The journal Science has announced the launch of a new web site based on the merger of ScienceCareers.org and Science's Next Wave. The new site is projected as a comprehensive and freely accessible source to offer online support for science careers for scientists, career counselors, students, teachers and the public. The launch corresponds with an extensive revamp of the Science family of web sites (www.sciencemag.org) and the journal's plan to allow free access to newly published content on its ScienceNOWdaily new site.
The newly designed ScienceCareers.org features a grants directory, job listings, career advice, events and meeting schedules, a CV database, suggestions on cover letters and interviews, and information on funding opportunities. Special topic portals include the Minority Scientists Network and the Postdoc Network.
The redesign of the Science group of sites follows a string of surveys, focus groups and user testing. It was discovered that users were looking for ease in locating content on these sites and that they generally were overwhelmed by the volume of scientific information available today. The sites include the online edition of Science, ScienceNOW, Science's knowledge environments on signal transduction ("STKE") and ageing ("SAGE KE") and the new career site.
Post revamp, ScienceNOW's editors expect the site to draw teachers, students, policymakers and other members of the public, apart from the regular readership of working scientists, since no subscription is required. The Science web sites are published by AAAS, a US-based nonprofit science society.
The US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that its new Neuroscience Information Framework will be designed by an association to be led by Weill Medical College of Cornell University, whose Dr. Daniel bagged the competitive agreement. The Framework will combine several neuroscience databases to offer neuroscience-related findings and search facilities for brain-related information.
The project is the first major initiative of NIH's Neuroscience Blueprint, a framework to increase supportive activities among 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that seek to boost nervous system research. As a repository of databases, the Neuroscience Information Framework will use novel search technologies to provide users with quick, informative and clear answers as to where dissimilar data exists, and how it can be assimilated. The present prototype, designed by the consortium members, is the Society for Neuroscience's Neurodatabase Gateway, which sources data from over 100 databases, tool repositories and other web sites. The technology required to access the Framework will be non-proprietary and free of cost. It will also support addition of any functionality and data to be included in the future.
The consortium also includes neuroinformatics groups at the University of California at San Diego, George Mason University, Yale University School of Medicine and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The 15-month $550,000 first phase of the project will be followed by a $1.1 million second phase, during which the Framework will be constructed. On completion, it will be maintained by the NIH.
Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Open Text Corporation have announced a new strategic global partnership to optimise the latter's complete Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for the Microsoft platform. The initiative will leverage the global scale and corresponding products of both the companies to support ECM solutions in huge, complicated customer environments. It is expected that Microsoft's platform and Open Text's ECM expertise will allow user-companies to better manage an ever-rising degree of online information, which is considered the main source of productivity loss and compliance risks.
Open Text is also introducing two new solutions that use its Livelink ECM suite and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 at its ongoing LiveLinkUp Orlando 2005 user conference in Orlando. The new solutions include an Open Text records management solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, which allows clients to expand compliance-focused records management maintenance and disposition policies to content retained in SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Open Text is also introducing Web Parts that expose Livelink ECM content and functionality in SharePoint Portal Server 2003.
The upcoming editions of Open Text solutions will be built on Microsoft Office 12, the next major release of the company's Office products. Livelink ECM will connect directly with Microsoft's ECM capabilities and expand the content produced in Office 12 into key business developments.
Content management service provider Vasont Systems, US, has announced the launch of Vasont 10, the latest edition of its single-source content management system. Vasont allows enterprises to store their multilingual content once for maximum reuse and distribution via multiple channels. The latest edition will be released at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management in Boston on November 29 - December 1, 2005.
Vasont 10 has the capacity to process faster and store graphical elements and documents in the same repository, which allows users to augment productivity, cost-savings and time-to-market.
Features of the latest version include efficient enterprise network processing for organisations that process large amounts of content; use of Oracle 10g to allow users to benefit from its latest technology and features; and digital asset management for multimedia content and document management to capture, arrange and search all information at once by allowing users to store unstructured documents and structured component-level content jointly in one database.
Electronic database operator ProQuest, UK, has announced an agreement with the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, to host the latter's institutional repository. The deal will signify the first installation of Digital Commons - a new digital institutional repository service from ProQuest - in New Zealand.
Digital Commons, which is supported by the Bepress platform, enables libraries to offer key services such as usage statistics at the paper and site level, personalised e-mail notification for newly posted content, peer-review journal capability, conversion to XML and OAI compliance. Victoria University will obtain direct access to its own institutional repository as part of a feasibility study to examine the workflows and policy requirements for running a successful open access repository, and academics' response to such a facility. The university opted for Digital Commons based on feedback from existing customers. The ProQuest system complements the university's existing systems and procedures.
Digital Commons' current customers include the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Surrey, Boston College and Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations. It is also used by California Digital Library, Florida State and New England Law Library Repository.
Craig Covault, Senior Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST), has bagged the 2005 Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications lifetime achievement award from the National Space Club Florida Committee. The award honours journalists and public relations professionals for their skills in "communicating the space story" to the world.
Covault started his career in 1969, covering the Apollo moon-landing project for Reader's Digest. He has served as the Senior Space Technology Editor of AW&ST and the publication's Bureau Chief in Paris prior to assuming his current position in 1996. He has written over 2,500 major stories in his 35-year tenure at AW&ST. The magazine is from Aviation Week Group, a division of McGraw-Hill Companies.
The NASA space shuttle return-to-flight Kennedy news centre team was honoured with the Public Affairs Award.