Apple Inc., a US-based multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers, has announced that iPad will be available in nine more countries from July 23, 2010. These include Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.
All iPad models will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, starting from July 23, 2010.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced a new feature on ScienceDirect that improves the discoverability and usefulness of scientific chemistry content. This added functionality seeks to enhance the value of the content for both authors and readers in chemistry.
Starting with two Elsevier chemistry journals, authors are invited to submit structure (MOL) files of their key compounds alongside their articles. Elsevier will use these structure files to add compound identifiers - International Chemical Identifier (InChI) keys - to the article, increasing the discoverability of both the article and its key compounds on ScienceDirect. In addition, the structure files are used to visually display all key compounds of the article in a single scrollable list, with additional functionality such as links to Reaxys, Elsevier's web-based chemistry database, and Google.
According to IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Vice President for Content Innovation at Elsevier, making the MOL files of key compounds available at ScienceDirect and, at the same time, using Reaxys to show the corresponding structures, ties into Elsevier's strategy to enrich the content of ScienceDirect. The use of InChI keys improves discoverability of compounds within the chemistry scientific literature, facilitating and accelerating connectivity to other research tools and content sources. It helps researchers unravel deep layers of information, otherwise hidden in the full text, therewith increasing their research productivity.
The linking of data and content has the potential to streamline the research process, bringing to researchers more relevant information with fewer clicks and through quicker searches. ScienceDirect has built the capability to quickly plug in specialised applications as they are developed, so that external data or relevant analysis tools can be integrated directly in the online article as opportunities emerge.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released two new reports to help physicians optimise the quality and safety of patient care. A guide to patient safety organisations (PSOs) is being offered free online to all physicians to help them participate in PSOs, a way for physicians to voluntarily report and learn from adverse safety events. The second report, a study of medical societies' role in helping guide quality improvement initiatives, finds that physicians strongly believe that AMA is best equipped to assist physicians with improving the quality of healthcare.
The 'Physician's Guide to Patient Safety Organizations' contains practical information, including a glossary, a reporting checklist and a work-flow model. It also includes an analysis of patient safety evaluation systems and the 'Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005'.
In the second report, as part of AMA's ongoing emphasis on enhancing the quality of patient care, the AMA conducted focus groups with 13 medical societies to assess how the AMA and these groups can best advance quality initiatives. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report focuses on care provided in the physician office, and found that a shared definition, best practices and resources will best sustain quality improvement efforts.
The journal publishes peer-reviewed, original scientific research on the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, and on the pre-clinical testing of potential therapies for these diseases. MN was ranked in the top 16 percent of journals among the 'neurosciences' category in the ISI Web of Knowledge by Thomson Reuters.
According to Dr. Guojun Bu, Co-Editor-In-Chief for Molecular Neurodegeneration, this agreement will help the journal to more effectively publish cutting-edge research about the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the development of new diagnoses and therapies. The articles published in MN will be free and will not only help patients and healthcare providers stay abreast of the latest progress, but will also enable scientists to rapidly communicate their important research to the global community.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organisation providing copyright licensing solutions, has announced that it has upgraded its online licensing tool Rightslink. Rightslink allows content users to obtain instant reprint and permission services directly on publishers' websites.
The new version of Rightslink includes new features that make it easier for publishers to provide their users with the ability to obtain reprints through their respective sites. Rightslink customer emails have also been upgraded to a new look and optimised functionality.
Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced its decision to shut down two of its China-based online services. The company will also stop providing technical support to a Chinese-language website.
The decision comes nearly 10 days after Beijing renewed Google's licence to continue operations in the country as an Internet Content Provider (ICP). The Chinese authorities had earlier asked the firm to censor some of its contents for the users in the country. Google's plan includes the shutting down of a self-developed website ranking page and a lifestyle site in China. According to a statement issued by the company, the decision was taken due to 'lower-than-expected demand'.
In addition, Google will discontinue technical support to two services for local business partner Tianya.cn, which utilises Google's technologies to power some of its website functions.
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has announced that the Northeastern University has chosen to work with the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), a unified, customised index of available information resources, to explore the impact of a one-stop 'discovery' system on user research.
