Graham Baker, editor for over 30 years, was felicitated for renewing the journal in the 1970s, when it faced shutdown. Johann Lutjeharms, Oceanographer at the University of Cape Town, received two awards for his research on climate change.
AXcess News seeks to enter Open Content Alliance - 08 Nov 2005
Electronic news publisher AXcess News, US, has expressed interest in joining the Open Content Alliance (OCA), the non-profit initiative launched by the Internet Archive and Yahoo! Inc. AXcess News has stated its wish to contribute its archive of news articles to the OCA's move to develop a depository of multilingual electronic text and multimedia content from across the globe.
The OCA, launched in early 2005, represents the joint efforts of a motley group of technology, cultural, commercial, nonprofit and governmental organisations from all over the world to build a permanent archive of digitised multilingual and multimedia content. Eric Stevenson, AXcess News Editor, has appealed to traditional print news organisations to join the OCA, as it represents the future of the Internet.
BCS launches programme to overhaul IT profession - 08 Nov 2005
The British Computer Society (BCS) has unveiled a new initiative, the Professionalism in IT Programme, to bring about basic changes in the IT profession to make it more vibrant and business-oriented. The move follows the inaugural meeting of a new steering group formed by the BCS, the UK government and IT industry.
The programme aims to enhance the abilities of organisations to utilise IT benefits more efficiently and consistently. It also seeks to take the IT profession closer to strong management, leadership and business competencies, so that it can better meet the needs of its major stakeholders, such as IT users, IT employers and the government. The programme is led by a steering board that comprises representatives from Microsoft, eGovernment Unit CSC, Institute of Chartered Accountants IOD, NCC, Oracle, IBM, Intel, DKW, AstraZeneca, Fujitsu and DTI. The board has charted out a six-month schedule to identify both the range of the profession and the main factors of professionalism relating to IT activity.
The BCS is also looking at introducing a chartered qualification structure for the IT profession with a regular accreditation plan, similar to the Chartered Engineer title in the engineering field. In line with this, the Board has sanctioned a project to elucidate the duties, competencies, development needs and qualifications for the Chief Information Officer role. This may lead to the creation of a separate Chartered CIO title. The results of the first stage of the programme will be presented at a conference in May 2006.
Endeavor launches latest version of integrated search platform - 08 Nov 2005
Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced the launch of version 3.6 of ENCompass, its system for organising, searching and linking digital collections. As a scalable enterprise-level search platform, ENCompass allows users to organise and access content from a wide range of electronic resources, irrespective of the location or format. The latest version offers two key system-wide enhancements. The first is an intuitive user interface developed partly through Endeavor's usability studies. The second is the delivery of redesigned search forms/results and reworked object record displays, which provide end-users with more successful searches.
The individual ENCompass modules have their own specific enhancements. For instance, the Digital Collections 3.6 module has better information recovery abilities, including support for Search and Retrieve Web (SRW) and Search and Retrieve URL (SRU) services. Yet another ENCompass module, ENCompass for Resource Access (ERA) 3.6, provides enterprises with better facilities for federated searches across multiple data types and databases. It also contains a relevance ranking capability that yields more precise search results.
Evident Technologies launches online overview of quantum dot history - 08 Nov 2005
Evident Technologies, US, has launched the Quantum Dot History Project, a living online overview of the initial work in the area of quantum dot technology. The project is a representative summary of major research and researchers during 1960-1996.
Quantum dots are a versatile form of semiconductors that enable scientists and engineers to develop new materials to suit a need, solve a crisis and initiate innovative products. The company is publishing the overview to honour the pioneers in the field and to aid future scientists and developers.
Evident has announced a range of awards for additional entries. A $500 Amazon gift certificate will be awarded for the first published research entry accepted while the next two accepted entries will bag an Apple iPod nano each. The company will also present $10 Amazon gift certificates for every accepted novel history addition from individuals. All entries should be submitted before January 31, 2006.
NIST creating health IT repository with standards groups - 08 Nov 2005
The US' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with standards groups, has announced that it is developing the Health Care Standards Landscape, a Net-based information repository of IT standards related to healthcare. The repository will provide information on standards development organisations, healthcare standards and organisations that make use of - or execute - healthcare standards. The information will help the participating organisations manage and develop standards and tools that are more compatible.
