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UK RIN report on catalogue creation in bibliographic records - 15 Jun 2009

The Research Information Network (RIN) has released a new report titled 'Creating Catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world'. The report is projected as a timely overview of the process of producing and disseminating bibliographic data for scholarly journals, journal articles and for printed and e-books. According to the report, there are considerable benefits to be gained if libraries, along with other organisations in the data supply chain, were to operate more at the network level. However, there are currently significant barriers to making effective moves in that direction, says the report.

Within the Web 2.0 environment, there are increasing opportunities for innovative use of datasets - including the metadata that are used to make up catalogues - that are freely available to all. Open data is an increasingly hot topic, and there is growing interest from governments and others in making information created by public sector organisations more widely available for re-use, in order to generate greater economic benefit, social gain and improvements to public services.

The report explains how bibliographic data are created and used from publishers through a range of intermediaries (including libraries), to the end users. It points out that there are pressures to make these data more freely available. However, each player in the process has its own motivations and business models in creating, adding to, using or re-using bibliographic data, many of which hinder moves to open up this data. Creating catalogues identifies key issues in the process and aims to stimulate the debate on possible ways forward, both to eliminate wasteful duplication of effort, and to make the data more freely available for re-use and innovation. The report provides a number of recommendations for all involved in the process.

RIN will work with the academic library community and others in the supply chain to raise awareness and understanding of the issues in this report; of the benefits to be achieved by moving to new models; and to identify ways in which we might work towards achieving them. The report and supplementary notes are available at www.rin.ac.uk/creating-catalogues

It has been observed that Web 2.0 developments are creating a complex landscape for the creation and use of the traditional bibliographical data. Last year, the Library of Congress Working Group on the future of bibliographic control issued a report which indicated that cataloguing activity must be shared more broadly and equitably among all libraries. In January 2009, LibLime announced an open source web-based cataloguing tool called biblios.net and proposes that the records catalogued using it will go into 'The world's largest database of freely licensed library records'.

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US Unbound Medicine announces iPhone application for institutional customers - 15 Jun 2009

Healthcare knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine, US, has announced an application for iPhone and iPod touch devices in institutions that subscribe to uCentral. uCentral, a custom point-of-need solution for institutions, delivers trusted medical information where and when it is needed.

Among the references now available for iPhone within the uCentral application are 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Harrison's Manual of Medicine, The Merck Manual, Davis's Drug Guide, and Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

The rapid adoption of iPhone technology by members of the health care community has significantly increased demand at medical libraries for mobile content. Medical Students and physicians at Yale University School of Medicine and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have just completed a beta test of uCentral. When surveyed, all participants reported that the uCentral application was simple to download and use. Eighty-one percent stated that they referred to uCentral while with a patient, whether at the bedside or in the clinic.

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US New feature in EBSCO A-to- Z listing service for improved access to e-journal content - 15 Jun 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO, US, has announced a new feature of its A-to- Z listing service which enables researchers to browse e-journal tables of contents and directly access articles to more quickly discover the information they need for their research.

The system's new point-of-need authentication option allows libraries greater freedom to display appropriate resources to all users while restricting access to e-journals in accordance with publisher agreements. The new feature allows all users to access a library's A-to-Z Reader Site-including listings for e-journals subscribed to through EBSCO-without needing to authenticate. When users attempt to view an e-journal's table of contents, they will be authenticated through the method the library administrator has selected. Once authentication is successfully completed, users will be able to access the table of contents for any other e-journal for the remainder of the A-to-Z session.

In addition, the powerful A-to-Z Administrator Site features allows libraries to control the appearance of the table of contents pages for all e-journals, including the display of important notes that alert researchers to specific details about e-journal access or coverage.

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Netherland Tetrahedron Symposium launches virtual conference - 15 Jun 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will host the Tetrahedron Virtual Conference. The event is projected as a real-time virtual platform offering low cost online access to the high quality content to be presented at the Tenth Tetrahedron Symposium in Paris on June 24-26, 2009.

From June 24, virtual delegates will have access to real-time video webcasts of selected presentations during the three days of the symposium and to the archived content for three months after the event. As well as access to various speakers, including a chemistry Nobel Laureate, virtual delegates have access to selected posters presented at the conference; the opportunity to visit virtual exhibitor booths; take part in scheduled chat sessions with selected speakers; and network with other online delegates.

The Tenth Tetrahedron Symposium also celebrates 50 years of Tetrahedron Letters and will bring together 1,150 delegates to hear from the speakers. Topics to be addressed span the full range of organic chemistry, including new developments in synthetic methodology, objectives in total synthesis, functional and mechanistic studies of biological systems, and advances in new materials.

