Scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced that INSPEC, the database for Physics, Electronics, and Computing, has been enhanced with the INSPEC Archive File from 1898-1968. The database, produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is made available by FIZ Karlsruhe through its online service STN International.
The INSPEC Archive file provides fully searchable electronic access to more than 70 years of international scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing and control engineering. The archive comprises 873,699 records, including tables and figures from the original source document, the original value-added indexing and classifications as well as enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes. This allows for searches in both the Inspec and the Inspec Archive. An STN-exclusive handy search tool, Element Terms (ET), is also available for the Archive data.
STN International offers a broad, unique range of bibliographical, factual and full-text databases from all areas of science and technology, including patent and selected business files. STN customers can search from over 500 million documents available on STN via web-based and command-based interfaces, using a standardised search language.
Library services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that federated search engine WebFeat Custom is now available as an add-on product to EBSCO's online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z (A-to-Z). WebFeat Custom allows libraries to consolidate database searching while integrating additional functionality to track usage, personalise the interface look and more.
Once configured, WebFeat Custom will work within A-to-Z, allowing it to take advantage of the extensive A-to-Z knowledge base. With WebFeat Custom's usage statistics and analysis tool, SMART (Statistical Measures Available Real Time), libraries can track key usage metrics, including the number of searches, full-text requests and most requested search terms. Also, libraries can use the MyWebFeat feature to configure favourite database menus, build alerts, save searches and more.
In January 2006, EBSCO added WebFeat Express to A-to-Z. A streamlined version of WebFeat Custom, WebFeat Express is designed to appeal to the budgets and administrative demands of small and medium-size libraries.
Software and databases provider GeneGo, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Applied Biosystems, part of Applera Corporation, US, to enhance researchers' ability to study differential gene expression in biological pathways. Under the deal, GeneGo will integrate the Applied Biosystems Tissue Gene Expression Database into its MetaCore data-mining platform.
The Tissue Expression Database is a proprietary dataset of genome-wide gene expression values from 31 normal tissues and a Universal Human Reference RNA. The database, created using the Applied Biosystems Expression Array System and Human Genome Survey Microarray, serves as a baseline reference for microarray results and a source for identifying tissue-specific genes.
Based on a comprehensive, manually curated database of human biology, diseases, toxicology and bioactive chemistry, MetaCore is designed for analysis of gene expression, genetic variations and proteomic and metabolite profiles. It is used by major pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions for target selection and validation, identification of biomarkers for disease states and toxicology analysis.
Provosts from an additional 23 universities have declared their support for the US' Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695). The universities added their backing in a letter issued by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and in individual correspondence, bringing to 48 the number of universities that have gone on record as favouring the measure.
Earlier, 25 leading universities declared their support for the legislation, which requires federal agencies to make electronic manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles that stem from their research publicly available online. Academic publishers have, however, stated that any such broadening of open access would increasingly jeopardise their journals programmes.
The latest signatories of the GWLA letter include provosts and vice presidents for state and non land-grant institutions, such as the University of Washington and Rice University. The 25 institutions that had expressed support for S.2695 earlier include Harvard University and Arkansas State University.
Environment Health Perspectives (EHP), a peer-reviewed scientific publication of the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is reportedly facing hard times. The publication is witnessing cuts in funding, thereby forcing it to cut down the news and commentary sections, and stop translations and free shipping to developing nations.
EHP, one of the first journals to adopt open access, reportedly incurs an annual publication expenditure of $3.5 million. In September 2005, NIEHS floated a proposal to privatise the journal after facing a tight budget. Strong public opposition encouraged it to continue publishing the journal. However, in June 2006, the NIEHS announced that the journal would need to reduce production costs during difficult budgetary times.
Among the targets of cost cutting at EHP will be the journal's free shipping of print copies to developing countries, a quarterly Chinese language edition, and translations of parts of the journal into Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Also, the news, commentary, and announcement sections of the magazine will be curtailed.
A bi-weekly, The Seybold Report covers cross-media tools, technologies and trends related to print and Internet publishing. The publication' editorial includes industry commentary, technology reviews, product critiques and case studies.
The company also acquired The Seybold Bulletin, a weekly email summary of printing and publishing industry news, as part of the deal.
Energy publisher Gulf Publishing Company, US, has announced the appointment of Alexandra Pruner as Publisher of its flagship magazine, World Oil, beginning October 1, 2006.
Prior to this, Pruner was promoted to Senior Vice President of Gulf Publishing Company overseeing the development of Gulf's events business. She also serves as Managing Director of Gulf Research, a joint venture between Gulf Publishing Company and Gelb Consulting.
A division of Euromoney Institutional Investor, PLC, Gulf Publishing Company produces and distributes leading journals, industry research, databases, software, publications, conferences and events to meet the needs of the energy industry.
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