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OCLC celebrates 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries worldwide
- 26 Jun 2017

OCLC, the library technology and research organisation that changed the way libraries work, is celebrating 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries around the world.

On July 6, 1967, the non-profit Ohio College Library Center was established to create a shared electronic library for Ohio colleges and universities. Frederick Kilgour, founder and first President, had a plan to build a shared, online cataloging system that would effectively merge library catalogues through a computer network and database so that libraries could work collaboratively, save time and share resources.

What began 50 years ago as a regional computer system for 54 Ohio colleges has become OCLC, a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to over 16,000 libraries in 120 countries.

Thousands of libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalogue, lend, preserve and manage library materials and collections. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information.

The OCLC Online Union Catalog began operation in 1971. Catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, were first to catalogue a book using the online cataloguing system. That database, now known as WorldCat, is the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 396 million records representing more than 2.5 billion titles in libraries worldwide.

Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. OCLC's technology and team of expert cataloguers and data quality specialists constantly enrich WorldCat records with new and corrected information to ensure that WorldCat contains the highest quality records possible. Data shared through WorldCat supports a variety of network services and spurs innovation.

OCLC also shares original research with the library world. OCLC Research is one of the world's leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries and archives in a rapidly changing information technology environment. Its WebJunction program is an online community where library staff gather to build the knowledge, skills and support needed to help libraries thrive.

Governance of the cooperative is unique. OCLC Regional Councils - Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific - determine their own leadership structures, programs and priorities. Regional Councils elect representatives to serve on the OCLC Global Council, which is responsible to elect members to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Of OCLC's current board of 14 trustees, 10 are librarians.

Together with libraries, OCLC continues to innovate and grow.

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Four Thomson Reuters solutions named finalists for SIIA CODiE Awards
- 23 Jun 2017

Thomson Reuters has announced that four of its products are finalists for the 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards.

The Software&Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognising product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 93 categories that are organised by industry focus on business and education technology. Thomson Reuters solutions were among 205 finalists across the 59 business technology categories.

Thomson Reuters was recognised as a finalist in the Best Compliance Solution, Best Content Marketing Solution and Best Solution for Integrating Content into Workflow categories.

This year's winners will be announced during the CODiE Award Business Technology Winner Announcement&Celebration in San Francisco on July 25.

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Nominations now open for 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world
- 21 Jun 2017

Nominations are now open for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, a high-profile award which honours the scientific and career achievements of women from developing countries in five regions - Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab region, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and East and South-East Asia and the Pacific. The theme for 2018 will be physical sciences, including chemistry, mathematics and physics. Nominations will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

The awards are a collaboration between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The Elsevier Foundation. The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of international scientists. One winner from each region will be announced in February 2018 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Austin, Texas. The five winners will each receive a cash prize of US$5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the AAAS meeting.

The awards rotate annually between disciplines (biological sciences, engineering sciences and physical sciences) to ensure optimal exposure and networking synergies.

Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful impact, enhancing the visibility of their research and creating new research and career opportunities.

Nominations for the 2018 awards will be accepted for early-career women working in the physical sciences who have received their PhDs within the past 10 years and live in one of the 66 scientifically lagging countries as defined by TWAS. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of eminent researchers who represent the five regions, including members of TWAS and OWSD, and chaired by OWSD President Jennifer Thomson.

Nomination applications can be downloaded from the OWSD website and submitted through September 15, 2017 to info@owsd.net.

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The Optical Society celebrates 20 Years of OA journal, Optics Express
- 13 Jun 2017

The Optical Society (OSA) is celebrating 20 years of its open access journal, Optics Express. Optics Express was developed in 1997 as a test-bed to explore the capabilities of all-electronic publishing, and simultaneously launched what is now known as Gold open access publishing.

With Optics Express, OSA pioneered the model for making research articles freely accessible on the Internet with a rapid online peer review and a template-driven production process, supported by author fees. After just a few years in the market, the Journal experienced a period of exponential growth in the number of articles submitted and published.

Today the Journal publishes 3,000 articles per year with an incredibly short submission-to-publication time of less than 65 days, and it is one of the largest publications indexed by Web of Science. Currently ranked number two in Google Scholar's metrics for Optics and Photonics publications, Optics Express plays an important role in the field. It has also earned an Impact Factor of 3.0 or higher for the past 13 years.

To acknowledge the Journal's milestone, OSA has launched an anniversary website featuring commemorative editorials, a list of the top 100 most-cited Optics Express articles, recognition of all current and past editors, and historic material, as well as a series of Topical Editors' Picks Collections. These features will be posted and updated throughout the remainder of the year.

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Cochrane Croatia recognised for success in promoting best available health information
- 08 Jun 2017

Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, has announced that Cochrane Croatia has been recognised for its achievements in promoting evidence-based decision-making in health care by being awarded full, independent Centre status.

The Centre consists of longstanding, dedicated Cochrane enthusiasts located at the University of Split School of Medicine, where it is part of the Croatian Centre for Global Health.

Cochrane Croatia will continue to promote evidence-based decision making in health care in Croatia and the region by supporting and training new authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy-makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.

Cochrane Croatia has been part of Cochrane since 2008 when it was established as a Branch of the Italian Cochrane Centre. Cochrane works with collaborators from more than 130 countries to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Cochrane's work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high-quality, trusted information.

Cochrane Croatia will be co-ordinated and led by Drs Irena Zakarija-Grković and Tina Poklepović Peričić, who, together with their team, will offer methodological support, mentoring, and supervision to Cochrane members from the whole region.

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