The groups who have teamed up with NIST include the American National Standards Institute's Health Informatics Standards Board, the Consolidated Health Informatics programme (a presidential e-government initiative) and the Health and Human Services Department's Agency for Health Research and Quality, which will provide the funds.
ALPSP study raises doubts on feasibility of OA publishing model - 07 Nov 2005
Various members of the British scientific publishing industry have endorsed the results of a study on open access (OA), which raises doubts on the feasibility of the publishing model. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), in association with Stanford University's HighWire Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), had recently compiled a report titled Facts About Open Access to establish the impact of OA on scholarly journals and to establish a body of data on different types of OA publishing and a baseline of comparison with traditional subscription publishing.
The findings, mainly based on e-mails received by OA publishers listed on the web site of the DOAJ directory, do not show positive signs for OA. Questions have been raised on the quality of refereed editing, influencing factors and editorial independence. According to the study, only 35 percent of OA journals have reported profits. While 41 percent are operating at a loss, 24 percent have reported break even.
Backing the study, representatives of Blackwell Publishing and Macmillan have stated that the enduring feasibility of OA publishing is very uncertain, the core problem being the uncertainty of revenue for an author. OA publisher BioMed Central has, however, stated that the report contains major factual errors. Several OA journals running at a loss only indicates the fact that they are new players, with the potential to improve performance in the future, according to the company.
Amazon launches digital books initiative with two new programmes - 07 Nov 2005
E-commerce firm Amazon.com, US, has announced two new programmes that will allow retailers to vend books that can be read entirely through the Internet. The move pits Amazon against Google, Yahoo and Microsoft in the race for digitising books.
One of the programmes allows users to purchase web access to every chapter or page of a book while the other makes entire books available online for users only if they buy the traditional, paper version as well. The new initiative is an extension of the company's two-year-old 'Search Inside the Book' facility, under which users can scour the books for sale on the site for the required clippings, with the consent of the publishers.
Amazon launched its digital book programme the day Google took live its own project to scan library books. Through the new project, Amazon expects to earn revenues via two sources - selling sections of a book for a few cents a page, and selling full digital versions for about a few more dollars. Other companies can earn profits through advertisements in the margins of the e-books and by charging for access to others. While industry observers have expressed doubts on people wanting to read entire novels online, the demand for digitised manuals and study materials is expected to take off well.
Bio-IT World deploys Vivísimo VLS to enhance search facility - 07 Nov 2005
Search and clustering software provider Vivísimo, Inc., US, recently announced that Bio-It World, Inc. has deployed the Vivísimo Velocity for Life Sciences (VLS) product to enhance its search facility. Bio-IT, part of International Data Group (IDG), operates sites such as BioITWorld.com and HealthITWorld.com, catering primarily to bio-IT, life science, healthcare, pharmaceutical and regulatory professionals.
Vivísimo VLS allows visitors to explore the content and information on a site more rapidly and accurately. It is projected to help Bio-IT enhance searches of various information types, such as editorial, advertising and events, while providing the results clustered by theme for faster discovery. It also permits users to search across various content sources, including Vivísimo's ClusterMed. The ClusterMed technology allows users to access the inventory of articles on medical research in PubMed, a National Library of Medicine database service.
Vivísimo VLS merges search, federated search and grouping into a single platform. Unlike other search products, it enables organisations to customise their crawling, rather than re-configure their content. Also, it does not require reformatting of content or pre-definition of catalogues during deployment.
Endeavor Information appoints John Rose as Sales Director - Eastern Region - 07 Nov 2005
Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced the appointment of John Rose as Director of Sales, Eastern Region. With more than 12 years experience in the library software industry, Rose is expected to provide leadership and a strategic course for the company's sales operations in that region. Prior to this, he was Director for the Eastern Region US Sales of SIRSI/Dynix. He has also worked with Ameritech Library Services and The Library Corporation.
Rose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Sciences from the State University of New York at Albany.
Endeavor Information Systems has produced library management systems for research and public librarians since 1994. It offers advanced functionalities with spontaneous interfaces, boosting usability and efficiency.
Microsoft to scan British Library books - 07 Nov 2005
Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, is set to scan nearly 100,000 out-of-copyright books in the British Library and put them online from 2006, as part of its activities in the Open Content Alliance (OCA). As a result of this deal, 25 million pages from the library's collections will be posted online and made searchable for all. Microsoft also expects to digitise more works in the future. It has already digitised and loaded online 150,000 books, working in tandem with the OCA.
