Incisive Media, the UK-based organiser of the Online Information 2010 conference, has announced that a comprehensive programme of free seminars will take place over the three days of the event. Scheduled for November 30 to December 2 at Grand Hall, Olympia, London, the event is also projected to feature an extensive number of exhibitors.
The show features eight theatres which will cover content management; e-publishing and e-books; global business information; STM information; enterprise search; library management; marketing through social media; and information master classes and career development talks. There are over 100 sessions to choose from including presentations from companies such as Atypon, European Union, Financial Times, Open Text, Palgrave Macmillan, Plone, TerminalFour and Thomson Reuters.
Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced that it has made significant enhancements to its family of 360 Services for discovery. The enhancements are expected to enable librarians worldwide to activate a wide variety of new patron-facing tools and localisation capabilities.
Enhancements include language selection features, new bibliographic citation management options, new sorting functions for Chinese and Korean languages, custom text options and additional language support. These enable librarians to enrich their library patrons' research experiences and provide them with additional avenues of resource discovery.
The enhancements are available in the 360 Services - 360 Core E-Journal Portal A-to-Z list, 360 Link OpenURL link resolver, 360 Search federated search services - and the Serials Solutions Client Center. The new administration console organisation for 360 Core E-Journal Portal and 360 Link will enable librarians to quickly configure 360 Core E-Journal Portal and 360 Link to meet their patron-specific needs without requiring technical support. Patrons using 360 Link will now be able to save and share research bibliographies via RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite and Reference Manager and additional bibliographic citation management options.
In addition, librarians can offer patrons language support across 14 new languages within the 360 Core E-Journal Portal and 360 Link interfaces, and three new languages for 360 Search - bringing the total to 22 languages supported across all of the 360 Services. With the 'On-the-Fly' language selection option, librarians can enable patrons to change languages 'on-the-fly' in the 360 Core E-Journal Portal and 360 Link interfaces. Patrons can also discover resources through new Chinese (Pinyin, Zhuyin, Stroke) and Korean character sorting options, supplementing the Japanese option already available in the 360 Core E-Journal Portal. Additionally, librarians now have the ability to customise any piece of text displayed within the 360 Core E-Journal Portal and 360 Link interfaces, across any language, to make resource discovery easier for their patrons.
These new capabilities are available to customers who subscribe to the respective services. Librarians simply login to the Serials Solutions Client Center and activate them.
The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has teamed up with publisher Taylor & Francis to produce the first open access (OA) issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship, edited by Graham Walton from Loughborough University. The special issue on 'dissemination models in scholarly communication' is guest edited by Hazel Woodward, university librarian and director of Cranfield University Press.
The journal contains a longitudinal study on how different disciplines view OA and highlights major differences between disciplines in terms of motivation and how they understand OA. There are seemingly different perspectives on OA textbooks - a publisher is looking at a different business model while a contribution from the Netherlands examines the attitude of librarians towards OA publishing for text books. The role of the library is changing to support scholarly communications and a paper from Griffiths University in Australia describes how the entire library structure has been changed to reflect the research lifecycle.
The launch coincides with the Open Access Week being held from October 18-24.
Medical publisher The BMJ Group, UK, and MSD have announced that BMJ Learning will now be available free of charge to physicians across China in simplified Chinese through MSD's rapidly growing medical portal univadis.
This extension of a successful partnership in Europe and Canada will provide users of univadis China access to most of BMJ Learning's interactive learning courses in over 20 medical therapy areas. The first 40 modules in Chinese will be available by the end of 2010, with the English language versions available immediately.
As one of the leading medical internet services in the world, univadis has more than 600,000 registered users in 35 countries. univadis provides unbiased, relevant news and education to the medical profession and thereby helping to improve the quality of healthcare for patients. Registered users can access all services on the website for free, such as the Chinese and English version of the Merck Manual, 3D Anatomy, full-text downloading of Chinese journals and PubMed search in Chinese etc.
With the advance of healthcare in China and the rapid development of medical science and technology, continuing education has become an integral part of the development of medical profession. As one of the world's leading online continuing medical education services, BMJ Learning has over 500 interactive modules. All the courses are evidence-based and peer-reviewed and most feature assessment before and after the course. BMJ Learning claims to be one of the leading content partners for univadis in Europe, Canada and now in China, making BMJ Learning accessible to a combined population of 1.5 million doctors in 34 countries.
STM publisher Springer has launched a new book series - Global Migration Issues - in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Three volumes will be published annually with the first volume scheduled for 2011. Written by academic experts and policy specialists in the field of migration and development, each separate volume will focus on a major policy issue.
Global Migration Issues will emphasise global policy challenges, such as the impact of climate change or the global economic crisis on migration. With authors from a wide range of countries, the series will include monographs, multi-authored volumes and edited volumes. Each book in the series will aim to be policy-relevant, written in a style that will appeal to both academic experts and policy-makers and practitioners.
Editor of the series is Dr. Frank Laczko, Head of Research and Publications at the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland.
