Federal Research Public Access Act introduced in US House of Representatives - 16 Apr 2010
The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has reportedly been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle and other co-sponsors. The proposed bill seeks to build on the purported success of the first US mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Once passed, the bill would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The introduction of the bill – HR 5037 - is seen to fuel a growing momentum toward openness, transparency and accessibility to publicly funded information.
Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009, HR 5037 is expected to unlock unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
HR 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.
The introduction of HR 5037 has reportedly been welcomed by representatives of the higher education community. The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has called on organisations and individuals to write in support of the bill through the website at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.
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Rider Research report examines impact of iPad on digital media industry - 16 Apr 2010
Rider Research, US, has released a new 19-page research paper that seeks to analyse how the iPad alters the media and publishing industries. According to the report, the iPad is causing the entertainment, publishing and information industries to undergo a radical paradigm shift in their methods of delivering entertainment and information to consumers.
Apple reportedly sold over 300,000 pieces the first day the iPad went on sale in the US. Also, over one million iPad apps were downloaded that day. With the iPad, Apple is said to have created a leisure media device that consumers can use for a wide range of purposes at home - for reading books, playing movies and music or as an instruction manual for home repairs or cooking.
According to Geoff Whiting, who prepared the report, studios, TV networks and magazine/newspaper publishers are no longer limited to immobile TV sets, mobile phones with tiny screens or PCs that place entertainment in a secondary role. Instead, the major TV networks, online video services, newspapers, magazines and book publishers will use the iPad as a hybrid TV/PC. The device is wi-fi and soon its 3G cellular network connections will enable consumers to bypass set-top boxes, media players and the accompanying wires, it is expected. The 3G version does not require the user to have a broadband connection, a modem, a router or a PC.
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American Chemical Society unveils Molecule of the Week mobile application for iTunes - 16 Apr 2010
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has launched a Molecule of the Week (MOTW) mobile application for iTunes. MOTW is one of the most popular destinations on the ACS website. The new application can be downloaded from www.acs.org/motwapp.
Many molecules are suggested by chemists and chemistry enthusiasts. Every structure is reviewed by a scientist and displayed in 3-D and flat images with a brief description. Each week, the MOTW presents a different molecule, with a description, image of the molecular structure, links to records from the Chemical Abstracts (CAS) Registry, and other information. Each record displays the registry number, index name and synonyms, bibliographic information, and more.
The new app automatically delivers these features to the convenience of an iPhone, iPod Touch, and the just-released iPad.
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Wiley, Reaction Explorer partnership to offer interactive organic chemistry learning system with textbooks - 16 Apr 2010
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Reaction Explorer to bring new capabilities to the online organic chemistry market.
Students can access Reaction Explorer through WileyPLUS, an online teaching and learning solution for organic chemistry. Reaction Explorer is projected to help students achieve a higher level of understanding of the intricacies of organic chemistry reactions, syntheses and mechanisms.
Reaction Explorer was initially developed at the University of California, Irvine, in the laboratory of Professor Pierre Baldi, and has been used there for over 3 years to teach undergraduate organic chemistry. It uses expert system technology to predict the results of arbitrary organic chemistry reactions. This unique ability allows students to explore the results of novel reactions, regardless of whether they were anticipated by the developers.
The Reaction Explorer system has two primary modules, focusing on the most challenging and important problem-solving skills students learn in organic chemistry. Synthesis Explorer allows students to interactively learn and work through multi-step retrosynthesis problems, while Mechanism Explorer challenges a student’s ability to propose and sketch reasonable organic reaction mechanisms.
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Elsevier journal to host International Immunopharmacology Conference to mark 10 years of publication - 16 Apr 2010
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, is marking the 10th anniversary of publication of its journal International Immunopharmacology by organising an International Immunopharmacology Conference on Regulatory Myeloid Cells. The conference is scheduled for October 21-24, 2010 in Arlington, near Washington DC.
Since its inception in 2001 International Immunopharmacology has been a primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed original research papers and review articles pertinent to the overlapping areas of immunology, pharmacology, cytokine biology, immunotherapy, immunopathology and immunotoxicology. Under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, James Talmadge of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the journal has developed into an internationally respected, high quality platform for researchers and clinicians interested in examining how the immune system interacts with pharmacologically active agents.
