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India Scope eKnowledge Center releases new whitepaper - Health content through mobile: emerging trends and opportunities - 30 Nov 2009

Content, database and research services provider Scope eKnowledge Center, a Quatrro Group Company, has launched a new whitepaper titled 'Health content through mobile: emerging trends and opportunities'. This is the second whitepaper from the company’s STM series of thought leadership initiatives.

With the advent of PDAs, palms and smart phones, there has been a paradigm shift in the way mobile devices are viewed - from mere recorders of personal information to a medium to create and deliver content. This shift is seen to be more profound in the healthcare domain. Health information providers are taking the lead in spearheading this new wave of mobile information delivery.

This whitepaper provides an insight on the key drivers of this transformation of content in the healthcare industry; key application areas for mobile content; existing offerings of mobile content; and the challenges publishers face. Further, it explores the key imperatives for m-Health content provision, which will determine the success of STM and other information service providers in this area, as well as define the mass-market potential of this emerging segment.

Headquartered in Chennai, India, Scope eKnowledge Center (http://www.scopeknowledge.com) is an award-winning provider of knowledge processing services, offering a range of content development, semantic enrichment and database enhancement services to global customers. In operation for over 22 years, Scope’s clientele includes eight out of the ten largest STM publishers and information service providers in the world. The company also assists health information providers with their content requirements for mobile delivery. With sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Chicago and Richmond VA in the USA as well as in London, Brussels and Amsterdam, Scope has built a strong international clientele.

Scope is also the publisher of Knowledgespeak, the authoritative, complimentary news service exclusively for the STM information industry. Knowledgespeak provides a wide range of information about the industry, including news alerts, a calendar of events, a comprehensive directory of STM publishers, blogs, articles, whitepapers and interviews.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Donohue, Associate Vice President – Content Consulting, at bdonohue@scopeknowledge.com (+1 813-892-4752) or Hector Bolanos, General Manager – Business Development, at hector@scopeknowledge.com (+44 20-7096-0493).

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US The JAMA & Archives Backfiles collection now available - 30 Nov 2009

The American Medical Association has announced that it has digitised the entire archive of JAMA & Archives journals. The JAMA & Archives Backfiles include every issue of JAMA and the specialty Archives Journals dating back to the first issue of JAMA, published in July 1883.

Fully integrated into the JAMA & Archives web sites, the Backfiles deliver more than 1.7 million pages - every article, every image - into the digital age. Each article has been carefully scanned and digitally optimised, allowing readers to explore the Backfiles using sophisticated searches and a host of additional online research tools. Key articles, such as the original Blalock-Taussig operation and Sabin’s and Salk’s polio vaccine, as well as thousands of archival images and even advertisements, are now available online.

Readers can view, download, store for personal use, and e-mail links to print-quality PDF files; receive citation and topic alerts; and link directly to an array of social bookmarking sites. For each article, the references, which can be downloaded separately, offer free linking to thousands of citations in other archival content on the HighWire Press platform. Links to every issue are now available on the Past Issues page of each journal’s web site.

Publications included in the Backfiles include: JAMA (from 1883), Archives of Dermatology (from 1920), Archives of Family Medicine (1992-2000), Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry (1919 to 1959), Archives of General Psychiatry (from 1959), Archives of Neurology (from 1959), Archives of Internal Medicine (from 1908), Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (from 1911), Archives of Ophthalmology (from 1929), Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (from 1925) and Archives of Surgery (from 1920). The Backfiles are available on an individual article basis or as an institutional site licence.

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UK Rare scientific manuscripts from Britain's Royal Society go online - 30 Nov 2009

The UK’s Royal Society has announced that historic manuscripts by scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and others will be published online for the first time. As part of celebrations to mark its 350th anniversary, the society will make original manuscripts of papers published in its journals available to the public via Trailblazing, a new online resource.

Trailblazing contains 60 articles chosen from among the 60,000 that have appeared in the Royal Society's journals. Among the highlights from the Trailblazing site are: a 1770 scientific study confirming that composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a genius and, more recently, acclaimed British scientist Stephen Hawking's early writings on black holes. Also included are Sir Isaac Newton's landmark research on light and colour, a gruesome account of a 17th century blood transfusion and Benjamin Franklin's famous kite-flying experiment to identify the electrical nature of lightning in 1752.

The Royal Society hopes that the new interactive site will inspire members of the public to see science as part of everyday life and culture. According to Royal Society president Lord Martin Rees, the scientific papers on Trailblazing represent a ceaseless quest by scientists over the centuries, many of them Fellows of the Royal Society, to test and build on the knowledge of humankind and the universe.

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US ebrary unveils new SaaS feature for promoting digital content - 30 Nov 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of a new Software as a Service (SaaS) feature - Title Preview. The feature is projected to enable publishers, aggregators, corporations and other users to effectively market their digital content and increase leads.

