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US Wiley-Blackwell launches first mobile app in the Clinical Cases Uncovered series - 27 Jul 2011

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly business of publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the first mobile application in the Clinical Cases Uncovered series, accessible via iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The Clinical Cases Uncovered series presents each case as it would be in clinical practice, so students can rehearse for life on the wards with these easy-to-use, walkthrough scenarios.

The first app from the series, which is freely available, includes access to the basic science of hematology and recommendations on how to approach a patient, including the first clinical case. There are 22 additional cases available separately as in-app purchases. Each case comes with its own self-assessment questions to test learning, understanding, and investigative skills.

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US ACS President offers congressional testimony on NSF merit review - 27 Jul 2011

The President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education on July 26, 2011, about the effectiveness of the merit review process used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to decide which scientific research proposals to fund.

The NSF merit review process has been studied and implemented as a gold standard by nations the world over. According to Dr. Jackson, assuring a balanced portfolio of research is critical. In tough economic times, it is vital to spend prudently.

The purpose of the hearing was to examine ways to streamline the process of evaluating the tens of thousands of grant applications submitted every year. NSF received over 55,000 grant proposals in 2010. These were cut down to 13,000. The foundation and other federal agencies supporting scientific research have a lot of money at stake when evaluating proposals. A great deal of time and money reportedly go into evaluation efforts.

Lawmakers on the subcommittee invited a panel of scientists and research administrators to discuss proposals for streamlining the review process. The hearing was held in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In addition to Dr. Jackson, the subcommittee heard testimony from three other witnesses - Dr. Cora Marrett, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation; Dr. Keith R. Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, San Francisco; and Dr. Jorge José, Vice President for Research, Indiana University.

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US Okanagan College in British Columbia selects EBSCO Discovery Service as discovery solution - 27 Jul 2011

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has announced that Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada, has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its discovery service.

After looking at other services, librarians selected EDS for its simple search process, rich metadata and subject headings. EDS was also chosen to attract users to the library's resources and increase the use of those resources while also highlighting the value the library offers through the customisation options EDS offers.

EBSCO Discovery Service provides users with many options for an enhanced search experience. Result list limiters and facets help to consolidate user refinement actions and provide options for basic and advanced users alike.

EBSCO Discovery Service offers libraries a variety of customisation options. Okanagan College has integrated a chat box, customised the toolbar and the EDS footer and changed the colour scheme. Additionally, librarians plan to incorporate custom links and widgets to ensure users can get help when they need it.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box. The Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalogue, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes.

The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world's foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers.

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US SPARC to host first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012 - 27 Jul 2011

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) will host its first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012. The first of its kind, the event will expand on the successful biennial SPARC Digital Repositories meeting.

Convened by the organisation since 2004 and hosted in the UK, Europe, Japan, and North America, these meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of open online repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. The SPARC Meeting regularly draws hundreds of participants from around the globe.

At the 2010 conference in Baltimore, MD, participants expressed a desire for SPARC to coordinate a broader forum to enable an exploration of the role of repositories in the overall Open Access movement. Repositories are inextricably and positively entwined with federal and local policies, open-access publishing, and author rights management. The new SPARC Open Access meeting will provide a biennial, North American-based forum for a full discussion on the many threads of the Open Access movement, with an emphasis on how the community can continue to effectively collaborate on making Open Access the norm for the communication of scholarship and research.

The SPARC 2012 Open Access meeting will be held from March 11-13, 2012, at the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel. Further details will be available on the SPARC Web site this fall.

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US Niels Bohr Library and Archives of the American Institute of Physics makes Goudsmit Papers available online - 27 Jul 2011

The Niels Bohr Library and Archives of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has digitised the complete papers of renowned physicist Samuel A. Goudsmit (1902-1978). The papers, which occupy 39 linear feet of shelf space in the library and contain about 69,000 images, have been released online and are now published on the library's website at http://www.aip.org/history/nbl/collections/goudsmit.

The papers are a major international collection of correspondence, research notebooks, lectures, reports, World War II science documents, and other material of Goudsmit, a Dutch-born physicist who spent his career in the US and was at the forefront of physics research for more than 50 years. The collection contains especially strong sources on the development of quantum physics in Europe and how it spread to the US during the first half of the 20th century.

Among the resources in the collection are reports of German efforts to develop an atomic bomb during World War II, post-war physics research, and important milestones in scientific publishing. Because of their breadth and depth, the Goudsmit papers are reportedly the most used onsite collection in AIP's Library and Archives.

The Goudsmit Papers document the mainstream of physics research from the 1920s through the mid-1970s. The project to digitize the Goudsmit Papers took two years and was partially supported by the U.S. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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US US govt. web portal offers training modules on intellectual property law - 27 Jul 2011

The US' National Technical Information Service (NTIS), in agreement with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced the launch of a pilot programme to provide the public with access to official agency training content via the web at usptotraining.gov. Under the arrangement, more than 60 computer-based training modules on intellectual property law are being made available online to the general public for the first time through a learning management system (LMS).

