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Microsoft announces new research tool to deliver enhanced search capabilities - 13 Apr 2006

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, has announced the beta release of its Windows Live Academic Search service in seven countries. The new search service is projected to help students, researchers and university faculty conduct research across a spectrum of academic journals.

The program is a joint effort between Windows Live Search, industry associations, publisher linking service provider CrossRef and over 10 leading publishers. The service offers peer-reviewed content from leading scholarly societies, which includes the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and leading publishers Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons Inc. Other organisations working with Microsoft on the new search tool include the Taylor & Francis Group, the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, Ex Libris Group, TDNet, Blackwell Publishing, Nature Publishing Group, the British Library and OCLC Online Computer Library Center.

The initial beta release will target subjects such as computer science, electrical engineering and physics. The company intends to bring new subjects online in the near future. The new tool available at http://academic.live.com, will provide English-language results in select global markets.

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Infotrieve joins BEA Systems partner programme - 13 Apr 2006

Document delivery services provider Infotrieve, Inc., US, has announced that it has joined the partner programme of software vendor BEA Systems, Inc., US, in a bid to deliver increased efficiencies in R&D data management. Under the deal, Infotrieve will provide a scientific data management solution that deploys BEA Systems' WebLogic Application Server with the Infotrieve/ELN Electronic Laboratory Notebook Software solution. This will help Infotrieve deliver increased implementation efficiencies to users in the life sciences and other R&D-intensive industries.

The Infotrieve/ELN is an enterprise software package designed to enable content to be securely collected, analysed, stored and shared. With the new deal, customers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, packaged foods, energy and consumer goods industries can access and exchange experimental data, while streamlining the scientific process.

Research organisations can now work directly with Infotrieve as the primary contact for any application server inquiries, helping to improve efficiencies and reduce costs by eliminating the need to contact an additional vendor. The partnership gives Infotrieve access to BEA Systems' resources, including 24-hour technical support, education services and upgrades. Infotrieve expects to leverage these resources to better serve its ELN customer base.

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Clinfowiki incorporated in 'The Informatics Review' - 13 Apr 2006

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, US, has reportedly included the Clinical Informatics Wiki (Clinfowiki) in its e-journal, The Informatics Review. Clinfowiki is a version of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia focused on clinical informatics. Any user can log in to view the content of Wikipedia and edit it, as well. The aim is for all users to ultimately arrive at an agreed conclusion.

The Clinfowiki database covers subjects such as electronic medical record systems, clinical decision support, computer-based provider order entry, personal health records and regional health information organisations. Still in its initial stages, the database was created by Dean F. Sittig in mid-2005.

As of January 2006, the database comprised 1,034 pages, including talk pages, information pages, minimal 'stub' pages, redirects and other pages that do not technically qualify as content pages. About 67 registered users have made 56,456 page views and 1,094 edits since the launch.

Clinfowiki is available at www.informatics-review.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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ECNext e-book on search engine marketing methods for publishers - 13 Apr 2006

ECNext, US, a web merchandising and marketing services provider for business publishers, has announced the launch of an e-book titled 'Search Engine Marketing for Publishers: the art of being found online'. The e-book aims to help publishers better understand how to leverage their unique search marketing advantage while selling their content on the web.

Written by Pamela Springer, ECNext's President and CEO, Search Engine Marketing for Publishers examines how publishers can benefit from their large content sets. It analyses how they can power the keywords in every piece of their content, thereby exposing full content to professionals searching for business information on the web. The e-book suggests that publishers use bottom-up, buyer-centric keywords to make their online selling more successful.

ECNext specialises in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online. Its family of solutions, including publisher-branded sites, MANTA and various web marketing programmes, offers publishers additional channels to reach online content buyers.

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Nature partners with the American College of Gastroenterology - 13 Apr 2006

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has announced an important new member benefit, which the college says is in line with its aim of providing better education to the clinical gastroenterologist practitioners.

NPG's Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology, the official publication of the ACG, will provide ACG-member digestive-health specialists with authoritative and timely interpretations of key developments in medical research, translating the latest findings into clinical practice. Edited by Stephen B. Hanauer, the journal delivers timely interpretations of key research developments, translating the latest findings into clinical practice.

Published monthly in print and online, the journal features content intended to be of real, practical value in making diagnosis and treatment decisions. The journal includes sections such as editorial and opinion pieces, comprehensive reviews, commentaries on the application of recent research to practical patient care, highlights from the current literature and in-depth case studies.

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Hindawi adds 4 new titles to its OA collection - 13 Apr 2006

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced the addition of four new titles to its suite of open access journals.

The new titles are: Experimental Diabetes Research (EDR), Comparative and Functional Genomics (CFG), Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience (CIN) and The Journal of Control Science and Engineering (JCSE). While EDR and CFG have been acquired from their former publishers, Taylor & Francis and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, and converted to an open access model, CIN and JCSE were launched by Hindawi using an open access publication model.

All articles published in these journals will be distributed under the "Creative Commons Attribution License," which allows for unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Thomson Corporation names Gustav Carlson Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications - 13 Apr 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the appointment of Gustav Carlson as senior vice president, corporate communications. He will serve on the company's executive committee and will report directly to Richard J. Harrington, president and CEO, Thomson Corporation.

In his new position, Carlson will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications programs to build awareness and support for Thomson's business initiatives and accomplishments. Earlier, he served as associate partner in corporate communications at Accenture. He has also held senior communications positions with Barnes & Noble.com, PaineWebber and Hill & Knowlton.

Carlson's team includes Dan Cost, vice president, employee communications, Frank Golden, vice president, investor relations, Michael Moore, vice president, executive communications, and Jason Stewart, vice president, media relations.

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Cadmus acquires KnowledgeWorks Global - 13 Apr 2006

Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced that one of its subsidiaries has acquired the remaining 20% of the India based KnowledgeWorks Global Limited (KGL) from Datamatics Technologies Limited (DTL). The acquisition gives Cadmus 100 percent ownership of KGL's content services operations in Mumbai and Chennai, India. The financial terms of the agreement were however not disclosed.

Established in 2003, KGL provides a full range of content processing, content management and related services to scientific, technical and medical (STM), scholarly and educational publishers, and other organisations globally.

Atul Goel, President and COO of KGL, will continue in that role.

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