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US IEEE, other standards organisations endorse OpenStand’ principles - 30 Aug 2012

Five global organisations —IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – have announced that they have signed a statement affirming the importance of a jointly developed set of principles establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards.

The shared "OpenStand" principles — based on the effective and efficient standardisation processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce — are seen to be proven in their ability to foster competition and cooperation, support innovation and interoperability and drive market success.

IEEE, IAB, IETF, Internet Society and W3C invite other standards organisations, governments, corporations and technology innovators globally to endorse the principles, which are available at the OpenStand website.

The OpenStand principles strive to encapsulate that successful standardisation model and make it extendable across the contemporary, global economy's gamut of technology spaces and markets. The principles comprise a modern paradigm in which the economics of global markets — fuelled by technological innovation — drive global deployment of standards, regardless of their formal status within traditional bodies of national representation.

The OpenStand principles demand cooperation among standards organisations, adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and openness in standards development, commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition, innovation and benefit to humanity, availability of standards to all and voluntary adoption.

Globally adopted design-automation standards, which have paved the way for a giant leap forward in industry's ability to define complex electronic solutions, provide another example of standards developed in the spirit of the OpenStand principles. Another technology space that figures to demand such standards over the next decades is the global smart-grid effort, which seeks to augment regional facilities for electricity generation, distribution, delivery and consumption with a two-way, end-to-end network for communications and control.

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US Elsevier's Gold Standard module to help Rite Aid pharmacies track legislation changes and streamline information sharing - 30 Aug 2012

Drug information provider Elsevier's Gold Standard, US, has announced that Rite Aid Corporation, one of the nation's leading drug store chains, has selected the Gold Standard Drug Database State and Federal module to monitor legislative updates made to prescription medications.

The integration of the Gold Standard Drug Database State and Federal module allows Rite Aid to streamline and automate the process of tracking changing state and federal regulations for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and legend status, as well as medication-related guidelines. This integration allows Rite Aid to effectively communicate such modifications to its more than 4,700 pharmacies in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

The Gold Standard Drug Database State and Federal module offers a comprehensive, automated means of communicating critical legislative changes. The module provides up-to-date, accurate data that is easily accessible to clinicians who need to make informed decisions that abide by frequently changing state and federal requirements.

The Gold Standard Drug Database State and Federal module includes guidance for State and Federal Controlled Substance Regulations; guidance for FDA Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) Requirements; and Black Box Warning Identifier.

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US WK Health and The Altos Group partner to develop sepsis mortality reduction programme - 30 Aug 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a strategic partnership with The Altos Group to advance development of an innovative sepsis mortality reduction programme. Hospitals are currently being enrolled to serve as pilot sites in the programme, which brings together mobile technology, actionable clinical content and clinical change management to enable early sepsis identification and intervention.

The Altos Group is a consulting firm that partners with healthcare institutions to implement change management programmes that substantially improve patient outcomes. Headed by Julie A. Kliger, the firm’s methodology and services have proven particularly effective at impacting sepsis rates. In one case, which was profiled recently by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a 54.5% reduction in average mortality rates was achieved within three years across nine California hospitals.

The sepsis mortality reduction programme focuses on early detection and applying best practices to treating the septic patient. In addition to reducing overall patient mortality, costs and lengths of stay, the goal of the programme is to identify and address the top healthcare-associated infections (HAI) that drive sepsis mortality. This will be accomplished through a three-pronged approach that couples mobile software with actionable content, driven by WK Health's trusted brands as UpToDate, Lexicomp, ProVation Order Sets, and Sentri7, supplemented by change management consulting services.

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US Tilburg University opts for OCLC WorldCat Local discovery service - 30 Aug 2012

Library information provider OCLC, US, has announced that Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, has gone live with WorldCat Local, the company's cloud-based discovery and delivery service that allow users to search their library's collection along with the collections of thousands of other libraries worldwide. With the launch of WorldCat Local, Tilburg University has chosen to focus first on the most user-critical service while taking a significant step toward migration of its entire library management workflow to the cloud with the adoption of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

Students and faculty can now quickly and easily find and get materials they need through WorldCat Local, the discovery tool that offers a single search box to find what they need in Tilburg University Library as well as in the collections of other libraries around the world. With the University's collections already present in WorldCat, the configuration of its electronic collections in the WorldCat knowledge base further facilitates the discovery and delivery of electronic resources. This has provided the foundation for the next stage in its migration.

WorldCat Local can be a stand-alone service, or part of WorldShare Management Services, OCLC's new cloud-based library management services that provide tools to improve library workflows, reduce costs and offer new opportunities for collaboration. In the United States, there are currently 60 libraries already using the new WorldShare Management Services. In Australia, 12 libraries have started piloting the services.