A similar digital library programme by Google is also in progress. It plans to build digital archives of millions of books from four apex libraries in the US. Apart from this, it will digitise books from the UK's Oxford University that are out-of-copyright.
Microsoft has already been providing the British Library with its Digital Object Management (DOM) system, as well as guidance, for its National Digital Library plan launched in June 2005. The system enables the library to store and preserve works for a long period, and facilitate access to e-books, e-journals and CD-ROMs.
OCLC PICA acquires Fretwell-Downing Informatics to boost product and service offerings - 07 Nov 2005
European library cooperative OCLC PICA B.V., Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of Fretwell-Downing Informatics Group (FDI), UK, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is projected to help both organisations strengthen and expand their system development and service infrastructures. The combined entity will provide its customers with an enhanced range of products and services more rapidly and at lower costs. OCLC PICA and FDI expect to enlarge the scale of their operations and boost their resource investments to stay ahead in the market.
FDI will continue to trade under its original name. The companies expect to leverage each others' technology, capabilities and skill sets to roll out stronger products into the market more rapidly. Furthermore, better support can be offered to customers by leveraging the potential of newly acquired local knowledge and service organisations. The increasing demand for an extended product portfolio can also be better met. The acquisition is in line with a recent consolidation trend in the information management solutions industry. In a similar deal in July this year, OCLC PICA acquired Sisis Informationssysteme, Germany.
FDI provides information management solutions to more than 250 organisations globally. Its suite of advanced digital library solutions includes information portals, library management, resource sharing, document delivery and digital asset integration.
Oxford Open results show distinct variations in use across disciplines - 07 Nov 2005
Oxford Journals has released the first results from its optional open access (OA) model, Oxford Open. There has been an average of 9 percent OA take-up by authors across the 21 participating journals, with take-up limited to life sciences and medicine. There has been no take-up by authors publishing in participating humanities and social sciences titles. The results were announced as per Oxford Journals' commitment to share first hand OA evidence with the scholarly community.
The publisher has also confirmed that 19 other journals will join the initiative from January 2006. Launched in July 2005, the initiative gives authors the option of paying for their research to be made freely available online immediately after publication. A majority of the authors submitting papers for OA are from subscribing institutions who, as part of the Oxford Open initiative, pay a discounted rate compared to authors from non-subscribing institutions.
Oxford Open is the most recent of the four OA models being tested by Oxford Journals. Further trials include partially funded OA (Journal of Experimental Botany); sponsored OA (Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - eCAM) and full OA (Nucleic Acids Research - NAR). NAR, one of the first major science journals to move to a full OA model in January 2005, will continue on these line in 2006, based on positive feedback from readers and authors and a continued increase in submissions.
Oxford Journals will continue to study the effects of these OA models, with research projects commissioned from CIBER, University College London, and with the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU), based at Loughborough University. These are intended to measure the impact of OA in terms of usage and citation. The results of these studies will provide further evidence for the scholarly community to assess the benefits of open access.
Winners announced for BMA Medical Book Competition 2005 - 07 Nov 2005
Winners of the recently held 2005 BMA Medical Book Competition have been announced. The competition attracted a record interest, which led to a raft of victors across categories such as patient information, popular medicine and clinical practice. It received a total entry of 619 books, which is 20 percent higher than last year's levels.
The top prize was bagged by Elsevier publication Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology Third Edition (2004), edited by Prof. Roger A. Hitchings, Paul A. Hunter and David J. Spalton. The book, published in seven languages, also won the first position in the Ophthalmology category. Amongst other winners, Trauma und Kunst - Trauma and Art, published by Karger, was awarded the BMA Illustrated Book Award. The BMA Student Textbook award was scooped by General and Systematic Pathology Fourth Edition, published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone and edited by Prof. Joseph Underwood. Avert, a UK-based international HIV and AIDS charity, won the Patient Information Awards for web sites while the Lymphoma Association bagged the BMA Patient Information Award for Printed Material for its publication, Lymphoma. Celia Hall, Medical Health Editor at the Daily Telegraph, won the BMA Medical Journalist of the Year award for the second time.
The competition is held by the BMA Library annually to encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing, patient information and medical journalism. All entries are individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators interested in medical publishing.
