Chemical information provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that a patent application claiming compounds with potential therapeutic activity, submitted to China's State Intellectual Property Office, included the 60 millionth substance recorded in the CAS Registry. CAS is a division of US-based American Chemical Society (ACS).
Coming less than two years after CAS Registry crossed the 50 millionth mark, the second major milestone is seen to show the continued acceleration of chemical and scientific output across the globe. CAS scientists are said to keep up with this growth daily, by analysing, organising and curating the output of worldwide research in their native languages to maintain the completeness and quality of CAS' premier substance collection.
The 60 millionth substance, a potential antiviral compound, was assigned the CAS Registry Number 1298016-92-8. The substance was discovered by the Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, a key drug research institutions in China. In the patent application, a team of inventors prepared derivatives of 2-amino-1,3,4-thiadiazine.
CAS Registry is projected as a comprehensive collection of disclosed chemical substance information. It contains more than 60 million unique organic and inorganic substances, such as alloys, coordination compounds, minerals, mixtures, polymers and salts, and more than 62 million sequences.
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Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced that it has enhanced its Japanese search functionality in the Serials Solutions Summon web-scale discovery service. The service currently enables sophisticated search features in Dutch, French and Japanese, and will be adding additional languages in the near future.
The Summon service has always supported UTF-8 encoding compliance for its foreign language search requirements. However, the complexities of the Japanese language in Unicode present challenges in delivering the most accurate search results. A host of sophisticated Japanese-language search features are now available through the Summon service. These include support for written language variations, tokenised and lemmatised search, and improved relevancy ranking.
In languages such as Japanese where there are several different writing variations - in this case, Hiragana, Kanji and Katakana - the Summon service recognises and returns relevant results regardless of how they are written. This means that researchers no longer need to search for information in all three writing styles, but rather will get all the results with one fast and easy search.
The Summon service now includes a state-of-the-art morphological analyser that is coupled with a Japanese dictionary to improve the overall search quality in the Japanese language. With tokenised search, there is no need to maintain a manually created exception list for handling string matches. The service also allows users to enter alternate forms of Japanese verbs, adjectives and auxiliary verbs into the search box, and returns results for all relevant inflected forms of the word, improving the discoverability of more content.
Additionally, the Summon service boosts the relevancy score for verbatim search term matches. This is especially important in character-based languages such as Japanese where the same character can carry multiple meanings depending on context. Researchers can be assured that there is no need to scroll through numerous pages of results to ensure they've reviewed all word-for-word matches.
Engineering resources provider Knovel, US, has announced the launch of Mining Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy as a new subject. Knovel's Mining Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy subject area supports engineers involved in mining engineering, extractive metallurgy as well as affiliated engineers working in design and construction and for equipment manufacturers.
The new subject will provide must-have guidance on managing critical health and safety issues, practical information on improving mineral processing efficiency and ways to maximise the value of extraction efforts. Mining Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy launches with 68 titles from notable societies and publishers including the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), Elsevier, CDC NIOSH, US EPA, Wiley, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), and others.
The collection, which includes SME's 'Mining Engineering Handbook 3rd Edition' and SME's 'Mining Reference Handbook,' will offer more than 100 titles by the end of Q3 2011. Topics in this collection include Economic Geology; Exploration and Geophysics; Health and Safety; Mine Design and Construction; Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy; Operations and Management; and Sustainability and Environment.
Unbound Medicine, a US-based provider of knowledge management solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the extension of the Unbound Platform with multi-dimensional capabilities for Apple's iPad. This latest platform enhancement delivers in one application instant lookup of trusted content, powerful content personalisation, push communications alerts, and knowledge sharing among friends and colleagues.
Unbound's platform enhancement arrives as many students and practitioners adopt the iPad for day-to-day knowledge management. Manhattan Research estimates that 30 percent of US physicians already own an iPad and 28 percent plan to purchase one in the next six months. Medical schools, nursing programmes, and healthcare systems are also exploring how the iPad and other tablet devices can support clinical decision-making from any location.
Unbound's iPad-optimised solutions serve as a home base for healthcare professionals. With universal search, users can find answers instantly from leading databases, texts, journals, news feeds, and interactive tools without the need for a continuous internet connection. Content, tools, and favorites can be customised to meet each user's personal needs. Push communications alerts including news, product announcements, renewal messages, and sponsor messages can be sent to the device on a dynamic schedule and segmented by user geography, role, or area of interest.
Furthermore, by using content creation and sharing tools such as Unbound's Grasp, users and organisations can build interactive learning and practice tools that can be shared informally with friends and colleagues or formally with class groups and association members.
iPad extends Unbound's growing network of supported platforms, including the web, Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Palm.
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the California State University (CSU) have announced a three-year partnership. Under the deal, NPG will support design and development of an innovative series of affordable, high quality interactive textbooks in college-level science. The 'born digital' textbooks will be used initially at CSU campuses but will be available to other universities from September 2011.
The first interactive textbook in the programme, Principles of Biology, will be used as the primary learning solution for the introductory biology course at CSU's Los Angeles, Northridge, and Chico campuses for the 2011/2012 academic year. The textbook is being developed by a team of scientists and instructors led by NPG's editors, with guidance from a team of faculty advisors at the three CSU campuses.
As a 'born digital' product, Principles of Biology will be accessible to students and instructors via web browsers on desktops, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones. Students will have the rights to self-print a colour copy of the textbook. The publication uses more than 175 interactive lessons and continual assessment to help students master basic concepts, and draws on Nature's expertise and extensive archive of research papers to cultivate mature scientific skills, including data analysis and critical thinking.
