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Netherland Elsevier's new Scival Spotlight Country Maps provide national perspective of interdisciplinary research - 09 Nov 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of SciVal Spotlight country maps. The country maps are a new option for academic and governmental decision makers seeking to understand national research strengths against the increasingly interdisciplinary backdrop of global research. They are an extension of the SciVal Spotlight solution, which uses an innovative analytical algorithm to reveal customised graphical representations of research performance over time and across scientific fields.

SciVal Spotlight institutional maps, launched in June 2009, offer detailed views of the unique research competencies of research institutions, recognising an emerging need to visualise research performance at a national level. The addition of country maps enables research decision makers to broaden their analytical scope of global research output.

Moving beyond the traditional method of measuring research output by publication and citation counts, the underlying model of SciVal Spotlight relies on the co-citation analysis of over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals to more accurately reflect the current structure of science. Leveraging this new model of science, SciVal Spotlight country maps allow institutions to understand how their work contributes to their nation's research strengths as well as their relative national standing within each of these research competencies. The country maps can also be used to identify potential areas for specialisation, diversification, or collaboration. In addition, by measuring the regional size and growth of each national competency, the sustainability of leadership positions can be analysed.

Illustrating the unique insight SciVal Spotlight offers, Elsevier is in the process of conducting a detailed analysis of the water resources landscape. The study, scheduled for release in Q4 of this year, will identify trends and reveal leading institutes and upcoming countries in this area of research.

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US American Chemical Society unveils C&EN Archives online - 09 Nov 2010

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has launched a new resource that gives students, journalists, scientists, libraries and others instant access to more than eight decades of content from its weekly news magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Called C&EN Archives, the new resource includes more than 500,000 pages of content from over 85 years of C&EN. It is available at http://pubs.acs.org/cen-archives.

C&EN Archives constitutes an unparalled chronicle of the chemical enterprise -and the multiple other scientific disciplines that involve chemistry. At its initial launch, C&EN Archives includes content from 1923 through 2009. In early 2011, content from 2010 will also be added. C&EN Archives is fully searchable and accessible via the same user-friendly platform that enables readers to peruse their current electronic editions of ACS' suite of 38 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

C&EN Archives includes both quick search and advanced search options using keywords, authors, dates, and article titles. A browse-by-issue functionality enables readers to view the table of contents of each issue, with the option to go to the next or previous issue with a single click. Users can also browse a cover gallery to find the issue they need. In addition, a free abstract view provides a quick overview of the article, displaying the first 150 words.

The online resource is available to institutions via an annual leased subscription or one-time payment option, complementing institutional subscriptions to C&EN Online. Additional years of content will be added to C&EN Archives on a rolling basis.

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US UBC Library implements fully hosted, integrated services from Serials Solutions - 09 Nov 2010

Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced that the University of British Columbia Library has adopted its Summon web-scale discovery service, 360 Resource Manager and 360 Counter services.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) educates a student population of more than 50,000 and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. It has major campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations. The UBC Library's collections are large and diverse, including more than six million volumes, 5.3 million microforms, more than 846,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials, and more than 97,000 serial titles.

UBC Library, a leading library in North America, selected the Summon service as it enables a familiar web-searching experience of the full breadth of content found in the library's collections - from books and videos to e-resources - from a single, unified index. Its software as a service (SaaS) model means that the university does not need to invest in and maintain additional local hardware resources. The six-to eight-week implementation plan for the Summon service was also instrumental in helping UBC Library roll out this new resource to its research community in a timely manner.

With 360 Resource Manager, UBC librarians will be able to more efficiently manage the entire lifecycle of e-resources. All the information about licenses, subscription status and renewal dates will be integrated with the Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. The benefit to UBC librarians is that all the information will be in one place, helping to improve the librarians' workflow by mitigating the need to check multiple databases or filing cabinets for subscription contracts and other information.

The selection of the integrated 360 Counter service was made to help UBC librarians better assess their collection to make better decisions and reduce costs.

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UK BNF announces new digital developments - 09 Nov 2010

The British National Formulary (BNF) has announced the launch of Knowledge Integration Solutions for safer and more accurate electronic prescribing and dispensing of drugs in the NHS.

The BNF's clinical decision support and knowledge products include a range of data sets aligned with nationally mandated coding schemes for system interoperability which generate contextually relevant active alerts within the user's workflow. It also enables doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to check electronically for allergies, drug interactions, duplicate therapy, contra-indications and dose ranges.

The BNF now also provides a range of data sets and tools to allow the integration of referential and dose information into clinical workflows to aid the cataloguing of medicines and management of medicines policies across a Trust. These new digital developments enable its data sets to be integrated with Cerner's NHS Millennium application. BNF knowledge continues to be available within EMIS, the main e-prescribing system in UK primary care.

Pharmacists can also benefit from BNF's partnership with McLernon Computers, enabling pharmacists to access BNF or BNF for Children information when and where they need it. Additional access is also available to other key references such as Martindale and Stockley on the MedicinesComplete platform. Contextual links from the Ascribe Electronic Prescribing application to the relevant information in the BNF is expected to help pharmacists in the dispensing process.

