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The Optical Society members and leaders participate in Global March for Science
- 27 Apr 2017

The March for Science, held on April 22, took place in over 600 cities around the globe. Over 250 organisations including, The Optical Society (OSA), connected for this non-partisan celebration of the value of science and scientific inquiry.

Fundamental optical research in the last century and key inventions, such as the laser, helped establish the basic science foundation that today enables high speed internet, GPS, smartphones and many other advances in society. Long-term research funding investments will impact tomorrow's transformational technologies and OSA members are at forefront of this research.

Science is a highly integrated, global enterprise that relies on hundreds of thousand scientists, engineers, and skilled staff to make incremental contributions to knowledge each day. OSA members who participated in the March for Science emphasised optimistic and hopeful scientific outcomes serving the greater good on a path to a better tomorrow: disease eradication, further exploration of the universe and long-term environmental sustainability.

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ASTM International board of directors approve formation of Cannabis Standards Group
- 27 Apr 2017

ASTM International, one of the world's leading standards organisations, has announced that its board of directors has approved the formation of a committee on cannabis (D37). The organisation also announced that the committee will hold its first official meeting June 11-12 in Toronto.

Nearly 100 industry representatives, laboratories, associations, and others have been involved in organising the new group. Several participants are featured in a new video and in a story for the May issue of Standardization News.

According to organisers, the committee's initial focus will be on standards development in six technical areas, which will be its subcommittees: indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture; quality management systems; laboratory; processing and handling; security and transportation; and personnel training, assessment, and credentialing.

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HIMSS acquires Health 2.0 conferences, expands global educational offerings
- 26 Apr 2017

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has acquired the conference component of Health 2.0, effective immediately, expanding its global educational offerings to familiar and new audiences. HIMSS will establish a new Health 2.0 business unit within the enterprise that includes HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, HIMSS Media, HIMSS Europe, HIMSS AsiaPacific and the Personal Connected Health Alliance.

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS president/CEO, noted that HIMSS has no plans of changing the type or scope of the conferences presented in the past by Health 2.0. Instead, this expansion provides an opportunity for HIMSS to expand its own educational offerings with a stronger focus on start-up technologies in digital health.

Dr. Indu Subaiya, CEO and co-chairman, Health 2.0, will join HIMSS as executive vice president for the newly established Health 2.0 business unit and continue to co-host Health 2.0's Annual Fall and Wintertech conferences. Matthew Holt, co-chairman of Health 2.0, will continue to co-host Health 2.0's Annual Fall and Wintertech conferences and host Health 2.0's international conferences.

Health 2.0 held its first conference in 2007 and now holds three regular conferences in the US, with others in Europe and Asia. Over the past decade, Health 2.0 has welcomed more than 25,000 conference attendees worldwide, hosted over 4,000 demos, and introduced hundreds of new companies to the health technology industry.

In next nine months, seven Health 2.0 conferences will be held from May - December 2017, and a January 2018 conference.

Health 2.0 will continue to independently operate its Catalyst@Health 2.0 division, which conducts innovations programs, such as codeathons, developer challenges and pilot programs for clients, such as government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and health insurers, leveraging the market research powered by Health 2.0 Source Database.

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Upcoming webinar to Optimise Your Medical Publications and Avoid
- 26 Apr 2017

A panel of industry experts will provide tips and tools to enhance medical publication efforts and avoid so-called "predatory journals" in a webinar titled Optimise Your Medical Publications and Avoid "Predatory Journals", scheduled for May 9, 2017. Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and ICON's PubsHub team will discuss the growth of open access publishing and what precautions you can take to avoid falling into costly and career damaging traps.

Attendees can learn best practices and tools to understand key attributes of true publication models so that you can differentiate between sanctioned and possible predatory journals/publishers; identify credible publishers and understand how they operate; and create a personal list of possible predatory publishers to avoid future entrapments.

Open access (OA) journals are scholarly publications, available across the internet. They are freely accessible, with no subscription costs. OA journals are financed by author fees or by funding from an association, organisation, or a university. From 2012 to 2017, the number of open access journals increased from 4,034 to 9,405.

While open access journals bring clear cost and accessibility advantages, it is important for authors to be able to accurately assess the quality and reputation of any potential publisher.

The number of predatory journals appears to be growing with open access journals having cropped up across the Internet. They appear to be legitimate, with websites similar to those of any typical scholarly publisher: editorial boards supported by well-respected scientists, claims of rigorous peer review and indexing in the most prominent databases. However, many young and inexperienced researchers all over the world have been deceived, losing both money and reputation. This problem is also increasing to disproportionally affect researchers in developing countries, particularly for scientists in areas with relatively low levels of publication literacy, training, and support.

Interested parties may visit http://xtalks.com/Optimise-Your-Medical-Communications-Initiatives.html for more information or to register for this free webinar.

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Theme of 2017 International Open Access Week to be 'Open in order to...'
- 25 Apr 2017

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), in conjunction with this year's Open Access Week Advisory Committee, has announced that the theme for this year's 10th International Open Access Week, to be held October 23-29, will be 'Open in order to….'

This year's theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realised by making scholarly outputs openly available. 'Open in order to…' serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables - in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits.

Open in order to increase the impact of my scholarship; Open in order to enable more equitable participation in research; Open in order to improve public health; are a few examples of how this question can be answered.

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research - to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. This year's Open Access Week will be held from October 23rd through the 29th; however, those celebrating the week are encouraged to schedule local events whenever is most suitable during the year and to utilise themes that are most effective locally.

This year's theme of 'Open in order to…' also recognises the diverse contexts and communities within which the shift to Open Access is occurring and encourages specific discussion that will be most effective locally. The community is invited to help translate this prompt into new languages at bit.ly/translateoaweek.

Last year's 'Open in action' theme encouraged all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same-from posting pre-prints in a repository to pledging to educate colleagues about Open Access. The 2017 theme will help build on that emphasis on action by identifying the end goals Open Access can enable and encourage individuals and institutions to take steps to achieve those goals.

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organisations across the world. The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.

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