Benmark to resell Document Sciences' xPression content publishing suite - 04 Nov 2005
Content solutions provider Document Sciences Corporation, US, has announced an agreement with Benmark, under which Benmark will augment its system integration capabilities by offering Document Sciences' xPression content publishing suite for automating customer communications. Benmark is a provider of EMC Documentum's enterprise content management (ECM) solutions and services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
XPression, which is built on open, standards-based architecture, seamlessly combines with ECM and other enterprise applications to automate the creation and delivery of complex enterprise business documents. It enables the development, production and delivery of individualised customer communications, both in real-time and high volume batch. User companies can create highly personalised documents to be distributed across various channels. Document Sciences expects to expand its presence in Europe, particularly Germany, through the partnership with Benmark.
Cobern elected as AAAS Fellow - 04 Nov 2005
Dr. William W. Cobern, Director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University (WMU), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the education section. He was elected for his "distinguished contributions to science education through research on culture, philosophy and science and for the application of these to the concept of science literacy."
Dr. Cobern currently serves as professor of both Science Education and Biological Sciences. He has been a primary researcher in several science education programmes sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Michigan Department of Education. Prior to joining the University, he has held faculty positions in science education at Austin College in Texas, Judson Baptist College in Oregon and Arizona State University. He has also served as a section editor for the journal Science Education.
Three hundred seventy-six AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the October 28 edition of the journal Science. They will be honoured at a February Fellows Forum during the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Montana. Founded in 1848, AAAS is a premier general scientific society which includes over 262 allied societies and academies of science and serves 10 million individuals. It also publishes Science.
Microsoft launches ad-supported web-based services - 04 Nov 2005
Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, has introduced two new web services, Windows Live and Office Live, which will deliver services to organisations and individual users directly through the web, often without the need for the applications to be downloaded to a computer. The advertising-supported services are pitted directly against the company's main rivals, Yahoo!, Inc. and Google, Inc.
Though the core services of Windows Live and Office Live will be supported by advertising revenues, Microsoft will offer the services in two models - free and payment-based. After the initial stage the company will try to sell subscriptions for more advanced functionalities.
Previously, Microsoft banked on Overture, now part of Yahoo, for a web-based advertising technology. Microsoft is now working on its proprietary search-based advertising system. This is a shift from the company's earlier strategy of building a subscription-based software selling model.
Microsoft also announced that the test edition of its latest Internet portal, live.com, can be accessed immediately. It displayed its new Internet mail service, 'Windows Live Mail', which is based on an Internet technology called AJAX.
NPG holds forum for NIH research equipment suppliers - 04 Nov 2005
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, recently hosted the NIH Supplier Forum, which guided research equipment suppliers on marketing to the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH). The supplier community was also informed about the NIH's recently refurbished purchase programme. Senior NIH purchasing executives presented a comprehensive overview of the agency's acquisition processes to lab equipment suppliers who had gathered at the forum.
The supplier community used the opportunity to raise various questions, from NIH purchasing processes to the best way to promote products to NIH research scientists. In his address, NPG's Global Head of Display Advertising, John Michael, said the suppliers had greatly benefited from the event. NPG hosted the forum during the NIH Research Festival as part of its ongoing endeavour to offer key tools and knowledge to the supplier community.
The NIH represents a significant market for a lot of equipment suppliers, as it created around $5 billion in sales of goods and services directed at its biomedical and behavioural research missions during fiscal 2004.
TEN to build web sites for select Action Pursuit Group magazines - 04 Nov 2005
Specialty publishing firm, Action Pursuit Group Media, part of Apprise Media, LLC, has selected technology development firm TEN (The Enthusiast Network) to develop system technology and web site design. To complement select magazine titles published by Apprise Media, TEN will develop a network of consumer and B2B web sites under the agreement.
TEN offers services in web site designing apart from patented Internet marketing services and patent-pending advertising platforms. Under the new agreement, TEN will combine these proprietary platforms into every site developed for the Action Pursuit Group.
TEN platforms comprise targeting abilities that deliver information to customers on the basis of their area of interest, lifestyle and product preferences. This allows advertisers to deploy a variety of methods including cost-per-click options for dealers, interactive product guides for manufacturers, numerous banner-advertising options and video advertorials.
Vicon to debut 'Lab Manager Magazine' in 2006 - 04 Nov 2005
B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc. has announced the March 2006 launch of a new publication titled Lab Manager Magazine. It will be unveiled at the Pittcon 2006 event in Orlando, Florida.
