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US Wolters Kluwer Health releases updates to Sentri7 electronic surveillance solution - 20 Jan 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the release of updates to its Sentri7® electronic surveillance solution to improve the efficient and effective management of antimicrobials in hospitals and health systems. The advanced offering will help antimicrobial stewardship teams improve patient care and lower costs by optimizing use of drugs associated with antibiotic-resistant strains.

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has become a focal point of national initiatives to combat escalating rates of infection from organisms that are resistant to many of the industry's most potent antibiotics. These organisms contribute to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality as well as notable increases in the costs of care. AMS initiatives help combat the epidemic rate of antimicrobial misuse across the industry—widely reported at greater than 50%—by fostering optimal selection, dose and duration of antimicrobial therapies.

Combining real-time AMS functionality, clinical content and consulting services, Sentri7 provides key components to help healthcare facilities optimise antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). Through a real-time, continuously generated antibiogram and an on-demand days-of-therapy (DOT) report, Sentri7 alerts clinicians to the improper use of antimicrobials and guides them to take proper actions while also providing a means of measuring stewardship program performance.

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Decision Support Guidance offers real-time clinical guidance for intervention opportunities and expert-driven suggestions for next steps, while Smart Alerts™ provides immediate and accurate feedback on optimal antimicrobial use. Rounding out the solution is ClinicalOneSource.com, a web-based resource center that provides in-depth insight into infection-related topics, and change management consulting services provided by a team of MAD-ID certified clinicians for efficient implementation of a successful ASP.

Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It supports multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.

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German The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter in deal to share bibliographical references - 20 Jan 2015

The Max Planck Society, which runs a large number of research institutes throughout Germany and beyond, and academic publisher De Gruyter have reached an agreement to share bibliographical data.

Under the agreement, De Gruyter will provide the Max Planck Society with bibliographical records for all of its past and future publications on language and linguistics. For its part, the Max Planck Society will incorporate these records into Glottolog, an open access database of the world's languages which contains a comprehensive bibliography. A link will be provided within each reference on Glottolog to the publication's page on De Gruyter Online, De Gruyter's integrated platform.

The first data transfer, consisting of the bibliographical records of roughly 4000 books and about 5000 journal issues, has already been completed. Together they contain the individual references of tens of thousands of book chapters and journal articles.

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US Reprints Desk, Inc. launches Article Galaxy Widget, accelerates scientific discovery by simplifying lowest cost - 20 Jan 2015

Reprints Desk, Inc., a Research Solutions company and document delivery supplier, has officially launched its Article Galaxy Widget, a time-saving tool that provides web browser access to scientific, technology and medical (STM) research articles indexed by more than 50 popular search sites and discovery databases, like Google Scholar, PubMed, ResearchGATE, Web of Science and Scopus, as well as numerous publisher websites.

Launched as beta version in June 2014, Article Galaxy is already in use at dozens of research-oriented organisations — from Fortune 500 companies to boutique research firms — where it has received widespread praise and appreciation for its ease-of-use and advanced functionality. Article Galaxy is now available to all Reprints Desk customers in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, engineering and other research-intensive industries.

Researchers simply launch the Article Galaxy Widget as a browser bookmark while they are viewing any website that references published journal articles. The widget's intelligent user interface standardises the search and presentation of full-text articles, and can quickly source content from existing journal subscriptions, Open Access, tokens, past single article document purchases or time-limited rentals. The widget also features quick filtering by source type, instant pricing, and a 'more like this' function that identifies related scholarly papers.

Article Galaxy Widget's journal subscription access and single article document delivery service are powered by Reprints Desk, with rental capabilities offered by DeepDyve. Reprints Desk and DeepDyve work closely with leading journal publishers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine, supporting legal, convenient and cost-effective content access.

Corporations, academic institutions, and government organisations around the world rely on Reprints Desk and its online platform Article Galaxy for legal, low cost access to full-text STM content.

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US Boopsie for Libraries announces tremendous growth in 2014 - 20 Jan 2015

Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, demonstrated a tremendous surge of momentum in 2014. Among other achievements, the company has grown its customer base by more than 30 percent over the previous year.

In addition to expanding its position as market leader among Public, Academic, and K-12 libraries, Boopsie now serves Corporate Libraries and Government & Military Libraries, having signed a global 'Fortune 10' energy company; one of the largest cosmetics companies in the U.S. (Mary Kay, Inc.); and one of the most prestigious military-academic institutions in the world. In addition to growing its customer base and expanding into new library industries, the company's overall customer satisfaction is evidenced by a high 96 percent renewal rate for its mobile Platform-as-a-Service.

