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Scope’s Hot Spot presentation at Frankfurt Book Fair to focus on the role of descriptive metadata & controlled vocabularies in improving semantic linkages
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, will be presenting on “The role of descriptive metadata & controlled vocabularies in improving semantic linkages” at the Professional & Scientific Information (Hall 4.2) Hot Spot stage on October 8, 2014 from 10.00 – 10.20 am at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair. Rich Kobel, Vice President, Business Development, will explore challenges publishers face in improving the relevance of semantic linkages and how descriptive metadata coupled with controlled vocabularies, including ontologies and expert curation, can be the right solution.
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Swedish Patent and Registration Office and STN International sign Global Value Pricing agreement
The Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and STN International, the leading platform for searching research and patent information, have signed a Global Value Pricing agreement providing PRV examiners unlimited access to the high-quality patent, non-patent and substance content unique to STN. Key databases available through STN include authoritative chemistry content from CAS, patent content from FIZ Karlsruhe and Thomson Reuters as well as a wide variety of patent and non-patent resources from prestigious providers that cover the broad spectrum of science and technology.
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Nature Communications journal set to become open access only
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced that Nature Communications is to become the first Nature-branded open access only journal. The number one open access journal in multidisciplinary sciences, Nature Communications is NPG’s flagship open access title. Nature Communications will accept open access research submissions from October 20, 2014.
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Edison’s diaries, lab journals and letters now available in ProQuest® History Vault
ProQuest and Rutgers University are teaming to make the University’s acclaimed Thomas A. Edison Papers more accessible to scholars and students around the world. More than 175,000 of Edison’s laboratory notebooks, diaries, business records, correspondence, and other documents will now be available in ProQuest® History Vault, boosting access, precision search and cross-referencing of these documents with other digital archives from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
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Kudos and ORCID partner to help authors increase discoverability and impact of their work
Kudos, which helps researchers and institutions maximise the impact and visibility of their publications, has announced a partnership through which the ORCID researcher identifier will be integrated into the Kudos platform to facilitate authors’ ability to identify and claim publications. Kudos will also enable authors to register for an ORCID through the Kudos site.
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Texas Tech University selects EBSCO Discovery Service as its discovery solution
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the Texas Tech University, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, has chosen EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM (EDS) as its discovery solution. As part of Texas Tech’s continuing effort to make searching its library resources as easy and comprehensive as possible, they have chosen EDS to offer students highly-refined relevancy ranking, instant access to full text and a fast, single search of the library’s vast collections.
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Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information used by more than 96 percent of Honor Roll Hospitals in latest U.S. News and World Report
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Clinical Drug Information solutions are currently used by more than 96 percent of hospitals achieving Honor Roll status in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2014-2015 and Best Children’s Hospital’s 2014-2015 rankings. The 2014-15 hospital rankings evaluated surveys of more than 9,500 physicians across nearly 5,000 medical centers in the U.S. High scores within at least six of the 16 specialties evaluated earned 17 hospitals a place on the Honor Roll.
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Digital Science grows its consultancy division, REF impact case studies to be analysed
Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, has announced that its Consultancy division will undertake a new project to analyse the wider impact of the research undertaken by UK universities. Working in conjunction with sister company Nature Publishing Group and the policy institute at King’s College, London, the analysis commissioned by HEFCE and partners, will draw on the 6,975 impact case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
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MAVEN Spacecraft’s “Real Work” At Mars Now Will Begin.

The CBS Evening News (9/22, story 10, 0:25, Pelley) continued coverage of the MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars on Sunday, whose goal is to understand how the planet became the “cold, dry planet” observed today. Among the articles providing new coverage of the event, the AP  (9/23, Dunn) notes that MAVEN will now start its “real work” at the planet. According to the article, MAVEN and future landers heading to the planet in coming years from various space agencies will help astronauts live on the planet. John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for Science, said, “This really is a quest of humanity.”

According to the Los Angeles Times  (9/22, Khan), the orbital entry went so well that the spacecraft has “potentially enough” fuel to remain in orbit around the planet for a decade past its one-year mission. Principal investigator Bruce Jakosky said that this could allow the spacecraft to see how the planet behaves during on full solar cycle.

The Denver Post  (9/22, Keeney) notes that some of MAVEN’s instruments have already sent back some data even though it will be several weeks before the spacecraft is fully commissioned.

Nature  (9/22, Witze) also reports on the “jubilation” at the Goddard Space Flight Center following the insertion. As for India’s spacecraft arriving at the planet tomorrow, Grunsfeld noted, “Mars is still really hard — half the spacecraft we lose,” so arriving at Mars “will be a nail-biter for the Indians as well.”

