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Switzerland Thomson Reuters and WIPO launch Access to Specialised Patent Information programme for developing nations - 20 Sep 2010

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced a partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the launch of the Access to Specialised Patent Information (ASPI) programme. The ASPI programme will provide industrial property offices and government and academic researchers in developing countries with free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information, to foster innovation and participate more fully in the global economy.

Innovation is reportedly beginning to lead BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and VISTA (Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey and Argentina) nations to advance technically, economically and socially. The economies of the latter have been forecast to grow 25.5 times more rapidly than today's seven most industrialised countries by 2050.

The ASPI programme will allow developing and least-developed countries to benefit from enhanced access to powerful tools for exploiting this valuable resource under very favourable conditions. Thomson Innovation, the premier intellectual property research and analysis platform from Thomson Reuters with patent, scientific literature, business and news content, will be made available to researchers through the programme.

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UK British Library launches 2020 Vision - 20 Sep 2010

The British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, has announced the launch of its 2020 Vision, which sets out the library's priorities and aspirations for the next decade. The vision highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next ten years, indicating how the British Library plans to take advantage of those opportunities to remain a major hub of the global information network. Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, announced the vision during her keynote speech at the Independent Woodstock Literary Festival.

The vision outlines five key themes that set out the priorities for the British Library: to guarantee access for future generations; to enable access for everyone who wants to do research; to support research communities in key areas for social and economic benefit; to enrich the cultural life of the nation; and to lead and collaborate in growing the world's knowledge base. The website at www.bl.uk/2020vision features the full text of the vision, along with a video foreword by Dame Lynne Brindley and illustrative video clips for each of the key themes. It also links to the discussion documents, reports by Library specialists and detailed methodologies that underpin the 2020 Vision.

The experts consulted by the Library provided a range of views on what the world of 2020 would look like. According to Dame Lynne, only 25 percent of all titles worldwide will be published in print form alone by the year 2020. Seventy-five percent will only be published digitally, or in both digital and print form. She further noted that as use of mobile devices become ubiquitous, users will expect seamless access to information and services, and will assume that everything is available on the web.

The 2020 Vision website encourages visitors to offer their feedback on the Library's plans, and also join the debate via Twitter (hashtag: #BL2020vision).

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 offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The British 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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UK Wiley-Blackwell joins F1000 Affiliate Program - 20 Sep 2010

Article evaluation services provider Faculty of 1000 (F1000), UK, has announced that STM publisher Wiley-Blackwell has joined the F1000 Affiliate Program. Designed to give the scientific community easier access to F1000 evaluations, the F1000 Affiliate Program offers scientific societies and publishers free access to selected evaluations rated by the F1000 Faculty.

As an F1000 Affiliate Publisher, Wiley-Blackwell will offer their readers free access to a selection of F1000 evaluations of Wiley-Blackwell journal articles. Several journals published by Wiley-Blackwell, including the FEBS Journal, Journal of Zoology and New Phytologist, will select up to three F1000 evaluations of articles from their journal. These articles will be posted on the journal's website each month.

F1000 is an online service that ranks the top 2 percent of biomedical articles across an array of specialist fields. Articles are selected by the international F1000 Faculty Members, who have been nominated by their peers as highly respected experts in their chosen fields. The Faculty uses a unique rating system to identify the highest quality papers and give these papers a rating of Recommended, Must Read or Exceptional, which corresponds to F1000 Factors of 3, 6 and 9, respectively.

In addition to enabling free access to F1000 evaluated Wiley-Blackwell journal articles, Wiley-Blackwell will also reproduce the F1000 Factor beside the relevant articles on the journals' websites. Drawing on the expertise of over 10,000 leading clinicians and researchers, F1000 provides expert commentaries on the latest scientific developments in the fields of Biology and Medicine, not only highlighting the best articles, but explaining why they are important. The F1000 service also features 'Hidden Jewels' - papers from lesser known journals that rank highly among F1000 experts.

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UK Increasing commercialisation of science is cause for concern, say researchers - 20 Sep 2010

The rise in commercialisation of science is impeding access to key scientific knowledge and slowing down the progress of science, researchers on bmj.com have claimed. Varuni de Silva and Raveen Hanwella from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka contend that copyrighting or patenting medical scales, tests, techniques and genetic material, curbs the benefits that the public can gain from scientific discovery.

For instance, they point out, that many commonly used rating scales are copyrighted and researchers need to pay for their use. Extreme commercialisation of science can also lead to patents on medical procedures and techniques, the authors argue. However, the American Medical Association recently concluded that it is unethical for physicians to seek, secure or enforce patents on medical procedures.

The scientific community is reacting to the increasing commercialisation of science, they add. For instance, all genome sequences generated by the human genome project have been deposited into a public database freely accessible by anyone. Organisations such as the US’ National Institute of Health and the UK's Wellcome Trust insist on open access to publication resulting from research funded by them.

According to the Lankan researchers, the fundamental philosophy of Western science is sharing knowledge. While patenting is a useful tool for protecting investments in industry, we need to rethink its role in science, they point out. They conclude that although those who consider science as a commodity are willing to invest in research and development, much medical research is still carried out by non-profit organisations using public money. It is only right that such knowledge is freely shared. This is possible because academic scientists still consider the prestige of discovery more important than monetary reward.

