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Springer Nature initiates China New Development Awards, honours Chinese scholars' contributions to the world's sustainable development
- 23 Aug 2019

Springer Nature has granted China New Development Awards to the Chinese authors of ten scholarly books in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These winning titles were selected from a total of over 800 books published in 2018 by the Springer Nature imprints Springer and Palgrave Macmillan, and authored by China-based researchers. They cover a wide range of discipline areas including social sciences and humanities, business and economics, engineering and technology, as well as life sciences and biomedicine. Two of these winning books focus on China's Belt and Road Initiative.

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, calling for action by all countries to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. One year later, China released its own guidelines to implement the SDGs and made efforts to put into practice a new strategy of 'innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.'

The 2030 Agenda provides a framework for all governments, businesses, organisations and society to work together to solve the world's biggest challenges, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and peace and justice. Springer Nature, one of the world's leading academic publishers, supports delivery of the SDGs through its publishing programme by sharing the discoveries that address the challenges of sustainable development.

The judging panel for the first China New Development Awards includes Springer Nature in-house editors and executives leading its SDG programme. Each of the ten winning titles involves at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and helps to address them in practice.

Academic books are used by authors to summarise and share their long-term research findings at a certain stage of their careers. Compared with journal papers, they are more complete and comprehensive in topic coverage, and are written more systematically. They also feature a longer shelf life; in particular, some classics on fundamental research and works used as textbooks remain long-standing because of their enduring academic and ideological values. Therefore, academic books have their unique role and advantage in helping understand and solve complicated, sustainability issues spanning across different aspects of knowledge.

Around 100 representatives from the research and publishing communities in China joined each other at the prize-giving ceremony for the awards held at this year's Beijing International Book Fair, where they looked back on and celebrated years of achievements by the Chinese scholars.

Some selected chapters of all these winning books are available for free reading online and downloading until September 30, 2019.

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Applications now open for 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards
- 19 Aug 2019

OWSD is pleased to invite applications for the 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards. These awards reward and encourage women working and living in eligible developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment, both at a regional and international level, and must have received their PhD in the last ten years. Each award winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, held every year in U.S.A. during February.

Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The 2020 Awards will be given in the fields of engineering and technology. Evidence of innovation will be considered favorably.

Specific eligible fields include: Civil engineering Electrical engineering, electronic engineering Telecommunications/information engineering / Software engineering Computer science Mechanical engineering Chemical engineering Materials engineering Medical engineering Environmental engineering Environmental biotechnology Industrial biotechnology Nanotechnology.

Applicants must have lived and worked in one of the eligible science and technology-lagging countries for at least 5 of the last 15 years. All information is also available from the OWSD website in Spanish.

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OCLC receives Diversity in Business Award
- 12 Aug 2019

OCLC, the non-profit technology organisation and global library cooperative based in Dublin, has received a Diversity in Business Award representing large organisations in Central Ohio.

The awards program, administered by Columbus Business First, recognises inclusive organisations and individuals in Central Ohio. The program highlights excellence in encouraging diversity in age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion at local workplaces.

OCLC provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to libraries worldwide. OCLC and member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.

Honorees were selected by a group of outside judges recruited by Business First, based on applications submitted by nominated people and organizations.

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Jisc enterprise OpenAthens opens applications for best publisher user experience award
- 06 Aug 2019

The call for applications for best publisher user experience award is now open. OpenAthens has launched this award to inspire publishers across the globe to invest resource into developing the best user journey to content. The leading single sign-on provider is calling for applications from online publishers demonstrating how they have put the needs and experience of users at the heart of changes to digital services.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019, with a shortlist announced in February and the winner named at the OpenAthens Conference 2020 in March. Librarians and end users will lead the initial round of voting. The shortlist will be compiled by a panel of information industry experts, including Jisc's senior digital content and UX manager, Richard West and Andrew Preistner, trainer and consultant from UX in Libraries.

The newly established award demonstrates OpenAthens' ongoing commitment to the evolution of the information industry and providing simple access to knowledge for the benefit of all.

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Copyright Clearance Center's RightFind named to KMWorld's Trend-Setting Products of 2019
- 31 Jul 2019

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, has announced that its sophisticated, award-winning content workflow solution, RightFind®, has been named to the KM World's "Trend-Setting Products of 2019."

RightFind offers organisation-wide secure retrieval of enterprise content and rights information, maximising access to scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals, books, and databases, and reducing costs of managing information resources. Employees easily collaborate with team members in accordance with company policy for sharing content, simplifying copyright compliance. Optionally, RightFind customers can access targeted industry knowledge and information management expertise when needed through its Managed Knowledge Services team.

Each year, KMWorld compiles a list of innovative and continuously evolving products that advance what is possible in knowledge management. All offerings identified by KMWorld are targeted at helping organisations achieve its knowledge management objectives and the digital transformation they need to succeed.

KMWorld is a leading publisher, conference organiser, and information provider serving the knowledge management, content management, and document management markets. It informs more than 11,000 print subscribers about the components and processes - and related success stories - that together offer solutions for improving business performance.

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