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ATP and GE partner to provide CF700 and CJ610 digital engine publications
- 12 Jun 2009

General aviation solutions provider Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP), US, has announced an exclusive agreement with GE to distribute all digital engine technical publications for the CF700 and CJ610 engines. The GE engine publications and ADs are available separately or can be purchased with other ATP libraries.

All ATP digital libraries are provided with the NavigatorV platform for compliance and safety information management. NavigatorV improves productivity, safety, and compliance by providing expedited access to view, search and manage your maintenance publications and FAA & EASA regulations and ADs.

Aircraft Technical Publishers claims to be the general aviation industry's single-source for aviation maintenance, regulatory, compliance and safety information products and services. It maintains the world's largest digital collection of regulatory and maintenance information for a global consumer base that includes civil aviation authorities, maintenance facilities, repair stations, FBOs, aircraft operators, flight schools, and universities.

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IOP Publishing joins Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks Certification programme
- 12 Jun 2009

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced a partnership with e-resource access and management services provider Serials Solutions, US, to become KnowledgeWorks Certified. The KnowledgeWorks Certified programme helps Serials Solutions maintain the highest quality bibliographic metadata for e-resources.

Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks enables librarians to manage their constantly changing electronic collections and present reliable access to library patrons. This knowledgebase holds bibliographic metadata on a vast range of e-resources and is a primary component of Serials Solutions' 360 e-resource access and management services.

Wholly owned by the Institute of Physics, IOP Publishing is an international leader in scientific publishing and electronic dissemination of information and news in the field of physics.

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Wolters Kluwer Health signs preservation deal with Portico
- 12 Jun 2009

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US. Under the deal, Portico will preserve more than 300 periodicals published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), Adis International, and Facts & Comparisons.

Through this agreement with Portico, WK Health seeks to ensure that these online journals are preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. The Company has also named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims and agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.

With this inclusion, more than 9,100 e-journals and 6,480 e-books have been entrusted to the Portico archive.

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Scopus includes ERIH journals to expand arts & humanities coverage
- 12 Jun 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus, its abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current arts & humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500. Scopus has added various global journals using the European Science Foundation's European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This marks the first time that many of the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database at no additional cost, according to Elsevier.

Founded in 2001, ERIH provides scholars, libraries and other institutions with lists of high quality A&H journals to raise awareness of the titles as a resource for content and an avenue for publishing original research. Journals are included in the ERIH lists and categorised based on audience, distribution and reach, as well as influence and scope by expert scholarly panels from around the world. Scopus users can now search and access top-level A&H journal titles from all three categories included on the initial ERIH lists.

With the addition of the ERIH's titles, Scopus seeks to provide researchers with better access to national and international A&H journals. Subjects with the most journals include literature and literary theory, general arts and humanities, history and visual/performing arts. More than half of the journals are published from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, followed by 38 percent from the Americas and 2 percent from Asia-Pacific.

Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible. This information is expected to help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking of citations belonging to scholarly books via the MORE tab.

Other journals now included in Scopus include Mind (Oxford University Press), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press) and Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press). To acquire back content of many journals, Scopus has partnered with Project MUSE, a not-for-profit platform founded by John Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at John Hopkins University.

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Nstein launches upgraded version of Text Mining Engine
- 08 Jun 2009

Nstein Technologies, Inc., a Canada-based provider of online publishing solutions for newspapers, magazines and online content providers, has announced the launch of TME 5, an upgrade to its Text Mining Engine. New features include Web 3.0 compliance, a host of linguistic enhancements and a suite of management tools to allow greater flexibility and control of semantic metadata. All of the features are designed to provide relevant content, thereby driving productivity gains, readers' stickiness and brand loyalty. The release will be available for customers during Fall.

Now in its 5th generation, the new release conforms to W3C standards (w3.org) and is fully Web 3.0 ready to support the latest iteration of the Internet - the Semantic Web. TME 5 includes a number of new linguistic tools aimed at managing the metadata, the lifeline to the Semantic Web.

The latest version also supports faceted sentiment analysis, which tells an editor not only if an article is positive or negative - but the tone toward any given subject within the story. Because of the vast amounts of metadata that can now be collected and stored, TME 5 will also offer a suite of five administration modules to more easily manage the different components to generating metadata, namely documents, authority files, taxonomies and ontologies.

