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UK British Library initiative to offer free access to bibliographic records - 24 Aug 2010

The British Library has announced that it will make its collections of bibliographic records available for free to researchers and other libraries, at www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html.

The UK national library has around 14 million catalogue records said to comprise a wealth of bibliographic data. The new initiative is expected to help expose this vast dataset to users worldwide, allowing researchers and other libraries to access and retrieve bibliographic records for publications dating back centuries and relating to every conceivable subject area.

The new free service will operate in parallel to the British Library's priced bulk MARC data supply activity which is used extensively by large commercial customers.

In some instances researchers may use the library's records for purposes very different from those for which they were originally created. The library recently provided the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) with some eight million bibliographic records - allowing the IPO to conduct research into publishing trends dating as far back as 1650, and to plot these patterns against the course of changes in IP legislation.

As the national library of the UK, the British Library seeks to provide world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offer access to a large and comprehensive research collection. The library's collections include 150 million items from every era of written human history beginning with Chinese oracle bones dating from 300 BC, right up to the latest e-journals.

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German Springer and Helmholtz Association sign agreement for OA membership - 24 Aug 2010

STM publisher Springer and the Helmholtz Association have signed an agreement for open access membership. The move follows the launch of SpringerOpen, a new series of open access journals that will span all STM disciplines. The agreement covers article processing charges for authors from the participating Helmholtz research centres for articles published in SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals.

SpringerOpen journals are peer-reviewed open access journals in emerging and interdisciplinary fields that complement both the established Springer journal portfolios and BioMed Central's growing list of over 200 life science and biomedicine journal titles. SpringerOpen journals are e-only and publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights.

Both SpringerOpen as well as Biomed Central journals charge article processing fees to the author which make the journals' content immediately and freely available. The membership offering, introduced by BioMed Central, allows institutions to directly support the payment of these fees and facilitate the uptake of open access across their authors. Currently, authors from more than 340 institutions in 39 countries benefit from these memberships taking on full or partial payment of article processing fees.

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US Gold Standard/Elsevier launches MEDcounselor Languages with consumer medication information in 12 foreign languages - 24 Aug 2010

Drug information and medication management solutions provider Gold Standard/Elsevier, US, has announced the launch of MEDcounselor Languages, a module that provides trusted MEDcounselor consumer medication information in 12 foreign languages. The new MEDcounselor Languages will enable healthcare providers to help non-English speaking patients better understand their drug therapy, take their medications safely, and avoid potentially harmful errors.

Based on state regulations and customer requests, the new languages offered within MEDcounselor Languages include Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Creole (Haitian), French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese - along with currently available Spanish and English. Additional languages will be available in 2011.

MEDcounselor Languages offers peer-reviewed content on the most frequently used US prescription and over-the-counter drugs (such as medication uses, interactions and side effects), printable patient handouts, and compliance with national standards for Consumer Medication Information (CMI). MEDcounselor Languages are available as an added module to Gold Standard's Clinical Pharmacology, a point-of-care drug reference, and Alchemy, an integrated drug database and decision support engine.

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UK Sheffield Hallam team secures European Commission funding for CUBIST project - 24 Aug 2010

A team from Sheffield Hallam University, working on data search technology, has secured 370,000 funding from the European Commission with help from Enterprise Europe Yorkshire. The funding is part of a 4 million collaborative project lead by German technology leaders, SAP, that will focus on how improved data searching will impact on business.

Called the 'Semantic Web' by father of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the next generation of the World Wide Web will allow users to search more data than ever before, return more relevant results and save users time surfing the web. Currently only a proportion of data posted on the Internet can be 'read' intelligently by computers and users have to visit multiple websites to find the information that they want.

The project, Combining and Uniting Business Intelligence with Semantic Technologies (CUBIST), will focus on creating new visual tools to help businesses make sense of the vast amounts of data that is available. The project will develop methodologies and a platform that combines essential features of semantic technologies and business intelligence. The Communication and Computing Research Centre (CCRC) at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is committed to research in the areas of computing and communication.

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UK Wellcome Library launches digitisation project for free online access to collections - 24 Aug 2010

The Wellcome Library has announced the launch of a digitisation project to provide free, online access to its collections, including archives and scientific papers from Nobel laureates Francis Crick, Fred Sanger and Peter Medawar. The creation of the Wellcome Digital Library is expected to throw open the doors of the Wellcome Library and its collections to a worldwide audience. This is seen to provide a global resource for the study of the history of medicine and modern bioscience.

The Wellcome Trust has approved a budget of 3.9 million to begin a two-year pilot project on the theme of Modern Genetics and its Foundations. Drawing on the Wellcome Library's vast collections, content will include 1,400 books on genetics and heredity published between 1850 and 1990, along with important archives. These include the papers of Crick and his original drawings of the proposed structure of DNA.

The aim is to provide a documentary record of modern genetics, not only from a scientific perspective, but also from political, economic, technological, social, cultural and personal viewpoints. In addition to content from the Wellcome Library, up to 1 million of the fund will be used to support digitisation of relevant material from partner institutions in the UK and overseas.