Discovery News  (9/22, O’Neill) noted that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a release, “As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet. … It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.”

The Christian Science Monitor  (9/22, Spotts), WAAY-TV  Huntsville, AL (9/22, Barrett) website, and ABC News  (9/22, Newcomb) website also cover the story.

India Successfully Tests Its Mars Orbiter’s Engine. Reuters  (9/22, Kalra) reported that the ISRO successfully tested the Mangalyaan spacecraft’s main engine yesterday, performing a needed course correction ahead of arriving at Mars tomorrow. The article notes that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using the mission to help him establish India further into the space market.

The NPR  (9/22, McCarthy) “Parallels” blog carries a broadcast from “All Things Considered.” According to the article, India’s mission has “no exotic experiments,” which has caused some to criticize that the country cannot afford such a project now. Columnist Aakar Patel reportedly called the mission “wasteful symbolism.” However, Roddam Narasimha of the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, noted that by “frugal innovation,” India can afford the mission and “get something out of it” that can benefit the nation.

The Economic Times (IND)  (9/22, Kumar) reports that India plans to obtain its first color images of the planet by Wednesday afternoon.

Universe Today  (9/22, Kremer), AmericaSpace  (9/22, Evans), Press Trust of India  (9/22), Daily News and Analysis (IND)  (9/22), Asian Age  (9/23, Srikanth), Latin Post  (9/22, Hill), Times of India  (9/22, Ram), also cover the story.

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Cambridge University Press publishes new textbook on Aboriginal Health
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press has announced that it will publish Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care. This new textbook introduces students to the fundamentals of the healthcare of Indigenous Australians, from the perspective of both the patient and the professional.
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IHS to make AMACOM publications available via IHS Knowledge Collections
IHS Inc. and AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association, has announced a new partnership that allows IHS to resell numerous AMACOM titles covering project management theory, process and best practice; as well as AMA handbooks on a variety of related topics. The titles available from the IHS-AMACOM partnership are a collection from AMACOM authors who are experts in their fields, and whose work stems from their experience as world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants and journalists.
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Risk and Decision Analysis journal names Prof. Nassim Nicholas Taleb as new Co-Editor-in-Chief
Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb has recently been announced as new Co-Editor-in-Chief of Risk and Decision Analysis, a journal about risk mathematics, risk modeling and management, published by IOS Press. The journal emphasizes a theoretical and practical interdisciplinary vision of risk and its manifestations.
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SLACK Inc. set to launch unique web-first news magazine, Healio Gastroenterology
STM publishing company SLACK Incorporated, publisher of Healio.com, is set to launch a unique web-first news magazine delivering peer-tested content. Published monthly, Healio Gastroenterology will compile the most-read content from Healio.com and distribute it in a print news magazine reaching 15,000 gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the United States.
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The European Library Open Dataset takes its first step into research e-infrastructures
A subset of The European Library Open Dataset is now accessible through EUDAT’s research data discovery service – B2FIND, which will be presented during the 3rd EUDAT Conference taking place on September 24-25, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The first European Library subset distributed to EUDAT consists of a selection of data of interest to research communities.
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Reg Erhardt Library, SAIT Polytechnic selects YBP Library Services as primary monograph vendor
YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, has announced that the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT Polytechnic has selected YBP as their primary monograph vendor. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, SAIT Polytechnic is known as a leader in applied education, positioning people for successful careers in technology, trades and business.
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Latest edition of Blogspeak now online
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Cascades and Volcanoes — Are the Problems of Science in Public Discourse Getting Worse?); Joe Wikert (In the future, all content will be layered); Miriam Taegtmeyer (We need stronger evidence to make the case for close-to-community health providers); Rick Anderson (Meet the New Economy of Letters, Same As the Old Economy of Letters); and Benedikt Fecher (Academic publishing can free itself from its outdated path dependence by looking to alternative review mechanisms). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

 

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Summers Calls For Infrastructure Spending, Energy Exports To Boost Economy.

Bloomberg News  (9/22, Murray) reports that former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on Fox News on Sunday “called for a ‘major’ plan to boost the country’s economic growth and said borrowing to fix aging infrastructure would help lower the jobless rate.” Referring to the GDP, Summers said, “What we need in the United States is a comprehensive growth strategy to get that rate from a struggling 2 percent to a 3 percent. Over time, that would be transforming of job opportunities for millions of Americans.” Summers added, “We could invest in infrastructure in a major way in this country.”

On Fox News Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo (9/21), Summers also pressed for increasing energy exports. Summers said, “If we started allowing natural gas exporting on a substantial scale, we would increase our strength and power in the world by being able to provide energy supplies to nations like Ukraine that are dangerously dependent.” He adds that we “would ultimately, by contributing to more supply, reduce gasoline prices. And we would create huge investment opportunities that would put large numbers of Americans to work.”