The magazine is expected to provide the latest trends in all the sectors of laboratory management. The publication aims to assist lab managers of all disciplines balance sound administrative practices with good science, which will support scientific analysis and discovery. The editorial content will cover technology, management and equipment common to laboratories in the industry, research, medicine, biotechnology, government and academic arenas. Patrice Galvin will be the Chief Editor with Dr. Barbara VanRenterghem as Science Editor and Christine Janson and Mary Williams as Editors. The frequency of the magazine, in print and digital versions, will be increased from bi-monthly in 2006 to monthly in 2007. Qualified industry professionals can get it free of cost.
Vicon offers several print and online publications providing including ALN e-mag, Forensic Magazine, Controlled Environments Magazine and Animal Lab News.
Wikibooks offers free e-textbooks under new initiative - 04 Nov 2005
The Wikimedia Foundation, US, which operates the open-source, freely licensed Wikipedia encyclopaedia initiative, has announced a parallel initiative for school textbooks. On the lines of the encyclopaedia project, Wikibooks has invited users to jointly write and edit freely licensed, online K-20 course materials and other non-fiction, such as literary critiques, linked to various subjects. The project will allow users to utilise the wiki web-publishing software to read, edit and write the e-textbooks by themselves. The online community can monitor and regulate the e-textbook content for readability and precision.
Though Wikibooks is still in a nascent phase, volunteers have written almost 12,000 book modules for development by other users since 2003. If the project catches on, it could have a deep impact on the commercial textbook and online content markets for schools. Commercial textbook publishers have expressed guarded optimism on the project.
Ziff Davis announces editorial promotions - 04 Nov 2005
Integrated media firm Ziff Davis, US, has announced the promotion of Michael J. Miller to Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of the company and Jim Louderback to Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for the Consumer Tech Group.
In his new assignment, Miller will be responsible for content development and stewardship across the entire platforms which include e-newsletters, magazines, custom/contract publishing, white papers, Internet, events/conferences, consulting services, database marketing, IT tools, lead-gen programmes, e-seminars and virtual trade shows. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of PC Magazine.
Louderback will assume management responsibility for content produced across all platforms targeted at technology enthusiasts, small-to-medium business professionals and consumers. He will handle the brands PC Magazine, PCMag.com, ExtremeTech.com, DigitalLife TV, Gearlog.com, Technoride.com and What's New Now. He most recently served as Editorial Director of Ziff Davis' consolidated Internet business.
CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue - 03 Nov 2005
The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) has announced the addition of collections from four Far Eastern libraries to the CISTI Catalogue. The libraries include the Science and Technology Policy Research Information Center, Taiwan, Sunmedia Co., Japan, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China and the Korea Institute of Scientific and Technical Information.
CISTI customers can now access all the four collections directly and more cost effectively. The collections added include over 10,000 STM journals, articles and reports. Clients can also use CISTI's Direct Service delivery to order documents from the Far East collections.
The CISTI Catalogue, which comprises over 50,000 serial titles and over 800,000 books, reports and conference proceedings, allows its customers to easily search, access and order documents. An institute of the National Research Council of Canada, CISTI is one of the prime sources for information in the science, technology, medicine and engineering sector. NRC Research Press is the institute's STM publishing arm.
Google restarts Print Library initiative - 03 Nov 2005
Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has resumed the scanning of library books under its Goolge Print Library project, following the end of a three-month freeze. Confirming this on the search engine's blog, Google Print's Senior Business Product Manager Adam Smith has stated that the scanning project is only intended to make difficult-to-find titles easy to access.
Though Google has not backed off from scanning new and in-copyright books, it has started off with piles of old and out-of-circulation titles. It claims that 80 percent of published books are older and unreachable. Smith has stressed in his blog that Google Print is a digital card catalogue where the full text of books will not be accessible to the users.
In August 2005, Google had scaled back its library project and announced that it would not scan copyright protected books in the future. Recently, the company came under great criticism from competitors Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN search, who joined the Open Content Alliance. Google is also facing a lawsuit from the Association of American Publishers, which represents major publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill.
Meanwhile, Google has announced plans to open its first UK regional office in Manchester to deal with advertisers and other clients in the north of the UK.