New Boopsie technologies and services shipped in 2014 include Boopsie Analytics, which enable libraries to track downloads, unique users, queries and channel visits made in their library-branded apps from a centralised web-based dashboard. The company also launched marketing services for libraries that have increased their library-branded mobile app usage by as much as 300 percent for individual libraries as well as consortia and state-wide systems such as Washington State and the State of Virginia.

Boopsie partnered with a number of leading digital content providers in 2014 to bring a seamless, native mobile experience to users including ProQuest, EBSCO, Baker and Taylor, Recorded Books, Overdrive, and 3M Cloud Library. Boopsie also expanded into re-selling digital content, such as Comics Plus (a digital catalog of 10,000 comics and graphic novels) and CoverCake (an in-app discovery tool for books-as-seen-on-TV).

Innovative strategic technology partnerships such as Parity Computing Inc., which provides powerful data mining, analytics, and decision-support systems for STM publishers and research institutes; Spritz, which offers proprietary advanced speed-reading technology; and LoYakk, a next-generation mobile engagement platform for Fortune 500 companies that facilitates collaboration will help Boopsie serve libraries looking for a mobile strategy that will be relevant far into the future.

As part of its international expansion plans, in 2014 Boopsie partnered with iGroup, the largest reseller of digital services to academic libraries in the Asia-Pacific region, serving more than 2,000 academic institutions and libraries.

Furthermore, a number of industry experts joined the Boopsie Advisory Board in 2014 including Fareed Adib, Global Head of Android Partnerships at Google; Dr. David Clementz, former CIO of Chevron-Texaco; Dr. Michael Housman, Chief Analytics Officer from Evolv, Inc., and other technology industry leaders.

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UK Almost half of IT staff in HE are not involved in the delivery of transnational education by their own institution overseas, says report - 20 Jan 2015

Almost half of IT staff in higher education (HE) are not involved in the delivery of transnational education (TNE) by their own institution overseas, according to a joint report by Jisc and the Observatory of Borderless Higher Education (OBHE).

The research – which was designed to uncover the current state of TNE in UK HE institutions – found that 45 percent of IT staff were in the dark regarding TNE activities. This finding is despite technology being integral to universities delivering teaching and qualifications to students in other countries.

The finding is reiterated by IT departments' exclusion from TNE decision making, with only 27 percent claiming they were involved in institutions' development plans. When it comes to deciding on future TNE activities, this number falls to a worryingly low 1 percent, which suggests that where IT infrastructure is being considered at all, it is only as an after-thought.

There is also a lack of awareness regarding system risks and threats. When asked if data-related problems had previously been encountered abroad through their university's TNE activities, just over half (52 percent) answered 'don't know', while 57 percent were unaware if their institutional risk assessments included IT infrastructure.

TNE is increasingly being recognised for the important role it plays in the UK economy and has been named by the government as one of the key policy strands in the education component of the industrial strategy. A report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in late 2014 on the value of TNE to the UK estimated that Ł496m was generated in 2012/13 alone from this activity stream.

In order to better understand the market, Jisc commissioned OBHE to undertake research on current trends in UK institutions' delivery of TNE, future direction of travel, challenges and opportunities for the HE sector.

The research involved two distinct groups: international offices, and IT departments. A total of 84 institutions responded, all of which were either members of Universities UK or GuildHE.

Other findings to emerge include 'online provision, blended or distance learning' being the preferred method of delivery, chosen by 54 percent. Establishing a branch campus abroad was the least popular, named by just 10 percent of respondents.

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France CGG’s Multi-Physics Business Line now fully operational - 20 Jan 2015

CGG, a fully integrated Geoscience company, has confirmed that its new Multi-Physics Business Line is now up and running within its Acquisition Division. The new Business Line combines all of CGG's Airborne capabilities with its GravMag Solutions business.

The Multi-Physics Business Line offers clients timely and cost-effective solutions encompassing gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic and radiometric surveys with the most comprehensive and advanced range of airborne fixed-wing and helicopter systems.

Multi-Physics is also able to leverage CGG's decades of expertise in applying these geophysical methods offshore with gravity and magnetic data acquisition from a broad range of marine platforms and onshore with particular specialisation in near-surface Multi-Physics to enhance onshore seismic imaging.

The internationally renowned interpretation geoscientists working for this new Business Line integrate multi-physics data with geologic, seismic and well data to add insight to the natural resource evaluation process. They develop and commercialise specialised software to process, invert and interpret potential field and electromagnetic data which are then used to model a large variety of geologic environments. These capabilities extend to the delivery of specialised magnetic models for use in geo-steering by the drilling industry.

The Business Line's multi-client library of gravity and magnetic data also helps to further reduce exploration risk by contributing to an integrated understanding of basin architecture and hydrocarbon potential in most of the world's petroleum basins.

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