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HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier call for submissions for 5th HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award in Asia Pacific
- 19 Apr 2017

HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, have announced a call for submissions for the fifth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2017.

The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award recognises outstanding achievements and innovations globally in the usage of health information and technology, to advance patient care and safety. Established in 2013, it is held annually across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

The two categories open for submission are: Outstanding ICT Achievement and Outstanding ICT Innovation.

Last year, the Award program witnessed strong participation from healthcare organizations across the Asia Pacific region. SingHealth&IHiS (Singapore) and Apollo Hospital Enterprise (India) clinched the 'Outstanding ICT Innovation' award, while Ng Teng Fong General Hospital&IHiS (Singapore) and Paknampo Hospital (Thailand) emerged winners in the 'Outstanding ICT Achievement' category. Their respective projects were recognized during the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Dinner held at HIMSS AsiaPac16.

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017. The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Dinner will be held September 11, 2017 at HIMSS AsiaPac17, in Singapore.

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HathiTrust Research Center seeks proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support projects
- 10 Apr 2017

The Advanced Collaborative Support Program (ACS), a scholarly service at the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to computational analysis, is offering non-consumptive access to the entire HathiTrust collection. HTRC seeks proposals in three categories - Extracted features dataset, HTRC parallel analysis tools and Data Capsule service.

These services are developed from the entire text corpus of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of 15 million volumes digitised from 45 research libraries in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Approximately 60% of the collection is in-copyright and is available for data mining only through the HathiTrust Research Center. More descriptive statistics about the collection can be found online at https://www.hathitrust.org/statistics_visualizations.

HTRC anticipates awarding up to 4-6 ACS projects this round, depending on scope of projects on HTRC staff, with at least three awardees spots reserved for applicants from HathiTrust member institutions. Key content of the proposal should include the research context and problems, identification of one of the three operational interaction modes (I-III above) in which the scholar proposes to work, a detailed characterisation of the data to be engaged, projected outcomes, and if can be provided, a description of the type of assistance sought from HTRC.

The HTRC ACS awards are modeled in the form of HTRC staff time. Each awarded proposal will receive access to dedicated HTRC staff to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. The HTRC ACS staff consists of specialists in both information and computer sciences.

Awardees can be individual scholars or a team of scholars. The HTRC staff member assigned to an award will provide, as needed, a general overview of HTRC tools and services, relevant components within their selected interaction mode. The staff member will also provide prototyping support and collection expertise. Awarded scholars are expected to collaborate on necessary parts of the project as agreed upon with HTRC prior to the project start time.

The successful respondent will demonstrate a feasible and adaptable use case grounded in the needs of an identifiable scholar or scholarly community; scholar(s) well qualified to conduct the work proposed; a viable work plan and schedule of completion for projects ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months; and a set of activities scoped within the range of HTRC's ability to provide technical support (e.g., datasets, compute cycles, prototyping, etc.).

Proposals coming from academic and non-profit institutions are eligible. 3 project awards are reserved for HT member institutions, but non-members are still eligible for an award.

For full consideration, an electronic copy of the complete proposal must be submitted by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone U.S.) on June 19, 2017. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file containing all proposal elements to acs@hathitrust.org. Each proposal element - cover sheet, summary and rationale, narrative, bio-sketches - should be a separate file within the zip file. Acceptable formats for proposal elements are PDF and MS Word (.doc or .docx).

HTRC anticipates awarding up to 4-6 ACS projects this round depending on the magnitude of the obligation on HTRC staff, with at least three of the awards reserved for applicants from HathiTrust member institutions Pending membership applications will be considered during the award process. This 2017 call gives preference to projects that utilise the Data Capsule. A project result that can be generalised to benefit a larger scholarly community with similar research needs is seen as a plus. All proposals will be reviewed by the HTRC Executive Management group and the ACS group. Respondents will be notified of the HTRC's final decision, via email, by July 14, 2017.

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Elsevier launches two game-based learning challenges - Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge and Engineering Academic Challenge
- 05 Apr 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, has announced the launch of two game-based learning challenges, the Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge (CSC) and the Engineering Academic Challenge (EAC). The challenges are designed to help students tackle contemporary, real-world problems by embracing a transdisciplinary approach to finding solutions.

As part of each challenge, participants will need to take into account external factors such as geography or alternative disciplines to find effective solutions. Both challenges are global events that use active learning to help teachers and librarians promote information literacy among undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers in industry and education.

Registration for the Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge opened on March 27 and the challenge officially launched on April 2 during the ACS Annual Meeting. The game runs for eight weeks until May 26. As part of the challenge, students - either as individuals or working in teams - will be presented with a chemistry-related conundrum each week. Each weekly challenge consists of 4-5 questions and is based on exciting innovations in chemistry such as extreme miniaturization and pressing society challenges such as antibiotic resistance. Participants have access to Reaxys while they are solving the challenges and compete based on both the accuracy and speed of getting to the answers.

The Engineering Academic Challenge began on March 27 and will run for five weeks until April 28. It is based on the same principles as the ChemSearch Challenge and features five weekly problem sets for participants to solve based on some of the most pressing issues facing engineers in the 21st century, such as preventing nuclear attacks and sequestering carbon emissions based closely on the US National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will be required to use both the Knovel and Engineering Village databases in order to complete the problems.

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BMJ reaches global healthcare via Figure 1 app
- 03 Apr 2017

Medical knowledge provider BMJ is bringing their latest research directly to healthcare professionals via the Figure 1 app. With more than one million doctors, nurses, and medical students on the network, BMJ researchers are using Figure 1 to discuss their work with their target audience immediately after its publication.

Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of Harvard University was the first BMJ researcher to take part in a live Q&A on Figure 1. He presented research showing that US patients have lower mortality rates when they are treated by foreign-trained doctors.

Dr. Tsugawa's one-hour Q&A was viewed more than 125,000 times by healthcare professionals in 83 countries and received more than 150 comments and questions from a specialised audience.

BMJ publishes more than 55 medical and allied science journals and was a pioneer of the migration to digital publishing and the development of open access. Figure 1 has since flourished in the open access environment that BMJ helped to create. A partnership is the next step towards bringing open access evidence-based medicine to healthcare professionals.

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Celebrating two years of Emerald Publishing Services
- 21 Mar 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing Services (EPS) has announced that since its launch as a third party publishing program for research dissemination two years ago, 16 agreements have been signed with a range of universities and associations worldwide, comprising a combination of new journal launches and acquisitions.

Through a variety of services which include electronic production, editorial consultancy and bespoke marketing campaigns, EPS converts peer-reviewed papers into professional publications both in print and online.

Journals published via EPS are hosted as open access on emeraldinsight.com, enhancing the discoverability, impact and value of the research through the use of enriched metadata and search engine optimization.

New journal launches for 2017 include PSU Research Review: An International Journal and the International Journal of Crowd Science, strengthening Emerald's existing subject collection of education; engineering; innovation; economics; logistics and social care.

The 16 existing partnerships include a mix of universities and associations based in North America, China, the Netherlands, Peru, Taiwan, Turkey, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Republic of Ireland, with more anticipated throughout 2017.

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