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UConn offers electronic repository to a wider audience - 30 May 2006

The University of Connecticut (UConn), US, has announced that it has launched full-scale operation of its electronic institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UConn, following a successful one-year pilot programme. Available at http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/, the repository is licensed by the UConn Libraries from ProQuest, and powered by the Berkeley Electronic Press.

A digital collection of the university's scholarly products such as journal articles, reports, monographs, papers presented, seminar series and conference materials is now open to all faculty, staff and students of UConn. It is also available to the regional campuses, the Health Center, and the Law School. While documents placed in the repository are available to all for free, the full text of UConn dissertations from 1997 will be available only to UConn-affiliated individuals.

Established in 2005, the project was coordinated by Jonathan Nabe, a reference librarian and liaison to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Submission to the repository was available only to a limited number of people initially.

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Reflex Publishing launches new energy magazine - 30 May 2006

Energy publisher Reflex Publishing Middle East, Dubai, has announced the launch of a new energy publication, Future Fuels Middle East. The magazine now joins Reflex' list of other titles such as Pipeline magazine and Offshore Arabia, and is reportedly the first energy publication from the Arabian Gulf peninsula state of Qatar.

Future Fuels Middle East will be officially launched at the World Gas Conference in Amsterdam and at a major industry event in Qatar in the first week of June. Chris Mullinger will serve as the Managing Editor, while Nigel Armstrong, has been appointed as the Qatar-based editor.

The magazine, available both in print and online, seeks to reflect the demands and changes in the global energy market, seen and analysed from a Middle East perspective. It will focus on clean energy derived from both hydrocarbons and renewables. It will be circulated to nearly 11,000 senior energy industry executives across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Indian Sub-continent, Europe, North Africa and the Caspian, free of cost.

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International food journal shifts production to India - 30 May 2006

Scientific journal Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment (JFAE), published by science and technology publisher WFL, Finland, has shifted its production base to India. The move was made to leverage the high-quality printing and cost reductions offered in the country. Currently, the journal is dispatched to around 1,500 destinations across the globe through the Indian Postal Department.

A publication of the International Society for Food, Agriculture and Environment, JFAE publishes peer-reviewed, original research, critical reviews or short communications in areas such as food science & technology, human nutrition, animal science, agriculture and environment. It is particularly focused on interdisciplinary studies in the fields of food, agriculture and environment.

In 2005, the subscription rate of the journal was reduced in a bid to make it more affordable for developing countries.

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Keithley introduces nanotechnology test blog - 30 May 2006

Nanotechnology products maker Keithley Instruments, Inc., US, has announced that it has sponsored a nanotechnology test blog targeted at engineers and researchers dealing with electrical testing issues in the field of nanotechnology and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The blog, coordinated by Nanotech Briefs magazine, a digital magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, can be accessed at www.nanotestblog.com.

The blog provides visitors with the latest news in the nanotechnology and MEMS industry through frequent posts of technical and business developments. Visitors to the blog can send responses to particular items or post questions to other visitors.

In addition, there is a link to a library of white papers and articles and announcements of upcoming events and conferences, which may be of interest to the nanotechnology and MEMS test and measurement community.

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Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups publishes Cancer Clinical Trials Newsweek supplement - 30 May 2006

Non-profit organisation Coalition of Cooperative Cancer Groups, US, has announced the publication of 'Knowledge is Power: Lance Armstrong Encourages Everyone to Learn about Cancer Clinical Trial' as a supplement to the June 5 edition of Newsweek. The move is part of efforts to increase awareness of cancer clinical trials in the US.

The eight-page supplement covers clinical trials and cutting edge cancer research. In addition, it also brings out common myths and misconceptions that often prevent patients from enrolling in clinical trials. Clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies designed to find new ways of preventing or treating cancer using new drugs, medical devices or procedures.

Supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Pfizer, Inc., the supplement also includes profiles of seven cancer survivors, as well as patient advocacy group resources.

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OCLC CAPCON names Irene M. Hoffman as Executive Director - 30 May 2006

OCLC CAPCON, part of global library cooperative OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Irene M. Hoffman as Executive Director, effective May 15, 2006.

Prior to this, Hoffman served as Associate University Librarian for Personnel Planning and Assessment at Georgetown University Library. An active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, she has earlier worked at OCLC Pacific (now OCLC Western) as Sales Manager and later, Director.

A nonprofit, membership, computer library service organisation, OCLC CAPCON serves libraries of all types and sizes. This includes those in academic, medical, corporate, school, public, special, legal and civic organisations.

Click here to read the original press release.

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