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US US tech firms in talks with Justice Dept. for settlement on anti-poaching deals - 20 Sep 2010

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reportedly in advanced talks with several technology companies in the US in a bid to reach a settlement over an inquiry of anti-poaching agreements made with each other. The firms include Google, Apple, Adobe Systems.Intel, Intuit and Walt Disney unit Pixar Animation. According to people familiar with the matter, these companies are in final stages of negotiations with the government.

A Wall Street Journal report notes that some of the companies are expressing more willingness than others to settle with the government over antitrust issues. However, all parties are hoping to avoid a court battle over the issue. Last year, as the DoJ launched its investigation, it had been reported that Apple and Google had formed an informal agreement not to poach each others' employees. Nevertheless, employee-initiated job hopping between the two firms was permitted.

The tech companies involved reportedly argued that no-poaching agreements are vital for fostering innovation. Such agreements allow the companies to collaborate on projects while offering some measure of reassurance that their partners won't seek to hire away their key employees. The DoJ, however, argues that even the banning of the cold-calling practice seen in the least restrictive of the deals between companies has an adverse effect on employee wages and job mobility.

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UK Royal Society to host discussion meeting on Web Science - 20 Sep 2010

The Royal Society, UK, has announced that as part of the Society's 350th anniversary celebrations, a two-day discussion meeting on Web Science will take place in London on September 27 and 28. The Royal Society discussion meetings will address the major scientific questions of the 21st century, aiming to identify and map out vital subjects that will help set the agenda for future generations of scientists.

'Web Science: A New Frontier' is organised by Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Dame Wendy Hall of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton; Professor James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Professor Bill Dutton of the University of Oxford. Professors Shadbolt, Hall and Hendler are Directors of the Web Science Trust, which was established in 2009 to advance education and research in Web Science for the public benefit.

The Royal Society meeting will address questions such as what processes have driven the Web's growth, and will they persist? How does large-scale structure emerge from a simple set of protocols? How does the Web work as a socio-technical system? What drives the viral uptake of certain Web phenomena? What might fragment the Web? The interdisciplinary meeting will discuss these and other issues as it presents the components of a Science of the Web.

Registration for the event has now closed. Those who want to join the event will now be able to do so through a live webcast on RoyalSociety.tv The majority of the presentations will then be available to view on demand at RoyalSociety.tv with slides approximately three weeks after the end of the meeting.

During the live webcast, viewers will be encouraged to interact with the discussion meeting using Twitter hash tag #RSWebSci. Bill Thompson will be acting as a special Twitter chair, and will be posing some of questions that have been tweeted.

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US SPARC announces international presenters for November meeting - 20 Sep 2010

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced that leaders, innovators, and practitioners from North America, Europe, and Asia will test new frontiers in online open archives at the 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The international gathering, organised by SPARC in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, will be held November 8-9, 2010, with pre- and post-conference events scheduled for November 7 and 10.

Organised by the Program Committee, four timely discussion tracks - Repository-based publishing services: Strategies for success (or failure), Open data, Global repository networks and Making the case for financial sustainability - will bring together speakers with far-reaching experience. The meeting's four programme tracks will be complemented by a host of other engaging event opportunities. These include user group sessions with ePrints, Microsoft and @mire; The SPARC Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted; Vendor Showcase, where select sponsors will introduce latest products and services; and workshop on institution-based Open Access modeling.

The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meetings are regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America. These meetings draw hundreds of participants from around the globe, and set the stage for key developments over the past six years.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft, the University of Alberta, Digital Commons (by Berkeley Electronic Press), Open Repository (by BioMed Central) and by supporting organisations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Duraspace, Greater Western Library Alliance, Nellco, NorthEast Research Libraries consortium, Oracle, and SURFfoundation.

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US EBSCO offers scholarships to librarians attending 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting - 20 Sep 2010

The American Library Association (ALA) and information services provider EBSCO, US, have announced a partnership to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The meeting, scheduled for January 7-11, 2011, offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

Deadline for entry is November 1, 2010. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than December 12, 2010. The application information can be found at www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/awardsrecords/ebscosponsorship/ebscosponsorship.cfm.

To apply, candidates must complete the application criteria and submit an essay that addresses the topic 'Thinking outside the box - using technology to help in challenging times'. Essays and applications will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.

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US Ex Libris announces two senior appointments - 20 Sep 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced important changes to its management team in the US. In recognition of his ongoing advocacy for libraries and librarianship, Carl Grant has been appointed to a new role as Ex Libris chief librarian. In this capacity, Grant will provide guidance and leadership to promote the profession both internally and to the industry as a whole.

In addition, Mark Triest, a leader in the educational technology field for over 20 years, will join the company as president of Ex Libris North America. He brings with him a strong background in sales, marketing, and operations in the technology arena. He has a significant track record in leading large, diverse organisations, as well as experience in the education market.

Ex Libris provides automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 20 Sep 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Why the Open Access Financial Model Will Continue to Transmogrify); Katharine O'Moore-Klopf ( Medical Publishing and Full Disclosure of Editing Assistance); Philip Davis (Privatizing Peer Review — The PubCred Proposal); and Jeff Richgels (Is iNewspaper the next iPad service?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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India Attention Subscribers - www.myscoope.com lets you access Knowledgespeak using your mobile devices - 20 Sep 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.

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Knowledgespeak is currently inviting feedback/suggestions from its subscribers as to their experiences with the service. Please send in your feedback to us at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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