Since its inception a decade ago, TME continues to be the core intelligence driver to Nstein's DAM (Digital Asset Management) and WCM (Web Content Management) solutions, according to the company. The tool parses sentences identifying and extracting their grammatical elements, and uses a refined combination of semantic and computational analysis to determine the 'aboutness' of any document; calculate a 'linguistic DNA'; and use that calculation to find other pieces of content that closely match it.

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Scope e-Knowledge Center launches corporate website with new design and functionalities
- 08 Jun 2009

Content enhancement and knowledge services company Scope e-Knowledge Center, India, a Quatrro Group Company, has launched a fresh design and improved functionality and navigation for its corporate website, www.scopeknowledge.com. The 3 business verticals - Content Enhancement & Knowledge Services, Master Data Management and Patent Search Analytics & Business Research Services - have been presented in a dynamic format, using which, audience can navigate into niche service offerings.

A new Industry Focus Tab segments the industry domains across the business verticals. Industry domains like Information Providers, Healthcare / Life Sciences, Chemicals & Allied Industries, Engineering and IT & Telecom are distinctly segregated and elucidate Scope's experience and expertise in these sectors. A new section called Activity Hub comprises all the collaterals, whitepapers and webinars recently launched by Scope. The Success Stories tab in this section highlights the wide array of projects successfully delivered by Scope. Each web page provides access to Services offered, Industry Focus and Activity Hub, besides a host of other features.

There are easy content download facilities across the website. Users are required to register for the first time when they download content. They will then receive unique user id and password which they can use to access/download multiple collaterals across all domains.

In addition, Scope's avant-garde STM news service Knowledgespeak (www.knowledgespeak.com) can also be easily accessed through the home page, illustrating the day's top news.

Scope seeks to serve its audience through such multifaceted innovations and give customers easy interface to liaise with the company.

Walter de Gruyter announces preservation deal with Portico
- 05 Jun 2009

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with Walter de Gruyter to preserve its entire electronic book collection of about 1,200 titles.

Through this agreement with Portico, Walter de Gruyter furthers its preservation strategy, which already includes participation in Portico on behalf of 61 titles from its e-journals collection. Also, it seeks to ensure that the online version of its digital books will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. As part of the agreement, Walter de Gruyter will make an annual financial contribution to Portico to support its e-book preservation activities and has named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims for the titles.

With the inclusion of Walter de Gruyter's e-books, approximately 8,840 e-journals and 6,480 e-books have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

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Norway gains access to British National Formulary for Children through MedicinesComplete
- 01 Jun 2009

RPS Publishing, the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has announced an agreement with Norwegian Electronic Health Library to allow all citizens of Norway access to the British National Formulary for Children online. Citizens of Norway will now have access to detailed paediatric drug information on the publisher's innovative digital platform, MedicinesComplete. The British National Formulary for Children on MedicinesComplete provides fully searchable essential information for prescribing, dispensing, monitoring, and administration of medicines to children.

The BNF, a joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, is an up-to-date resource, for rapid reference by practicing healthcare professionals, which encourages sensible, cost-effective and safe use of medicines. The BNF is available in print, on CD ROM (for intranet use), on PDAs, on the internet at http://bnf.org, and as part of the MedicinesComplete collection of drug and healthcare reference resources.

MedicinesComplete is the online database resource from RPS Publishing. It provides access to some of the world's leading drug and healthcare references, including Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, AHFS Drug Information, Stockley's Drug Interactions, Pharmaceutical Excipients and the British National Formulary.

Seed Media launches new initiatives in scientific communication
- 01 Jun 2009

Science media company Seed Media Group, US, has announced the launch of several new initiatives and innovations in scientific communication. Seed CEO Adam Bly launched these initiatives during the recently concluded Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Among the new initiatives are: A new Information Science channel on ScienceBlogs for the 10,000 librarians who regularly visit the site; the new release of ResearchBlogging; and RB Connect, a new service for scientific publishers.

A new Information Science channel launched on ScienceBlogs will feature several prominent librarian-bloggers and information scientists. The channel will focus on open access and open science, digital and print publishing, intellectual property and ownership, data visualisation, and other revolutions in information science.

A preview of the ResearchBlogging software was also made to SSP attendees. The software from Seed Technology connects scientific papers to scientific blogs, enabling researchers to make use of information about current science in the blogosphere. The new release of ResearchBlogging includes support for citation data from ArXiv and PubMed, and streamlined citation generation.

