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India Scope unveils new enhanced version of SemantiCzTM - 30 Sep 2014

Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, has announced the release of an enhanced version of its content enrichment solution, SemantiCzTM. Advanced text mining and ontology based semantic tagging are some of the key features of the enhanced version that help to generate relationships with precise, subject-specific contextual accuracy.

While retaining all the capabilities of the previous version, SemantiCz 2.0 has been enhanced to:

• Manage multiple versions of domain specific ontologies and vocabularies in various languages.

• Extract relationships from the content, specifically predicates, using advanced text mining algorithms thereby providing a high level of accuracy.

• Integrate with external platforms like MarkLogic, to ensure that the enriched information plugs in seamlessly with the client's ecosystem.

• SemantiCz provides a simple workflow for the use of ontologies in enrichment.

Use of ontologies in semantic enrichment ensures better enrichment of domain-intensive content. Scope's key USP is the deployment of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who are experienced in curating the triples extracted by the platform. SemantiCz enables users to handle a wide range of subject domains based on its proprietary engine and Scope's vast experience in building taxonomies in many scholarly and professional domains.

SemantiCz uses the REST Web protocol to ensure integration with third-party platforms such as MarkLogic. The "triples" can be retrieved from applications like MarkLogic and visualized in a browser, for further drill down and filtering of information.

On the new release of SemantiCz, Tram Venkatraman, President of Scope, commented, "We are very happy to release the enhanced version of SemantiCz. There is a growing enthusiasm from customers about compliance to semantic web standards like RDF, OWL and the benefits of subject expert curation. Scope's subject matter experts lend the needed accuracy that may be often compromised by fully automatic semantic engines using natural language processing (NLP) software."

Scope's Chief Operating Officer, M. A. Eswaran added, "Publishers and information providers can leverage SemantiCz to enable cross domain (faceted) search and navigation and accurate precision and recall related content recommendation in compliance with semantic web standards like RDF, OWL and so on."

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US New Knovel application enables building information management system users to search Knovel within Revit - 30 Sep 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has introduced Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit. The Knovel application provides users of Autodesk's building information management (BIM) system, with seamless access to Knovel from within the Revit platform. Knovel is a cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools.

The new Knovel offering integrates with Revit, providing quick access to Knovel for building construction management engineers, architects, civil and electrical engineers, operations teams and other Revit users. It allows users to complete a basic search from within Revit, review the search results and also access the Knovel platform when a result is selected.

Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit helps engineers and other users find reference information on construction design, materials selection, design guidelines and best practices and apply them to structural design, manufacturing and operations processes. This information can be used to design, build, and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings. For instance, engineers involved in sustainable building design using Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit would have access to relevant LEED certification, building codes, smart building references, specifications and materials information. Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit allows professionals to find answers to technical questions, easily document sources for traceability and collaboration with contractors, clients and operators who may be involved with the project over the lifespan of the structure.

Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit further demonstrates the Knovel platform's ability to integrate into existing enterprise systems, building on Knovel's software development kit integration with Microsoft SharePoint, announced in May 2014. Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit is designed for Knovel subscribers that use Revit. The application is available online via Autodesk Exchange at: http://ow.ly/BMRRW.

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US Biosimilars set to revolutionise global drug development industry with over 700 therapies in pipelines - 30 Sep 2014

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the release of Biosimilars: A Global Perspective of a New Market – Opportunities, Threats and Critical Strategies 2014. The new report, compiled by Thomson Reuters BioWorld, the premier biopharmaceutical news service, provides critical insights for companies and regions interested in maintaining a strong position and moving ahead of the competition in the biosimilars space.

It is rare to see a new business segment emerge in any market, but this is what is happening within the biopharmaceutical development industry. There are currently 700 follow-on biologics therapies moving through pipelines with many already approved and 245 biopharma companies and institutes developing or already marketing follow-on biologics in markets throughout the world. Biosimilars are expected to account for approximately one quarter of the $100 billion worth of sales stemming from off-patent biologics by the end of the decade.

South Korea is a notable standout in the race for global leadership in this space and India anticipates biosimilars becoming the most important economic and therapeutic component of its already robust biopharma industry.

The study - the culmination of BioWorld's research combined with key data and insights gathered from Cortellis Competitive Intelligence, Cortellis Regulatory Intelligence, Newport Premium and input from Thomson Reuters Life Sciences Professional Services - provides a comprehensive view of this emerging market with a listing of approved biosimilars, company and deal terms for more than 100 alliances, and an examination of global markets.

For those interested in learning more about this emerging market, Thomson Reuters will be hosting a webinar on biosimilars on September 30 at 11 A.M. ET. Click here to register.

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Israel ProQuest Collections now indexed and discoverable via Ex Libris Primo Central Index - 30 Sep 2014

Information industry leaders ProQuest and Ex Libris® Group have announced that over 200 of ProQuest's most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.

Among the important ProQuest databases that are now available via Primo are ProQuest Central; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global; ABI/INFORM®; Black Studies Center; various historical digital collections, including Early English Books Online (EEBO); Periodicals Archive Online; Periodicals Index Online (PIO); and approximately 50 abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases, which join the growing list of subject indexes in Primo Central. In the coming months, ProQuest Congressional and other databases will also be accessible via Primo. ProQuest content is used in more than 26,000 institutions in over 150 countries around the world.

The collaboration between ProQuest and Ex Libris began earlier in 2014 with an agreement to index ProQuest full-text and A&I databases in Primo Central. These two leaders in the information and discovery markets also began exploring methods of integrating the ProQuest Summon discovery service more tightly with the Ex Libris Alma library management solution and Ex Libris Aleph® and Voyager® integrated library systems.