Northeastern will work with EBSCO in the next several months to add its Institutional Repository and local digitised content into EDS, providing even more content from the single search interface. The ability to pull these additional resources into the EBSCOhost platform was one of the reasons for choosing EBSCO Discovery Service.
EDS is part of EBSCO's Complete Discovery Solution combining the core discovery layer/index with the federated search capabilities of EBSCOhost Integrated Search and the familiar, powerful EBSCOhost search experience. The service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources and provides access via a single search box. Metadata is harvested from both internal (library) and external (vendors) sources, creating a pre-indexed service of significant size and speed.
The Base Index for EDS forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalogue, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes. The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world's foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from about 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers.
EE Times Group, a United Business Media company, has launched the new EE Times website at www.eetimes.com. An innovative media platform, the new website claims to be the first professional community linking everyone in the global electronics industry to drive technology sales. The restructured website combines the power of the over 1 million monthly visitors with the EE Times Group's extensive portfolio of online brands, must attend events as well as online education and training courses.
The new website is highly intuitive with contextual navigation. Every page of the website contains at least six points of entry to onsite discussions. The site delivers a full suite of multimedia content including video and audio and enables a deeper level of engagement by the global electronics industry.
The six main components of the new EE Times include EE Life Community; News & Analysis; EE Times Design; EE Times Products; Education & Training; and EE Times Events. EE Life Community is the first social networking community where the global engineering community will come together to gather and share information. EE Life will cultivate deeper engagement among constituents of the electronics industry community and deliver strong peer-to-peer interaction around industry information through proven social networking technologies. The News & Analysis section will see EE Times, Embedded.com, TechOnline and DesignLines come together in one robust location to report the news that affects the electronics industry with insight and analysis not only from EE Times experts but also from the EE Times community.
EE Times Design provides engineers with deep vertical content by incorporating all EE Times network websites - Embedded.com, TechOnline, Designlines - within one location. EE Times Design offers opportunities for users to connect, contribute and collaborate on content critical to the detailed design phase such as product specification data, troubleshooting and how-to information. EE Times Products deliver fast access to critical information including application notes, reference designs, teardowns, webinars, video, and specific product parts search. Website visitors can link to components, manufacturers, and franchised distributors to check inventory, order samples or place orders.
EE Times Events will serve as a portal to the EE Times Group event websites - ESC, DesignCon and the ARM Technology Conference - as well as global industry events. It provides event reviews, discussions and comparisons that will drive reader engagement and event registration.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse Association (WRA), and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) recently announced the launch of a new journal - World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination. The collaborative journal is designed to address the growing informational, technical and operational needs of global water reuse and desalination professionals. The journal will be unveiled at WateReuse's 25th Annual Symposium in September. The inaugural issue will be launched at WEF's 2010 Annual Meeting, WEFTEC 2010, in October.
The organisations will initially publish the new journal on a quarterly basis in both print and electronic formats. Plans call for the expansion to six annual print and electronic issues by the end of 2011, with translation into Chinese and Arabic to follow. Also planned is a companion, peer-reviewed journal that will be aimed towards academics, engineering students, and the technical reuse and desalination communities.
The editorial content of World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination will reflect the global outlook, knowledge, and technical expertise of water supply solutions unique to the growing area of reuse and desalination. Content will include potable water and industry reuse issues; seawater desalination; water quality issues in reuse and desalination processes; and the financial, policy, and public acceptance aspects of water reuse and desalination.
Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced a preservation agreement with Beech Tree Publishing. Under the deal, Portico will preserve the latter's collection of three e-journals.
Beech Tree is an independent UK-based company that publishes the peer-reviewed academic journals Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Research Evaluation and Science and Public Policy. Through this agreement with Portico, the publisher seeks to ensure that its e-journals will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. As part of the agreement, Beech Tree will make an annual contribution to Portico and has also named Portico as a mechanism to provide post-cancellation access to the titles committed to the archive.
With the inclusion of these three e-journals, over 11,700 e-journals, 43,000 e-books and 10 d-collections from 111 publishers on behalf of over 2,000 societies and associations have now been entrusted to the Portico archive. Further, nearly 15 million articles are currently preserved in Portico.
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