RB Connect, a new service that enables scientific publishers to link articles to aggregated blog posts from ResearchBlogging, was also launched. RB Connect will be launched on the websites of PLoS One from the Public Library of Science, the pioneering open access publisher, and the Royal Society, the prestigious British scientific society and publisher.

Seed Media's portfolio spans magazines, online and social media. It formed ScienceBlogs in an alliance with German magazine publisher Hubert Burda Media in September 2007. ScienceBlogs is claimed to be the largest blogging network dedicated to science.

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Cambridge Journals launches new digital archive
- 26 May 2009

Cambridge Journals, a division of Cambridge University Press (CUP), US, has announced the launch of a digital archive featuring over 20,000 issues of academic journals published by CUP. The Cambridge Journals Digital Archive provides online access to over 160 journals from 1827 to 1996. The archive offers more than 20,000 issues, over 350,000 articles, over 3 million pages of content and over 8 million linked references. The archive is digitised using the latest interactive technology. All the content has been scanned from original published material and reproduced as high-resolution, searchable PDFs. Journal covers, content listings, prelims, plates and maps are reproduced in their entirety, providing a complete digital reproduction of the original journal.

The Digital Object Identifier System (DOI), which identifies content objects in the digital environment, is used for each article, and all references are created as HTML files. This helps facilitate full reference linking to the archive content using CrossRef, which is a system that connects users to primary research content, by enabling publishers to work collectively. Footnotes are also available in HTML, and Google Scholar book referencing provides links directly from the footnotes to detailed author information.

The Cambridge Journals Digital Archive is available in its entirety, as a package of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) archives, or as a package of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) archives.

New UKPMC grant reporting services now available
- 26 May 2009

The UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), part of a network of PMC International repositories, has announced the availability of new UKPMC grant reporting services. Users of the UK PubMed Central Manuscript Submission System (UKMSS) will now be able to use a new service - 'My UKPMC' - to report on the outcomes of any grant funded by any one of the UKPMC Funders' Group member organisations.

Grantholders can export grant reports not only in standard .csv and xml formats but also as publicly available web pages, which will update each time a new publication is added to either PubMed or UK PubMed Central. The service also provides grantholders with a 'My Impact' report which shows the number of citations each paper has attracted. The citation count data is provided by Thompson/Reuters Web of Knowledge (WoK). Users who have full access to the WoK service will be able to see details of the citing articles.

Additional metrics from other organisations, along with data such as number of downloads from the UKPMC repository, will also be provided in the near future.

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EBSCO Publishing releases new resource for Sustainability Initiative Management
- 13 May 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has released a new resource for corporate sustainability professionals. Sustainability Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability.

Sustainability Reference Center is an expert collection providing full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas integral to sustainability including environmental stewardship; 'Green' issues and initiatives; recycling; renewable energy; resource conservation; sustainable business practices; and waste reduction. Additionally, it includes complete coverage of more than 800 publications - journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications - all dealing with sustainability-related issues. The database offers tens of thousands of additional sustainability-focused articles, benchmarks, and best practices, selected from thousands of trade and industry publications.

The Reference Center also provides examples of sustainability practices from corporations worldwide. Much of the content is available in a searchable PDF format making it simple for corporate users to take advantage of this rich resource. Designed for corporate sustainability experts and information professionals, the database is designed to provide users with quick and easy access to vital information including complete full text with images, tables, charts, and other graphical content from hundreds of key titles.

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GenomeQuest releases Digital Gene Expression solution for researchers working with next-generation sequencing data
- 13 May 2009

GenomeQuest, Inc., a US-based provider of biological sequence search, content and analysis services, has announced the release of a Digital Gene Expression Workflow designed to enable researchers working with next-generation sequencing data. The Digital Gene Expression Workflow is the second such workflow to be delivered by GenomeQuest that allows researchers to analyse hundreds of millions of raw reads and explore the results in their web browser within the GenomeQuest web-application.

The Digital Gene Expression Workflow is fully cross-platform, working with Illumina, SOLiD, Helicos and 454 reads. The workflow is enabled by GenomeQuest's high-speed commercial-grade algorithms, data management structure, and powerful compute cluster to deliver results within hours.

GenomeQuest is a sequence data management company providing applications and services to search, manage and mine the world's sequence data. The company's flagship product, GenomeQuest, is a web-based sequence data management platform that enables users to exploit genomic information resources including the latest sequencing tools and worldwide biological sequence reference databases.

