EndNote collaborates with Science Hack Day to bring global event to Madagascar - 07 Aug 2014
Thomson Reuters EndNote, the leading software for researchers, librarians and students to manage bibliographies, citations and references, has announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day – a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation - to bring the event to Africa. The continent's first-ever Science Hack Day will be held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, August 9-10 at Habaka, a local innovation hub and business start-up incubator dedicated to advancing the country's efforts in technology through collaboration.
Science Hack Day is a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation with events joining scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts. Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The event is designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to develop new scientific solutions or "hacks." During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 48 consecutive hours.
Madagascar's growing community of scientific and technological innovators have been invited to attend the event in Antananarivo to work together to create and build upon new ideas or hacks. Participants will then have the opportunity to test their hacks in a friendly competition.
Science Hack Days have been primarily fuelled by volunteers and regional sponsorships. As the first global sponsor, EndNote is helping the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.
EndNote is utilised by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Science and ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.
IMS Health introduces cloud-based life sciences solution to strengthen customer engagement, local sales productivity - 07 Aug 2014
Information and technology services company IMS Health has announced the immediate availability of Nexxus Mobile Sales—the first complete cloud-based sales performance solution for life sciences - in the US. Nexxus Mobile Sales helps companies implement national brand strategies at local levels by combining continuously updated industry and customer data with expert decision-support tools for sales reps.
In today's complex healthcare environment, where signals often conflict, Mobile Sales gives life sciences commercial organisations a new app on top of existing CRM systems for driving real-time, intelligent local customer engagement.
The latest addition to the Nexxus™ Commercial Application Suite, Mobile Sales embeds a new level of territory analytics into existing CRM and sales force automation systems to deliver just-in-time, locally relevant insights, along with expert coaching to sales reps through their handheld tablets. Mobile Sales incorporates IMS Health’s patent-pending "Next Best Customer" methodology to simplify and guide decisions about which customers to visit. This methodology—first pioneered by the IMS Health Consulting Group—is based on brand strategy analytics, local customer dynamics and multiple sources of information, including prescriber influence, prescribing patterns and proximity. Eliminating the need for sales teams to run queries or review reports, Mobile Sales issues alerts to the sales rep about specific territory and customer opportunities from brand and sales leadership.
For increased productivity in the field, Mobile Sales integrates advanced voice-command technology to provide hands-free, eyes-free access to all solution features, and delivers intuitive prompts and queries that simplify and streamline sales call follow-up and administration. As a result, sales teams can deliver greater value and spend more time with customers.
As part of the Nexxus Suite, Mobile Sales takes advantage of the IMS One™ intelligent cloud platform that integrates IMS Health's critical life sciences data with client data, as well as third-party information sources. The Nexxus Suite includes seamlessly interoperable Software-as-a-Service applications spanning critical commercial functions—including integrated, multi-channel marketing campaign management, CRM, social media listening and analytics, and business intelligence and key performance indicator tools.
CrossRef and California Digital Library in deal to extend discoverability of scholarly publications - 07 Aug 2014
CrossRef and the California Digital Library (CDL) have signed an agreement that opens a route for library publishers to participate in the scholarly communications hub created by CrossRef. Through the agreement, publishers using CDL's EZID digital identifier service may now choose to deposit the metadata for their content in the CrossRef system. In this way they may use the full range of CrossRef services, including search and discovery, persistent linking, tracking of funding and licensing information, text and data mining, and more.
As a CrossRef Sponsoring Publisher, EZID will handle the technical and administrative processes for its client publishers, reducing barriers to their CrossRef participation.
CDL is a founding member of the DataCite consortium, which, like CrossRef, is one of nine Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Registration Agencies (RAs). CrossRef assigns DOIs to multiple content types including articles, books and book chapters, data, and many others. DataCite also assigns DOIs to data. A key difference between the two organisations is the primary communities they work with. DataCite assigns DOIs mainly for institutional and subject repositories, while CrossRef is a membership organization of scholarly publishers. While both enable persistent identifiers for scholarly content, the two RAs provide different types of applications and services for that content.
Six months post launch, 80 percent of UK library services sign up to Access to Research - 07 Aug 2014
Ten million academic articles, including content from IOP Publishing, are now included in the Access to Research initiative.
Since launching earlier this year, the Access to Research initiative has grown quickly to include the majority of local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. This means that researchers, students and members of the public across the UK can now access more than 10 million of the world's leading online academic papers covering a wide range of disciplines, including health and biological sciences, technology, history, medicine and social sciences, just by walking through the door of their local library. So far, over 14,500 individual users have utilised the service.
The service, launched in February 2014, now has 163 local authorities committed to providing Access to Research to their users, amounting to 80 percent of UK local authorities. The Access to Research service is available from Torbay to the Shetlands and from Powys to Brent, with more local authorities expected to join over the coming months. These local authorities are now taking the lead in promoting the service via their libraries, so usage is expected to increase even further during the remainder of the two year pilot.
Users have been searching for terms as diverse as WW1, zombie ants, Hello Kitty, Geomorphology and applied economics, showing the breadth of information available.
Access to Research has been launched in response to a key recommendation of the Finch Group, a committee convened by the Government to explore how access to publicly funded research could be expanded. The Finch Group recommended that the major journal publishers should grant public libraries a licence to provide free access to their academic articles. Access to Research is the result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free to UK libraries.
The content is searchable through the Summon® discovery service, provided free of charge by ProQuest. The implementation group, led by the Publishers Licensing Society, is gathering both quantitative and qualitative data during the two year pilot. These findings will be used to assess effectiveness of the service and to inform future delivery.
Emerald Group Publishing performs well in Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports - 07 Aug 2014
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has announced that 56.4 percent of its indexed titles have increased in Impact Factor following the release of the 2013 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) by Thomson Reuters.
Notable successes include Supply Chain Management, with a new Impact Factor of 2.916 bringing the journal into the top quartile of both the Business and Management subject categories. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education has moved into the top quartile of the Education and Educational Research subject categories. Further, two Emerald titles - Employee Relations and Leadership and Organizational Development Journal - made their Impact Factor debut with Impact Factors of 0.406 and 0.625 respectively.
Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,300 books and book series volumes. It also provides an extensive range of value-added products, resources and services to support its customers' needs.
Emerald is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. It also works in close collaboration with a number of organisations and associations worldwide.
SirsiDynix and Mackin announce e-resource central agreement - 07 Aug 2014
SirsiDynix and Mackin Education Resources are working together to bring audiobooks, video resources, and nearly 300,000 eBooks to the eResource Central (eRC) ecosystem. Mackin has provided library and classroom services for grades PK-12 for over 30 years; its collections will extend the breadth of offerings available through eRC to school libraries. The partnership between Mackin and eRC will allow school libraries to update their local title metadata with the click of a button and will let students download, preview, and see available eResources all from the library catalogue.
Mackin caters to thousands of schools, libraries, educators, and students to provide the educational resources they need to succeed.
Through integration with SirsiDynix eResource Central, more libraries and users will be able to benefit from Mackin's services.
ARL publishes Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340 - 07 Aug 2014
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, which investigates ARL member libraries' adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as integrated library system (ILS), discovery layer, electronic resource management, interlibrary loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. This SPEC Kit explores research libraries' policies and practices on open sourcing their code, the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects, whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available, and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of OSS contributor agreements, licenses, copyright notices, job descriptions, and organisation charts.
The SPEC Kit Collection provides online access to all titles published from 2006 to the present (SPEC Kit 292– ).