The conference is expected to bring together scientists and clinicians from the diverse fields in which myeloid cells have a critical role, to engender productive discussions, novel hypotheses and foster new collaborations, all of which are critical to the development of this exciting new field. The Organizing Committee has reportedly developed a strong programme with speakers covering many of the more exciting research areas developing in this important field. The programme of the conference is now available online at www.immunopharmacology.elsevier.com.
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Nucleus Medical Media launches new enhanced version of SMART Imagebase - 16 Apr 2010
Nucleus Medical Media, a US-based business that creates and licenses medical illustrations and animations, has launched a new version of Scientific and Medical ART Imagebase (SMART Imagebase), a subscription-based website available from EBSCO Publishing. In addition to medical illustrations and medical animations, SMART Imagebase also includes illustrated monographs and interactive projects.
SMART Imagebase is used in schools and colleges worldwide and lets users download more than 20,000 images and animations of anatomy, physiology, disease, conditions, surgery and trauma to use for educational, non-commercial purposes such as classroom projects, web-based course curricula and professional training. For the latest version of SMART Imagebase, Nucleus has added more than 2,000 new content items, along with additional features to help users find, download, share and edit content faster than ever.
SMART Imagebase enhancements include more than 20,000 medical illustrations; 400 medical animations; 250 monographs and interactives; 71 searchable categories; 14 different languages; larger image previews, user comments and collaborative linking; and dynamic image editing tools. Users will notice a new look to the interface and faster performance from the upgraded resource. Pop-down search menus, larger image previews, and a more user-friendly design along with enhancements designed to improve search and display speed is expected to make the resource even easier to use.
Nucleus has also made ‘under the hood’ upgrades that improve the overall performance over the original version. Additional upgrades include better navigation and search -expanded content categories and tag-based search terms. Additional languages, along with a faster search engine, will allow users to access SMART Imagebase content more efficiently. Users may also create collections of content to share with others, comment on content items, and create links to collections, images and third party content.
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Critical Care to offer free access to 10 review articles - 16 Apr 2010
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the latest issue of the journal Critical Care features 10 free review articles co-published as part of a joint effort with the Springer Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. The articles were selected by Editor-in-Chief Prof. Jean-Louis Vincent for their relevance to health care professionals and researchers working in the area of intensive care medicine.
Contributions include a paper by Julia Wendon and colleagues, King’s College Hospital, UK, on renal dysfunction in liver disease; the prevention of infections caused by catheters written by Olivier Mimoz’s group, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, France, and venous oxygen as a physiological transfusion trigger by Editorial Board member Benoit Vallet et al, University Hospital of Lille, France.
The Yearbook compiles the most recent developments in experimental and clinical research and practice in one comprehensive reference book. Review articles published in Critical Care normally require a subscription to read. In order to access reviews, commentaries and other commissioned content, non-subscribers to can register for a free 30-day trial.
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Credo General Reference collection now includes Princeton University Press titles - 16 Apr 2010
Online reference services provider Credo Reference, US, has signed an agreement to integrate five Princeton University Press titles into the Credo General Reference collection.
One of the leading American university presses, Princeton University Press publishes about 250 innovative books written by the greatest minds in academia each year, in a wide variety of disciplines. With this new agreement, Credo users will now gain full access to reference works such as The Princeton Companion to Mathematics (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2009), The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book, 1993), The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, The Handbook of Economic Sociology and The Princeton Guide to Ecology.
Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo’s General Reference services seek to combine content from multiple publishers with a cross-referencing technology. Publisher Collections are expected to allow libraries to augment their collection with specific, deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers.
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Semantico technology enables partnership between OUP and BBC - 16 Apr 2010
Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) will make The BBC College of Journalism website available to an international audience using technology from Semantico.
This project, powered by the Semantico Access Management System (SAMS) Gatekeeper technology, will enable Oxford University Press to sell subscriptions to the BBC College of Journalism site to a worldwide audience.
SAMS Gatekeeper will be embedded within the existing website to provide integration with the Semantico Access Management System that manages all access management needs for Oxford University Press. The Gatekeeper technology acts as a proxy between end users and the product site, bringing existing products under the control of SAMS so they can begin earning revenue.
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