NeuroInsights and BioToday launch neurotechnology newsletter in Japanese - 03 Nov 2005
Neurotechnology consulting and research services firm NeuroInsights, US, in association with BioToday, has announced the launch of Neurotech Insights, a neurotechnology investment newsletter, in Japanese.
The newsletter provides comprehensive feature articles, private company news, product development tracking, executive interviews and opinions on stocks related to the neurotechnology industry. The current issue focuses on the obesity market and includes an interview with Arena Pharmaceutical's CEO, Jack Lief. Future issues are expected to cover depression, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy.
BioToday is a provider of web-based resources and information to the Japanese life science industry. NeuroInsights offers publications, third party research and advisory services apart from operating the Neurotech Index of 30 neurotechnology companies.
ProQuest investors and executive buy units to form new business - 03 Nov 2005
A group of investors and executives from ProQuest Co., US, have acquired three existing business operations from ProQuest Information and Learning to form a new company called National Archive Publishing Co. (NAPC). The businesses acquired include UMI Periodicals in Microform, which produces microfilms of over 18,000 periodicals for libraries and universities; XanEdu, which brings out college course packets; and ProQuest's microfilm manufacturing and digitising services.
NAPC will continue to provide the existing services, which includes digitising books and other reference works. The company is led by publishing executives experienced in the domains of library and higher education. The deal was led by Dan Arbour, former vice president of North American sales for ProQuest Information and Learning.
Under the deal, 350 ProQuest employees of the respective divisions will become workers of NAPC. ProQuest will continue to work as publisher of the materials, maintaining the copyrights. NAPC has also acquired ProQuest's corporate headquarters at the Scio Township as part of the sale. ProQuest operations at Wooster (Ohio), Louisville (Kentucky) and Boston, which together employ not more than 100 people, will also be taken over by NAPC. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.
Reed Business Information integrates content across three key web sites - 03 Nov 2005
The Boston Division of Reed Business Information, US, has announced closer content integration across its three key web sites - EDN, Electronic News and Electronic Business. The strategic realignment is projected to widen the reach of advertisers and enhance the content offering for readers.
The deep linking and shared content across the sites will enable readers to access significant information in the engineering sector. The integrated content will include news updates, technical design ideas and product announcements drawn from a network of web sites that are pertinent to engineers, senior executives and engineering management. Moreover, advertisers can utilise wide-ranging, integrated media packages that cover all the three sites, which can be accessed via a single window.
Publishing veteran John Schirmer has been promoted to Group Publisher of EDN, Electronic News and Electronic Business, handling sales and marketing for the core group. John Dodge and Maury Wright will take charge as Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Business and EDN, respectively, while Ed Sperling will carry on as Editor-in-Chief of Electronic News.
TouchSmart Publishing to distribute Quantum Simulations' AI tutors - 03 Nov 2005
Hybrid learning materials developer TouchSmart Publishing, LLC, US, has announced a partnership with tutoring software provider Quantum Simulations, Inc., US, to market, distribute and maintain Quantum's web-based artificial intelligence (AI) Mathematics and Chemistry Tutors.
The AI tutors seek to give students the feel of a human tutor by providing individual feedback on the basis of their work and subject knowledge. Students can view the explanations of every step in a problem, request hints and raise questions during the training sessions. Quantum's web-based AI technology can be easily deployed by school districts, as it does not require technology coordinators for installation. It also provides for automatic and immediate updates through the Internet. Its key features include 'Enter Any Problem', 'Enter Your Own Work' and 'Ask Questions'. TouchSmart Publishing is offering a free 15-day trial for all the Quantum tutors at www.touchsmart.net.
'Immunity' papers under review as author is alleged of fraud - 02 Nov 2005
Cell Press, US, the publisher of scientific journal Immunity, is examining the accuracy of three research papers authored by biology professor Luk Van Parijs. This follows the expulsion of Van Parijs by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for supposedly concocting research data. He wrote for Immunity in 1998-99, prior to completing his postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology. Later, he joined MIT's Center for Cancer Research as associate professor.
According to MIT, Van Parijs has confessed that he fabricated and modified data in various manuscripts and grant applications. His misdoings were discovered and reported on by his colleagues at MIT. The journal New Scientist reported that it had unearthed "uncanny similarities between supposedly different results" that the professor expounded in three research papers, one of which was published by Immunity.
