The Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters has announced that it will preview at the American Library Association Conference (ALA) the Data Citation Index, an upcoming research resource within the Web of Knowledge to facilitate the discovery, use and attribution of data sets and data studies, and link those data to peer-reviewed literature.
This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single source of discovery for scientific, social sciences and arts and humanities information by connecting foundational research within data repositories around the world to related peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge.
The Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index, scheduled for release later this year, makes research within the digital universe discoverable, citable and seamlessly linked to the article detailing the outputs from the original investigation. Thomson Reuters has partnered with data repositories such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, facilitating visibility, author attribution, and ultimately the measurement of impact of this growing body of scholarship.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new international, quarterly journal - Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. The journal is affiliated with the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) and is now available online.
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction is devoted to the publication of high-quality research on learning within, and through, social practices. Its particular focus is on understanding how learning and development are embedded in social and cultural activities, and how individuals and collective practices are transformed through learning. Such understanding requires a careful analysis of learning in social context, and of the communicative processes involved.
Included in the journal are in-depth studies of interaction in schools (in various subjects and settings), universities, work-places, voluntary organisations, public agencies, hospitals, laboratories and other institutional settings, as well as studies of informal settings such as everyday conversations, play settings, youth clubs, games and other cultural practices. The journal will also publish longitudinal studies of learning trajectories and analyses of contexts and interactional patterns that hinder learning.
The first issue of the journal is now freely available to view online on ScienceDirect.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that O’Bleness Memorial Hospital has selected its ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, software as its electronic order set solution.
ProVation Order Sets is an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. ProVation Order Sets is built upon ProVation Medical’s clinician-designed technology platform. A key benefit is continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 600,000 users worldwide.
Located in Athens, Ohio, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital is a private not-for-profit hospital serving the residents of southeastern Ohio with the latest clinical technologies and comprehensive medical services. It is the cornerstone hospital of O’Bleness Health System, a regional network of physicians, nurses, technicians, support staff and modern facilities.
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, has announced a new catalogue display functionality, as well as support for consortia catalogues in the Summon discovery service.
The new catalogue detail page improves display of items from both local and consortia catalogues indexed in the Summon service. Optimised to include enrichment content from Syndetic Solutions such as book covers and table of contents and LibraryThing ratings and reviews, the catalogue detail page was designed to entice the user to access the content. Libraries will now have the option to customise Summon records for catalogue items to include additional enrichment content, custom text and intuitive linking options for placing holds, interlibrary loan requests and accessing e-books.
The new catalogue detail page also represents the first step in providing functionality for libraries considering replacing their current OPAC with the Summon service. The open architecture of the Summon service, and the virtually unlimited customisation options for the catalog detail page, create the optimal front-end discovery tool for any library services platform or web-scale management service, including Serials Solutions Intota.
Unique to the Summon service, the new indexing capabilities for union catalogues and disparate catalogues enable researchers to easily scope searches using facets to a particular library or group of libraries pre- or post-search.
Unlike most existing union catalogues, Summon service users can easily scope searches to display catalogue holdings from specific libraries within their consortia. This also facilitates convenient access to items available through shared borrowing arrangements. For institutions without a formal union catalogue, this new functionality enables users to discover content with the flexibility to select combinations of collections tailored to deliver the most relevant search results.
New administrative tools provide a more efficient way and new options for customising how local catalogue records are mapped to match the library’s specifications in the Summon service – and optimised for display of the record. This added functionality will also enable librarians to easily see the mapping, evaluate how it’s working and make better modification decisions.
The new features will be demonstrated at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, CA, and new research conducted on the use of the Summon discovery services by the University of Huddersfield and Grand Valley State University will be presented.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of SAGE Knowledge: the ultimate social sciences online library. Launch demonstrations and trials will be available at the forthcoming ALA conference in Anaheim.
Launching with more than 2,500 titles, SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including encyclopaedias, handbooks, advanced textbooks, scholarly monographs and professional development titles. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source. SAGE Knowledge also includes selected works from Corwin and CQ Press.
Available in Beta since March, more than 1000 institutions have already trialed SAGE Knowledge, including current SAGE Reference customers who will be migrated onto the new platform.
For readers, SAGE Knowledge offers titles in full text HTML as well as pdf download. In addition to quick and advanced search options, titles can be browsed through book portal pages and table of contents. Content is discoverable by major search engines at the title and chapter level to ensure students find SAGE content no matter where they start their search. Personalisation features are provided to create reading lists and save searches. Functionality to enable easy social sharing of materials and citation options are also provided.
Libraries are being offered a range of flexible purchasing options, including mix and match of reference titles as well as collection and subject bundles. MARC Records and COUNTER reports will be available. All DOIs are registered for each title and chapter deposited in CrossRef.
The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.
The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Jordan's strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.
Jordan is the fourth president in OCLC’s 43-year history. He came to OCLC after a 24-year career with Information Handling Services (IHS), an international publisher of databases. Prior to joining IHS, he held positions with the 3M Corporation in Europe and the US.
IMS Health, a US-based provider of information, services and technology for the healthcare industry, has announced the launch of IMS SiteOptimizer. The product is a cloud-based solution that seeks to help clinical trial organisations more effectively identify and assess trial site locations and recruit best-performing investigators.
Leveraging the company’s DecisionView technology platform, the new offering is designed to capture and analyse enrollment performance for clinical trial investigative sites and investigators. With this insight, study teams can reportedly build optimised site rosters based on real-world performance, identifying sites and selecting investigators based on their experience with an indication, geographic location and available capacity.
IMS SiteOptimizer is available through the company’s Clinical Trial Performance Optimization unit, part of IMS’ Healthcare Value Solutions business. IMS Healthcare Value Solutions seeks to connect healthcare stakeholders through real-world evidence to demonstrate the value of medicines, enhance quality and drive improved results.
Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest, US, has launched its new Stacks application for mobile phones. The application helps the subscribers of Books In Print and Resources for College Libraries (RCL) to scan a barcode or enter an ISBN, access book records, and add titles to lists from their iPhones and iPads.
Using Stacks, book buyers in a store, office or at a trade show can simply scan and save titles from Books In Print on the spot. Librarians can scan titles from their stacks, add to lists for weeding, etc., eliminating the need to cart books back to a desk for evaluation.
Bowker Stacks is seen to streamline library and book-buying processes and save money through the elimination of scanners. Users simply scan a book’s barcode or enter in the ISBN, then link to the metadata from Books In Print to add titles to lists for later review.
RCL users can work right at their shelves, scanning titles and verifying on their iPhones and iPads whether they are part of the list that peer librarians consider essential for two- and four-year collections. If it is not in RCL, it is not core and subject to weeding, according to the company.