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German Springer to acquire Wolters Kluwer' Pharma Marketing and Publishing Services division - 10 Nov 2011

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media has reached an agreement with Wolters Kluwer to acquire the Pharma Marketing and Publishing Services division (MPS) for its Springer Healthcare unit. MPS is one of the five largest global providers of strategic marketing, publishing and business intelligence products and services to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as to medical libraries and academic and research institutions.

MPS's Adis unit publishes a portfolio of 24 scientific journals and newsletters specialising in pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. Further MPS services include drug development and drug safety databases, commercial market analysis, strategic medical and marketing communications programmes, prescriber and patient education materials and pharmaceutical sales force training, among others.

The company has about 450 employees, and its main offices are in Auckland (New Zealand), Chester (UK), Yardley, PA (USA) and Milan (Italy).

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US Faculty of 1000 and DynaMed partner to better serve medical professionals needs - 10 Nov 2011

Article evaluation services provider Faculty of 1000 (F1000), UK, and DynaMed have announced a partnership to better serve the needs of medical professionals looking for rapid access to the best available medical evidence. The partnership expands the DynaMed community to more than 4,000 medical experts adding to the already extensive coverage of specialties in the point-of-care clinical reference tool. The partnership also leverages the expertise of DynaMed and F1000 in assessing the latest medical evidence to highlight research that changes the practice of medicine.

F1000 is an online service that identifies important articles based on the opinions of global leaders in biology and medicine who make up the F1000 Faculty - an international network of 10,000 experts of which over 2,200 are practicing clinicians. These researchers and clinicians select and evaluate the best articles in their chosen specialties, emphasising the key findings and placing the work in context; essentially providing post-publication peer-review. More than 110,000 article evaluations across medicine and biology from more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals have been published by F1000 to date.

In addition to writing evaluations of important articles, Faculty Members also assign classifications, where relevant, that further identify key features of the articles selected. Articles classified as 'Changes Clinical Practice' identify research papers that have the immediate potential to change the practice of medicine. F1000's ability to immediately assess and update a clinical topic with the best available evidence complements DynaMed, which is updated daily and used worldwide by clinicians and other healthcare providers to access the latest evidence-based information.

In August, DynaMed introduced the identification of 'practice-changing DynaMed updates' and developed a process with McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit in which more than 1,000 practicing physicians from 61 disciplines in 77 countries identify the most important evidence changing practice. The new practice-changing updates filter from DynaMed allows users to display only those topics that include updates most likely to change clinical practice.

F1000 will expand the community of practicing clinicians by thousands and enhance the identification Practice-Changing DynaMed Updates with even greater global input. This is especially important for meeting the needs of clinicians across all levels of clinical care, all types of clinical settings, and geographic regions with variations in available resources.

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US ProQuest announces new executive team - 10 Nov 2011

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has been organised into strategic business units designed to provide strong, clear focus on customer needs. Chief Executive Officer Kurt Sanford, who joined the company in July 2011, created the new, agile structure consisting of six business units, led by seasoned, proven executives.

Rod Gauvin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, will head ProQuest Information Solutions and will be responsible for all library markets. Gauvin joined the company in March 2001 and brings more than 30 years of information industry experience in reference, professional, trade, and educational publishing to his role at ProQuest. He is active in library and community organisations such as the United Way and is a member of the 2011-2012 Executive Board for the American Library Association's ALTAFF division.

Tim Wahlberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Corporate Market Solutions, will lead the corporate market business, including ProQuest Dialog and also heads up the enterprise-wide strategy and business development function. Wahlberg joined ProQuest earlier this year from Thomson Reuters, where he held a variety of strategy and operating roles.

Michael Gersch will continue in his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions while now also overseeing ProQuest's affiliated business, Bowker. Together these businesses will comprise ProQuest Workflow Solutions and will focus on opportunities to collaborate around discovery, data aggregation, and analysis services.

Rich LaFauci, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Research Solutions, will lead the consumer business as well as product brands RefWorks and the recently launched Pivot for research development professionals. Prior to joining ProQuest, LaFauci led the Technology Capability team for Digitas, directing teams who brought interactive experiences to life and who created the systems to operate and optimize marketing campaigns and programs. He has more than two decades of experience building and marketing customer applications and managing the underlying technology.

Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary, has led the company from its conception in 1999 to its current position as a leading e-book provider to libraries worldwide. Sayar will continue to focus on building the high-growth business through the development of innovative research technologies and flexible acquisition models.

Boe Horton, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ProQuest East Asia, will continue his focus on developing products and services for customers in that region. Prior to joining ProQuest in 2007, Horton was chief operating officer and general manager of CSA and held a variety of other executive roles in global sales, marketing, product development and editorial operations at other organizations.

Rounding out the executive team reporting to Mr. Sanford are Phil Evans, Chief Financial Officer; Kevin Norris, General Counsel and Senior Vice President Global Content Alliance; Simon Beale, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Training; and Lynda James-Gilboe, Senior Vice President Enterprise Marketing and Customer Care. Sy Inwentarz is serving as Interim Chief Information Officer and Jill Hutton is Interim Head of Human Resources.

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UK University of Arizona opts for BioMed's Open Repository service - 10 Nov 2011

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the University of Arizona has become the first academic institute in the US to adopt its 'Open Repository' service. The service builds, hosts and maintains uniquely customised DSpace repositories on behalf of organisations.

Through the implementation of the Open Repository service, the University of Arizona is now stated to have a uniquely customised, reliable and cost-effective repository solution.