Blackwell in partnership to publish volumes of 'Annals' - 02 Nov 2005
Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences, under which the two will publish 28 volumes a year of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Each volume of the 182-year-old Annals contains reviews of leading-edge interdisciplinary subjects, based on presentations made at scientific conferences and workshops organised by the Academy and other organisations around the world. At present, there are over 1,000 titles in the series. The project, slated for launch in January 2006, will have the Academy at the helm for acquisitions and editorial control.
The Academy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to build communities of scientists and serve science and society. Founded in 1817, it has attracted prominent members including US Presidents Jefferson and Monroe, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. The Annals are the US' longest continuously published scientific journal.
Elsevier developing business intelligence solutions with aTi - 02 Nov 2005
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its project to develop a range of business intelligence solutions targeted at the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. The company, working along with AdvantTechnologies (aTi), expects to bring out integrated and flexible products that will help business intelligence, business development and market research experts make informed decisions. The suite will comprise a database of drugs that are in clinical development, as well as consulting and syndicated reports. The database is slated for launch in early 2006.
Elsevier and aTi expect to leverage the former's experience in publishing peer-reviewed content and the latter's technology. The duo has sought inputs from leading industry experts for the initiative. It is also adopting extensive user testing to ensure that the solutions meet market demand. Julie Gordon, Director of Emerging Products at Elsevier, will lead the project.
IBM ties up with Google for desktop search - 02 Nov 2005
IT services firm IBM Corp., US, has announced a partnership with Internet search services firm Google Inc., US, under which it will deploy Google's proprietary technology in its own search programmes. The technology agreement, with no 'exchange of money', is projected to help IBM clients access and organise information more easily. Users of IBM's Omnifind search service can download the Google desktop search from IBM's website free of cost.
The Google search technology is currently utilised by over 400 million users a month to search the web as well as local documents. It is expected to boost IBM's sales by providing a holistic system to manage information. The deal with Google is part of IBM's wider "Information as a Service" strategy, under which it has sold its PC unit, boosted R&D spend to US$1 billion and acquired 14 companies. However, industry observers have stated that to succeed in its new strategy, IBM needs to modify its corporate culture. The sales force should learn to market a wide-ranging data-management solution and not just individual products and services.
NPG introduces four new clinical journals - 02 Nov 2005
Nature publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has introduced four new clinical-review titles, which will explore how published research articles may possibly influence patient care. The four new journals - Clinical Practice Endocrinology and Metabolism, Clinical Practice Rheumatology, Clinical Practice Nephrology and Clinical Practice Neurology - are projected to help physicians updates themselves on the latest studies in their respective domains.
NPG launched four similar titles last year, viz., Clinical Practice Oncology, Clinical Practice Urology, Clinical Practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine. Over the forthcoming years, it expects to extend this series to 15 titles. While they will initially feature only review articles, the long-term plan is to include original research.
The journals will carry brief synopses of research articles within six weeks following their original publication. Over the next three months, they will carry in-depth articles wherein specialists will point out how the research findings can impact patient care. Within a year following publication of the original article, the NPG articles will examine how a particular clinical discovery has been implemented in practice. The journals will also feature case studies and commentaries.
Rensselaer Professor Michael Shur elected as AAAS Fellow - 02 Nov 2005
The latest issue of Science has announced the election of Michael Shur as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Shur, a Professor in Solid State Electronics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is one of 376 newly elected fellows recognised for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially significant. Cited for "distinguished contributions to novel semiconductor devices and integrated circuits", Shur will be honoured at the Fellows Forum during the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in February 2006 in St. Louis, Montana.
Shur is a director of Rensselaer's Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology. He was recently part of a multinational team that created a nanotransistor that generates a terahertz signal, which may lead to a new generation of terahertz devices for use in biotechnology and microelectronics.
The AAAS is a non-profit general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.
Agent Software launches federated search application - 01 Nov 2005
Search solutions provider Agent Software, US, has announced the launch of Precision Recall, a desktop application for federated search. This product allows users to perform precise research, enhance productivity and share research files. They can gather, classify and publish content sourced from various repositories such as e-mails, Internet and local files through a single integrated application platform. Since it is an integrated application, the search results are based on user-defined properties. Users can customise the results as per their requirements, in terms of the appropriateness of the content. They can then alter, annotate and rate the content. Precision Recall is compatible with search tools like Google. It also extends the Spotlight technology introduced by Apple in its latest OS X 10.4 Tiger software. Agent Software is working on RSS feed plug-ins and subscription sources for the product.