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CPM Resource Center and The Shams Group announce partnership
- 13 May 2009

CPM Resource Center (CPMRC), an Elsevier company, and The Shams Group (TSG) have partnered to provide small- and medium-sized hospitals with next-generation nursing and interdisciplinary documentation that integrates with their current health information systems.

Through this new partnership with TSG, CPMRC seeks to bring its evidence-based clinical content and interdisciplinary documentation to the hundreds of hospitals that use TSG's software solutions to better leverage their MEDITECH and other HIT systems. CPMRC has developed an integrated content solution for interdisciplinary care coordination and documentation that includes evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for medical and surgical diagnosis as well as human response conditions.

CPMRC provides evidence-based clinical content products and practice transformation services that assist healthcare organisations in creating a healthy work culture and interdisciplinary integration based on the CPM Professional Practice Framework that supports and advances professional practice and appropriate standardisation of care.

TSG provides innovative services and software solutions to hospitals. Over the past 20 years TSG has provided services to over 400 small-to-medium-sized hospitals, particularly those with MEDITECH systems, successfully leveraging legacy systems through portal technologies. The company's browser-based portal applications including a recently rolled-out Physician/Clinician Portal are being well received in the marketplace.

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SAGE extends contract with ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 13 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that academic publisher SAGE has extended its contract with ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central) as its online peer review system.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. It works by automating the manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities.

Earlier this month, Thomson Reuters announced the latest release of ScholarOne Manuscripts (formally Manuscript Central). The upgrade includes the implementation of Cognos, a business intelligence and performance management tool.

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JISC and the Higher Education Academy welcome HE in a Web 2.0 World report
- 13 May 2009

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy have welcomed the recent publication of the HE in a Web 2.0 World report. The report looks at the projected future trends in the use of technology in higher education.

A committee of inquiry was set up after discussions between the Academy and JISC examined the online experiences of young people currently entering higher education, and how this impacts on their studies. Findings from the report show that students typically spend four hours a day online, a figure that looks set to rise as teenagers make increasing use of Web 2.0 technology in their daily lives. One of the challenges for the higher education sector is therefore to ensure that staff can keep pace with the advancing technology which many of their students rely on every day, using the technology to enhance the student learning experience.

This report provides an insight into the knowledge and experience students have of social web technologies. Through their collaborative work, the Academy and JISC will support college and university staff in their use of Web 2.0 technology, to help them become proficient users of a range of appropriate technologies.

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HathiTrust launches digital catalogue search
- 13 May 2009

The HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership among some of the US's largest academic research libraries, has launched a new digital catalogue search that delivers nearly 3 million full-text records through an Internet browser. The new service provides access to the collections of premier research libraries in the US.

Admission for the public to examine archives at the most prominent research libraries is an ongoing effort for HathiTrust to build a digital archive of library materials converted from print, co-owned and managed by participating academic institutions. HathiTrust is also currently finding ways to use large-scale full-text searching, which will provide researchers with a mechanism to search within the works and across the entire repository. Blending the latest technology with purpose of sharing knowledge, the service is building a community with the common goal of openly distributing information.

Launched in October 2008, the HathiTrust Digital Library includes the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the 11 university libraries of the University of California system, and the University of Virginia. HathiTrust partners began including digital content from Indiana University and the University of California in late April. The addition of digital content from these institutions increases the number of books and journals in the repository by an estimated 500,000 volumes per month. Before adding these materials, content was exclusively from collections at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.

Catalogue records of the HathiTrust Digital Library are also available to local libraries, which can download and incorporate HathiTrust records into a local catalogue. Many institutions, including the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado, have already successfully integrated the content.

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Thomson Reuters announces top 20 ranking of Japanese research institutions for all fields
- 01 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the annual Top 20 ranking of Japanese research institutions for all fields based on citation data of academic papers published from January 1998 to December 2008.

Among world research institution rankings, only the Japanese institutions were extracted and re-tabulated in order to identify the top 20 Japanese research institutions. Using the 22 categories defined in Essential Science Indicators, four categories - Material Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biochemistry - were identified where Japanese institutions were ranked within the top 5 and top 10 in the world.

It was observed that the overall number of both research papers and citations has been gradually increasing in the past few years, and that research output from Japan's top research institutions has been growing more active. No.1 and No.2 national rankings in all four general categories are the same as last year. In addition, there is no change in the overall ranking up to the 13th place. According to ranking by category, there is no significant change to research institutions closer to the top of the Japanese rankings.

