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US E-books no threat to printed version in colleges, says OnCampus Research study - 28 Oct 2010

The printed page remains more popular among college students, according to findings of a new study by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS). This is despite screaming headlines proclaiming the death of the printed book due to burgeoning digital content and electronic reading devices, the study says. OnCampus Research seeks to help companies better understand the college market.

The OnCampus Research Electronic Book and E-Reader Device survey, conducted in early October, found that only 13 percent of college students had purchased an e-book of any kind during the previous three months. Of that percentage, slightly over half (56%) stated that the primary purpose of their e-book purchase was required course materials for class.

The new survey also confirmed a finding of NACS' 2010 OnCampus Student Watch survey, conducted last fall, in which 74 percent of college students preferred print over digital.

The study also says more students are reading e-books on a computer rather than a dedicated e-reading device. In fact, 92 percent of students indicate they currently do not own an e-reader, and of those, 59 percent said they do not plan to purchase one in the next three months.

Approximately 77 percent of the students who said they recently purchased an e-book indicated that they used a laptop computer or Netbook to read it. Desktop computer was the second most popular choice (30 percent), followed at 19 percent by a smartphone, such as an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android. Another 19 percent reported using an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook. A tablet computer, such as an iPad, was the least common reading device used by students, selected by only 4 percent of respondents.

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US New OCLC Research report builds on 1998 ARL survey of special collections - 28 Oct 2010

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has released a new report titled, 'Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives'. This report provides the detailed findings from a 2009 OCLC Research survey of 275 institutions across the US and Canada to determine norms across the community and to provide data to support decision making and priority setting.

This survey updated and expanded a similar survey administered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in 1998, the outcomes of which catalysed the special collections community and led directly to numerous high-profile initiatives to 'expose hidden collections'. Since then, recognition of the distinction that unique special collections bring to our institutions has greatly increased. Some key data points discovered in the 2009 survey include: far too many rare and unique materials remain 'hidden'; the size of collections is growing rapidly; most institutions report increased numbers of onsite users; staffing generally remains stable; and digitisation and born-digital archival records emerged as two of the three most challenging issues.

Key implications of the survey results for the special collections and archives community, including the recommended action items detailed in the report, will be discussed in a webinar on October 28, 2010. Webinar participation is free but advanced registration is required. This webinar will be recorded and made available on the OCLC website and in iTunes.

The report is available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-11.pdf.

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US LexisNexis TotalPatent to provide direct links to Elsevier journal abstracts - 28 Oct 2010

Content-enabled workflow solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has announced that its LexisNexis TotalPatent service is the first patent research service to provide users with direct links to abstracts of non-patent journal articles - offering them a more complete and efficient view of the information, news and trends related to patent issues they are managing.

TotalPatent, a past winner of the CODiE Award for Best Online Science or Technology Service, is a Web-based patent research, retrieval and analysis service. Powered by the world's largest collection of searchable full-text and bibliographic patent authorities, it is supported by 24/7 online help. TotalPatent users now have direct links from search results to article abstracts from more than 18,000 titles worldwide through Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. LexisNexis and Elsevier are both part of Reed Elsevier.

SciVerse Scopus is populated with journals from more than 5,000 publishers. It offers researchers a comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences fields, and more recently in the arts and humanities.

Other enhancements to TotalPatent include integration with Bizint; enhanced interfaces for the semantic search option with drag and drop functionality for easier manipulation of the concepts returned; assignee name normalisation; and direct links to Chisum on Patents, the world's foremost authority on US patent law.

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Switzerland WIPO to host meeting on copyright licensing - 28 Oct 2010

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig will open a meeting hosted by WIPO in Geneva on copyright licensing. The event, scheduled for November 4 and 5, 2010, will feature a range of eminent speakers from government, business and civil society.

The global meeting on 'Facilitating Access to Culture in the Digital Age' will explore different approaches to licensing creative content in the rapidly evolving on-line marketplace and in view of the proliferation of new forms of on-line distribution. It will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including leaders in the field of public policy-making and business, to explore the challenges confronting creators and users in accessing creative content and harnessing its commercial value in the digital environment.

Licensing is a mechanism used by right-holders to authorise others to use their intellectual property under agreed terms and conditions. It is therefore a key element in ensuring the availability of creative content and the remuneration of creators. The Global Meeting will help to showcase emerging content distribution licensing models and consider how these can coexist with more traditional licensing approaches in the online environment. It will examine the role of public authorities, including governments and international organisations, and explore the way forward.

Discussion will focus on the need to ensure that copyright licensing transactions are underpinned by improved rights management information and documentation as well as respect to competition rules. The meeting seeks to raise the awareness on the complexities underlining a wide range of licensing practices in different sectors, including the online market for music, the software industry and open access publishing. Speakers will address a range of target topics that will be analysed and discussed from an intellectual property and a competition law perspective.

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US 1000 Genomes Project publishes map of genetic variations in journal 'Nature' - 28 Oct 2010

The 1000 Genomes Project, an international public-private consortium, has published in the journal Nature, a comprehensive map of genetic differences, called variations, estimated to contain approximately 95 percent of the genetic variation of any person on earth. Researchers produced the map using next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to systematically characterise human genetic variation in 180 people in three pilot studies. Moreover, the full scale-up from the pilots is already under way, with data collected from more than 1,000 people.