CSU campuses will be licensing NPG's Principles of Biology textbook for academic year 2011/2012 in three different modes. CSU's Los Angeles campus has opted for a site license, enabling automatic online access to the materials by all students enrolled at CSULA. At CSU's Chico campus, students will receive individual access, arranged through the campus bookstore. CSU Northridge is using the resource in its distance education class; students will purchase access online. Instructors will be able to customise the textbook before adoption and share modified versions of the material with their students during the semester. All materials will natively support accessibility by disabled students.
Further titles in life and physical sciences will be launched by NPG, with consulting and adoption by CSU faculty, over a three-year period.
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STM publisher Springer is set to launch a new open access journal, Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences (HCIS). Scheduled for launch in June 2011, the journal will become part of the SpringerOpen portfolio. It will be fully sponsored by the Korea-based Future Technology Research Association International (FTRA).
Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences is one of the official international journals of the FTRA. The journal covers the multifaceted aspects of human-centric computing technology and information sciences with its convergence strategies. The goal of this interdisciplinary journal is to bring together researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions from this field.
As an open access journal, all research results from HCIS will be freely available online.
SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.
The organisers of the forthcoming SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication have announced the speakers who will zero in on the motivation and drive behind the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, building support on campuses in North America, and plans for the November meeting.
Planned in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) meeting in New Orleans, LA, this installment of the popular forum is focusing on expanding support for the Berlin Declaration. The Berlin Declaration outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge, including encouraging researchers and cultural heritage custodians to make all kinds of materials openly available, from texts to datasets.
The Berlin Declaration has garnered signatures from nearly 300 research institutions, libraries, archives, museums, funding agencies, and governments from around the world – including the leaders of organisations ranging from the Max Plank Society and Chinese Academy of Sciences to Academia Europaea. Most recently, both Harvard University and the International Federation of Library Associations added their names to the roster.
The goals of the declaration are advanced in part by an annual conference of international leaders that will take place in North America for the first time this November, offering an opportunity for the library community to continue its leadership role in advancing Open Access.
Dr. Dieter Stein, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University (Germany), and organiser of the Berlin 6 conference; Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas; and Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs and Operations for SPARC and moderator of the Berlin 9 organising coalition will help libraries to navigate the potential impact of the Berlin process for their campuses. The forum will be held June 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Morial Convention Center, Room 383. Separate registration for this event is not required.
The Frankfurt Book Fair will host an offshoot of its international media conference, StoryDrive, at MICA (Mercado de Industrias Culturales Argentinas), Argentina's first trade fair for the creative industries. MICA will take place from June 2 – 5, 2011 in Buenos Aires.
As part of the StoryDrive conference, a total of 10 international experts from the fields of film, games and books will come together on June 3 and 4 to explore the latest trends and opportunities for cross-industry collaboration.
The StoryDrive programme features seven keynotes, presentations and discussions focused on crossmedia and transmedia-related topics. The speakers are from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Argentina. They include Alex Fernandez, CEO of the development studio Streamline Media Group. In his keynote on 'gamification', he will demonstrate what other media branches can learn from the games industry. Lisa Holton of Fourth Story Media will discuss changes in the way we consume content and the impact this is having on the creative industries. While Sophie Holmes of Transworld Publishers highlights the potential of transmedia storytelling, producer David Gerson will discuss his experience of collaborating with the film and book industries. Using a case study, Ralph Möllers, director of children's software publisher Terzio Verlag, will provide practical insights into the challenges and successes of change management.
MICA aims is to establish a networking and export platform for the booming local creative industries, which are said to generate 3.5 per cent of Argentina's GDP and secure around 200,000 jobs. The trade fair is stated to represent all branches of the creative economy.
StoryDrive is a product of Frankfurt SPARKS, the digital initiative of the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is geared toward professionals from the worlds of media and publishing and their counterparts from the fields of technology and marketing. StoryDrive takes place during the Frankfurt Book Fair and features a two-day conference (October 12 and 13, 2011) and a crossmedia marketplace.
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the United States Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) have joined the rapidly expanding group of information providers that enable the Primo Central Index of scholarly content to cover their collections.
A publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in business and government, BNA will make available to the Primo Central Index over 90 journal titles aimed at legal practitioners and law students. These resources cover the fields of corporate law and business; employee benefits; employment and labor law; environment, health, and safety; healthcare; human resources; intellectual property; litigation; and tax and accounting.
Extending its scope in the abstract and indexing domain, Primo Central will also index the MLA International Bibliography collection, which provides the only comprehensive bibliography of books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. The database includes over 2.3 million citations in more than 70 languages.
Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index covers hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. Primo Central is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which enables library users to enjoy the full benefit of a one-stop service for their information needs and to explore their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources from the Primo Central Index.
Literatum will allow World Scientific to bring together all of its content products on a single platform for the first time. When it launches, the next generation WorldSciNet platform will enable researchers to search and browse a library of 85,000 journal articles, 4,000 books, and 1,000 conference proceedings.
Professional and scholarly publishers are using the Literatum platform to manage, deliver and monetise their digital content. Publishing organisations such as JSTOR, the American Chemical Society, de Gruyter, and Annual Reviews are using Literatum to provide controlled access to journals, books, reference works, and other types of publications.
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