The government-affiliated research institutions such as Japan Science and Technology Agency (Independent Administrative Institution), Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Independent Administrative Institution), National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (Independent Administrative Institution) remain strong in the rankings. In terms of world ranking, the University of Tokyo has been gradually moving up since its No.19 ranking in 2002. It was ranked No.11 this year, one position up from No. 12 in 2008. Tohoku University was placed No.83 in 2002 and ranked much higher up at No. 64 this year.

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Aries Systems announce general release of Editorial Manager and Preprint Manager Version 7.0
- 01 May 2009

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) developer Aries Systems, US, has announced the general release of Editorial Manager and Preprint Manager Version 7.0. Workflow solutions from Aries Systems are used by more than 3,200 scholarly publications to process over a million scholarly manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters each year.

The new version of Preprint Manager enhances the ability of journals to transact issue workflows in tandem with individual manuscript processing. The solicited manuscript functionality enables journals to publish proprietary content that is not subject to open access deposit mandates. The enhanced ability to select, identify and manage solicited manuscripts in Editorial Manager Version 7.0 therefore assists publishers to proactively adapt to the changing publishing environment.

Additionally, Version 7.0 journals can configure a single sign-on capability for editors that collaborate on a group of journals.

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Ovid expands medical eBook offerings
- 01 May 2009

Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that 60 ebooks from Clinical Publishing, an independent medical publisher based in the UK, are scheduled to be available on OvidSP in 2009. Many of the titles are already for sale and accessible via Books@Ovid, OvidSP's ebook platform. All titles will be available to Ovid's global customer base as an annual subscription or for one-time purchase.

An imprint of Atlas Medical Publishing, Ltd, Clinical Publishing specialises in medical colour atlases and medical reference texts for doctors, specialists, and trainees worldwide.

Key titles scheduled for availability on Books@Ovid include several titles from the Therapeutic Strategies series, including Therapeutic Strategies in Epilepsy and Therapeutic Strategies in Thrombosis; volumes in the Problem Solving series, such as Problem Solving in Cardiology and Problem Solving in Oncology; and others in the series, including Hypertension: Atlas of Investigation & Management, Ischemic Stroke: Atlas of Investigation & Management, and more.

First launched in 2004, Books@Ovid offers a streamlined, efficient search experience to a wide range of novice and advanced user types. Natural language searching makes queries quick and easy. Users can search ebooks simultaneously with ejournals and bibliographic databases, and can link directly to any other content resource referenced in a book. Important features include flexible search, browse, and results management features; inline abstracts; a variety of search limits; and downloadable MARC records to help librarians manage their online catalogue.

With the addition of Clinical Publishing, Ovid's portfolio of ebooks publishing partners now totals ten. Other partners include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Ovid's sister company within Wolters Kluwer Health), Oxford University Press, Springer Science + Business Media, McGraw-Hill, and Jones & Bartlett.

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Poor practices by online sites leads to loss of revenue and rights, says study
- 01 May 2009

iCopyright, a US-based provider of intelligent copyright systems for digital content, has published a study according to which online publishers are losing significant revenue and, in many cases, the rights to their material, because of the way they implement 'Article Tools' on their web pages. Article Tools are common on almost every news and information website. They appear as links and/or icons that allow readers to print, email, save, share, post, and do other things with the articles.

The study found that users have become accustomed to using these tools to repurpose and redistribute articles, often for commercial purposes. Many users believe that Article Tools grant them licence to take and use the content without any restrictions. Usability testing of some of the most trafficked news and B2B content sites on the Internet found serious flaws in how their Article Tools are implemented.

The majority of users who participated in the study said they use Article Tools frequently to make copies, post on their website, and redistribute articles via email. Most said they would honour the publisher's copyrights and use the content within acceptable guidelines, if publishers clearly communicated the guidelines. Those who regularly use content for commercial purposes said they would pay for the rights if they were priced right and could be transacted and delivered instantly.

The study findings and recommendations are outlined in a white paper that can be downloaded at http://info.icopyright.com/article-tools-whitepaper.asp.

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NFCR to incorporate Thomson Reuters' NexCura Cancer Profiler Tools to its website
- 24 Apr 2009

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) has announced that it will incorporate NexCura Cancer Profiler Tools from Thomson Reuters into its website. The 20 online tools will provide cancer patients with critical, customised information about their treatment options.