Title Preview seeks to help organisations quickly and cost effectively create digital content products and distribute them directly to the markets of their choice. It offers features and benefits such as ebrary marketing services to assist with generating and tracking leads; customised landing page created by ebrary’s designer; ability to specify number of viewable pages; multiple searching options – simple and advanced; browse by topic; personal bookshelves to store titles of interest and email selections to peers; usage reports and statistics; and other ebrary interface features including InfoTools.

ebrary will be showcasing Title Preview and its other products and services at a number of upcoming events, including Online Information, December 1-3, 2009, in London (stand #600), and ALA Midwinter, January 15-18, 2010, in Boston (booth #1800).

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UK Frontline GMS partners with Ringgold to exchange data on library consortia - 30 Nov 2009

Marketing services provider Frontline Global Marketing Services Ltd, UK, has announced an agreement with journal supply chain support provider Ringgold, Inc. Under the deal, both companies will exchange data on worldwide library consortium membership.

The new enhanced data will include over 600 library consortia in 97 countries. It will add value to both Ringgold’s database and Frontline’s Consortium Purchasing Directory. Both will include membership lists from each database which will be matched to the Ringgold Identifier for the member institutions. The Ringgold database uniquely identifies over 155,000 institutional entities that subscribe to academic journals, and provides metadata about their structure, consortia memberships, size, type and location.

The fifth edition of the Directory, to be published in 2010, will nearly double in size and include information on consortia buying library management systems and other online products as well as the existing information on licensing online content. This enhancement will include additional metadata and functionality, as well as all the valuable information in the Directory profiles such as products purchased, consortium contacts, and the policies and practices of the consortium.

Frontline GMS provides marketing, promotion and sales consultancy services to the academic and professional publishing industry. The company specialises in advising publishers, vendors and intermediaries in several areas, specifically marketing strategy, PR, negotiating with library consortia, setting pricing and business models, and using and analysing subscription, customer and usage data. Frontline also undertakes major research projects, and provides PR, consortia negotiation and data analysis.

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Netherland Swets launches ERM as a Service for librarians - 30 Nov 2009

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the launch of ERM as a Service, an electronic resource management (ERM) tool powered by SwetsWise. The package is positioned as a solution combining select SwetsWise modules, designed to aid librarians with the management, evaluation and access of their electronic resources.

ERM as a Service seeks to provide librarians with a single, clear and comprehensive overview of their collection, showing what content they own; where their users can access it; and what licensing and rights options apply to it. Information professionals can also analyse the cost per use of their electronic resources – this is particularly expected to support the decision process during the renewal season and allow comparisons down to title level.

SwetsWise claims to contain the largest databank of publisher licence information available in the industry and automatically update and maintain the bibliographic details of thousands of publications, including price and status information. Having this information available at the touch of a button is projected to eliminate one of the key frustrations involved with purchasing an ERM solution - populating the system with data. This is expected to free the librarian to spend more time on the actual management and evaluation of resources.

The evaluation of acquired content is claimed to be made simple with SwetsWise’s ERM as a Service package, which supposedly combines COUNTER compliant usage statistics with subscription information into an easy-to-use environment. The customisable reporting possibilities included are seen to provide the librarian with the accurate and specific information needed to calculate the price per use of a subscription; to fully analyse their entire subscription spend; and to ultimately make better informed collection decisions in the future.

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UK Dr. Papa Salif Sow named new Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the International AIDS Society - 30 Nov 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that Dr. Papa Salif Sow, Professor of Infectious Diseases from the University of Dakar in Senegal, will be the new Co-Editor-in-Chief for Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). He succeeds Dr. Elly Katabira who is stepping down from his position as Co-Editor-in-Chief of JIAS.

Dr Sow has served as Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases since 2002 and is also the President of the African Network of AIDS Physicians in Africa and Coordinator of the Regional Centre for Research and Training at Fann Hospital, Dakar, Senegal. His extensive experience in raising awareness and medical help for HIV/AIDS sufferers in Africa is expected to help raise the journal’s profile and ensure that JIAS continues to publish high-quality articles on important aspects of AIDS research from all areas of the world.

JIAS provides an open access forum for the dissemination of HIV-related research from various disciplines. The journal transferred to BioMed Central in September 2008 and strongly encourages submissions from investigators in low- and middle-income countries.

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India Latest edition of blogspeak now online - 30 Nov 2009

The latest edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are Jürgen Geuter (Are Open Access and the Internet endangering business models?); Kent Anderson (Can the Creativity of Social Persuasion Cure “Corporate Asperger’s Syndrome”?); Roy Tennant (The Future of Books: A World of Format Choice); Nico Flores (Publisher bites aggregator?); and Michael Clarke (Professional and Scholarly Publishing Leads the Market for Ebooks by a Wide Margin). 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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