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All CERN-authored articles published in APS journal collection to be Open Access
The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have announced a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in the APS journal collection to be Open Access. Articles in APS’ Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C in 2015 and 2016 will be covered by this agreement.
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Elsevier and Australasian Research Management Society recognize talented young scientists at Scopus award ceremony
STM publisher Elsevier and the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) recognized the academic research achievements of 17 young scientists at the 5th Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards. With the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award, Elsevier supports early career researchers in their quest to advance science across multiple disciplines. The awards also recognize the contributions made by the Australasia research community to the global scientific landscape.
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Tomsk State University (Russia) meets multidisciplinary needs through ProQuest
ProQuest has announced that Tomsk State University in Russia has selected ProQuest SciTech Collection to offer full-text access with comprehensive discovery (through extensive abstracts in the fields of natural science, technology, and engineering). In addition, they also chose ProQuest Psychology Journals, providing access to full-text journals and dissertations covering clinical and social psychology, as well as related fields such as genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, and social welfare.
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Open Access Week Kickoff Event program announced
The 2014 International Open Access Week Kickoff Event, co-hosted by SPARC and the World Bank, will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” The hour-long kickoff event will take place on October 20 at 3pm EDT at the World Bank headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. It aims to provide a forum for students and early career researchers to have a lively conversation with an expert panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies, exploring how the transition to Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.
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COPE North American Seminar 2014 focuses on new technologies and behaviours for identifying publication ethics issues
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) North American Seminar was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, this August with a record breaking attendance from across the region of 81 delegates. The focus of the seminar was new technologies and behaviours for identifying publication ethics issues and those present were fortunate to be involved in an engaging and informative program covering a wide breadth of topics including persistent identifiers in the authoring process, linked content, open access and copyright, and a panel discussion on the use of plagiarism checking software and its effectiveness in identifying misconduct.
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Dr. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg named new Editor-in-Chief of the European Neuropsychopharmacology journal
The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology has announced Professor Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Director of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg, as the new editor-in-chief of European Neuropsychopharmacology (ENP), the official journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). Meyer-Lindenberg was jointly appointed by the College and the journal’s publisher Elsevier, for a three year term.
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New series of webinars and website content from SirsiDynix to address key industry resources, trends, and tools
SirsiDynix is launching a new series of webinars, blog posts, and downloadable content to address topics surrounding the value, visibility, and usage of libraries. Topics will also include current software trends, library stereotypes, and the skills needed to stay current as technology influences the way people interact with information and information professionals.
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Navy, NASA Practice Orion’s Ocean Recovery.

The Los Angeles Times  (9/18, Leasca) reports that on Monday, NASA, the Navy, and Lockheed Martin conducted an ocean recovery rehearsal of the Orion capsule, “the space agency’s latest achievement in deep-space exploration” that makes its first flight in December. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, when aboard the USS Anchorage, told the publication, “I’m not sure Americans particularly grasp the significance of what’s going to happen. … The most powerful nation in the world will be sending a spacecraft intended to carry humans farther than we’ve been in 40 years. We have not designed a spacecraft to do this since the Apollo era. So when we launch in December, it will be something that a whole generation of Americans have not seen.” Detailing the operations and the road the Orion program took to reach this point, the article notes that there is anticipation for the time when astronauts will be on the spacecraft. Bolden said, “Will we get there? I believe we will. … There are a lot of people who don’t think so, but I happen to believe we will.”

Orion Spacecraft Lead Engineer Profiled. On its website, WWSB-TV  Sarasota, FL (9/18) profiles Sarasota native Patrick Rodi, one of the lead engineers on NASA’s Orion spacecraft. He says working on the spacecraft “is very excited and has a lot of similarities to the Apollo Space program of the past.” Rodi noted, “The Orion vehicle is about 60% bigger than the Apollo spacecraft so we have a lot more volume to work with, we can hold four or possibly even six astronauts and we have more room for equipment.”

