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US Stanford University plans to continue digitising books despite ruling in Google case - 24 Mar 2011

Stanford University has expressed its disappointment with the latest ruling in the Google Books Agreement case. The university is analysing the decision and will consult with other libraries participating in Google's digitisation project.

US Circuit Judge Denny Chin had said the deal between Google and publishers 'goes too far.' But Stanford does not have to halt its project of digitising the books in the university's libraries - over 2 million have been scanned since 2004.

Google reached a $125 million settlement with authors and publishers after the company was sued for copyright infringement in 2005, shortly after starting to make digital copies of every published book. The recent decision by Judge Chin in Manhattan said the deal would give Google 'a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission.'

Stanford has not been part of the lawsuit but supported the settlement. It argued that digitising its books would preserve fragile volumes, make them easily accessible and allow researchers to efficiently scan and mine them for information that would otherwise require reading entire works. Google has scanned about 2 million books owned by Stanford, and more than 24 other major libraries are involved in the project.

Michael Keller, the university's librarian, said Chin's decision leaves unanswered several issues, including how to create a universal library; how long books should be protected by copyright; and how to deal with access to orphan works - books that are still under copyright protection but are not necessarily marketable and have no identifiable copyright holder.

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UK 2012 to be revenue tipping point for e-books, says Publishing Technology report - 24 Mar 2011

Publishing Technology plc, a UK-based provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has released a new research at BML's annual Books & Consumers Conference. A third of UK trade publishers surveyed predict that over 10 percent of their total book revenue will come from e-books by 2012.

This research project, conducted by BML, surveyed hand-picked senior executives at top publishers to be representative of the industry in the UK. It showed that one in four UK academic publishers were already seeing 10 percent of their total book revenue coming from e-books in 2011, with double that predicting this would be the case in 2012.

This research into e-publishing follows on from a research project in 2001, also conducted on behalf of Publishing Technology (then VISTA), and so provides a useful comparison on the pace of change in publishing and sets markers against which further trend analysis can be undertaken.

The research also showed that 66 percent of all publishers surveyed thought e-books were not displacing sales in other formats, but could actually lead to an expansion of the overall market, up from 44 percent ten years ago.

The report notes that publishers are optimistic about retaining their place in a digital world, with only 14 percent thinking e-books will take book publishing out of the control of conventional publishers. This was, however, an increase on 10 years ago when nobody felt that the role of publishers was threatened by the move to digital. Eighty one percent think that the majority of new books they publish will be available in both e and p format by 2016.

Backlists have been digitised faster than the original predictions 10 years ago, with 53 percent stating that over 10 percent of their backlists are already available as e-books and the pace set to accelerate very quickly with 71 percent saying that over half of their backlists would be available as e-books by 2016, says the report.

In the original survey, nearly half (46%) of publishers predicted that over 10 percent of their revenue would come from e-books by 2006. In 2011 only 10 percent say that this is the case.

The 2011 research project (Publishing 2001: attitudes to technological change) involved interviews with a select group of senior publishers from a number of trade, academic/professional, schools and journal publishers, both in the UK and the US. The UK publishers who were involved in the 2001 research project were invited to contribute to the survey this time round, as well as some new individuals, to take the place of those publishers from the original survey who are no longer operating. The results will also provide valuable context for BML's comprehensive research study Understanding the Digital Consumer now taking place.

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UK RSC welcomes UK's budgetary proposals to boost growth of science - 24 Mar 2011

The UK's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne's budget. According to Prof. David Phillips, President of the RSC, Osborne's 'budget for growth' is to be welcomed as a much needed boost for science and enterprise.

The chancellor's growth-boosting initiatives - such as the creation of 21 new Enterprise Zones and R&D tax credits for small businesses rising 200 percent - will be much needed by the industry as the UK slowly emerges from recession, RSC has pointed out. There will be a £100 million boost for science with investment in new centres in Cambridge, Norwich, Harwell and Daresbury, funded from the bank levy.

However, under the new initiatives laid out by the Chancellor, science teaching funding is being slashed by three-quarters, research funding falls by more than £17 million and capital spend plummets from £158 million to £53 million. Also, the immigration cap limiting the number of scientists coming to the UK is coming into force next month.

The Chancellor also announced that he will 'radically reduce' the time it takes for life sciences companies to gain approval for clinical trials.

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UK US dominates Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50 - 24 Mar 2011

Institutions in the US dominate a new ranking of the world's top 50 institutions. The Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50 ranks the top 50 institutions in the world, according to their output of primary research articles in Nature research journals in 2010. Launched as a beta website at www.natureasia.com/publishing-index/global, the Index is a collaboration with Digital Science, a sister division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

US institutions occupy 33 of the top 50 positions, with Harvard University in first place and Stanford University, MIT, NIH, Yale University, California Institute of Technology and Columbia University also in the top ten. Six of the campuses of the University of California feature in the top 50, and if all ten were aggregated together the University of California system would be ranked number one.

The launch of the beta site for the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50 coincides with the publication of the Nature Publishing Index 2010 Asia Pacific, a supplement that provides a snapshot of 2010 rankings of research institutions and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Nature Publishing Index puts the Asia-Pacific rankings in a global context. The Asia-Pacific rankings are available at www.natureasia.com/publishing-index and feature a 12-month rolling window of data, updated weekly.

Five institutions from Asia feature in the top 50. These include four from Japan and one from China. The University of Tokyo, number one in the Asia-Pacific, is number six in the global rankings, followed by RIKEN at 23, Kyoto University at 25, Osaka University at 33, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences at 32.

