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Reprints Desk and OCLC integrate two powerful solutions for academic institutions
- 20 Mar 2019

Research Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in providing cloud-based workflow solutions for R&D driven organisations, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk and global library cooperative OCLC have forged an agreement bringing together two powerful solutions for academic institutions: Article Galaxy and Tipasa. Article Galaxy, Reprints Desk's award-winning research platform, provides customers with fast, reliable, and personalised access to full-text scientific literature and intelligent data insights. Tipasa, OCLC's cloud-based interlibrary loan management system, allows academic librarians to manage a high volume of interlibrary loan requests by automating routine borrowing and lending functions so they can quickly deliver items and provide a superior customer experience.

Using custom integration points, Tipasa customers can now easily access documents on demand via Reprints Desk's Article Galaxy platform, conveniently supplementing their interlibrary loan workflows and subscriptions. That includes: easy access to articles from 40,000 journals and chapters from 400,000 books; native PDF documents delivered within minutes, 24/7; and special discounted academic copyright fees and no start-up fees.

In the Tipasa interface, library staff can compare the cost of purchasing an item from Reprints Desk alongside the costs of acquiring the item from other sources. Staff can place an order for the item with Reprints Desk from within the Tipasa interface, and journal articles are delivered via Article Exchange, OCLC's document sharing site. Articles can be automatically delivered to patrons with a simple configuration setting.

To enable this integration, libraries must have an Article Galaxy account unique to the Tipasa platform and activate it in the OCLC Service Configuration.

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CARL and CRKN join SCOSS to facilitate Canadian support of international open infrastructure
- 19 Mar 2019

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Canadian Knowledge Research Network (CRKN) are collaborating to facilitate Canadian support of international open infrastructure through the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS). Under this initiative, Canadian institutions will contribute toward the sustainability of selected key international services in the open scholarship ecosystem.

SCOSS aims to help sustain essential open scholarship infrastructure. In doing so, SCOSS brings together a community of experts to evaluate critical open science services that lack sustainable financing, and then encourages institutions worldwide to financially support the services that it recommends.

Through the collaboration between CARL and CRKN, Canadian institutions will have the option of supporting SCOSS-endorsed services collectively. Benefiting from CRKN's national infrastructure, CARL and CRKN members can contribute at reduced rates. This increases efficiency, reduces administrative overhead, and has the potential to increase Canadian participation.

The SCOSS Board (which includes CARL representation) has completed an evaluation of its pilot phase, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in community funding for two essential open access services - Sherpa/RoMEO and DOAJ. Many Canadian institutions have pledged support through SCOSS or by continuing to support DOAJ via existing institutional memberships. CARL and CRKN encourage more institutions to participate in this ongoing pilot, as well as in the next round of pledges for additional services that will launch in coming months.

CARL members include Canada's twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research and teaching enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, administrators and other stakeholders in the research community, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research and teaching capacity in Canada's universities.

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Digital Science to provide Dimensions access to users at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
- 19 Mar 2019

Research technology company Digital Science and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have announced an agreement that will provide Dimensions access to users across the institution. Dimensions is a linked-research data platform that provides access to more than 140 million contextualised and integrated research outputs and enables researchers at the university to discover their connections for the most complete view of the research landscape.

Developed in partnership with over 100 leading research organisations around the world, including Skoltech, Dimensions enables users to explore over 99 million publications, $1.3tn of grants, 450,000 clinical trials, 38 million patents, 380,000 policy documents, and their associated metrics. Powerful search, visualisations and reporting functionality make it easy to track research and funding trends, compare performance and research outcomes, and inform strategic planning.

With the Dimensions implementation, Skoltech will be able to utilise the data for collection analysis to optimise journal subscriptions, evaluate and support grant application development and dive deeper into the data to reveal current academic collaborations and find opportunities for new ones.

According to Professor Maxim Fedorov, Director of the Centre for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE), Skoltech, adopting Dimensions integrates well with their advanced research and educational practices, with particular emphasis on applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analysis and high-performance computing in entrepreneurship and innovation. The ability to connect the publication data with other valuable content types such as the funding and patent landscapes will support evidence for the researcher's impact and future grant eligibility. It also helps them to shape their research and innovation strategies.

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Norway's UNIT selects Web of Science Data to power National Bibliometrics database
- 19 Mar 2019

Norway's UNIT (the Directorate for ICT and joint services in higher education and research), working on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research, has chosen the Web of Science Group as its sole data provider for a new national research evaluation project.

The Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, will deliver a new National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics, comprised of bibliometric data from worldwide scientific publications prepared specifically for research, analysis and reporting. The National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics will help Norway further develop its competencies in bibliometrics, allowing academics, institutions and research funders to more easily understand and compare domestic and international research.

The Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) will be the first research institution to benefit from The National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics. The data will be used in NIFU's work for the Research Council.

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University of Cincinnati joins the OCLC Research Library Partnership
- 18 Mar 2019

Non-profit global library cooperative OCLC has announced that the University of Cincinnati has joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP).

According to the UC Libraries, the mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. And they outline ten tenets that they practice in pursuit of their mission.

The UC Libraries employ 166 staff, and, according to their website, support the University of Cincinnati's undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and includes the Walter C. Langsam Library, the Archives and Rare Books Library, the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, and eight college and department libraries serving applied science, architecture, art, biology, chemistry, classics, design, education, engineering, geology, health sciences, mathematics, music, physics, and planning.

In addition to extensive collections, the libraries' services include access to OhioLINK interlibrary loan, research guides, online resources, computer labs, and technology spaces.

The RLP partner representative is Dan Gottlieb, Associate Director of Business Affairs and Senior Program Officer Rebecca Bryant will serve as their RLP liaison.

The collaboration with the University of Cincinnati will be on projects that benefit research and university libraries and their users, including the upcoming OCLC RLP Research Retreat where library leaders will engage, reflect, and connect with peers in thoughtful discussions around core topics central to informing leadership.

The RLP currently comprises 133 Partner institutions around the world.

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