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UK medical research charities join forces to support open access
A consortium of six leading UK medical research charities will support the costs of making research articles from their funded research immediately and freely openly available to scientists, patients, and donors alike, through the recently announced joint Charity Open Access Fund. As charitable funders of medical research, the consortium is dedicated to maximizing the societal benefits that flow from the research funded.
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Silvercloud Health and Wiley partner to provide online therapeutic solutions
SilverCloud Health, a global provider of online behavioural and wellness solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Wiley, a global provider of education, medical and psychological information for professionals, patients, researchers and students alike. The partnership will see the creation of a comprehensive range of therapeutic programs across behavioural health and long-term chronic disease management to be delivered via SilverCloud Health’s award-winning cloud-based technology platform.
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NISO announces publication of special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on the topic of Open Access Infrastructure. As Guest Content Editor, Liam Earney, Head of Library Support Services, Jisc, notes that 2013 seemed to have been a watershed for open access (OA). Driven by a number of policy announcements from funding bodies and governments worldwide, the question is no longer whether open access will or should happen, but rather how will it be implemented in a sustainable way.
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International Journal of Surgery opens archive of journal content
The International Journal of Surgery (IJS) has opened up its archive of previously published content: after 24 months published journal issues become available for all to read. A key aim of the IJS is to improve surgical knowledge and patient care and it is hoped that by making these articles available to all will improve efforts to achieve this.
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Utah State University selects EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative’s Encore Duet
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Utah State University has selected EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM via Encore Duet as its discovery solution to help the library consolidate its diverse resources. The service will also make resources more readily available to library users through an intuitive interface.
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Cogent OA announces major upgrade to its user interface, supports research discovery and impact
Cogent OA, an Open Access publisher backed by Taylor & Francis, has released a major upgrade to its user interface. Cogent OA’s new platform focuses on assisting authors in ensuring their work gets found and read by the broadest possible audience; and readers in making interesting new connections – both within and also from outside their direct fields of interest.
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NASA Contract Award Could Spur More Commercial Spaceflight Developments.

The Orlando (FL) Business Journal  (9/17, Bilbao, Subscription Publication) “The Buzz” blog continued coverage of NASA recent selection of Boeing and SpaceX to develop the spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the ISS as early as 2017. Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello said that the selection also brings space tourism closer to reality because as more companies fly into space, the price of launches will come down until it is more affordable. DiBello reportedly also thought that Central Florida was the “best place for space tourism to start and grow” because it already has an established tourism market.

Reuters  (9/17, Klotz), meanwhile, reported that Boeing Commercial Crew Program Manager John Mulholland said that his company’s spacecraft will include a seat reserved for Space Adventures space tourists who want to travel to the ISS, which the article notes is a first for a U.S. company. Meanwhile, the article noted that because Boeing is not pushing its technology as much as SpaceX, analysts believe it should be able to meet its development cost and schedule targets.

In a similar vein, CBS News  (9/17, Kennedy) “MoneyWatch” website reported that by contracting with Boeing and SpaceX, NASA will encourage more companies to consider spaceflight projects. Financial economist Lewis Mandell said that NASA’s support of SpaceX especially was a “very positive indication” that NASA was open to non-standard companies. Mandell also predicted that the competition between the two companies will result in “new research and development,” and an “exciting new era” that could benefit the U.S. economy.

ESA Official Says Contract Will Not Cool Down International Partnerships. Russia’s ITAR-TASS News Agency  (9/17) reported that Thomas Reiter, director of the ESA’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, said that the U.S.’ decision to contract with Boeing and SpaceX does not mean that there will be “a chill in international cooperation on space exploration.” He reportedly added that the ESA will not favor either Russia or the U.S. in deciding which spacecraft to use when launching its astronauts.

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NHTSA Hit For Failing To Hone In On GM Ignition Failures.

Bloomberg News  (9/17, Plungis) reports that according to a report from a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration “didn’t recognize a pattern of air bag failures in General Motors Co. (GM) cars that would later be linked to flawed ignition switch design.” The report found that the NHTSA “failed to act on multiple police reports dating back to 2007 that inquired about a link between faulty ignition switches, which led cars to stall, and air bags that didn’t deploy.”

On its front page, the New York Times  (9/17, A1, Stout, Kessler, Subscription Publication) reports that at a Senate hearing on the subject on Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) said that the NHTSA is “more interested in singing ‘Kumbaya’ with the manufacturers than being a cop on the beat.” In response, NHTSA head David Friedman “sought to turn blame for mounting safety problems back at G.M., which he said had illegally withheld critical information from the agency.”

In an editorial, USA Today  (9/17) says that the NHTSA “had chance after chance to spot the defect and push General Motors to recall its deadly cars.” Instead, the agency “wagged its tail and meekly rolled over — and not for the first time.” It has “repeatedly failed to spot defects, pursue investigations forcefully or use its powers to get defective cars off the road.”

In an op-ed for USA Today  (9/17, Friedman), NHTSA head David Friedman writes that his group “aggressively investigates and pursues recalls to protect the American public.” Regarding the GM issue, he writes that the NHTSA “looked into this problem twice in the years leading up to the recall. At that time, the data did not support a recall. In fact, the number of related complaints were going down, not up, when we reviewed the case.” He goes on to blame GM for hiding the problem, and says that his group has now reformed its procedures to deal with such situations more effectively in the future.

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