The training modules were primarily created for the USPTO patent and trademark examiners, but all intellectual property professionals can reportedly benefit from the information they provide. The training modules are being made available to the public for the first time in support of President Obama's transparency and open government initiative. NTIS is an agency of the US Department of Commerce,

Examples of the more than 60 training modules available via usptotraining.gov include Interview practice between examiner and applicant; Basic requirements to file a patent application; Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty; the Trademark International Classification System for goods and services; and Written description guidelines, examples and court decisions.

Additional modules and new features may be added following the completion of the 90- day pilot period. A fee will be charged to access most of the available modules.

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Netherland Elsevier and the Wilderness Medicine Society to award outstanding members of the wilderness medicine community - 27 Jul 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will present awards to outstanding members of the wilderness medicine community at this year's upcoming Wilderness Medical Society 28th Wilderness Medicine Scientific Conference & Annual Meeting. The event will take place in Snowmass, CO, from July 29- August 3, 2011.

The aim of the Wilderness Medicine Society is to provide academic background as well as deliver specific skills to healthcare professionals that will make them effective providers of relief in austere environments and adverse conditions. This year, the WMS is introducing a certification programme, starting with 'Wilderness Medicine: Disaster and Humanitarian Response.'

The Elsevier Leadership in Wilderness Medicine Award will be presented to a member of the wilderness medicine community who has shown exceptional commitment, energy and focus to saving lives, while acting as a guide and mentor to those around them.

The Elsevier Excellence in Education Award will recognise four outstanding students in wilderness medicine.

All award recipients will be given a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, the Reader's Tablet, pre-loaded with eBook content by Elsevier Author, Dr Paul Auerbach, a founder and past President of the Wilderness Medical Society. Each e-reader will provide access to Dr Auerbach's Medicine for the Outdoors and Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition, along with a variety of core emergency medicine ebook titles.

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UK Publishing Technology names Jon White as Business Development Director for Australia and New Zealand - 27 Jul 2011

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology, UK, has announced the appointment of Jon White, former Digital Publishing Director at Macmillan Education, as the company's Business Development Director for Australia and New Zealand.

The appointment follows Publishing Technology's announcement last year that it intends to expand operations into Australia; serving both the local and New Zealand markets with its flagship enterprise application advance products, as well as its digital publishing platforms, ingentaconnect and pub2web.

Jon White is an expert in online publishing, having been Digital Publishing Director at Macmillan Education and Digital Licensing Manager at Penguin, before taking on various consulting assignments in the sector. He will initially focus on opportunities for Publishing Technology's Enterprise Applications suite of products and will be based in Sydney.

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US Forty-nine libraries join the SirsiDynix Enterprise discovery platform - 27 Jul 2011

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that 49 libraries selected the SirsiDynix Enterprise discovery platform for their user interface in Q2 of this year. Twenty two of these libraries expanded their solution to include SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management capabilities.

Released last month, SirsiDynix Enterprise 4.1 provides library users with a seamless and instinctive user interface; drag-and-drop account management; high-accuracy search results with significant indexing enhancements; simplified interaction with the hit list; and enhanced faceting capabilities for refining searches by author, subject, publication date or availability, to name a few.

SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management expands on the Enterprise platform, adding the ability to manage, secure and deliver digital assets of all sorts via a streamlined interface. Portfolio comes equipped with optical character recognition (OCR) technology, Open Archive Initiative (OAI-PMH) compatibility for Web harvesting, and classified security capabilities for restricting visibility of confidential materials by user or group.

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UK Pharmacogenomics celebrates 100th issue - 27 Jul 2011

The journal Pharmacogenomics, published by Future Medicine, part of UK-based Future Science Group, is celebrating its 100th issue this year.

The key objective of the peer-reviewed journal has been to provide a forum for multidisciplinary scientists to keep abreast of the latest developments in this field, and to provide commentary and analysis to place these advances in context. Pharmacogenomics is currently published monthly (12 issues per year) by Future Medicine. The journal will increase its frequency to 16 issues per year in 2012.

Senior Editors Dr Howard McLeod (University of North Carolina, USA), Prof. Munir Pirmohamed (University of Liverpool, UK) and Dr David Gurwitz (Tel Aviv University, Israel) drive the editorial direction of Pharmacogenomics. The Senior Editors are supported by a team of Associate Editors, together with an advisory panel of more than fifty international experts.

To celebrate this milestone issue, the top 10 most viewed articles published in Pharmacogenomics over the last decade are being made free to access for 2 weeks. These articles are assessable from www.future-science-group.com/m/360.

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India Access Knowledgespeak using your smartphones and mobile devices via Myscoope.com - 27 Jul 2011

Mobile access for Knowledgespeak is now available in a mobile browser version and a Java application version.

Smartphones and Tablets – We publish a mobile browser version for smartphones and tablet PCs. This is accessible at www.myscoope.com, a site designed specifically for all types of smartphones and tablets including the iPhone, the iPad, and other smartphones like the BlackBerry and Android phones.

Java-enabled Phones – We provide a Java version - SCOOPE.JAR - for Java enabled phones. The executable file can be downloaded from http://www.myscoope.com/scm/images/SCOOPE.jar.

Some of SCOOPE STM Mobile's user-friendly features include:

» Easy Selection and viewing of 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

Subscribers are invited to send in their feedbacks as to their experiences with the service at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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