Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Pharmacy OneSource. Pharmacy OneSource is a healthcare Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider that helps hospitals to manage the complex challenges of patient safety, compliance and efficiency. The agreement to acquire Pharmacy OneSource was announced in November 2010.
The acquisition is part of WK Health's strategy to drive growth in the point-of-care market, which includes the critical area of the hospital pharmacy. The transaction will allow the company to extend its Clinical Decision Support (CDS) solutions into the hospital pharmacy market and will further strengthen the company's leadership position in the growing point-of-care market.
Science.gov, a gateway to government science information provided by US Government science agencies, has introduced an Image Search link under Special Collections to enable users to quickly find science images, including animal and plant, weather and space, and earth and sun images and more. The information is free and no registration is required.
To begin with, three databases are being searched from one search box. These include: The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Image eXchange (NIX) and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo Library. More image databases will be added in the coming months.
In addition to the image search, Science.gov has undergone significant software upgrade for quicker performance. It has included both the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations in the basic search and also provides an author cluster on the results page. The alerts service has also been upgraded so that users can manage their Science.gov alerts directly from their alerts email and get daily alerts rather than weekly.
Science.gov is hosted by the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, within the Office of Science, and is supported by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers. Currently in its fifth generation, Science.gov provides a search of over 42 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched an online tool called the Madrid System Goods & Services Manager (G&S Manager). The tool is projected to help trademark applicants in compiling the list of goods and services that must be submitted when filing an international application under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks.
The G&S Manager, which can be accessed through the WIPO GOLD portal, gives access to thousands of standard terms classified in accordance with the 9th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification). Applicants using the G&S Manager can select the terms that best describe the goods and services relating to the mark.
Users of the Madrid system must ensure that they provide the correct description and classification of the goods and services for which the mark will be used. By selecting terms from the G&S Manager, applicants can be confident that no irregularity notice will be issued with respect to the classification or indication of those goods and services, it is stated.
The G&S Manager is available in the three working languages of the Madrid system, namely English, French and Spanish, and gives access to some 30,000 terms in English and their equivalents in French and Spanish.
A Russian interface of the G&S Manager is also available on the WIPO website. This interface gives access to some 16,000 terms that have been translated into Russian by the Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS) of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (ROSPATENT). Using this interface, a Russian-speaking applicant can compose a list of goods and services in Russian and then have the list translated automatically into any of the Madrid system working languages (English, French or Spanish), before finalising and submitting an international application to WIPO.
Other language versions of the G&S Manager are currently under preparation in cooperation with the trademark offices of other Madrid Union members.
Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced the availability of an enhanced interface for its Ulrichsweb global serials intelligence service. Ulrichsweb is an integrated, continuously updated service that enables librarians and patrons to discover, explore, annotate and reuse information about periodicals and the companies that publish and provide them. The new, enhanced interface enables librarians and users to take advantage of the ways Ulrichsweb has grown and evolved to make its depth and breadth of knowledge more accessible.
Ulrichsweb helps librarians find, evaluate and share the bibliographic and provider information they need for effective collection building and management. Patrons use Ulrichsweb to quickly identify serials sources, verify the quality of those resources, and e-mail or save research notes without the need to learn a complex interface.
Serials Solutions continues to develop Ulrichsweb as a comprehensive and content-neutral source, providing unbiased information about electronic, print and microform serials from a wide range of commercial, scholarly, Open Access and other publishers across all subject areas and languages. Enhancements and features incorporated in the new Ulrichsweb interface include expanded international coverage adding details for hundreds of non-English full-text and indexing databases and sources, and tens of thousands of new serials titles; alignment with Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks; more than 100,000 Provider Authority Records from Serials Solutions' expanded Publisher Outreach Program; new search capabilities; and faceted results browsing allowing users to filter by type of serial, peer-reviewed status or other qualifying information to improve serials discoverability.
Additionally, new data export formats and research sharing tools allowing users to save and send search results in a format that is most convenient for them. User-specific personalisation including interface language localisation and personal alerts and lists enable users to customise the Ulrich's search experience to meet their individual needs. New usage reporting options and a simpler administrative console allow librarians to administer Ulrichsweb through the Serials Solutions Client Center alongside their other Serials Solutions services.
A new API with XML and JSON options allow librarians and technical staff to easily integrate Ulrich's data into their library's web pages and discovery services in order to provide researchers and staff with reliable, continuously updated information about electronic and print serials. Expanded linking partnerships and OpenURL awareness help libraries enable interaction between Ulrichsweb and other serials-related resources including their OPACs and discovery services.
Americans' confidence in their ability to obtain and afford healthcare continued to decline in November, falling another point, according to a consumer sentiment index produced by Thomson Reuters.
The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index was launched in December 2009 with its baseline measurement set at 100. It declined to 95 by July and then rebounded to 100 by September. It subsequently fell to 97 in October and 96 in November.
The index, which is based on the Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, has two parts. A retrospective component gauges respondents' experiences during the past three months. It tracks whether they postponed, delayed or cancelled healthcare services and whether they had difficulty paying for medical care or health insurance. Although fewer consumers reported the delay or cancellation of healthcare treatment, in November the overall retrospective sentiment composite fell to 96 -slightly below October levels and significantly below the December 2009 baseline.
A prospective component gauges respondents' expectations for the next three months. It assesses whether respondents believe they will be more or less likely to delay, cancel, or be unable to pay for healthcare services or insurance in the next three months. In November, prospective consumer sentiment fell to 96, down from 98 in October and 100 in September.
The healthcare services composite (a subset of the prospective component) also ebbed to its lowest point this year as more consumers predicted they will likely cancel doctors visits, diagnostic tests and therapies, and postpone filling prescriptions in the next three months.
The Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey collects information about healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilisation from more than 100,000 U.S. households annually. It is representative of all U.S. adults and households. The Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index is based on responses from a survey subset of 3,000 respondents each month. A full report on the November results is available at http://healthcarescience.thomsonreuters.com/Indexes/assets/Nov2010Index_CHSI-Electronic.pdf
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced the release of Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries, a report that summarises research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of the US academic and research libraries. 'Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries' is part of a three-stage project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with the goal of developing and promoting a code of best practices in fair use for research libraries.
The research was conducted in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University. In dozens of interviews with veteran research and academic librarians, the researchers learned how copyright law comes into play as interviewees performed core library functions. These included facilitating student access to learning materials on e-reserves and course websites; providing scholars access to research materials, whether by digitising existing collections or by providing physical access to special collections and archives; preserving research materials for future scholars and the public, and creating useable copies of frail materials for contemporary use; exhibiting material from collections, whether online or in physical space; and making library materials accessible for the disabled.
The interviews revealed that fair use is an essential component of copyright exemptions for libraries as they engage in these activities. Some librarians had arrived at a view of fair use that helped them balance library mission and copyright law with confidence, but many had not. While actual practices vary widely, many research and academic librarians faced common problems such as failure to take full advantage of fair use and other copyright limitations and exceptions, and perception of unnecessary conflict between their firm commitment to library mission and their conscientious respect for copyright law.
In addition to greater institutional support and a clearer knowledge of other copyright limitations and exceptions, academic and research librarians would benefit significantly from developing a consensus around a code of best practice in fair use tailored to the needs of their field, the report noted. Other communities of practice, such as documentary filmmakers and media literacy teachers, have done this, and their fields have benefited.
The US' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly set to approve Net neutrality rules after the agency's two Democratic commissioners announced that they would vote in support of the order.
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps will reportedly vote in favour of the FCC's Net neutrality rules at the open commission meeting scheduled for December 21, 2010. According to an FCC official, the commissioners had some suggestions about how to improve the first draft. Some of these have been incorporated into the rules to satisfy their concerns.
In a statement, Commissioner Clyburn has said that the Commission has worked tirelessly to offer a set of guidelines that, while not as strong as they could be, will nonetheless protect consumers as they explore, learn and innovate online.
However, Republican Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith A. Baker have expressed their concern with the rules.
Since Chairman Julius Genachowski backs the rules, favoruable votes from Clyburn and Copps are enough to pass the motion by a vote of 3 is to 2.
The full text of the Net neutrality rules will not be released immediately because of the opposition from McDowell and Baker. A one-page summary will instead be made available for interested parties to view. According to an FCC official, standard procedure requires that the FCC respond to dissenting views. This is will take several days to pull together and publish, he said.
The order is expected to provide three high-level rules - robust transparency requirements that apply to fixed broadband and wireless providers; a no-blocking rule that bans the blocking of lawful content and apps or services for fixed broadband providers and bans the blocking of websites or apps that compete with broadband providers' voice or video telephony services for mobile providers; and a no unreasonable discrimination rule for fixed broadband providers.
Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has made significant traction in 2010. Among other achievements, the company increased its overall revenue by more than 30 percent over the previous year and doubled its sales in the global corporate market. Additionally, usage of ebrary products grew by more than 33 percent.
Key to the company's growth was the launch of new technologies and models including DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), a unique and complimentary feature of many ebrary products including Academic Complete that enables customers to upload and integrate their own digital materials from the convenience of their computers. After a successful pilot programme, the company also launched a new Patron Driven Acquisition model along with a new ordering system that supports multiple models and provides librarians for the first time with real-time, do-it-yourself collection management including on-demand profiles and notifications.
ebrary continued to enhance its capabilities in 2010 with the launch of new bookshelves that can be shared via email and on the web; Lists, which enable librarians, professors, and others to create customised, searchable collections of ebrary titles; saved searches that notify end-users when new content is available that matches their interests; and support for the iPad.
Furthermore, in 2010 ebrary grew its selection of e-books and other authoritative content available to libraries by about 60 percent over the previous year and signed 35 new publishers bringing its total to 500. The company now has more than 76 out of the top 100 YBP approval publishers and offers a growing selection of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles and Doody's Core Titles.
ebrary's collection growth and product enhancements have also enabled it to tap new markets. In 2010 ebrary launched Public Library Complete, a program that includes more than 21,000 e-books with complimentary access for public schools. The company also shipped new products for the government, school, and corporate library markets including pharmaceutical and engineering.
According to the Society, SAE's international sections are increasingly sponsoring conferences in which technical papers are presented. The software - MyTechZone - enables conference organisers, authors and reviewers to track the progress of technical papers.
The software manages the entire technical paper presentation process and simplifies the communication between parties, from creation of the abstract to the final product. It enables reviewers to make comments and suggestions at a single location. Rather than having multiple reviewers corresponding with authors via email with attachments, all the comments and changes can be made with the technical paper housed at MyTechZone. Organisers will now be able to better manage and monitor the process because of the single location.
Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, and publisher Taylor & Francis have completed an update to World Who's Who. The expanded online resource includes current and hard-to-find biographical information on more than 60,000 of the most gifted and influential men and women in all fields.
Using a range of sophisticated search and browse functions in World Who's Who, researchers can quickly find the current career, contact and other biographical details they need. The publication includes details on heads of state, key ministers, politicians, diplomats and religious leaders, the famous and successful in business, finance, technology, film, music, literature, fashion, sport and a host of other professions.
Established in 1999, Semantico develops online publishing solutions for the publishing industry. The company's content delivery tool-sets, subscription management products, and hosting and support services enable rapid and robust, customised solutions for a wide range of clients.
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