Scientific American Mind has launched a new destination for mind-and-brain-themed blogs, blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind. The Scientific American Mind blogs will concentrate on psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Six new blogs will join the 11 existing mind-and-brain blogs on the Scientific American Mind Network. All of the Scientific American Mind blogs will also be featured on the Scientific American Blog Network.
Scientific American blog editor Bora Zivkovic will curate the Scientific American Mind blogs along with Scientific American Mind Managing Editor Sandra Upson and Editor Ingrid Wickelgren.
The introduction of Scientific American Mind blog destination is another point of growth for Scientific American's digital offerings. In July 2011, Scientific American launched the Scientific American blog network to unite editorial, independent and group blogs under the magazine's banner. The blog network provides a platform for people in the science community to exchange ideas and interact with SA readers. It started at 47 blogs and has grown to 56.
Scientific American Mind has also launched a new home page, mind.scientificamerican.com, which hosts print and online articles, as well as multimedia, in one convenient location.
Research collaboration startup Mendeley has announced the release of the open standards CSL Editor, produced in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The product is projected as the first true 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' citation style editor for open source CSL citation styles.
It has been observed that most academic journals insist that papers submitted to them conform to the journal's own, idiosyncratic citation style. This has led to a proliferation of thousands of different citation styles, often with only minuscule differences in the placement of commas, or the use of quotation marks and italics. To support their users in this arduous task, reference management tools like Mendeley ship with 2,789 different citation styles which can be used when formatting a bibliography in Word or Open Office.
However, it turns out that 2,789 was still not enough: being able to edit and create new citation styles easily was the top-ranked feature request by a wide margin on Mendeley's user feedback board. Users frequently lamented that the one particular style they needed was not covered, or that they were unable to switch from tools such as EndNote or RefWorks as long as a particular style was lacking. The citation styles in EndNote or RefWorks are built in a closed, proprietary format, which prevents their re-use in other referencing tools. In response, scholars have created the open source CSL (Citation Style Language) standard, which has since been implemented in tools like Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, Docear, and Qiqqa.
The main drawback of CSL styles, however, was that editing them required a knowledge of XML code, making it impossible for most researchers to adapt citation styles to their needs. Mendeley's new WYSIWYG citation style editor allows anyone to click on any element of a citation they would like to change, and then format the output with a few simple clicks. The output is saved in CSL-standard compliant XML and can thus be used in any other reference management tool. If a researcher does not know the name of the citation style they need, they can simply type in an example, and the Mendeley CSL Editor will suggest matching styles.
Mendeley, a UK-based startup, has announced that Mendeley Institutional Edition powered by Swets (MIE), the web-based research analytics dashboard and social collaboration platform, has expanded its reach into the Asia-Pacific market. The platform is being rolled out at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. This foreign campus of the University of Nottingham in the UK joins other institutions in the region, including Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) of Japan, in adopting the platform.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus library has a large international student base, necessitating a great degree of flexibility in the tools they use to conduct and manage their research. All libraries signing up for the MIE can roll out premium versions of Mendeley's end-user platform to all researchers across their institution. MIE's cloud-based solution has opened up new possibilities for the Campus' end users to work and collaborate remotely, an important factor for the University.
From the library point of view, keeping track of reading and publication trends among this diverse group was a huge bonus to the library. The insights provided by the tool will give the library a more central role in the research workflow undertaken across their institution and greater visibility of end-user behaviour and how to refine the library collection to meet their changing needs.
During the implementation stage, Swets and Mendeley worked with the library to build a customised citation style that, although based on the Harvard system, was unique to this institution. The possibilities for further growth in the tool's analytics capabilities and benchmarking are revealed as layers will be added to what is based on the one of the largest citation databases in existence.
Emerald Group Publishing has announced the publication of Social Information Research as Volume 5 of the Library&Information Science book series. The co-editors, Gunila Widen and Kim Holmberg, seek to explore how social networks, social interaction on the web, and social media have impacted the way we use information, and the consequences of this on our information behaviour.
Examining current research in the field, with special emphasis on new innovations, the new publication examines social media in the context of information science. It explores how social information has been used in fields such as biology, psychology and sociology, among others, to inform decision making, health and well-being and government practices through the use of such tools as blogs, wikis, tagging and social networks for both sharing and acquiring social information.
According to the editors, social information is having a great impact on the information behaviour and there are many possible angles and layers in studying social aspects in information science. This book presents some of these angles - coordinating empirical research with an overview of some of the present research about social information
UBM Live and UBM Tech, the UBM businesses behind TFM&A and InformationWeek, have announced the launch of Big Data Republic, a community for those dealing with transforming their businesses with big data.
As the world experiences an unprecedented explosion in information, harnessing that data and making sense of it is one of the biggest challenges that business, government, healthcare, education, and most other sectors face over the coming decade.
Big Data Republic aims to 'transform your business with data' - helping all levels of business to understand this emerging field and turn it to their competitive advantage. The community will explore how big data can steer business strategy with expert articles, interactive data visualisation, and rich video content.
Supported by sponsorship from Dell, SAP and Information Builders from launch, Big Data Republic is published in partnership with UBM DeusM, the integrated marketing services arm of UBM, which has launched more than 35 online communities for B2B audiences in the past two years. These sites have received more than 65 awards.