Starting at $99 per user, Precision Recall's pricing depends on the features and configurations. For government, non-profit organisations and educational institutions, it is available at a discounted price. While Precision Recall for Apple 10.4 Tiger is already on the shelves, it will be available for Windows and MS Office desktop suite in the first quarter of 2006.
Global Graphics launches upgrade of Jaws PDF Creator - 01 Nov 2005
Open document and print solutions technology provider
Global Graphics, has announced the launch of the latest version of the Jaws PDF Creator. Version 4.0 of the software can create files that are entirely compliant with PDF 1.5 and advanced Microsoft Office Macro capabilities from Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Users of Jaws PDF Creator for print and pre-press production get PDF creation settings that are in conformity with Version 3 (2005) of the Ghent PDF Workgroup profiles. The latest version also offers fast Web download, colour accuracy in PDF files and font embedding and image compression features.
Pre-press plug-ins provided by Global Graphics allows users to create or validate particular categories of PDF files that match industry specifications. With Jaws PDF Creator v 4.0, users can modify the settings according to the configurations they wish to import. Later, when generating a PDF file, they can choose the profile they require for the task. The software can be operated on Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98SE, and 2003 Server, 2000 Server, 2003 Server running Windows Terminal Services, Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server running on Windows 2003 Server and Mac OS X. It is priced at $84 (£47/Euro 69) and current users can upgrade at $44 (£24/ Euro 36).
Ling Kwok replaces Warren Huff on Ergo Science Board - 01 Nov 2005
Ergo Science Corporation has announced the resignation of J. Warren Huff from its Board of Directors and from the Audit and Compensation committees. He is replaced by Ling Kwok, who has been serving the company as Vice President, Corporate Development, since December 2003.
Ergo Science took over the B2B publishing division of Highbury House Communications plc, UK, in April 2005. It provides information on various sectors like data services and directories, printed and web magazines, conferences and award ceremonies and exhibitions.
Management Information Tools to launch interactive report generator, MITS Report - 01 Nov 2005
Advanced reporting and business intelligence solutions provider Management Information Tools, Inc.,US, has announced the early 2006 launch of MITS Report, an interactive report generator that offers flexible and cost-effective reporting. MITS Report works speedily, due to which the reporting experience for the user is interactive. While MITS Discover (previously called MITS OLAP Business Intelligence System) provides in-depth and dynamic data analysis, MITS Report provides a simple way to generate basic reports from existing organisational data.
An intuitive web browser interface is helpful in installing, configuring and using MITS Report. The product features a user-based security model, due to which users may access appropriate information alone. Cached data retrieval optimises the pace of interactive reporting even against huge quantities of data. The advanced technology of the product allows users to sort, filter and change columns quickly, without having to re-query the data from the operational system. The resulting data can be exported to any common file format, such as Microsoft Excel and Adobe PDF
Outsell report predicts high growth for SADS segment of information industry - 01 Nov 2005
Information industry advisory and research firm
Outsell, Inc.,has announced the launch of a market report on the Search, Aggregation & Distribution Services (SADS) segment of the information market. According to the report, titled I-Market MarketView, SADS 2005: Search Revolution Fuels Information Industry Upheaval, SADS is not only the fastest growing but also the most troubled section of the $263 billion information industry. The SADS segment includes book distributors, search engines, general aggregators and subscription services providers. It also features newer players such as Chinese search engine SINA apart from the US enterprises like Microsoft (MSN), LexisNexis and Dialog. Outsell forecasts that SADS will outperform the 9.8 percent growth rate of the general information industry by posting 18 percent growth in 2005.
Twelve publishers agree to add content to EBSCOhost - 01 Nov 2005
Electronic journal service operator EBSCO, US, has signed agreements with 12 journal publishers to add content from 61 of their titles to its EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Enhanced EJS service. The data is included in the EBSCO SmartLinks automatically. This authenticates and rights-checks linking from citations in EBSCOhost databases to the entire text found on EJS, e-journals from CrossRef-member publishers and in other databases of EBSCOhost. Users can thereby carry out a comprehensive search.
The American Podiatric Medical Association, Berkeley Electronic Press, IFIS Publishing, Dialogue Foundation, BC Decker, E-Med Ltd., eContent Management, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Palgrave Macmillan, the American Association on Mental Retardation, the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization are the publishers who have signed in to add their content.