Users will be able to access the repository following completion of the pilot phase of digitisation, slated for September 2012.

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US 'Geek the Library' campaign now available to libraries in the US - 24 Aug 2010

A community-based public awareness campaign, Geek the Library, is now available for adoption by any US public library. The campaign is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today's challenging economic environment and to increase local library support. Geek the Library has proven ability to improve public perceptions about local library funding needs in test communities. Details about how libraries can use the campaign to increase local support are available at get.geekthelibrary.org.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC helped libraries in central Iowa and southern Georgia pilot the campaign from June through December 2009. Nearly 100 libraries and library systems participated. Four additional library communities tested the campaign on a more abbreviated calendar and budget. These include: Milwaukee Public Library in Wisconsin; Piedmont Regional Library System in Georgia (covering Banks, Barrow and Jackson Counties); Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library in Shelbyville, Indiana; and Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Illinois.

Pilot libraries used the campaign to position the library as a critical asset-for individuals (e.g., to find jobs, re-educate themselves and enhance literacy) and for the community (e.g., access to technology, continued education and economic benefits). The campaign served as a springboard for initiating and expanding relationships with influential members of the community and the media, and for starting important local library funding discussions.

Interested libraries can register on get.geekthelibrary.org for more information about executing the campaign locally. Libraries and library systems that meet minimal commitment requirements for implementing Geek the Library will receive full access to all campaign material and initial campaign training from dedicated field managers. This team will focus on supporting participating libraries through the planning and launch stages, but will provide ongoing guidance, as needed.

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German Thieme E-Book Library platform is now COUNTER compliant - 24 Aug 2010

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that the re-launched Thieme E-Book Library platform is now COUNTER compliant. With this addition to the online library, institutions can now obtain statistical data to monitor online usage that is based on international standards and protocols and supported by libraries, publishers, intermediaries, and professional organisations.

The relaunched Thieme E-Book Library has been reviewed by COUNTER and found to be compliant with the COUNTER specifications for the collection of usage data. This ensures that libraries will have access to accurate statistics regarding their users' usage of the Thieme E-book Library.

The Thieme E-Book Library is a continuously expanding online resource containing books on anatomy, the clinical sciences, radiology and the basic sciences. Through this service, individual users have the ability to download any book to their personal computer's desktop for offline viewing even when no internet connection is available.

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US Pearson Education's Kathy Hurley to keynote SSP IN 2010 conference - 24 Aug 2010

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a nonprofit organisation formed to promote and advance communication among the scholarly publishing community, has announced Kathy Hurley as the keynote speaker for the IN 2010 Conference, scheduled for September 21-23, 2010. Hurley is Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Pearson Education & Pearson Foundation. She works across Pearson on sales and marketing projects as well as education-related initiatives on a domestic and international scale.

Pearson, a global digital services and publishing education company, has grown its digital revenues by an average annual rate of 19 percent and invested more than $3.5 billion in content over the last five years. Hurley has spent 35 years in the education publishing industry. She currently serves on several key industry and education advisory boards, including, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) as Board Chairman, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET), the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) board.

During the IN Conference, Hurley will share her insights and vision for managing the publishing challenges in e-learning. In her keynote speech - Adapting the Business of Publishing to the Future of Learning - she will discuss strategies for leveraging e-learning to enrich the educational experience and assist attendees in discerning where business opportunities exist.

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UK Emerald Group Publishing names Deanna Wamae as Senior VP of the Americas - 24 Aug 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the appointment of Deanna Wamae as Senior VP of the Americas. In her new role, Deanna will focus on driving sales growth and usage development across North and South America.

Deanna has considerable industry experience. Her most recent position was Publisher Relations Manager for the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC). Prior to joining CCC, she worked in sales and journals licensing for Blackwell Publishing supporting growth throughout the Americas, and developing relationships with library consortia. Previously, Deanna was Program Director and Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for EF Education, the world's largest global for-profit intercultural education company.

As a leading independent publisher of scholarly journals and books, Emerald is continually seeking to expand its global operations to strengthen customer support and activities. Emerald has business managers working throughout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, China, India, Australia and the Middle East.

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India Mobile access for Knowledgespeak now available via SCOOPE STM Mobile - 24 Aug 2010

Mobile access for Knowledgespeak is now available via our new beta application, SCOOPE STM Mobile. Subscribers on the move can now gain easy access to Knowledgespeak through a reader-friendly mobile phone interface.

This application is uniquely available in two versions: a mobile browser version and a Java application version. The mobile browser version, www.myscoope.com, is designed specifically for all types of Mobile Phones and Devices including iPhone, iPod, iPad, Black Berry and Android phones. The Java version - SCOOPE.JAR - is for all other Java enabled phones which are not browser friendly.

Some of SCOOPE STM Mobile's user-friendly features include:

Selecting desired news items
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Knowledgespeak is currently inviting feedback/suggestions from its subscribers as to their experiences with the service. The best 10 feedbacks will receive free access to SCOOPE STM Mobile for one year. Please send in your feedback to us at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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