The BNF is a joint publication of the BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press on behalf of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. The publication is consulted over 3 million times a week and regarded as the number one prescribing resource by 4 out of 5 professionals in the NHS.

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US AAAS and Ex Libris Group partner to provide integrated access to online content - 09 Nov 2010

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the journal Science, has partnered with library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group to provide integrated access to its online content via Ex Libris' Primo Central Publisher Program.

Full-text articles from the journals Science, Science Signaling and Science Translational Medicine are now indexed in Primo Central. AAAS joins several of the leading information providers that have contributed their content for indexing to the Primo Central index of scholarly materials, thus enhancing the discoverability of their content by the research community.

Journal Science provides access to high-impact research and breaking science news from around the world. Science Signaling claims to be the most up-to-date essential research and commentary in the field of cellular signaling. Science Translational Medicine is the latest addition to AAAS/Science family of e-resources. The journal focuses on the emergence of personalised diagnosis and treatment to increase the strengths of experimental results.

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US US e-book sales to reach $2.81 billion in 2015, says Forrester report - 09 Nov 2010

Independent research company Forrester Research, US, has released a report according to which, sales of electronic books are expected to hit nearly one billion dollars in the US this year and to triple by 2015. The market research firm estimates that US spending on e-books is expected to total 966 million dollars this year, up from 301 million dollars last year and to reach 2.81 billion dollars in 2015.

According to the report, the number of e-book readers with dedicated devices in the US was expected to grow from 3.7 million at the end of last year to 10.3 million at the end of this year, and to 29.4 million in 2015. Seven percent of online US adults who read books read e-books, a number that is expected to double a year from now, the report noted.

A Forrester survey of e-book readers has found that 35 percent read e-books on a laptop computer, 32 percent on Amazon's Kindle, 15 percent on Apple's iPhone, 12 percent on a Sony e-reader and 10 percent on a netbook computer. Nine percent said they use a Nook e-reader from Barnes and Noble. While another nine percent said they use Apple's iPad, eight percent said they use some other e-reader and six percent said they use a cellphone other than the iPhone.

Forrester also said that Amazon's Kindle store 'stands to benefit tremendously' from the rise in e-book reading because of its existing relationship with book buyers through Amazon.com. Fifty percent of people who bought an e-book in the past month have reportedly purchased e-books from the Kindle store.

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US Handbook of Cloud Computing provides comprehensive view of cloud computing trend - 09 Nov 2010

LexisNexis Risk Solutions, US, has announced the publication of Handbook of Cloud Computing (springer:2010), a collection of essays featuring contributions from world experts in the field of cloud computing from academia, research laboratories and private industry. Published by Springer, Inc, the handbook was edited by Armando Escalante, CTO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, and Dr. Borko Furht, professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.

Handbook of Cloud Computing provides a comprehensive view into the cloud computing trend, presenting the systems, tools, and services of the leading providers including Google, Yahoo, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft. The book introduces the basic concepts of cloud computing and its applications, as well as current and future technologies in the field. Topics covered include cloud computing fundamentals; systems and tools; cloud applications and solutions; data-intensive supercomputer in the cloud; high performance computing; virtual private clouds; scientific services and data management in the Cloud; enterprise knowledge clouds; and medical information systems.

Handbook of Cloud Computing is a reference book intended for advanced-level students and researchers in computer science and electrical engineering. It is also beneficial to computer and system infrastructure designers, developers, business managers, entrepreneurs and investors within industry related to cloud computing.

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US Exempla Healthcare selects WK Health's ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding - 09 Nov 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Exempla Healthcare has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology and pulmonary procedure documentation and coding. ProVation MD will be deployed across three hospitals in the nationally recognised Exempla Healthcare System.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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UK Oxford University Press announces senior appointments to boost digital development - 09 Nov 2010

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced a series of senior appointments designed to boost the organisation's digital development.

CEO Nigel Portwood confirmed Pam Sutherland as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) - a newly-created role with responsibility for the Press's group-wide digital and IT infrastructure. Her appointment adds to newly-created director level digital publishing positions in OUP's English Language Teaching and Global Academic Divisions, all designed to ensure a coherent digital strategy.

Pam Sutherland has extensive experience in IT and digital publishing, most recently as IT Director then Operations Director at Oxford Journals. In her new CIO role she reports directly to Portwood, and is responsible for developing and implementing an IT strategy, co-ordinating cross-divisional digital initiatives, and developing technological skills across the organisation.

Other senior digital appointments in OUP's publishing divisions include Ernst Kallus and Casper Grathwohl. Grathwohl recently became Online and Reference Publisher in the Global Academic Business, while Kallus, who has eight years of digital publishing experience behind him, was appointed as Digital Media Director for English Language Teaching.

OUP currently has a range of digital products ranging from online reference works to online learning tools, software for schools, eBooks, and mobile applications.

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India Knowledgespeak Exclusive - 09 Nov 2010

An interview with Stephen Dale, Chairman of the Online Information Conference

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India Attention Subscribers - www.myscoope.com lets you access Knowledgespeak using your mobile devices - 09 Nov 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
Saving News articles in the local phone memory for later reading
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Forwarding information via SMS or email
Navigating to the URL links listed in the news item

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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