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US Elsevier and People's Medical Publishing House launch English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report - 01 Jun 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and People's Medical Publishing House (PMPH) has launched the English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report, an authoritative documentation of China's healthcare reforms by the country's former Minister of Health, Chen Zhu, who served as Editor-in-Chief.

Originally published in Chinese in 2012 by PMPH and now introduced for the first time in English at the 2015 BooksExpo America (BEA), Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report documents China's healthcare developments over the last six decades and includes candid discussions on major healthcare, medical and clinical issues and challenges faced by the country. The book also comprehensively reviews strategic priorities and practical policy framework that became the foundation of China's healthcare infrastructure today.

Hao Yang, General Manager of PMPH, believes that Elsevier's good standing, proven expertise and extensive network as a global information provider and publisher will help deliver the content of Dr. Chen's book to places where it's needed.

China is the Guest Country of the 2015 BEA Global Market Forum. The launch of the English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report is part of BEA's extensive foreign literary and cultural programs.

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US J.D. Power in deal to acquire NADA Used Car Guide from National Automobile Dealers Association - 01 Jun 2015

J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has announced an agreement under which J.D. Power will acquire NADA's Used Car Guide business, a premier source of used-vehicle values. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2015 and is subject to Hart–Scott–Rodino Act review.

Established by NADA in 1933, NADA Used Car Guide is a leading provider of US retail, loan, trade-in and auction used-vehicle values, and is widely recognised in the industry as the authority for accurate and comprehensive used-vehicle valuation information. The company will remain based in the McLean, Virginia, vicinity where it serves more than 100,000 subscribing clients, including retailers, financial institutions, insurers and software providers.

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company known for using the voice of the customer to create reviews and ratings which measure the shopping, purchase and ownership experience across a wide range of brands and products. The Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power provides real-time automotive information and decision-support tools based on the collection of daily new- and used-vehicle retail transactions.

The agreement brings together PIN, which combines advanced analytics of new- and used-vehicle retail sales and pricing data, with the complementary and extensive knowledge, expertise and market presence of the NADA Used Car Guide, thereby expanding J.D. Power's analytical and modelling capabilities into new product offerings, deepening its presence in auto finance and auto insurance, and enriching retail solutions.

The NADA Used Car Guide name will be used by J.D. Power for a period of time before transitioning to the J.D. Power brand.

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US EBSCO to supply print and online journals as well as e-journal packages to SUPC for the next four years - 01 Jun 2015

EBSCO Information Services will continue as the print and online journal, and e-packages supplier for the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) as a result of a new four-year agreement. EBSCO has been supplying journals to SUPC member libraries since 1996.

EBSCO is ranked as the top supplier to the SUPC for subscription business. Under the new arrangement, EBSCO will provide academic libraries covered by the regional purchasing groups - HEPCW, MUAL, NEYAL and SUPC.

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customisation. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books.

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US Wolters Kluwer Executive to discuss Advanced Data Analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015 - 01 Jun 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation, Clinical Solutions, will participate in a panel discussion on data analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015 in Washington D.C. The session, 'Innovation in Action: From Algorithms to Clinical Change,' will take place on June 1 from 1:45-3 p.m. and explore how advanced analytics can lead to change at a clinical level.

During the session, Benson will discuss the work underway in Wolters Kluwer's Innovation lab focused on developing decision support technology that harnesses patient data and clinical knowledge to improve sepsis care. The project is part of the company's goal of addressing disparities in clinical IT systems—a problem that often forces clinicians to make decisions based on fragmented information.

Benson will address the critical issues surrounding siloed medical data and how bridging the information divide can improve patient care, which speaks to the panel's culminating topic on developing solutions for payers and providers using big data. Joining Benson on the panel, which will be moderated by Nick Dawson, MHA, Executive Director of Innovation at Johns Hopkins Sibley Hospital, will be Dr. Basit Chaudhry, Founder and CEO of Tuple Health.

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UK New research shows impact of open data on agriculture and nutrition - 01 Jun 2015

The Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, of which CABI is a partner, released new research in collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI): How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data? Launched at the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, the research shows how open data enables more effective decision making in a wide range of contexts, creates innovation and promotes transparency that changes the way organisations work. This helps smallholder farmers who need access to accurate, accessible data on weather and market information to plan their crops and achieve the best yield and price. Consumers are also increasingly demanding accurate information to make food choices and for a healthy diet.

GODAN aims to promote a better understanding of how open data can help solve global challenges in delivering food security and better nutrition. Future systems based on open data have the potential to deliver sustainably produced food by using land more effectively, reduce waste and tackle pests and disease. Access to weather and market data is crucial for farmers making decisions on what and when to plant.