UpToDate, part of healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it has added a section on Hospital Medicine to its evidence-based clinical information resource. UpToDate in Hospital Medicine will include both existing content as well as additional topics developed specifically for hospital medicine clinicians. This new section will be available to subscribers effective December 1, 2010.
UpToDate is an evidence-based resource that provides fast, accurate clinical answers to physicians and other medical professionals, particularly at the point of care. UpToDate is available online via computer or mobile device.
The Editor-in-Chief for this new section will be Mark Aronson, MD.
Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, and Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. have announced that Anatomy on the Go App is available on the App Store. This native app for iPhone and iPod touch combines a variety of customisation, quizzing and self-assessment tools with 367 exquisite full-colour illustrations and contextual notes from Thieme's Anatomy on the Go Flash Cards, edited by Anne M. Gilroy, and based on the Atlas of Anatomy by Gilroy et al.
The Anatomy on the Go App includes such features as innovative Multi-Touch user interface navigation through 367 full-colour annotated images; custom pinpoint and structure labeling; quiz mode to test mastery of must-know anatomy; bookmarking to provide quick reference in clinical settings or course review sessions; comprehensive index to quickly locate any structure in the app; study mode for image and annotation browsing; and instant access to additional information on Google, Wikipedia and PubMed.
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has announced that the University of Zululand in South Africa has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to meet the needs of its students. The University of Zululand is one of South Africa's 23 National Universities but its rural location makes it challenging to ensure students are accessing all of the library's content. To provide users easy access to the library collection, the university wanted a single search box solution that did not require a lot of set up.
According to EBSCO, the EDS search environment is easy to understand and intuitive for students. That meant the university could implement a discovery service without the need to retrain library users or staff. The university expects to see an increase of usage in non-EBSCOhost resources now that they are available through EBSCO Discovery Service.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box. The EDS Base Index 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 catalog, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes.
The EDS Base Index is contains metadata from the world's foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers.
Internet search services provider Google Inc, US, contravened Canadian privacy law when it inappropriately collected personal information from unsecured wireless networks in neighbourhoods across the country, an investigation has found. The Privacy Commissioner's investigation also concluded that the incident was the result of an engineer's careless error as well as a lack of controls to ensure that necessary procedures to protect privacy were followed.
The personal information collected included complete e-mails, e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords, names and residential telephone numbers and addresses. Some of the captured information was very sensitive, such as a list that provided the names of people suffering from certain medical conditions, along with their telephone numbers and addresses. It is likely that thousands of Canadians were affected by the incident.
Technical experts from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner travelled to the company's offices in Mountain View, Calif. in order to perform an on-site examination of the data that was collected. They conducted an automated search for data that appeared to constitute personal information.
To protect privacy, the experts manually examined only a small sample of data flagged by the automated search. The Privacy Commissioner launched an investigation under the federal private-sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, or PIPEDA, after Google revealed that its cars had inadvertently collected data transmitted over wireless networks installed in homes and businesses across Canada and around the world over a period of several years. The networks were not password protected or encrypted.
In light of the investigation, Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, recommended that Google ensure it has a governance model in place to comply with privacy laws. The model should include controls to ensure that necessary procedures to protect privacy are duly followed before products are launched.
The Commissioner has also recommended that Google enhance privacy training to foster compliance amongst all employees. As well, she called on Google to designate an individual or individuals responsible for privacy issues and for complying with the organisation's privacy obligations - a requirement under Canadian privacy law.
It was also recommended that Google delete the Canadian payload data it collected, to the extent that the company does not have any outstanding obligations under Canadian and American laws preventing it from doing so, such as preserving evidence related to legal proceedings. If the Canadian payload data cannot immediately be deleted, it needs to be secured and access to it must be restricted. The Privacy Commissioner will consider the matter resolved upon receiving, by February 1, 2011, confirmation from Google that it has implemented the recommendations.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman, advocate and guardian of privacy and the protection of personal information rights of Canadians.
Information infrastructure software provider Mark Logic Corporation, US, has announced a new version of its award-winning database, MarkLogic Server 4.2, which includes powerful new features that transform the way enterprises can store, manage, and analyse unstructured information. The new release includes MarkLogic Information Studio, which claims to be the industry's first ETL (extract, transformation, and loading) tool for managing unstructured information, as well as powerful new features for availability and recovery including full database replication.
Currently available for download, MarkLogic 4.2 is a new type of database that seeks to help industries including the media, government, and financial services sectors to fully exploit unstructured information such as documents, social media posts, emails, tweets, pictures, videos, blogs, and research data. The MarkLogic 4.2 database is specifically designed to handle this information.
With MarkLogic 4.2, the company launches Information Studio, the first ETL tool for unstructured information that makes loading information within MarkLogic easier. With Information Studio, customers can simply drag and drop files or point to a file directory to load into MarkLogic. When combined with other application services including Application Builder, Information Studio delivers significant benefits in terms of accelerating development of new information applications while reducing the cost of operations of MarkLogic.
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