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Loughborough University London receives research funding from UKIERI for development of healthcare Internet of Things platform
- 17 Feb 2017

Loughborough University London has been awarded research funding from the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to build a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform for use in healthcare.

IoT platforms connect devices, allowing them to collect and use data. Examples include smart fridges that alert owners when food supplies are running low or thermostats that learn about heating habits in the home in order to conserve energy.

The three-year UKIERI award, led by Yogachandran Rahulamathavan of the University's Institute for Digital Technologies (IDT), will enable IoT platforms to be created that interact with people who need round-the-clock assistance, using sensors to measure movement, location and body functions such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

An initial pilot testing phase will see patients in care homes from the states of West Bengal and Orissa (renamed Odisha in 2011) in India recruited in order to study chronic diseases, with IoT services tailored to respond to the socio-cultural differences across regions.

The framework will be extended to analyse real-time physiological data from patients equipped with wireless devices whilst travelling in ambulances, before focusing on the development of a secure infrastructure for data collection and an interface which empowers users and protects the privacy of participants.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Digital Technologies and IIT Kharagpur, supported by City University of London, eSmart Saving Ltd UK and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Digital Science unveils new module of its global grants database, Dimensions
- 25 Jan 2017

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has unveiled a new module of its global grants database, Dimensions.

The Dimensions database, containing information on millions of completed and ongoing research projects with over $1 trillion USD in global research funding, will be made available directly to researchers for the very first time. Users will be able to see how their work fits into the bigger picture of funded research within a specific discipline.

Dimensions is already being used by university administrators and research offices across the globe to inform research development decisions. This new version of the platform, available via site license access, enables researchers themselves to understand new trends as they emerge and to see the research activity in their field unfold in real-time. Users can monitor future research trends - a huge advantage over publication databases which only reflect the achievements from the past; identify potential new collaborators; compare the most up-to-date activity across institutions, subjects and funders around the world; and see built in visualisations and advanced search tools that offer new and instant insights from the data.

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EBSCO Solar grant program 2017 - Two $100,000 grants available for libraries looking to go green
- 23 Jan 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has renewed its commitment to helping libraries 'go green' by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.

In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of 'brown power' the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO's environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of 'going green' on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant for libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays.

In 2016, Austin Community College District's Highland Campus Library in Austin, Texas was awarded the first EBSCO Solar grant, a single grant providing up to $150,000 for the installation of a solar array on the campus library's roof. Nearly 80 libraries submitted entries for the grant. The expanded 2017 grant is designed to reach more libraries interested in reducing their environmental footprint.

More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar including the timeline, submission form and FAQs. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by April 28th, and the winner will be announced on June 23th, 2017 both online and at ALA-Annual.

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Gates Foundation research announces open-access mandate, requires recipients to make findings publicly available
- 20 Jan 2017

Research funded by the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's most influential global health charities, cannot currently be published in several leading journals as these journals do not comply with its open-access policy. These journals include Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The bar is a result of the Gates Foundation's policy in support of open access and open data, which was first announced in 2014 but came into force at the beginning of 2017.

The foundation, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, stipulates that the researchers whom it funds must make open their resulting papers and underlying data sets immediately upon publication. And papers must be published under a licence that allows unrestricted reuse - including for commercial purposes.

While some journals do not offer this kind of open-access (OA) publishing, several of them allow papers to be made free to read after an embargo period, usually of around six months, and let authors upload accepted manuscripts online. But neither policy meets the Gates Foundation's requirements. Therefore, for papers submitted from the start of 2017, a few top journals are currently off limits to Gates-funded academics.

According to Dick Wilder, associate general counsel with the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program, the clash will affect only a few hundred research papers. The foundation typically sees around 2,000-2,500 papers published each year from its funding, of which 92% are published in journals that comply with its OA policy.

Still, the discussions could result in influential journals making special arrangements with the Gates Foundation to permit OA publishing. If that happens, it would be the first time that journals such as Nature and Science have allowed a group of scientists an open-access publishing route based on their funding source.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards grant for arXiv upgrade
- 30 Nov 2016

arXiv.org, the influential open access repository for global scientific research, will begin the first phase of a three-year overhaul and modernization with the help of a $445,000 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Sloan Foundation grant will fund the creation of a detailed blueprint for next-generation arXiv - to be known as arXiv-NG - allowing planners to establish new partnerships, identify necessary resources and build a core development team to lead the modernization process.

As arXiv celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, the site's leadership embarked on a wide-ranging planning effort to determine its future course, including a user study. Around 95 percent of that survey's 36,000 respondents said they were satisfied with arXiv, and most called for no major changes to arXiv's key mission of quickly disseminating scientific research.

Many users said they would like to see improvements in areas such as arXiv's search function, but because of the site's aging code and infrastructure, these kinds of changes are difficult to implement. Informed by the results of this planning process, arXiv-NG will be a more flexible service that can more readily accommodate new features and external collaborations.

arXiv-NG is being supported through the Sloan Foundation's Scholarly Communication program, which makes grants aimed at empowering research by supporting the development of technologies and practices that allow scientists to communicate more effectively as a community.

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