The global food system struggles under the combined pressures of a growing population, climate uncertainty and volatile market forces. As the world’s population grows to around 9 billion by 2050, global demand for food, feed and fibre is predicted to nearly double, with growing numbers of people at risk of hunger and malnutrition and unprecedented demands on land and environment. At the same time increased unpredictability of weather patterns will make it difficult to take sound decisions on crops and cultivation.

Open data is a powerful tool already solving real world problems in agriculture and nutrition, from drought, pests and diseases, to food security and food safety. The power of using the huge amounts of data generated every day has yet to be fully understood, though the potential is enormous. Crucially the data needs to be available and accessible to everyone in a usable form if it is to provide practical solutions for policymakers, farmers and consumers.

The research identifies examples from across the world where open data is already making a difference.

GODAN now seeks examples of real-world challenges that open data can be used to solve, as well as case studies showing how the use of open data has already made a difference to build understanding of the scope for addressing practical problems in future.

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UK British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating elected President of CENL - 01 Jun 2015

British Library Chief Executive, Roly Keating, has been elected President of the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL) at their recent meeting in Switzerland for a period of three years.

Founded in 1987, CENL aims to develop and support the role of national libraries in Europe. The British Library is one of 49 current members from 46 European countries.

Since its formation, CENL has had a leadership position in the development of 'The European Library (TEL)', formed in 2005 to create a framework for access to key national library collections within Europe; and FUMAGABA, a partnership aimed at integrating the collections of national libraries in eastern Europe.

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UK Digital Science to host second webinar: Articulating Research Impact – Strategies from Around the Globe - 01 Jun 2015

Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science will be hosting the second webinar, 'Articulating Research Impact – Strategies From Around The Globe'. Ben McLeish from Altmetric will be questioning and moderating the panel consisting of: Jonathan Adams, Digital Science's Chief Scientist, Stacy Konkiel, Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric and Daniel S. Katz, Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago. The webinar will be taking place on June 24 at 4pm BST / 11am ET.

Research outcomes are diverse, complex and realised over a wide spectrum of time. High quality research, whether basic or applied, delivers economic, social and health benefits, and many in very unexpected and complex ways. This is not always easy to communicate and articulate.

Jonathan Adams and his Consultancy Group in Digital Science have recently created a searchable database of impact case studies, with descriptive metadata, from the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom. He is therefore very well placed to be able to give an overview of the different types of impact coming out of the research from one of the world's most established and high quality academies.

Jonathan will share some interesting and diverse examples of impact from the case studies database, and speak to the expectations that administrators have when it comes to selecting tools to help them collect key indicators of impact, pinpoint that impact and then report on it accurately.

Building upon Jonathan's insights, Stacy Konkiel will examine specific examples of impact that were not submitted in the REF2014 impact case studies, but that can showcase certain important types of impact like the influence of research on public policy, technology commercialization, and more. She'll showcase how tools like Altmetric can help researchers easily discover where their work is making a difference in academia and beyond.

Daniel S. Katz will discuss how reviewers at the National Science Foundation (USA) consider the "intellectual merit" and "broader impacts" criteria for funding and in particular how metrics might help applicants understand their impacts in these areas. Dan will also talk about how reviewers might use qualitative and quantitative altmetrics data to inform their peer reviews for grant applications. He will address many of the salient questions around this use of metrics, for instance, do reviewers take metrics seriously and what types of metrics are of most value to them?

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Netherland American University of Sharjah selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services - 01 Jun 2015

The American University of Sharjah, based in the United Arab Emirates, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library management solution.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) noted several features of WMS that made it most appealing to library staff, including its ability to increase effectiveness of e-resource management workflows. Staff also noted that the integration of applications within the WMS suite, combined with the benefits derived from network effects as OCLC member libraries share data, work and resources in the cloud-based environment, were instrumental in its selection of WMS.

AUS is a member of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL), which brings together 26 institutions of higher education located in 21 countries across Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. AUS is the second member of the AMICAL group to select WMS. John Cabot University in Rome announced last month that it was moving to WMS.

More than 325 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. By sharing data and work across many member libraries, WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver more value to their users.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 01 Jun 2015

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (Can We Stop Talking about the "System" of Scholarly Communications, Please?); Virgina Barbour (Elsevier's new sharing policy is really a reversal of the rights of authors); Jigasha Patel (Publish or perish: is there an alternative?); Scholarly Kitchen Blog (CCC's Roy Kaufman–A Text Mining Primer for Journal Publishers); and Becca Rothfeld (Do Academic Articles Need Wide Audiences?). 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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