After the success of the last challenge in 2013--using the technical data of the mobile network of Orange in Ivory Coast--the next Data for Development (D4D) Challenge will use data sets from Senegal. It will reward the best research projects aimed at promoting development and improving the well-being of people in Senegal.
Posted May 27, 2014
Concerns over different formats, multiple channel delivery, and potentially dangerous inconsistencies in content have come to the forefront in a new survey of life sciences and healthcare professionals. The survey was conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) in association with The Rockley Group.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program, and the addition of industry-leading STEM content from partners. As a part of the expansion Gale will now provide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) ebook collections from Springer and Elsevier through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).
Posted Mar 06, 2014
OverDrive announced that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, an online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook enables teachers to browse free and low-cost instructional resources, and to create their own shop where others may purchase original materials. The website operates with a "teachers helping teachers" mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.
Posted Mar 04, 2014
Products and services from ProQuest's Seattle-based technologies business unit will now carry the ProQuest brand as the "Serials Solutions" name is retired. The change is effective immediately and customers will see the ProQuest name on business cards, email addresses, product information, and in connection with products such as the Summon discovery service and the new Intota library management service.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
EBSCO Information Services has acquired Plum Analytics, an altmetrics provider which moved beyond metrics about articles to track all research output in any form. Plum Analytics is the provider of PlumX, a product that delivers a more complete picture of research and answers questions about research impact.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced a new partnership with startup technology company Knode to provide customized research expertise portals to learned societies and other academic organizations worldwide. Knode's expertise profiling system compiles a research signature for users based on their publication history, patents, clinical trials, and grants.
Posted Jan 08, 2014
Libraries and universities with proprietary audio and video collections can now preserve and provide access to these information resources through ProQuest Video Preservation and Discovery Service. VPDS is a full service offering that includes digital conversion, transcription, metadata creation, and optional hosting and streaming. It also creates transcriptions and indexes A/V content stored on tapes, hard drives, and other media. All formats of video - even those that are obsolete -- are eligible for the service.
Posted Jan 08, 2014
ProQuest's collaboration and document management tool Flow is now accessible free for researchers -- including those in institutions that don't subscribe to the service. This enables users to discover and manage content, store and organize documents, and through integration with Microsoft Word, write papers, supported with instant bibliographies and annotation. Plus, Flow's social capabilities allow simple document sharing.
Posted Jan 07, 2014
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a provider of content enhancement and knowledge services, announced the release of its ConSCIse 1.4, the latest version of the company's abstracting and metadata enrichment platform. The new ConSCIse version 1.4 focuses on delivering highly accurate descriptive metadata such as abstracts, keywords, and subject terms to support enhanced discoverability and more accurate levels of contextual relevancy.
Posted Dec 17, 2013
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the trial of an enhanced system of peer review, which will allow for the transfer of reviewer comments between journals. Peer review is an integral part of scientific publishing and the new pilot is being tested in selected neuroscience journals.
Posted Dec 10, 2013
Knovel, a provider of cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, announced the addition of a new subject area: Software Engineering. The new subject area focuses on the aerospace, industrial equipment, and engineering design industries.
Posted Oct 29, 2013
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the transition of four journals to the Wiley Open Access publishing program, bringing the total number of Wiley's open access titles to 28. Starting in 2014, all newly published articles in Aging Cell,Cancer Science, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, will be open access and free to view, download, and share.
Posted Oct 22, 2013
The library at Olin College serves as an integral part of students' education by helping them to achieve critical research and information literacy competency, adhering to standards set forth by various academic associations. Olin's library wanted a different method of teaching these skills, one that coincided with the college's unique teaching approach of classroom experiences blended with digital exercises and tools. This original method was designed using a Microsoft Word document, a PDF, and a course libguide. These proved awkward for students to use, and the Olin team members realized they needed something more streamlined for more effective learning.
Posted Sep 16, 2013
Knovel unveiled a fully redesigned platform offering more precise search results, a simplified user interface, enhanced navigation capabilities and more. Knovel offers a cloud-based application that integrates technical information from more than 100 engineering publishers and societies with analytical and search tools.
Posted Sep 09, 2013
What happens if the lights go out? It's a question that strikes fear into the hearts of content providers everywhere--especially those that have transitioned from preserving hard copies to digital storage. Decisions about how to protect content-in this case, digital content--should be based both on an assessment of the purpose and value of that content and the development of a policy that outlines what is stored and how it is stored.
Posted Nov 20, 2012
The digital age has given way to an open access renaissance - allowing for the free flow of information traditionally bound up in scholarly journals and academic publications. But when an influential analyst said that a European push toward open access could significantly hurt academic publisher Reed Elsevier's bottom line, many STM publishers took a second look at this model.
Posted Oct 12, 2012
Apress, a publisher of technology books, announced the launch of ApressOpen, a program that offers technology companies and professionals the opportunity to publish technical and business content under an open access model. With ApressOpen, content will be freely available through online distribution channels and electronic formats with the goal of disseminating professionally edited and technically reviewed content to the worldwide community.
Posted Oct 09, 2012
Elsevier, a provider of STM information products and services, and Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, announced a collaborative initiative that will enable joint customers to search the Scopus abstracting and indexing database via the Ex Libris Primo Central Index.
Posted Oct 02, 2012
John Wiley & Sons, Inc, announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary review publication called WIREs Energy and Environment. This publication will serve as an interdisciplinary review work which the company says will highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education.
Posted Aug 01, 2012
Scientific publisher, Springer Science + Business Media, announced the company has acquired UK-based Canopus Academic Publishing. Canopus is a publisher that specializes in the subjects of physics and astronomy. With this acquisition, Springer will absorb more than 50 published or planned works.
Posted Aug 01, 2012
The web: It's everywhere. It's a modern miracle. An amazing technological advancement that, when combined with mobile devices and wireless broadband, provides humanity with the promise of a more equitable dispersement of information and wealth...err, hypothetically. Despite the ubiquity of technology and the widespread availability of the mobile web, there are many places in the world where information critical to survival isn't available in a way that's relevant to those who need it. But it doesn't have to be that way. All that's needed is an understanding of the actual problems in need of solving.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
In an effort to help scientists go global with their research, Edanz has launched Journal Selector as a part of its Journal Advisor platform. By using Journal Selector, researchers will be able to match an author's non-English research to journals that publish articles on similar topics and can convert the research conducted into English. By converting research into English, Edanz feels researchers will have a much greater chance of getting published.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
A student turns her tablet on to read three chapters assigned to her this week. As she reads, she comes across a topic that she would like to learn more about. She leaves her ebook, opens a web browser and runs a search. The ebook might be a great source of information on a single topic, but it fails as a research tool. Why?
Posted Mar 26, 2012
Wolters Kluwer Health acquired Medknow Publications, an open access (OA) STM journal publisher based in India, in a deal that expands its Medical Research business to developing markets. The acquisition also increases Wolters Kluwer Health's offering of locally written content.
Posted Dec 07, 2011