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US Lippincott Procedures online software updated, nearly 400 AMSN-endorsed medical-surgical procedures to go online by mid-2015 - 30 Sep 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has updated the Lippincott Procedures online software with a set of medical-surgical nursing procedures that underwent extensive review by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), which claims to be the largest nursing organisation dedicated to the medical-surgical specialty. One-quarter of the 395 AMSN-endorsed procedures are included in the October Lippincott Procedures update with the remainder to be released quarterly through July 2015.

Regularly updated with the latest evidence, Lippincott Procedures is one of the leading online clinical decision-support solutions used by nurses and other clinicians at the bedside.

All 395 medical-surgical procedures are being reviewed, developed and/or modified by a select team of experts from the AMSN membership of more than 11,000 nurses. The first set of approximately 96 new and updated procedures, including 'Safe Medication Administration Practices' and 'Indwelling Urinary Catheter (Foley) Care and Management,' is available to subscription customers in the product's October quarterly software update. All of the AMSN-reviewed procedures are endorsed to meet current, evidence-based standards of exemplary quality-of-care as defined by AMSN.

Lippincott Procedures is one of the most widely deployed, web-based nursing applications for evidence-based practice information used in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. It gives clinicians accurate, step-by-step guidance for more than 1,600 evidence-based procedures. Video clips and high-quality visuals that aid in understanding accompany most of the procedures. Skills checklists and competency tests for each procedure are provided to help facilities verify staff competence. Each procedure undergoes a thorough annual review process to ensure it includes the most up-to-date clinical information.

Lippincott Procedures, part of the Lippincott Solutions product suite, is available as a group subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The product is accessible from any Internet-enabled device including PCs and mobile devices including iPad and Android tablets as well as an iPad app.

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US Daisaku & Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America selects EBSCO Discovery Service - 30 Sep 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Daisaku & Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America (SUA) recently selected the EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) as its new custom discovery solution for the library's databases. SUA chose EDS to enhance its community's research experience and the library has found working with EBSCO representatives and engineers to be an excellent experience as well.

Library Director, Hiroko Tomono, said the staff at EBSCO provided first class support and made sure that Ikeda Library had direct access to the Discovery Service Engineers who were customizing EDS to its needs. The Discovery Service Engineers, according to Ms.Tomono, were knowledgeable and swift to respond to queries and find solutions. Customizability was one of the features that attracted the library team to EDS.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and provides an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.

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US Copyright Clearance Center partners with Frankfurt Book Fair for series of international events in 2014-15 - 30 Sep 2014

Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has been named the Rights Licensing Partner of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair. The Rights Licensing Partnership includes sponsorship of the International Rights Directors Meeting, CONTEC Frankfurt, and various Business Breakfasts.

Additionally, CCC is the official partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club, the new and exclusive meeting and conference area at the Book Fair dedicated to decision makers and innovators from the publishing industry. CCC executives Michael Healy, Roy Kaufman, and Miles McNamee will be onsite throughout the event, delivering presentations on 'Copyright Collective Management: Content Sharing Across Borders'; 'Open Access: New Business Models'; and 'Rights & Licensing: Opportunity Amidst Digital Disruption' respectively.

CCC was also named sponsor of a series of targeted global events throughout 2014-15 aimed at the international publishing industry, including StoryDrive Asia and GLOBALOCAL India.

CCC is hosting several events at the Book Fair, including a Town Meeting entitled, 'Open Access: Who Holds the Power?' featuring Brandon Nordin, American Chemical Society; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Digital Library; Arend Kuster, QScience; Audrey McCulloch, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers; Dr. Niels Peter Thomas, Springer; Natasha White, John Wiley & Sons; and Frederick Fenter, Ph.D., Frontiers. The Town Meeting will be held 9 October from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CCC CEO Tracey Armstrong will be the guest speaker at the International Rights Directors Meeting and will address 'Copyright Developments in Latin America' on 7 October, 14:00 – 17:00.

CCC’s booth at the Book Fair is in Hall 4.2, Stand E23.

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US Pearson’s new digital learning tool, REVEL, to improve learner outcomes in higher education - 30 Sep 2014

Learning company Pearson has announced the launch of REVEL – an immersive digital learning tool that replaces both the printed textbook and existing online learning tools for General Studies courses. REVEL is designed for the way today's students learn, think and consume content. It aims to keep students engaged in their study materials and, in turn, get the most out of their courses.

Students attending class unprepared to engage in discussions, think critically and demonstrate a grasp of core concepts is one of the biggest challenges facing educators. These activities help foster what are commonly called 21st Century Skills that have become so vital to subsequent courses and ultimately, employers. This lack of preparation is often due to incomplete reading assignments, lack of effective practice and generally coming to class not fully prepared to do college-level work. For their part, students often say that for many of their courses, and particularly some of their elective courses, the study materials are passive, laborious and not reflective of how they interact with content.

REVEL directly addresses these challenges by interweaving text-based reading material, interactive exercises, infographics, social features and video segments to provide an engaging experience that helps students take an active role in their learning. This design will increasingly draw upon principles of learning design and theory for cognitive load-balancing and retention. With REVEL, educators can track the time students spend on each reading assignment and their performance on assessments, thus providing a comprehensive view of students' engagement and understanding prior to class. REVEL also provides a fully mobile experience, which enables students to read and interact with course material on their devices at anytime and anywhere.

The creation of REVEL incorporates feedback from more than 23,000 educators and students. Pearson gained this feedback over several years to ensure REVEL accurately reflects their preferences for teaching and learning. By listening and leveraging the best thinking in instructional design, and by applying advanced learning and assessment technologies, all of REVEL's key aspects — from features and content to performance dashboard reporting — were informed by live interactions with educators and students.

The product will be used by 12,000 students at 50 institutions in fall 2014, and the initial courses will include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Public Speaking.

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