Hinari initiative seen to boost scientific activity in developing countries - 21 May 2008
Hinari Access to Research initiative has announced that its collaborative efforts to provide free and low cost access to health research in developing countries have made a significant impact on advancing scientific discoveries in these regions.
Designed by the WHO and global biomedical publishers, the programme seeks to provide health sector institutions in developing countries with timely access to high quality research at low or no cost. An impact analysis, conducted by STM publisher Elsevier, has shown that researchers in the countries benefiting from Hinari have begun to publish their findings in international peer-reviewed journals at a rate that is well in excess of the increase seen in the rest of the world.
Over the five-year period from 2002-2006, 105 Hinari countries saw a 63 percent growth in the number of authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals, compared to 38 percent in 102 non-Hinari countries. This is seen to indicate that Hinari has had a significant impact on the participant countries' ability to engage with the global scientific community. Since its inception in 2002, the programme has been adopted by academics, researchers and policy makers throughout the developing world to expand their ability to access and use research information.
Hinari has two sister programmes - Agora (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), sponsored by the FAO; and OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), sponsored by the UNEP and Yale University. All three initiatives have the official commitment from the participating organisations at least until 2015, which marks the target for reaching the UN's Millennium Development Goals. Measuring growth in scientific output will help evaluate the continuing success of these efforts to support the growth of science in the developing countries.
OCLC in partnership to enhance discovery of library collections via Google search - 21 May 2008
Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.
Under the deal, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme, which makes the full text of more than 1 million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google. This is seen to better facilitate discovery of library collections via Google search. The new agreement enables OCLC to create MARC records describing the Google digitised books from OCLC member libraries and to link to them. These linking arrangements should help drive more traffic to libraries, both online and in person.
Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. The search engine will share data and links to digitised books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitised collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat. WorldCat metadata will be made available to Google directly from OCLC or through member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme.
The new agreement between OCLC and Google is the latest in several partnerships between the two designed to increase the visibility of libraries on the web and deliver information to users at the point of need. OCLC will be working with other organisations to include digitised content in WorldCat in the months to come.
ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06 published - 21 May 2008
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06, a compilation of data on the levels of preservation efforts in ARL member libraries throughout North America. Highlights from the report suggest that preservation expenditures are in a steady state. In 2004-05, 107 ARL libraries reported expenditures of $99,931,352. In 2005-06, 111 ARL libraries reported $8 million more spent, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
The total number of preservation staff rose to just under 1,800 FTE, 5.4 percent more than in 2004-05. Since 1989-90, ARL libraries have reported more than 1,700 FTE devoted to preservation in every year but one. The number of volumes microfilmed, which spiked up over 200,000 in 2003-04 as a result of large projects at individual libraries, decreased, for the second year in a row, in 2005-06 to 154,857.
In addition, this publication provides more detailed information about preservation expenditures (including external funds), conservation treatment and preservation reformatting, administration of preservation programmes, and staffing patterns. More information about the ARL Preservation Statistics is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/.
Ringgold, Ingenta sign deal for centralisation of institutional authentication data - 21 May 2008
Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, a division of Publishing Technology plc, has announced a new agreement with Ringgold, UK. Ringgold creates and maintains a hierarchic database of identifiers for institutions to support publishers and other parties in the delivery of e-content within the information supply chain. The company now licenses institutional IP data from Ingenta's global access control system, enhancing the 100,000 records in its Identify database of institutional identifiers.
This collaboration is claimed to represent the scholarly information industry's first centralisation of authentication data relating to academic, professional and business libraries worldwide. The Ringgold-Ingenta partnership seeks to create a functioning system in which administrative updates to one registration database (Ingenta) may be securely syndicated (via Ringgold) to other participating publishers' systems. Ringgold's forty publisher customers - including Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis and SAGE - stand to benefit from the enhanced data, which will support more effective gap analysis and better targeted marketing activities. Ingenta's 270 publisher clients will be offered favourable terms to adopt the Ringgold solution.
This latest development extends the collaboration between Ringgold and Publishing Technology, parent company of Ingenta, VISTA and PCG. Other cooperative advances include VISTA's adoption of the Ringgold identifier as a core field in its fulfilment software, and PCG's partnership with Ringgold to provide marketing services that minimise inappropriate targeting of publishers' sales communications.
Harrison's Practice now available in Lexi-Comp ONLINE - 21 May 2008
Medical information and clinical content solutions provider Lexi-Comp, Inc., US, now offers Harrison's Practice, a point-of-care diagnostic and patient management tool addressing common diseases and conditions. Developed by McGraw-Hill Professional, Harrison's Practice delivers essential information on the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders. Practitioners can access this information within Lexi-Comp's web-based solution, Lexi-Comp ONLINE.
Lexi-Comp employs the expertise of an internal clinical team to collect, assimilate, and publish information in a concise, consistent, actionable format. Delivering these combined resources in an easy-to-use application helps clinicians locate answers quickly. Users can search the Harrison's Practice database by topic or by symptom for diagnostic information, treatment guidelines, and ongoing care considerations. Seamless linking allows direct access to relevant drug information, related laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.
The Harrison's Practice database is also available for PDA and is included in Lexi-COMPLETE, Lexi-Comp's premier PDA software package.
ICIS, Chemease set to launch another series of China domestic price assessments reports in English - 21 May 2008
Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, and Chemease, a subsidiary of CBI China, have joined forces to launch another series of weekly English language pricing reports covering the Chinese market. The move is in response to increasing demand for domestic price assessments and news on the Chinese market.
Under the deal, ICIS and Chemease will launch a new series of reports covering the Chinese acrylate ester, acrylonitrile, acetone, butadiene rubber, butanediol, bis-phenol A, caprolactam, caustic soda, epoxy resins, expandable polystyrene, epichlorohydrin, oxo-alcohols, phenol, polyether polyols, polyvinyl chloride and sulphur markets. This follows the successful launch of the ABS, acetic acid, acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), benzene, methanol, mono ethylene glycol, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, styrene, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), terephthalic acid (PTA), toluene and xylenes (China) reports.
The second series of ICIS Chemease weekly reports will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of China's domestic markets with price assessments in yuan as well as in-depth commentary and analysis of the latest trends and outlook. The new series is seen as a valuable addition to ICIS's existing portfolio. The company has been reporting chemical markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and the US for several years.
Emerald to launch Emerald Backfiles at the 9th Southern African Online Information Meeting - 21 May 2008
Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the African launch of Emerald Backfiles at the Southern African Online Information Meeting, to be held at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, from June 3-5, 2008.
Emerald will release the digitisation of the full archive of its journal titles in business, management, library and information services, materials science, and engineering. Working with the British Library, more than 60,000 articles, some going back to the 1800s, are now in PDF format and available electronically for the first time.
Visitors are invited to celebrate the launch of Emerald Backfiles on June 5th at Stand 2. Emerald Backfiles offer a useful historical perspective on the evolution of management theory over the past decades, which continues to inform today's research. Company representatives, Peter Shelley and Katy Oddy, will demonstrate Emerald Backfiles during the event. Also, visitors will have the opportunity to discuss how this digitalised full archive of Emerald journals can benefit institutions.
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