OCLC has recently opened new data centers in London, Toronto and Sydney, in addition to the two that already exist in the United States, to serve libraries around the world interested in using the cloud-based services. Another data center in continental Europe is planned.

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US MetaPress appoints Mark Carden as Business Development Director for Europe - 30 Aug 2012

MetaPress, a web hosting platform service for STM content as well as humanities and social sciences, has announced that it has retained Mark Carden to act as director of sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Carden is a technology and education consultant with more than 15 years experience in business development for scholarly content, software and service providers. Carden will continue as principal consultant at Naughton Consulting Ltd.

Carden is an experienced executive and consultant with over fifteen years of expertise in publishing and education technology, including senior roles at Publishing Technology, Ingram Digital and Dynix. He has a further fifteen years of experience in project management and information technology, working at blue chip companies such as Accenture and Barclays. He is a Principal Consultant at Naughton Consulting Ltd., which provides consulting and interim services to clients in education, publishing, libraries, financial services and government.

MetaPress serves publishers worldwide by hosting their e-content and making it accessible to an extensive audience that appreciates the high quality of client services offered by the company. Currently, MetaPress provides services and support to more than 200 publishers, serving as a silent partner dedicated to supporting and enhancing the publisher's brand in the marketplace. Services include content management, Web hosting, custom branded website development, and e-commerce support. MetaPress is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a diversified company founded in 1944.

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US LITA unveils guide on electronic resources management for librarians - 30 Aug 2012

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has unveiled Managing Electronic Resources, a guide published by Neal-Schuman Publishers. The resource provides advice on the tools and best practices in the field of electronic resource management, helping librarians tackle their workload while saving time, effort and money.

Editor Ryan O. Weir and his contributors are seen to present a host of innovative ideas to help get the job done with greater ease. This includes tips on how to track and assign staff tasks electronically, accumulate and assimilate information from departmental and interdepartmental meetings, manage e-mail and written correspondence, track renewals and evaluate and negotiate license agreements.

Other chapters address coping with economic issues, acquiring electronic resources, negotiating resource licensing and reconciling with payment systems. Also covered are making electronic resources accessible, gathering, evaluating and communicating statistical usage information, and preparing staff to facilitate the shift to electronic. Management tools for keeping electronic stats, tracking vendor contact information, and creating an ILL permissions and restrictions database are other topics discussed.

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US LibQUAL+ opens registration for 2013 - 30 Aug 2012

LibQUAL+ has announced the opening of registration for 2013. With an ever-expanding community composed of libraries from over 25 countries around the world, now is the time to kick-start your assessment with the capability to benchmark with more than a million complete surveys of data.

In 2010, LibQUAL+ introduced a fee structure with two important features. First, it kept the same base fee for the LibQUAL+ survey implementation, which it continues to carry over to 2013. Second, it implemented a fee structure that offers the LibQUAL+ survey for less on an annual and biennial basis. The pricing rewards periodic, structured participation and encourages libraries to make participation decisions strategically, rather than on an ad hoc basis.

Past participants may register at http://www.libqual.org/. The fee also covers access to all the results from all the institutions for the year one registers. New participants can set up a new account for registration by writing to libqual@arl.org.

Interested parties are required to register by May 1, 2013, to participate in LibQUAL+® 2013 Session 1 (January–May) and by November 1, 2013, for 2013 Session 2 (July–December).

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the international library community by the Association of Research Libraries. The programme's centerpiece is a rigorously tested web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library. This assessment protocol has been used by more than 1,200 libraries across the globe since 2000. LibQUAL+ is located on the web at http://www.libqual.org/.

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German De Gruyter and Commercial Press announce strategic partnership - 30 Aug 2012

Academic publisher De Gruyter, Germany, has entered into a strategic partnership with Commercial Press, a renowned Chinese publisher in the humanities and social sciences. The partnership agreement, which is effective immediately, provides for the intensive exchange of academic content between the two publishing houses.

Commercial Press will translate selected works from De Gruyter's portfolio into Chinese and distribute them in the Chinese market. De Gruyter, for its part, will license titles of international interest from Commercial Press in order to produce English editions. These titles will be added to De Gruyter's English portfolio and offered internationally in both print and digital form.

Commercial Press is already working on translating selected titles from De Gruyter's highly esteemed philosophy portfolio. These titles will become part of a series of Western classics that is known beyond China's borders.

Founded in 1897, Commercial Press publishes over 1200 new titles each year in a variety of fields, including philosophy, linguistics, and law. As the publisher of the premier dictionary of the Chinese language – a publication that has sold over 40 million copies – Commercial Press is one of China's most well-known publishing houses. Commercial Press is a founding member of the China Publishing Group.

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