Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced a marketing and referral partnership with SciQuest, Inc., a US-based provider of on-demand supplier management and procurement automation solutions. Under the deal, Elsevier will integrate its MDL Logistics materials management solution with SciQuest's Spend Director supplier management solution.
The partnership seeks to support the development of a complete, integrated, e-procurement and supply chain management offering. R&D organisations in the life sciences and chemical industries are projected to benefit from better reagent sourcing and chemical inventory management through MDL Logistics. The integrated solution will allow scientists to access MDL Logistics from SciQuest's Spend Director application to procure chemical reagents in a chemically intuitive environment.
MDL Logistics is a workflow application for managing reagent procurement and inventory tracking. SciQuest Spend Director combines a feature-rich catalogue management tool with a user-friendly, e-commerce style interface that promotes contract compliance and intelligent procurement decisions.
Web-based information services provider Knovel Corporation, US, has announced a new content partnership with society publisher, Blackwell Publishing, UK. Under the deal, Knovel's suite of productivity tools will combine with Blackwell's exclusive content to further enhance invaluable resources for academic, scientific, professional, research and student communities across the globe.
The agreement is one of several publishing partnerships Knovel has concluded in the recent months. Blackwell Publishing joins society publishers SIAM, Royal Society of Chemistry, AiChE and ASME as well as scientific/technical publishers such as McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, Springer, and World Scientific among others.
Knovel offers a specialised collection of interactive analytical tools that calculate data, resolve equations, sort and export tabular data, and extract data from traditionally static graphs- providing researchers with practical new ways to finding and applying critical data faster than any other method. This partnership with Blackwell initiates an opportunity to showcase high quality references of topical interest and strong scientific value on an interactive platform.
Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced changes to its Handbook of Business Strategy. To reflect the changes, the Handbook is being re-titled as the Business Strategy Series, effective from the start of the 2007 edition.
Emerald will provide a range of benefits by changing the focus and delivery format of the series. The changes include a transformation in the hard-copy delivery format from a single, annual edition, to six themed journal issues throughout the year. This will allow readers to more easily digest and reflect on contents. Also, with the creation of six themed instalments, Emerald can promote articles and journal content at specialist conferences and events more effectively, thus more widely disseminating the work of contributing authors. The company thereby expects these changes to benefit not only users but also the contributors of the series.
The Business Strategy Series will continue to be accessible to researchers, students and academics globally via Emerald Management Xtra, Emerald's flagship online article database.
Medical journal the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reportedly increased pressure on scientists to fully disclose commercial ties to drug companies. In line with this, JAMA has urged the employers (deans of the authors' academic or medical institutions) of those who do not comply to probe them for possible conflicts of interest.
However, in a recent editorial, the journal has also said that it will not ban authors who fail to disclose financial ties to drug companies, as such an action might give rise to antitrust lawsuits. Also, banning such authors may induce them to get their papers published via another journal, which would still harm the reading public, JAMA representatives have remarked.
JAMA had earlier announced that it will tighten its conflict-of-interest policy. In the recent past, it corrected two previously published studies to include information on the researchers' or authors' formerly undisclosed financial ties. In a study linking migraines with heart disease, the journal issued a correction stating that all of the study's six authors had ties to drug companies that made migraine or heart disease drugs. In a correction of a February study on depression, JAMA informed readers that most of the study's authors were paid speakers or consultants for makers of antidepressants.
Web users can now search the catalogues of more than 10,000 libraries globally through WorldCat.org. The site offers a downloadable search box to allow access to the world's largest database and resource for discovery of materials held in libraries.
WorldCat is maintained by global library cooperative, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, and its member libraries, and contains more than 70 million entries for books and other materials and over 1 billion location listings for these materials in libraries worldwide. It helps web users to find what they're looking for in library collections regardless of where they are located. A leading computerised library catalogue, WorldCat includes entries from both small and large institutions. This includes the Library of Congress, the British Library, the National Library of Finland, Singapore National Library, as well as small public libraries, art museums and historical societies.
Now available in beta form, the database spans 4,000 years of recorded knowledge. WorldCat.org makes the entire WorldCat database available to anyone interested in searching just the content of libraries. Also, it helps users to access additional services from participating libraries.
Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly signed University of California (UC) as another partner to its controversial book scanning project. The university is also having books digitised as part of the Open Content Alliance (OCA), which is led by Yahoo, Microsoft and Internet Archive.
Under the new agreement, Google will scan, digitise and make searchable millions of books from UC's over 100 libraries across its 10 campuses. Both Google and UC will keep a copy each of all scanned books. UC joins the Stanford University, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Oxford University and the New York Public Library with whom Google has been working since last year to scan, digitise and make searchable public domain and copyright-protected books.
The participant's support for the project is in contrast to publishers and writers who are suing Google for digitising books without obtaining prior permission.
Information technology publisher O'Reilly, US, has joined forces with scientific publisher, Nature, UK, and internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, to host the first Science Foo Camp. The event will be held from August 11-13, 2006 at Googleplex, Mountain View, California.
The Foo Camp, an informal conference format initiated by O'Reilly, has no predefined agenda, instead attendees collaboratively create one during the first evening of the event, having shared ideas in advance through a wiki. Nearly 200 leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders are expected to gather for a weekend of discussion, demonstration and debate.
O'Reilly organised the first Foo Camp in 2003. Since then, these events have reportedly been well recieved by technologists worldwide. While the event is strictly by invitation, the proceedings will be available on Nature's web technology blog, Nascent, and on the web via the Connotea tag scifoo.
Knowledge management solutions provider Aureus Pharma, France, has announced the release of its AurSCOPE Kinase Knowledge database. Kinases are an important class of therapeutic drug targets and are implicated in a number of diseases including cancer, chronic inflammation, and metabolic disorders.
AurSCOPE Kinase comprises biological activity data mined from scientific journals and patents. It contains up to date data including all published chemical structure activity relationships concerning kinase-ligand interactions. The database is a complementary addition to the Aureus Pharma knowledge management product portfolio focusing on various target classes. It has already been licensed by several life science companies and other leaders in the bio pharmaceutical industry. Click here to read the original press release.
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