Online delegates can watch real-time presentations detailing the latest research by speakers including Carlos Barbas of the Scripps Research Institute, USA; Thomas Carell - University of Munich, Germany; Jean-Marie Lehn - University of Strasbourg, France; Steve Ley - University of Cambridge, UK; Kim Janda - Scripps Research Institute, USA; Richard Schrock - MIT, USA; Masakatsu Shibasaki - University of Tokyo, Japan; Barry M. Trost - Stanford University, USA; and George Whitesides - University of Harvard, USA. The new virtual platform is seen to enable greater participation from the global organic chemistry community in the celebratory symposium.

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UK New centre for research and development in open access communications announced - 15 Jun 2009

The Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access (SHERPA) team at the University of Nottingham has announced the formation of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC).

Based at the University of Nottingham, CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University. These include the home of the SHERPA partnership; the open access services RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR; the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and the University contribution to the European and international projects DRIVER, Dart-Europe and NECOBELAC. In addition, CRC will also explore innovative research and development activities across the whole field of research communications.

The formation of CRC is yet another boost to the growing open access movement. As demonstrated by the recent award of open access institute of the year award, Nottingham University is now at the forefront of supporting and informing changes in the way that research is communicated around the world.

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Netherland Swets awarded new ISO 9001:2008 certificate - 15 Jun 2009

Swets has announced that it has recently been awarded a new ISO 9001:2008 certificate, covering all of its operating offices worldwide. The ISO 9001 certificate has been revised in order to ensure that organisations keep up with recent developments in management system practices. Swets has been globally ISO certified for more than a decade.

ISO 9001:2008 - the fourth edition of the standard - introduces clarifications to the requirements existing in the previous standard ISO 9001:2000, based on user experience over the last eight years, and changes that are intended to improve further compatibility with the ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems. The amended version of the quality management standard ISO 9001 was published on November 15, 2008.

With clients in over 160 countries and more than twenty offices worldwide, Swets claims to provide the most comprehensive and sophisticated e-commerce platform currently available in its field. The company has been included in E-Content Magazine's '100 companies that matter most in the Digital Content Industry' for the past five years.

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US Ziff Davis Enterprise announces new appointments, strengthens sales, marketing and content teams - 15 Jun 2009

Integrated media firm Ziff Davis Enterprise (ZDE), US, has hired three key executives: Matthew Sweeney, former CEO of the Computerworld and InfoWorld brands at International Data Group (IDG); sales executive Peggy Schecter of United Business Media's TechWeb; and Eric Lundquist, formerly Content Director, New Media at IDG.

Matthew Sweeney has joined the company as President of Sales and Marketing following a long tenure with IDG where he was CEO of the Computerworld and InfoWorld brands. A successful and well known executive in the enterprise IT industry, he was previously Executive Vice President and Publisher of Computerworld, leading their national sales efforts for two and a half years through a period of tremendous revenue growth. In his new role at Ziff Davis Enterprise, Sweeney will work with Senior Vice President of Sales Dave Colford and Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing/Client Services Josh Heitsenrether to drive the sales and marketing efforts for the company's entire platform of products and solutions. He will also be at the forefront of new product development.

Peggy Schecter joins Ziff Davis Enterprise as Vice President, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, after spending more than 15 years at United Business Media LLC and its predecessor companies CMP and Miller Freeman. In her new role with Ziff Davis Enterprise, Schecter will manage East Coast sales efforts for the company's entire portfolio of products and solutions, leveraging her expansive industry knowledge, account relationships and creative online experience.

Eric Lundquist returns to Ziff Davis Enterprise as Vice President/Strategic Content, returning from IDG where he was the Content Director, New Media Products. He previously worked at Ziff Davis Enterprise where his positions included editor-in-chief of eWEEK for over a decade and editor-at-large for CIO Insight. In his new role, Lundquist will develop content in a wide range of formats and media, leveraging multimedia, social networks, online and conference content to fully meet the needs of the company's active and sophisticated audience of technology buyers.

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India The latest edition of blogspeak is now online - 15 Jun 2009

The latest edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are Stuart Shieber (Are the Harvard open-access policies unfair to publishers?); Philip Davis (Open Access Publisher Accepts Nonsense Manuscript for Dollars); Casey Johnston (Tag networks on social sites may predict next Internet fad); and David Crotty (Bing and Wave: New Technologies with Different Aims). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, 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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