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The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence and Elsevier partner to open the Elsevier AI Lab
- 19 Oct 2018

The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) and information analytics business Elsevier have announced a partnership for the opening of the Elsevier AI Lab. The lab, situated on ICAI's grounds in the Science Park in Amsterdam, will help further establish the Amsterdam region as a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) center of excellence at a national and international level.

As a true win-win situation, the collaboration allows Elsevier's data scientists to work closely with data scientists in academia, contribute to education and science, and pursue a PhD. Academics in turn gain a better understanding of how AI is used to innovate research platforms to solve real-world societal problems. In short, the Elsevier AI Lab closes the gap between the two worlds.

Through this multi-year partnership, ICAI, an open national collaboration launched by Amsterdam-based universities, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and supported by the municipality of Amsterdam, gains a focused environment for AI researchers to help solve challenging, real-world problems in collaboration with an AI industry front runner. The ICAI in turn brings state-of-the-art AI technology and insights to Elsevier.

Elsevier Scopus data confirms The Netherlands' strong position in AI research placing itself among the top 25 performing nations in terms of research output and impact in the field; only three of these 25 nations have a higher share of academic-corporate collaboration. At the same time, Dutch media have recently reported a 'brain drain' of academic AI expertise.

Elsevier's involvement in this initiative fits with the prominence it has gained in recent years as an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence. This is demonstrated best through its Artificial Intelligence Program, which undertakes to build a comprehensive global examination of artificial intelligence by combining semantic research with insights from AI experts, practitioners and policy makers. The program will publish a comprehensive report in late 2018 that will be freely available.

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Investment in digital infrastructure and workforce are key to improving federal government's digital strategy, notes AMIA
- 06 Aug 2018

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) sent a set of recommendations to the federal government last week, commenting on its Draft Federal Data Strategy. The nation's health informatics professionals largely supported the Strategy, identifying ways it could help federal agencies improve data sharing and data availability for research and other supplemental purposes.

In June, the federal government issued a blueprint for all executive branch agencies to have a 'coordinated and integrated approach to using data to deliver on mission, serve the public, and steward resources while respecting privacy and confidentiality.' The Draft Federal Data Strategy includes four central tenants, focused on the quadruple purpose of (1) managing government data as a strategic asset; (2) enabling stakeholders to effectively and efficiently access and use data assets; (3) improving the use of data assets for decision-making and accountability; and (4) facilitating the use of data assets by external stakeholders for commercial ventures, innovation, or for other public uses.

AMIA recently submitted comments on the Strategy, supporting its development and offering a series of key recommendations. AMIA comments stated that this strategy builds on a long pedigree of federal efforts to manage federal data as an asset, stretching across decades of policy. Among more than a dozen official actions of federal legislation, regulation, and directives are the convictions often expressed by and for the American public that their data should be secure, private, and appropriately leveraged for public benefit. These same actions dictate that administrative data produced by the federal government should be accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public.

To advance these convictions, AMIA recommended that the Draft Federal Data Strategy articulate how federal agencies should collect or create information in a way that supports supplemental uses of downstream information processing and dissemination; extend the concept of 'data as an asset' to grantees and others who receive federal funding so that data generated as part of grants and contracts are more readily findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable; develop a framework for agencies to understand, manage, and compare their data assets through a portfolio approach; and continue efforts to modernise internal IT investments, especially around large-scale computing and shared environments.

In addition, AMIA encouraged the Draft Strategy to include work on publishing and harmonizing data dictionaries so both the public and other federal agencies can interpret the data correctly and consistently.

AMIA recommends that this Strategy initiate a collaborative, inter-agency consensus process to ensure that data elements used by disparate agencies, but which refer to the same concept, are named the same everywhere.

In addition, the Draft Federal Data Strategy sought 'Use Cases' that could help federal agencies better understand how to manage government data as a strategic asset. AMIA's comments highlighted one such project in the state of Indiana, being coordinated through the Regenstrief Institute. As part of Indiana University's Grand Challenge Initiative, the 'Responding to the Addiction Crisis,' includes the Indiana Addiction Data Commons, or IADC. The IADC seeks to provide a more holistic characterization of the opioid crisis in Indiana by giving researchers and healthcare professionals access to information beyond what can be found in the electronic health record. While this project is in its early stages, AMIA said it could provide useful information on governance, infrastructure, and data standards that could be useful for the Draft Federal Data Strategy.