The tools were created using patented technology that guides users through a step-by-step questionnaire to match the patient's diagnosis, diagnostic results, and disease stage with the relevant treatment options. All information provided by the NexCura Cancer Profiler Tools is peer-reviewed.

NFCR offers the NexCura Cancer Profiler under the Treatment Decision Tools section of its website (http://www.nfcr.org/patientsupport.com). The NexCura Cancer Profiler claims to be the only online service generating comprehensive treatment information that is personalised for specific diagnoses and clinical status. The customised information enables patients to better communicate with their doctors and care teams and, through education, encourages the patient to play a more proactive role in treatment decisions.

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EBSCO unveils centralised pre-indexed service for metadata search
- 23 Apr 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the creation of a new research tool that will harvest metadata from internal and external sources, creating a centralised pre-indexed service of significant size and speed. The tool, EBSCO Discovery Service, will provide libraries with a single entry point for research and launch users into the entire array of a library's collection. The launch is expected by the end of the calendar year.

Powered by EBSCOhost technology, the new discovery service will enable users to search a wide-ranging collection of metadata and link quickly to the content to which they have rights. EBSCO Discovery Service will allow for 'local' access to the metadata associated with EBSCO Publishing's leading databases, e-journals from more than 400 publishers, and additional resources from other partners, including OCLC, NewsBank, Readex and Alexander Street Press.

Due to the newly announced partnership with OCLC, local indexing of WorldCat will add rapid access to the metadata for 130 million books, videos and music CDs. Locally indexed content will also include news and information resources from NewsBank and the digital collections from its Readex division. Alexander Street Press is also participating, allowing access to its historical archive, music and video collections. New partnerships for additional locally indexed content will be announced in the near future.

In addition to the locally indexed content, libraries will have the ability to search the content of the over 300 databases on EBSCOhost, as well as databases on remote services through EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS). EHIS is a federated search service that is based on the EBSCOhost platform and expected for release in June 2009.

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Healthline Networks launches two online healthcare tools
- 23 Apr 2009

Health information services provider Healthline Networks, US, has announced two new decision-support platforms for online healthcare. These are Healthline TreatmentSearch, a treatment search application for the web; and Healthline DocSearch, a searchable doctor database featuring semantically-suggested specialists based on the consumer's health condition or symptoms.

These join Healthline SymptomSearch, Healthline DrugSearch and Healthline Learning Centers to inform patients and caregivers at every stage of the health condition: from symptoms and diagnoses, to doctors, treatments, drugs and costs. The integrated suite of Healthline Clinical Applications is now available on Healthline.com and will be licensed to select partners within Healthline Networks.

With most treatment information online embedded deep within articles on health websites, Healthline TreatmentSearch is claimed to be the first online application to surface a semantically-generated list of possible treatment options for a disease or condition. The application covers 4,500 treatments, including 1,200 medications and 3,300 medical, surgical and alternative therapies. Healthline Treatment Search results are ranked algorithmically, and sub-categorised into Diagnostic Tests; Medical Procedures; Surgical Procedures; Self Care; Alternative Procedures; Prescribed & Over-the-Counter; Medications; and Nutritional Supplements.

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Over 100,000 ebrary e-books now available through Ambassador
- 23 Apr 2009

e-content services and technology provider ebrary, US, and Ambassador Books and Media, a premier provider of print and non-print materials to libraries of all types, has announced that more than 100,000 multi-disciplinary e-books and other titles from ebrary can now be purchased through OneSource, Ambassador's proprietary online ordering system.

The selection continues to grow, with more than 4,200 added in the past month alone. An overview of the new selection is provided at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/acquirePurchaseNew.jsp.

Ambassador Books and Media is now celebrating its 36th anniversary as a premier provider of print and non-print materials to college, university, school, corporate, public, government and medical libraries throughout the world. Ambassador supplies the complete book and publication requirements of schools, libraries and other educational institutions in over thirty countries.

Through continuous and significant investment in personnel and technology, Ambassador is able to offer a comprehensive range of book and media services to libraries, with a recognised reputation for high order fulfillment, accuracy, reliability, experienced and professional customer service support, and state of the art automation capabilities and interfaces.

OneSource is Ambassador's proprietary, password protected software that offers clients access to a database of over 4 million book titles and over 1.5 million media titles; the capability to order, claim, cancel and verify shipping status online; receive MARC formatted order confirmations, generate order reports sorted by PO, Title, Author or ISBN; and view invoices and statements online to confirm account balances.

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