The 1000 Genomes Project's aim is to provide a comprehensive public resource that supports researchers aiming to study all types of genetic variation that might cause human disease. The project's approach seeks to go beyond previous efforts in capturing and integrating data on all types of variation, and by studying samples from numerous human populations with informed consent allowing free data release without restriction on use. Already, these data have been used in studies of the genetic basis for disease.

Launched in 2008, the 1000 Genomes Project started with three pilot projects to develop, evaluate and compare strategies for producing a catalogue of genetic variations. Funded through numerous mechanisms by foundations and national governments, the project will reportedly cost about $120 million over five years, ending in 2012.

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US McGraw-Hill Construction admits paying third parties to access RCD's trade secret information - 28 Oct 2010

Construction information provider Reed Construction Data (RCD), US, a division of Reed Business Information, has announced that McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge (MHC), a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. has admitted to some of the most serious allegations made in RCD's 2009 federal lawsuit. In the lawsuit, RCD alleged that Dodge unlawfully misappropriated RCD's confidential and trade secret information and used that information in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 8, 2009, in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged that Dodge since 2002 used a series of fake companies to pose as RCD customers and gain unlawful access to RCD's confidential construction project information database.

In documents filed in federal court on Oct. 22, 2010, McGraw-Hill admitted that it paid third parties to access RCD confidential and trade secret information, data reserved for RCD's paying clients. McGraw-Hill also admitted that it used this access to share RCD's confidential information with its sales force. RCD's lawsuit alleges that MHC's ultimate goal in conducting these activities was to gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

The RCD suit seeks an unspecified amount in lost profits and punitive damages, trial by jury, and injunctive relief as a result of McGraw-Hill's misuse of RCD's proprietary construction project information.

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US ARL calls for applications for participation in RLLF Program 2011-2012 - 28 Oct 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has called for applications and nominations for participation in the 2011-2012 class of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. The RLLF Program is an executive leadership programme that offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries.

This is the fourth iteration of the RLLF since its inception in 2004. To date, the programme has involved almost 30 research libraries sponsoring 60 key staff in their development as an emerging cadre of ARL senior leaders.

The 2011-2012 RLLF Program is jointly sponsored and designed by directors of University of British Columbia Library, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Dartmouth College Library, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, University of Miami Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries and Northwestern University Library. These sponsor libraries will guide the design and be directly involved in offering the core experience of the programme: three five-day institutes, a series of site visits to sponsor libraries, and mentoring opportunities. In addition, the fellows will be invited to participate in ARL membership meetings, CNI membership meetings, a series of webinars on key issues, and a number of optional events over the 18-month duration of the programme.

The sponsor libraries will provide a core group of 12 fellows to participate in the programme. To complete the cohort, staff from other ARL member libraries may apply for the remaining slots. For the first time, applications will be accepted from non-ARL member institutions for two of the appointments to the programme if the applicants meet established criteria. The 11 additional fellows will be selected by a committee of the RLLF sponsoring directors.

The application deadline is December 1, 2010. Fellows will be selected by the end of the year.

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US Centegra Health System implements ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support - 28 Oct 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Centegra Health System has selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, as the electronic order set solution for the system's three hospitals.

ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, is an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. Built upon ProVation Medical's clinician-designed technology platform, one of ProVation Order Sets' primary values is the continuous updates to clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 360,000 clinicians.

Central to this capability is the One Click Updates tool, which leverages UpToDate's Practice Changing Updates, which highlights new recommendations that could potentially change usual clinical practice. Enabled by a unique, structured approach to data management, One Click Updates alerts end users to evidence that may trigger the need to modify particular order sets. It then enables users to review recommended updates and apply them in a single step across multiple order sets.

UpToDate covers more than 8,300 topics in 16 medical specialties and includes more than 80,000 pages of text and graphics, as well as links to Medline abstracts, more than 385,000 references and a drug database. Content is continuously reviewed and updated by physician editors and authors.

In addition to integrated links to UpToDate and other trusted sources of medical evidence, ProVation Order Sets offer the flexibility to link additional clinical resources based upon client needs and preferences. Further, to help facilities achieve the highest possible degree of automation, ProVation Order Sets feature vendor-neutral mapping and export capabilities that allow for flexible integration into any facility or vendor EMR or CPOE system.

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US New UBM business merges EE Times Group and Canon Communications Electronics properties - 28 Oct 2010

Niche information services provider United Business Media Ltd. (UBM), UK, has announced the formation of a new company, UBM Electronics, from the merger of UBM's existing EE Times Group portfolio with the electronics-related properties it recently acquired through the purchase of Canon Communications LLC. The new business brings together the electronics industry's esteemed media brands to create the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry's decision-makers.

UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision-makers involved in the design, development and commercialisation of technology through its market-leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which now include ARM Technology Conference, Designlines, DesignCon, Design News, EBN, EDN, EDN Asia, EDN China, EDN Japan, EE Times, Embedded.com, Embedded Systems Conferences, TechOnline and Test & Measurement World. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media to custom solutions and research.

The new UBM Electronics business will be led by David Blaza, Vice President, UBM Electronics. Ron Wall, Senior Vice President, UBM Canon will continue in his role as leader of UBM Canon's publishing group. Both will report to Paul Miller, CEO, UBM Electronics and UBM Canon publishing group.

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India Attention Subscribers - www.myscoope.com lets you access Knowledgespeak using your mobile devices - 28 Oct 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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