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Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science data is foundation for ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's ranking of world's universities
- 29 Jun 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics that accelerate the pace of innovation, has announced that it is the exclusive data provider to ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (formerly Shanghai Jiao Tong University)'s global ranking of world universities in academic subjects. The additional bibliometric data for the ranking came from InCites, an integrated web-based platform powered by the Web of Science. It allows for a more granular and more comprehensive report than in the previous eight years.

Considered one of the most unbiased and influential rankings in the world due to its academic rigor, the 2017 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects includes 52 subjects, an expanded and more detailed look at subject areas, compared to previous years. The subjects are organised across five broad categories including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.

Highlights from this year's report feature the United States capturing the number one spot in all six medical sciences subjects, as well as taking 32 of the top subject positions overall, with China following the US and capturing eight of the top subjects in the engineering category.

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Physicians Postgraduate Press to preserve e-journals with Portico
- 27 Jun 2017

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that Physicians Postgraduate Press (PPP) is preserving their electronic content with Portico, ensuring that it will be secure and available into the future.

PPP has been a leading medical publisher for nearly 80 years. PPP is the publisher of 2 medical journals, the CME Institute, and various websites, eg, Psychiatrist.com, NeurologyKnowledge.com, and microsites.

PPP aims to provide lifelong learning for health care professionals by offering evidenced-based, peer-reviewed scientific information about the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural health and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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German National Consortium and Portico sign digital preservation agreement
- 05 Jun 2017

Digital preservation service Portico and a national consortium of German academic institutions has announced an agreement for consortium member libraries to join the Portico digital preservation service. By participating in Portico, German institutions and the communities they serve will be assured continued access to important scholarly content from across the world.

The consortium-wide license agreement enables any member library to join Portico. At the time of its signing, 54 libraries had already committed to join Portico - including the Max Planck Digital Library, LMU Munich and Jülich Forschungszentrum - with additional members expected to enroll now that the agreement is in place.

The decision to join Portico follows an extensive program to formulate a national strategy for digital preservation of licensed content that was undertaken by the NatHosting project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The report from NatHosting endorsed Portico as one of the key components of a German preservation strategy, saying, "The participation of a national consortium at Portico is recommended in order to be able to quickly secure important content."

With the participation of German National Consortium member libraries, Portico support now exceeds 1,000 participating libraries in 21 countries. More than 400 publishers - representing more than 2,000 societies and associations - also participate in Portico. The Portico archive holds over 1.2 billion files - representing more than 470,000 e-books and 22,000 e-journals.

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Ex Libris joins Open Preservation Foundation
- 02 Jun 2017

The Open Preservation Foundation has announced Ex Libris as its newest charter member.Ex Libris' Rosetta is an end-to-end digital asset management and preservation solution for libraries, archives, museums and other institutions, enabling institutions to safely and securely collect, manage, publish, deliver, and ensure longevity for digital information of many different types. With Rosetta's unique content preservation planning module and its Format Library knowledge base, shared by the entire Rosetta community, institutions can identify format risks, evaluate mitigation alternatives, and select the best preservation actions.

As part of the Ex Libris family, Rosetta reflects Ex Libris' involvement in industry standards and commitment to extensibility and open architecture. Ex Libris continually invests in supporting the community and in ensuring that its users will benefit from the latest industry and community developments.

Ex Libris joins Foundation members from archives, libraries, research institutions, universities, and service providers collaborating on shared solutions for effective and efficient digital preservation.

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Portico announces 1,000th library supporting digital preservation
- 01 Jun 2017

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that the University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, as its 1,000th participating library. Since its inception in 2006, libraries have relied on Portico to preserve academic e-journals, e-books, and other digital scholarship, and ensure that it remains available for future generations.

The University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg joined alongside 53 other German institutions following an exhaustive evaluation funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), which recommended participation in Portico as part of their national strategy for digital preservation of licensed content.

Increasingly, library consortia around the world have turned to Portico as part of a national digital preservation strategy. Portico is supported by CAPES in Brazil, SURFMarket in the Netherlands, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), b-on in Portugal, the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, MINCYT in Argentina, and dozens of other consortia and university systems around the world.

Several of Portico's earliest supporters took the occasion to reflect on Portico's growth over the last decade, and the increasing awareness of the importance of digital preservation. In addition to growing library participation, Portico has been able to make great strides in both participating publishers as well as the amount of electronic scholarship it preserves.

Last year, Portico announced that its archive had exceeded 1 billion preserved files.

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