An increasing number of funding bodies are mandating open and unrestricted access to published research. This has necessitated institutions like the University of Arizona to look for innovative ways to store and publicise their research output.

BioMed's Open Repository service seeks to provide an extremely cost effective solution for institutions looking to showcase their intellectual output. Not only does the system help institutions comply with open access mandates, but it can also be fully customised to help organisations raise their profile and showcase their intellectual output.

Open Repository is built upon the latest version of DSpace, an open-source solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works. Customers of Open Repository benefit from updated system features not only from DSpace themselves, but also from BioMed's team who are continually working to enhance their repository service. Demonstrations of the service are available by contacting the Open Repository team.

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German Thirty three North American institutions endorse Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge - 10 Nov 2011

Thirty-three research institutions, associations, and foundations in the US, Canada, and Mexico recently signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. These private, public, and non-profit organisations join nearly 300 more from around the world in another clear sign of the growing demand for change in the way scientific and scholarly research results are communicated and maximised. The announcement is made in conjunction with the ninth Berlin conference, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Berlin Declaration promotes the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge. Its goal is to make scientific and scholarly research more accessible to the broader public by taking full advantage of the possibilities offered by digital electronic communication. Signatories support actions that ensure the future Web is sustainable, interactive, and transparent - and that content is openly accessible - in order to realise the vision of a global and accessible representation of knowledge. The leaders of research institutions, libraries, archives, museums, funding agencies, and governments from around the world have signed the Declaration - including CERN, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea, and the German Max Planck Society (co-initiator and custodian).

North American signatories now include leading private research institutions (such as Harvard University and Duke University), public research institutions (University of Kansas, University of California-Los Angeles), Canadian research campuses (Concordia University, University of Quebec in Montreal), smaller academic institutions (Oberlin College, Grand Valley State University), non-profit organisations (Alliance for Information Science and Technology Innovation, Science Commons), major library coalitions (SPARC, the Association of Research Libraries, Canadian Library Association), and the Open Society Foundations (architect of the Budapest Open Access Initiative). The full list is available at http://oa.mpg.de/lang/en-uk/berlin-prozess/signatoren.

The Berlin 9 Conference is organised by representatives from the science, humanities, research, funding and policy communities, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, the Max Planck Society, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition).

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US Tutoring site settles copyright and trademark infringement claims of higher education publishers - 10 Nov 2011

Five major higher education publishers have entered into a settlement with the online tutoring site Student of Fortune, Inc. to resolve claims for copyright and trademark infringement.

The publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Cengage Learning, Inc., Pearson Education, Inc. and Elsevier Inc. Each publisher discovered unauthorised digital copies of its learning materials, including full textbooks and instructor solutions manuals, which had been uploaded by third parties and sold to users on the Student of Fortune site.

Student of Fortune was recently acquired by Chegg, Inc., which cooperated with the five publishers to remove the materials in question from the Student of Fortune Website. The materials had been posted prior to Chegg's acquisition of Student of Fortune. Additionally, Chegg has agreed to implement a programme designed to prevent future infringement and promote academic integrity.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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US OCLC webinar examines streamlined methods for scanning collections at user requests - 10 Nov 2011

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, recently conducted a webinar that featured streamlined methods for scanning and delivering digital copies of special collections materials at the request of users.

Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have resulted in a deluge of requests for digital copies of special collections materials. A steady stream of digitisation requests for one item here, two pages there can be labour-intensive, and policies for user requests vary widely across institutions.

To address these issues, OCLC Research and the OCLC Research Library Partnership's Working Group on Streamlining Photography and Scanning sought methods for reducing cumbersome digitisation-on-demand workflows and policy obstacles. The result is detailed in the report, 'Scan and Deliver: Managing User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives'. It calls for a flexible, tiered approach to delivering digitised materials that acknowledges differences in user needs, collections, institutions and resources.

In this webinar, members of the working group shared their creative experiments aimed at scanning and delivering user-requested digital copies of special collections materials. San Diego State University offers self-serve scanning in its reading room. At the University of Chicago, special collections and interlibrary loan colleagues are working together to use existing infrastructure and expertise. The Getty Research Institute developed a tiered approach to capture and post digital files created by fulfilling user requests. The presenters discussed workflows-in-progress, lessons learned, and how they learned to stop worrying and love digital copy requests.

Webinar presenters included Anne Bahde from the San Diego State University; Julia Gardner from the University of Chicago; Anne Blecksmith from the Getty Research Institute; Francine Snyder of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Shannon Supple from the University of California at Berkeley; and Jennifer Schaffner from OCLC Research. The webinar was held on September 22, 2011. The recording, available on the OCLC Research webinars page and in iTunes, is 64 minutes long and includes questions and comments from participants throughout.

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German Confederation of Open Access Repositories launches new website - 10 Nov 2011

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the launch of its new website. The website includes fresh content, added Web2.0 functionality, and an updated look and feel.

The site, http://www.coar-repositories.org, reflects a great deal of input from members. In particular, it includes online discussions hosted by working groups such as the Interoperability Forum; published documents by COAR working groups, such as The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories, a new Open Access briefing paper; a global map of COAR's members and partners; announcements of upcoming events; links to the COAR Facebook page and Twitter presence; and RSS feeds to new content.

COAR is an association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009, uniting over 60 members and partner organisations from 24 countries from throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America. It seeks to enhance greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories.

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India Access Knowledgespeak using your smartphones and mobile devices via Myscoope.com - 10 Nov 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.

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Easy Selection and viewing of desired news items
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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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