The Antibodypedia, a searchable online database of publicly available antibodies hosted in collaboration with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has announced that it now catalogues more than 500,000 individual antibodies. These antibodies collectively detect 88 percent of the proteins encoded by the human genome. The database also holds the results of nearly 145,000 experiments performed with these antibodies, as well as 32,000 links to publications related to their use.
Antibodypedia is a free, open access, and growing resource for data and commentary on antibodies from both commercial and academic providers. Its antigen-centric structure reportedly allows users to compare the properties of a range of antibodies detecting a particular target. Antibodies are ranked according to their spectrum of efficacy, with peer-reviewed user data contributing to their rankings such that the scoring system recapitulates the community's preferences.
Version 7 of Antibodypedia, released in November 2012, is said to provide a more robust search experience through its inclusion of filters users can apply to refine their queries. Additionally, integration with Nature journal manuscript annotation tools, such as gene and protein highlighting and the "Inside this article" box, provides a real-time snapshot of Antibodypedia's contents to scientists browsing nature.com.
The database continues to forge collaborations with academic working groups such as the Human Protein Atlas, based in Stockholm, and the Recombinant Antibody Network, an antibody-generating consortium run by researchers at the University of Chicago, UCSF, and the University of Toronto.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has released four new Medical Board Reviews Apps based on content from Elsevier's medical board review titles. These include: Braunwald's Heart Disease Review and Assessment, 9th Edition, by Dr. Leonard S. Lilly; Emergency Medicine Review: Preparing for the Boards, by Richard A. Harrigan; Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery, 5th Edition, by Dr. Jose M. Velasco; and Sleep Medicine Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach, by Dr. Meir H. Kryger.
Accessed via iPad through Apple's App Store, customers can first download the free Medical Board Review app, which gives a free sample of content from each app. Customers can then purchase any of the full apps via in-app purchase.
Core competencies can be tested to remedy weak areas through definitive explanations for questions that are not answered correctly. The new mobile-optimized features include interactive Q&A that tracks correct and incorrect answers; mobile optimised navigation; note taking and highlighting; and bookmarking.
Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has announced that David W. Binet of Toronto, Canada, will become a director of the Corporation, effective January 1, 2013.
The Woodbridge Company Limited, the principal shareholder of Thomson Reuters and the investment holding company of the Thomson family of Canada, announced that Binet would become President of Woodbridge, effective January 1, 2013, succeeding W. Geoffrey Beattie. Beattie will continue in his current role as Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters.
Binet is currently Chief Operating Officer of Woodbridge. He has held senior positions with Woodbridge for the past 14 years. He is a member of the board of directors of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. He also serves on the boards of a number of companies which Woodbridge controls. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada and a director of Canada's National Ballet School.
comScore, Inc., a provider of digital business analytics services, has announced the US beta release of Media Metrix Multi-Platform, the next generation of digital audience measurement and media planning. Building on Media Metrix, Mobile Metrix and Video Metrix from comScore's Audience Analytics suite, this product is said to offer unduplicated accounting of audience size and demographics that reflects today's multi-platform digital media environment. This includes websites, apps and video content accessed from multiple devices.
The new platform is expected to remain in beta over the next several months as the product undergoes a thorough data review and validation with comScore clients. All publicly reported data included in this initial report are illustrative and should not be interpreted as official comScore rankings.
The most notable change from traditional Media Metrix rankings are the overall audience increases for media properties with a measurable mobile presence; in some cases, these increases are substantial. Another way of reflecting this change is through the ranking of the top media properties. Properties that are particularly mobile-centric, or at least have a strong mobile extension of their brands, may realise strong increases in total audience size and rankings under Media Metrix Multi-Platform reporting.
comScore's multi-platform measurement relies on its proprietary Unified Digital Measurement (UDM) methodology, which combines panel and census-based approaches, to deliver best-in-class estimates of digital audiences and consumption. In order to provide accurate unduplicated audience size estimates across digital platforms, comScore developed a proprietary method that leverages its census web site network to understand audience overlap across different media channels – the first offering of its kind to utilise such an approach. This unified representation of disparate media channels also requires a modified view of certain standard reporting metrics.
While 'unique visitor'-based metrics remain central to Media Metrix Multi-Platform, measures of engagement such as page views must be reconsidered. This means that duration-based metrics (i.e. minutes) become the preferred engagement metrics because they are consistent across media; however, comScore is also introducing the new "views" metric to account for content-specific engagements, such as the web-based page view, video view or app start.
Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, and Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, have expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson's learning solution – MyLab & Mastering – with Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the integration is now available in most markets worldwide.
The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab & Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronise gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both systems. Instructors are also able to customise their courses by choosing content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar.
The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to Pearson's content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools, learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard's learning platforms. The integration, which was made available in North America earlier this year, is already being used by hundreds of institutions.
This joint announcement, made at Online Educa Berlin this week, marks a new level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools.
Blackboard Learn allows institutions to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.
Pearson's MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a personalised learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback - freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand for the MyLab & Mastering programmes continues to soar across the globe at thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programmes are available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students.
Global media and B2B communications, marketing service and data provider UBM plc has announced the appointment of Adrian Barrick as the company's Chief Content Officer. In this new role Adrian will work across UBM to develop a robust and compelling content strategy to support UBM's commercial and professional community-focused business development. Adrian will take up his role with immediate effect, reporting to UBM's CEO David Levin.
Over the course of the last two decades Adrian has built an unparalleled professional track record as a journalist, a publisher and as a media business leader. He joined UBM in 1991 and was appointed editor of Building magazine, one of the UK's oldest professional titles. Under his leadership Building won the PPA's coveted Magazine of the Year three times in five years and Adrian himself won four Editor of the Year trophies.
Adrian first moved into a commercial role in 2004 and two years later he was appointed Group Director of UBM's Property & Construction Media, a £35m business with 200 staff. In 2007, he was named PPA business publisher of the year and Building won business website of the year. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive of UBM Built Environment and over the last four years has led its transformation from a print-based business into a content-led, multi-channel business. The business's traditional brands like Property Week and Building remain the voice of the UK's built environment community but are complemented and balanced by a wide range of events and data services serving professionals from across the built environment industries both in the UK and increasingly in emerging markets such Brazil and China.
The UBM Built Environment business will be merged into its sister division UBM Live under the leadership of Simon Foster, UBM Live's current CEO. The businesses will continue to be run separately but their combination will allow each to better access the strengths, expertise and experience of the other as their business development paths continue to converge. UBM Built Environment continues to internationalise its activities, particularly its events such as Ecobuild, while UBM Live continues to add content as key driver of its business.
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced that the world's leading US patent firm, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP, has adopted CCC's Annual Copyright License.
Now more than ever, law firms need fast, convenient and intuitive licensing solutions that allow employees to share the content they require to do their jobs. CCC is meeting this need with licensing services designed to help businesses drive growth and innovation. CCC's licensing services give employees the freedom they need to collaborate and share valuable information.
CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the access and licensing of content that let businesses and academic institutions quickly get permission to use copyright-protected materials, while compensating publishers and content creators for the use of their works.