Canadian researchers will now be able to contribute to a growing, searchable digital archive of published Canadian health research with the newly launched PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada). PMC Canada is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM).
The initial version of PMC was launched in October 2009. The full version of PMC Canada, including a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers, was released earlier this week. PMC Canada now supports CIHR's Policy on Access to Research Outputs, which requires CIHR grant recipients to make their peer-reviewed publications freely accessible online within six months of publication. Its manuscript submission system will enable CIHR-funded researchers to deposit their peer-reviewed articles, in a bid to expose their research to a global audience and facilitate collaboration to advance scientific progress.
PMC Canada builds on PubMed Central (PMC), the archive developed by the US’ NLM, and joins UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as a member of the larger PMC International network. PMC and UKPMC content are also now accessible to Canadian researchers.
While CIHR supplied the funds for PMC Canada, NRC-CISTI contributed its technological expertise to build the infrastructure and will manage the repository.
The first phase of PMC Canada includes a basic bilingual interface, a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers and a bilingual help desk. Plans for the second phase of the repository will incorporate a customised web front-end along with enhanced reporting and alerting features for system funders and users. An advisory committee of Canadian health researchers and other stakeholders will guide the repository’s future development.
Open Access Week, the global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research, has been declared for October 18-24, 2010. Now entering its fourth year, Open Access Week is organised by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), with expert guidance from an international panel of Open Access leaders. The event provides an opportunity for the worldwide academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
In 2009, Open Access Week spurred the announcement of actions including expanded open-access publication funds, the adoption of institution-wide open-access policies, and the release of new reports on the societal and economic benefits of OA. This year’s OA Week preparations started with a challenge to researchers from Dr. Philip E. Bourne, Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego and Founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology. In a video posted to the OA Week website, Bourne calls on scholars to think beyond free and ready access to the literature – made possible by Open Access – and consider how technology may be deployed to advance research, to truly mine the increasing amount of available literature.
Challenges like Dr. Bourne’s, and responses to them, will be highlighted across global efforts in conjunction with the Week. Details may be posted or linked on the Open Access Week Web site by October 10, 2010.
The new Open Access Week Web site, at http://www.openaccessweek.org, details how participants across sectors – from research funders and producers to students and libraries – have taken advantage of the event to advance Open Access, and offers ideas for 2010. Organisations and individuals planning to participate or interested in more information about Open Access Week 2010 should register on the website for access to regional and global contacts and resources.
The OCLC Global Council elected a new member to the OCLC Board of Trustees and new leaders for next year during its first meeting (April 19—22) in Dublin, Ohio. Delegates representing libraries from 17 countries heard presentations and participated in discussions about the focus and shared values of the OCLC cooperative. Jan Ison, Global Council President and Executive Director, Lincoln Trail Libraries System, presided over the first annual meeting since OCLC governance changed from a single Members Council to a Global Council and three regional councils—Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Global Council comprises member delegates elected by the Regional Councils and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and communication link between member libraries, Regional Councils and OCLC management and staff.
The Global Council elected Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego Libraries, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Schottlaender will be seated on the Board in November. He has been University Librarian at UC San Diego since September 1999. Prior to joining UCSD, his 20-plus year career in libraries has included positions at the California Digital Library; UCLA; the University of Arizona; Indiana University; and Firma Harrassowitz in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian, Universität Frankfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenbenberg, Germany, was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the OCLC Global Council. Dugall will serve as Vice President of Global Council beginning July 1, 2010.
The Council discussed several documents, including a Statement on Principles of Membership, OCLC Shared Values, and WorldCat Principles of Cooperation. Delegates will continue to review and revise these documents for consideration. Also, it heard reports from OCLC leadership and staff, and participated in panel discussions on a variety of issues, trends and emerging technologies in libraries.
