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US Elsevier in deal to integrate over 100,000 maps from Wiley's leading journals into the Geofacets platform - 06 Jan 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced an agreement with Wiley to integrate more than 100,000 maps from Wiley's leading journals into the Geofacets platform. The content integration will increase the amount of trusted data available to geoscientists, helping them to make better-informed decisions in exploration, as well as improve recommendations that influence company investments in new exploration opportunities.

Content to be added include fundamental geologic maps, petroleum geoscience maps, geophysical maps and specialized maps, such as those focused on sedimentology and geochemistry. The content is from 26 Wiley journals, published on behalf of several society partners (including the American Geophysical Union,). This will increase Geofacets' content portfolio to more than 500,000 maps extracted from almost 200,000 associated articles by the end of the year.

Geofacets is Elsevier's premier research tool for geoscientists working in natural resource exploration. Geofacets extracts geologic maps from trusted, peer-reviewed publications, making content easier to find and integrate with other data. Users will have seamless access to multi-disciplinary content extracted from Wiley journals and maps including high impact journals such as Basin Research, the Journal of Petroleum Geology, and Sedimentology and journals published on behalf of the American Geophysical Union including Geophysical Research Letters, Reviews of Geophysics, Journal of Geophysical Research and Paleoceanography.

The collaboration builds further on earlier contributions to Geofacets from organisations including the Geological Society of London in October 2011, the SEPM/Society for Sedimentary Geology in September 2012, the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) in February 2013 and the Geological Society of America in October 2013.

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US Sigma-Aldrich’s second annual ‘State of Translational Research Survey Report’ highlights challenges to reproducible science - 06 Jan 2015

Life Science and High Technology company Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, US, has issued the second annual State of Translational Research Survey Report, addressing challenges to the reproducibility of research within the academic translational research community. Sigma-Aldrich's report, based on a survey conducted in concert with the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC), sheds light on practices that compromise the reproducibility of published research, underlines the translational research community's desire for experimental standards, and suggests multi-faceted strategies for improving the reproducibility of translational science.

The Sigma-Aldrich survey found only 22 percent of respondents had complete success in the last year reproducing other labs' published work. Respondents cited the primary suspected causes of experimental irreproducibility to be poor controls, the rush to publish, and insufficient samples sizes. Half of respondents also blamed the reproducing lab's failure to understand or follow experimental protocols.

Survey results indicate that several simple quality control practices could be performed more consistently. These practices include testing for mycoplasma, validating reagents for purity and identity, and screening for misidentified cell lines.

The 2014 State of Translational Research Survey Report chronicles additional viewpoints and practices within the academic translational research community, such as scientific journals' role in ensuring reproducibility, data or protocol documentation and study retractions. The Sigma-Aldrich report was first presented at the ADDC's 'Addressing Irreproducibility in Target Validation' Conference on October 23 at the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA.

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UK Taylor & Francis rolls out CrossMark and FundRef across Taylor & Francis Online - 06 Jan 2015

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has rolled out CrossMark, a verifying tool from CrossRef, across Taylor & Francis Online. CrossMark helps users identify if they are reading the most recent and reliable version of an article, and if it is not the case, there will be a link to the most current version that one can follow to read.

Since April 2014, the functionality of CrossMark has been trialled in a range of real-life situations on selected titles. Following the latest major site release, CrossMark is now on all journal content published from January 1, 2014.

The CrossMark is present on the abstract and full-text HTML pages, as well as on hosted PDFs. Users will simply need to click on the CrossMark icon to find out if what they are reading is the most current version of record. They will also be able to see whether there are updates pending.

CrossMark also includes FundRef, another CrossRef initiative to standardize funding information. Users will be able to see if research has been funded and if it has by whom. FundRef aims to standardise how funder and funding details are captured and recorded. Funder names and identities will be consistent to remove any ambiguity. All articles on Taylor & Francis Online with associated funding information will be recorded clearly and consistently and displayed on the CrossMark.

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US Trevor Owens to head National Digital Platform responsibilities across programs at IMLS - 06 Jan 2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that Trevor Owens has been selected to be the Senior Program Officer with responsibility for the national digital platform in the Office of Library Services. The announcement was made by IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth.

Owens is currently Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, where he plays a key role in defining national strategy for collecting, preserving, and providing access to digital information. He served as co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's Infrastructure working group and managed the development of Viewshare, a free open-source platform for visualizing and sharing digital collections now used by thousands of librarians, archivists and curators. Before joining the Library of Congress, he worked as the community manager for the Zotero open-source research tool at the Center for History and New Media.

Owens was the recipient of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award for his work as special curator on a Library of Congress online collection and thematic exhibition featuring the papers of scientist Carl Sagan. He also received the Society for American Archivists' 2014 Archival Innovator Award, an award granted annually to recognize the archivist, repository, or organization that best exemplifies the 'ability to think outside the professional norm.'

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US Applications for ARL/SAA Mosaic Program called for - 06 Jan 2015

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the 2015–2017 cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and SAA, provides support for master of library and information science (MLIS) students pursuing degrees with a concentration in archives or special collections.

Components of this program include a robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development. The program seeks to attract individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of tuition stipend of up to $10,000 to be distributed over two years, in installments of $2,500 per semester; paid internship in a partner archives or library organisation beginning in early fall 2015; mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian; financial assistance of up to $1,000 for relocation to the area of the MLIS program into which the participant has been accepted; student membership in SAA; and support for travel to and participation in the annual SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, SAA Annual Meeting, and the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium during the participant's scholarship period.

To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, one must identify with a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada; be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada; be accepted into a master's program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program; remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies; and maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas.

For additional information about the program and to apply, interested parties may visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program webpage. The completed online application form and attachments and all supporting documentation should be submitted and/or delivered to ARL by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2015.

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