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India Scope to participate in upcoming ALPSP International Conference - 25 Aug 2014

Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, has announced its participation in the ALPSP International Conference to be held at Park Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, London Heathrow, from September 10 – 12, 2014.

The conference offers sessions on key topics and developments in all areas of scholarly publishing, with social events and time for discussion and networking. Deborah Harman, Associate Vice President, Business Development, will represent Scope at ALPSP ’14. Scope is looking forward to participating in the conference where expert speakers will offer a range of viewpoints to understand the key issues and the opportunities in the market.

Scope will sponsor the 1st Coffee/Networking break on Wednesday, 10th September, during the conference.

With over a decade of experience in delivering various Content Enhancement and Data Services, largely to the scientific, technical and medical publishing industry, Scope offers a wide range of services across the information value chain. SemantiCz™, the latest addition to Scope's platforms, enables Scope to help its clients meet the increasing demand for semantic enrichment of content, which transforms the existing search and retrieval interfaces of publishers into knowledge discovery platforms.

Scope invites participants/attendees interested in networking and the exchange of ideas during the conference or to organise a meeting another time to contact Vel at vel@scopeknowledge.com.

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German Frankfurt StoryDrive searching for revolutionaries in the media business - 25 Aug 2014

Under the title “Hug the Alien”, the all-media platform Frankfurt StoryDrive is looking for the revolutionaries of storytelling. Anyone can apply who wants to turn the media world on its head – or at least move it forward – with their idea, vision, project, (narrative) concept, service, business model or technology. It doesn’t matter if it is a completed project, a script or an idea still in development, what counts is the potential to revolutionise and inspire. Applications are open to newcomers as well as experienced media professionals from the international publishing, film, TV and games industries.

At the pitching event “Hug the Alien”, the three most convincing candidates will be given the chance to present their visions to approximately 400 participants at StoryDrive. The event takes place on October 10, 2014, as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Five years ago, StoryDrive was still the alien at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Today the platform has become a fixed part of the Fair, and an essential date in the diaries of the international media and entertainment industry. With “Hug the Alien”, StoryDrive is giving all storytellers and media professionals an opportunity to present their visions to a wider public.

Interested parties may submit their entries by August 31, 2014, including a short profile of themselves or their companies and an outline of their project. All entries should be no more than 500 characters in length and written in English.

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Netherland Brill set to launch Chinese version of corporate website at Beijing Book Fair - 25 Aug 2014

Scholarly publisher Brill is set to launch a Chinese version of their corporate website – brill.com/cn – at the Beijing Book Fair. Now available in Simplified Chinese, the website allows Brill to better serve the Chinese-speaking research and academic library communities.

Users can choose between the English and Chinese version of brill.com by using the flag icons on the upper-right-hand corner of the site. In addition, the website is designed with language detection on a browser and IP range level. That means users are automatically served Chinese pages when accessing the site from China, or from a browser with Chinese as the default language setting.

The site also offers dedicated Chinese versions of each of the main publishing programs within Brill, and an overview of the latest publications from Brill’s full English-language product catalogue.

This enhancement takes the existing Chinese-language pages on brill.com to the next level. These pages provided Chinese introductions to journals and books related to Chinese studies, whereas brill.com/cn expands coverage to highlighted publications in all key subject areas, provides guidelines for international publishing with Brill in addition to resources for potential authors, scholars, librarians, and trade partners.

The new website supports Brill’s strategy to expand publishing and library relationships in Chinese-speaking regions. Since catering to these key stakeholders is what led the design of Brill’s English-language homepage brill.com, the natural solution was to make key aspects of the homepage also available in Chinese.

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US Kareo to discuss emerging technology at UBM Medica's Practice Rx conference in Philadelphia - 25 Aug 2014

Kareo Inc., a provider of cloud-based medical office software and services for small medical practices, will be participating in UBM Medica's Practice Rx conference, taking place September 19-20, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In a session titled, ‘The Essential Role for Technology in Improving Patient Care,’ Kareo's Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Tom Giannulli will detail the steps that physicians who are interested in a better future must embrace. Dr. Giannulli will review current technology, service, and operating practice trends that help to free doctors' hands so they can focus on patient care.

Kareo offers an integrated suite of products and services designed to help private practice physicians provide better patient care, get paid faster and run their businesses smarter. Their practice management software, billing services, and free, award-winning and fully certified EHR help more than 25,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice.

Taking place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Practice Rx is aimed at healthcare professionals from across all disciplines, providing them with proven strategies to streamline their medical practice.

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German HARRASSOWITZ announces 2014 Charleston Conference Scholarship winner - 25 Aug 2014

HARRASSOWITZ, a global full-service subscription agent and bookseller, has awarded the 2014 Charleston Conference Scholarship to Charlotte Roh, Scholarly Communication Resident Librarian at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Ms. Roh was awarded the $1,000 scholarship to attend the conference, which takes place November 5 - 8 in Charleston, South Carolina.

In support of the 2014 conference theme of “The Importance of Being Earnest”, applicants for this year’s scholarship were asked to submit a short essay on the topic “What does ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ mean to libraries and vendors?”

In her winning essay, Ms. Roh observes that as textbook costs soar at three times the rate of inflation, students struggle financially and in the classroom, doing without the materials they need to learn. In short: Students are not buying books because they are too expensive. One solution to this barrier to student learning,” she notes, “is the use of library resources.

Judging the submissions were: Clint Chamberlain, Educational Resource Support Officer, Dallas County Community College District; Lynda Fuller Clendenning, Head of the Acquisitions Division at Indiana University in Bloomington; and Tina Feick, HARRASSOWITZ’s Director of Sales and Marketing for North America.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 25 Aug 2014

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Stevan Harnad (Crowd-Sourced Peer Review: Substitute or supplement for the current outdated system?); Angela Cochran (The Mystery of a “Partial” Impact Factor); Joe Wikert (A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see); Rick Anderson (Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review); and Joseph Esposito (The Virtue of Rumor and Groundless Speculation). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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