The Index results should be used with some caveats. The Index only covers Nature and the 16 Nature research journals, so while it offers broad coverage of basic research in the life sciences, physical and chemical sciences, coverage of applied sciences, engineering and clinical medicine is relatively limited, and so the index should be used primarily as an indicator of strength in high quality basic research. It does not incorporate publication in other high quality journals. The Index also only considers one factor- publication output in one family of journals. It does not weight multiple factors in the way that other rankings do, such as the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities or the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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US Wound nursing journal affiliates with Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy - 24 Mar 2011

The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) has affiliated with the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET), expanding its position within the global community of wound, ostomy and continence nursing. As a result of this collaboration, members of the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) will receive the JWOCN as a membership benefit. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

In the past few years, the JWOCN has enjoyed a significant increase in both international readers and manuscript submissions from international authors. By expanding its reach through the CAET, JWOCN will further its mission of promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities that guide the delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy and incontinence needs.

Kathryn Kozell has joined the JWOCN in the new role of Canadian Feature Editor. A former president of CAET, Kathryn is known internationally for her contributions to education, publishing and mentoring in ostomy and wound care nursing. She currently serves as the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Manager of the Rachel M. Flood Program for Ostomy and Wound Care at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Ontario, Canada.

CAET is a not-for-profit association for over 350 nurses specialising in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence. The CAET offers national leadership to enable those in nursing practice, education, research and administration to achieve quality specialised nursing care.

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US SAGE Handbook bags American Psychological Association's Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award - 24 Mar 2011

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that the International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling: Cultural Assumptions and Practices Worldwide edited by P. Paul Heppner, Stefanía Ægisdóttir, Seung-Ming Alvin Leung, and Kathryn L. Norsworthy recently received the prestigious Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award. Presented by Division 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, the award recognises a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession.

The 2010 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award received a significant number of proposed books and edited volumes whose authors, co-authors, and editors came from many different countries. Each submission was evaluated by both committee members and outside experts. The Ursula Gielen Book Award Committee noted that the Handbook, published by SAGE makes the most significant and fundamental contribution to psychology as a global discipline.

This volume provides a strong theoretical, research, and practical focus. The first of its kind, the International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling serves as a comprehensive resource with contributions from more than 80 world-renowned scholars.

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US Amazon launches Amazon Appstore for Android - 24 Mar 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Amazon Appstore for Android at www.amazon.com/appstore. An innovative new feature called 'Test Drive' will enable customers to test apps on a simulated Android phone. Customers control the app through their computer using a mouse.

Customers can shop in the Amazon Appstore from any computer using a Web browser. They can also access the Amazon Appstore directly on their Android phones or tablets, once they've installed the Amazon Appstore application. When customers purchase an Android app from the Amazon Appstore they can use the app on any of their Android devices.

The Amazon Appstore will include popular Amazon features like personalised recommendations, customer reviews, and 1-Click payment options. There will also be detailed product descriptions, including screenshots and video content that shows apps in action. In order to ensure customers have the best possible experience with the apps they purchase, all apps are Amazon-tested before they're made available in the Amazon Appstore.

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US Gale to preserve three more collections to the Portico archive - 24 Mar 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced Gale will be preserving three additional digital historical collections with Portico. This follows the completed ingest of 10 Gale Digital Collections - including 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, The Making of Modern Law: Primary Resources and Eighteenth Century Collections Online - and represents over 80 million files (75 million pages of content), which doubled the size of the Portico archive in just one year.

The three additional Gale collections being committed to the Portico archive comprise over one million files, and include Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author Online and Literature Criticism Online. With the addition of these collections, the total number of files being preserved from Gale in the Portico archive will reach over 82 million, representing an achievement of scale for Portico.

In accordance with Portico's D-Collections Service model, Portico will make the content available to Gale's customers under specifically defined circumstances called trigger events. Should the content no longer be made available through the Gale system, Portico would make the content preserved in the archive available to Gale's customers. There is no charge from Gale to its customers for this service.

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Netherland Elsevier names Ron Mobed as CEO of Science and Technology Division - 24 Mar 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Ron Mobed as Chief Executive Officer, Science and Technology, based in Amsterdam.

Mobed joins Elsevier from Cengage Learning, where he was President of the Academic & Professional group, and from Information Handling Services (IHS), where he was Co-President and Chief Operating Officer and ran IHS Energy division. Previously he was at Schlumberger, where he had a number of senior roles in business development, information management and as Global Vice President and General Manager of Schlumberger's Information Management business.

Mobed will join Elsevier effective April 4, 2011.

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US Sheridan Digital Select streamlines digital print ordering - 24 Mar 2011

Print and publishing services provider The Sheridan Press has introduced Sheridan Digital Select, an online ordering interface that seeks to offer greater convenience to publishers ordering digitally produced perfect-bound publications. This interface represents a significant enhancement to Sheridan's rapidly expanding state-of-the-art digital print platform. Publisher print-on-demand requirements, from 'one-off' publications to hundreds of copies, are now even more easily achieved.

Sheridan Digital Select represents a best-in-class response to publisher's evolving manufacturing requirements. Beyond just the general expanding use of digital printing, growing numbers of publishers are seen to be eliminating warehousing costs by adopting a 'zero inventory' warehousing model - printing only the exact numbers of copies required at the time of initial printing then fulfilling subsequent print needs digitally. Similarly, subscriber requests for printed versions of 'online only' publications are becoming more frequent, it has been observed. The fulfillment of all such requests for digitally printed publications is now accommodated using the Digital Select portal.

The Sheridan Press is a full-service print and publishing services provider to scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals and special interest publications. The Press also offers a wide range of technology solutions from an e-content suite to digital editions to mobile editions.

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India Attention Subscribers - www.myscoope.com lets you access Knowledgespeak using your mobile devices - 24 Mar 2011

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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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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