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UK's scientific legacy in the Royal Society's new digital archive
- 12 Dec 2017

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of sciences, is making over 330 years' worth of high-quality, full colour images from its journals available online. The content, which includes annotations, illustrations, and additional material between 1665 and 1996, has so far only been available to people visiting the library. Up until January 24, 2018, the archive will be free to access.

Improved metadata means the collection is now easier to search, helping to navigate through over 350 years of science in the making. Each article has been tagged individually by experienced indexers, capturing a wealth of information that was not previously searchable.

The Royal Society captured every single one of the 740,000 pages of the 1665-1996 physical journal collections held at Carlton Terrace House. The images have been processed to achieve a high level of consistency but retained the original page colour and general appearance, including notes in the margin, has been retained to give the reader the experience of browsing the archive itself.

Users can now digitally access some of the most important scientific texts in history, including Newton's theory of light and colour, Franklin's electrical experiments, Lonsdale's crystallography, Turing's paper on morphogenesis and many more. Some influential papers published in Philosophical Transactions are included in the archive.

An extended version of the archive is also available to purchase, which would give institutions perpetual access to content from 1665-1996 and its own copy to include in its repository, perfect for data mining, complete with An indexing database allowing for improved search; Extended metadata and math ml; no annual maintenance fee; and higher resolution images.

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ICE Publishing partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of journals and eBooks
- 01 Dec 2017

ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers, has announced a partnership with Boston-based technology company ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its journals and eBooks.

The ICE Publishing portfolio, covering all major civil engineering and construction disciplines, as well as a burgeoning collection of materials science journals, will now be indexed in ReadCube's Discover service. In addition to being searchable across ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, the content will also be included in ReadCube's search engines, personalised recommendation engine, and related article feeds.

In addition to deep-indexing, when viewing content within any of ReadCube's apps, the ICE Publishing collection will be available in ReadCube's popular Enhanced PDF format. Dynamic features include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.

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ProQuest adds 24 primary sources to its Jisc Purchasing Pilot
- 21 Nov 2017

ProQuest is adding 24 primary sources to its offering through the Jisc Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot, following the successful adoption of its databases by 20 universities during the initial period earlier this year. The Jisc program's goal is to lower customer cost, leveraging the collective purchasing power of UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to enable wider adoption of digital archives. The program will now run through July 2018.

This extension of the Pilot provides an efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections. Resources have been selected to meet the research and teaching needs of the UK HEI community - including librarians, faculty, and students.

ProQuest resources available to institutions through Jisc also include databases from Alexander Street and are grouped into five core research themes: British History, International Relations, Fashion and Design, Literature&Arts and Early Modern History.

ProQuest® databases were specifically selected for inclusion in the Pilot based on in-depth curriculum analyses conducted for the UK HEI community, as well as on the thematic areas that Jisc members have already invested in from ProQuest.

More information on phase one of the pilot, and to see the full list of publishers participating in phase two, interested parties may visit: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/digital-archival-collections-group-purchasing-pilot.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology and DigiSight Technologies in deal to drive innovations in eye health through world's largest specialty clinical database
- 13 Nov 2017

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and DigiSight Technologies, Inc. have announced an agreement to operate the world's largest database of ophthalmic clinical information. As part of the agreement, the Academy is licensing commercial application of its IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) to DigiSight. Terms were not disclosed.

The arrangement enables DigiSight to build new analytic applications and user interfaces to enhance the IRIS Registry, which will be marketed to pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, health systems, payers and other customers that can benefit from the vast database to innovate ophthalmic patient care.

The IRIS Registry was developed to improve patient care, enable clinical discovery and simplify federal government and commercial payer quality reporting. It is a centralised collection and analytic software tool that compiles and processes data from electronic health records and other sources to enable ophthalmologists to analyse patient outcomes, benchmark to their peers and pinpoint opportunities for improvement.

The database also facilitates analytics of eye care issues at a population level including disease natural history, impact of comorbidities, comparison of therapies, outcomes of care, and support of clinical research human trials. Launched in 2014, it is the largest specialty-based clinical data registry in all of medicine, with more than 41.2 million unique patients in its database, representing 166.2 million patient visits.

Founded by renowned eye physicians and surgeons, DigiSight is led by a team of healthcare and technology veterans and backed by blue-chip investors. Through the creation of a segregated commercial focus for the IRIS Registry, DigiSight will be able to deploy the resources needed to quickly respond to the demands of industry partners that can utilise the aggregate, de-identified data set to create innovative new solutions for patient care.

The Academy noted that its relationship with its member physicians participating in the IRIS Registry is unchanged. Access remains available to all members in good standing. The same protections for individual data and dissemination of that data continue as before.

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Chinese Academy of Science journal, Journal of Radars, now indexed on ScienceOpen
- 27 Oct 2017

The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) has announced that one of its flagship Open Access journals, Journal of Radars, is now indexed on ScienceOpen. The journal is jointly run by the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IECAS) and China Radar Industry Association (CRIA). Being a high-level academic exchange platform in China's radar research, the journal covers the most important developments in radar technology in recent years and gives us a picture on the highly diverse modern uses of radars.

During the last decade, China has made rapid progress towards making more of its research publications publicly accessible. Recognising the contribution of Open Access (OA) to the advancement of global knowledge production, the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) has been helping to develop government-funded models of OA publication and open research policies to make knowledge produced by public investment in China public to the maximum benefit of all.

All articles are Open Access and published under a Creative Commons 4.0 license which allows for the free re-distribution and re-use.

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