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Open Preservation Foundation publishes new strategy
- 05 Jul 2018

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) has published its new strategy, setting out the long-term direction for the organisation.

The strategy establishes the OPF's position in the digital preservation landscape and guides the tasks, tools, and projects that the Foundation will address.

New core values define the Foundation's fundamental beliefs and how the organisation conducts itself. The strategy focuses on developing the OPF reference toolset and roadmaps for the open source digital preservation tools under its stewardship. It describes the activities to build on the Foundation's best practice and knowledge sharing programme.

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Karger Publishers expands in the Middle East, opens new Regional Office in Dubai
- 26 Mar 2018

Medical and scientific publisher Karger Publishers has opened a new Regional Office in Dubai to extend its network in the Middle East. With this local presence, institutions and editors will get direct access to Karger products and services. At the same time Karger Publishers is also adding two regional journals to its portfolio - International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism and Dubai Medical Journal. Both journals have been developed in cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority and are Free Open Access (No «Article Processing Charge», Gold Open Access).

The overall goals are to establish the Karger brand, win key academic institutions as partners for the entire publication program and services, and develop an editorial network in the Middle East.

The new office is responsible for the Middle Eastern region, which includes Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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Clarivate Analytics re-establishes Institute for Scientific Information to its Scientific and Academic Research Group
- 07 Feb 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, has announced that it will re-establish the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) to its Scientific and Academic Research Group. This new incarnation of the institute will be focused on the development of existing and new bibliometric and analytical approaches, fostering collaborations with partners and customers across the academic community.

Established in 1960 by Dr Eugene Garfield, ISI produced the Science Citation Index - the first citation index for the sciences - in 1964, followed by the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts&Humanities Citation Index, as well as the Journal Citation Reports including Journal Impact Factors, all during the 1970s. These indexes were gathered together and introduced in 1997 as the Web of Science on the internet. This revolutionised the way people searched for information of interest. Dr Garfield anticipated the advent of hyperlinked pages on the web and the appearance of the Google Search algorithm (the patent for which cites Garfield). It took 40 years for technological developments to catch up with Eugene Garfield's vision.

As part of Clarivate Analytics, ISI will benefit from access to a wealth of data from the Web of Science. With close to 150 million records from 33,000 journals, Web of Science's unique collection of resources provides researchers with the breadth they need to be comprehensive without sacrificing the precision they need to understand the nuances of their field. ISI will promote greater academia-industry collaboration and plans to draw upon the rich, enhanced patent data from the group's flagship IP database, the Derwent World Patent Index (DWPI). This patent-smart technology will provide the Institute with a unique lens on innovation.

Leading the re-establishment of ISI will be Samantha Burridge, Director of Strategy and Transformation, ably assisted by both a strong internal team and a plethora of new hires.

Dr Jonathan Adams will return to the Institute for Scientific Information in April 2018 as a Director. Previously, he was the lead founder of Evidence Ltd (2000-2009) and Director of Research Evaluation for Thomson Reuters (2009-2013). He was a science policy adviser to the UK for the Research Councils (1989- 1992) where he first worked with ISI to introduce bibliometrics to UK research evaluation. He will join from Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, where he currently holds the post of Chief Scientist, Digital Science.

Dr Nandita Quaderi has joined Clarivate Analytics as Editor-in-Chief of the Scientific and Academic Research group. In addition to driving Clarivate Analytic's role as the arbiter of quality in research, Dr Quaderi will work with ISI to determine the metrics that Clarivate Analytics will use to set and measure quality standards across the Web of Science. Dr Quaderi was Publishing Director of Open Research at Springer Nature where she led Scientific Reports to become the largest journal in the world.

Clarivate Analytics has engaged education data analytics and consulting company, SchoolDash to support ISI in an advisory capacity, as part of a broader mission to promote data science in academia and education. Its founder, Dr Timo Hannay, was previously the founding managing director of Digital Science, which he ran from its inception in 2010 until 2015, when he left to launch SchoolDash. Dr Hannay was also the co-founder of Science Foo Camp, an annual science and technology event held each summer at Google, and has previously worked as director of nature.com, a consultant at McKinsey&Company, a writer for The Economist, and a research neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford. He is currently a non-executive director of Sage Publishing.

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