The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) has released a report titled ‘How Smartphones are changing healthcare for consumers and providers.’ The report, by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, focuses on the recent adoption and use of smartphones by both consumers and healthcare providers. According to the report, the uptake of this technology is rapid - two-thirds of physicians and 42 percent of the public used smartphones as of late 2009, despite the recession that began a year earlier.
The creation of applications related to health and healthcare is also moving quickly. As of February 2010, there were nearly 6,000 such applications within the Apple AppStore. Of these, 73 percent were intended for use by consumer or patient end-users, while 27 percent were targeted at healthcare professionals, says the CHCF report.
Apps geared to physicians include alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, continuing medical education and patient records programmes. Consumer-oriented apps include those for medication compliance, mobile and home monitoring, homecare, managing conditions and wellness/fitness.
The CHCF report also examines the challenges to continued rapid smartphone growth – these include business model and privacy issues.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, have announced the winners of the first-annual LIBER Award for Library Innovation. Awards will be presented at the 2010 LIBER Annual Conference in Aarhus, Denmark on June 29, 2010 (http://www.liber2010.eu).
Sponsored by Elsevier, the award is designed to recognise innovative work with the potential to impact the wider library community. The winners will present their papers during the conference. This year’s inaugural award is related to the overall theme of the LIBER Annual conference ‘Re-inventing the Library: Challenges in the New Information Environment.’
The Stichting LIBER Foundation aims to assist research libraries in Europe to support a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure the preservation of the European cultural heritage, to improve the access to collections in European research libraries, and to provide more efficient information services in Europe. It actively promotes co-operation with all library-related organisations and has strong links with the Council of Europe, the Commission of the European Communities (CEC), SPARC Europe and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as well as with national library associations.
Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a new partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee, a provider of rich media solutions to the scientific, technical and medical market. ScholarOne is Thomson Reuters’ industry-leading peer review workflow management solution.
The partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee will give users of ScholarOne Abstracts (formerly Abstract Central) the ability to capture live meeting content and share this content post-event using one source. From a scholarly standpoint, users can augment their meetings or conferences with fluid, multimedia content. As a business tool, this application increases post-event revenue opportunities.
ScholarOne Abstracts is a web-based workflow solution that provides meeting organisers with a secure, complete, cost-effective workflow solution for abstract submission, peer review, programme creation, publishing output and administrative control.
SciVee was launched in late 2007 as a joint initiative between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. It provides Internet video and rich media web products and services for institutions and individual researchers to help the advancement of scientific knowledge.
Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that it has completed an important consultancy project for scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) examining the use of taxonomies across their online content.
It is observed that readers frequently use search facilities to find articles that interest them and taxonomy plays a vital role in determining which content is returned by search engines. Taxonomy also has implications for the placement of advertising on content pages. For online journals that carry context-driven advertising a good taxonomic scheme has a direct impact on revenue. Semantico helped NPG to identify ways in which their subject term definitions and labelling can increase their discoverability.
Nature Publishing Group’s more than 80 journals are hosted on www.nature.com. The website provides over 5 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications, online databases and services. Working to a complex set of requirements demanded by NPG's extensive offering of online content, Semantico provided valuable insights into how the publisher can provide useful and productive labelling of the content in their online journals.
Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the winners of its 2009 Citation of Excellence Awards. Now in their fourteenth year, these annual awards recognise the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world.
Each year the Emerald Management Reviews Accreditation Board, comprised of management experts from industry and academia including Cary Cooper, Philip Kotler, Darrell K. Rigby, and B. Joseph Pine II, select the world's top 400 management titles. Independent subject experts then make a thorough and rigorous assessment of every article in each of these journals and 50 outstanding articles are singled out for a Citation of Excellence Award. Authors of the winning articles receive an official certificate and badge to display on their work. The award brings with it peer recognition and, frequently, increases in research funding.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center has selected its ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.
ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter - from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.
Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC performing general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, facial plastics, ENT, urology, podiatry and pain management surgeries since opening its doors in 2005.
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