|Weekly News Digest
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Legislative Update on NIH Public Access Policy
The U.S. Senate has approved the FY2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill (S. 1710), which includes a provision that directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen its Public Access Policy by requiring rather than requesting participation by researchers. The U.S. House of Representatives had passed a similar bill in July (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/wndReader.asp?ArticleId=37022). Negotiators from the House and Senate are expected to meet to reconcile their respective bills this fall. The final, consolidated bill will have to pass the House and the Senate before being delivered to the president for signing at the end of the year.
Under a mandatory policy, NIH-funded researchers will be required to deposit copies of eligible manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine's online database, PubMed Central. Articles will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The current NIH Public Access Policy, first implemented in 2005, is a voluntary measure and has reportedly resulted in a deposit rate of less than 5 percent by individual investigators. The advance to a mandatory policy is the result of more than 2 years of monitoring and evaluation by the NIH, Congress, and the community.
Source: Alliance for Taxpayer Access (www.taxpayeraccess.org)
Infosolve Technologies Tackles Structured and Unstructured Data Quality
Infosolve Technologies (www.infosolvetech.com) announced the introduction of OpenDQ Version 2.0, a product that addresses both structured and unstructured data quality in a single solution. The company said it represents a first in the data management industry, as the only open source-based solution to comprehensively address data quality and data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) of structured and unstructured data into a single, completely integrated solution. The integrated approach is designed to create maximum efficiency for organizations with the elimination of different interfaces and the custom programming previously required to address structured and unstructured data.
OpenDQ Version 2.0, like all of Infosolve's solutions, is powered by its Zero Based philosophy, enabling clients to utilize the solution with Zero term commitments, Zero license requirements, Zero upfront hardware investments, and Zero Defect Data. This philosophy coupled with the nature of OpenDQ Version 2.0 eliminates an organization's need to invest in separate development environments, processes, and expensive licenses for structured/unstructured data integration and data quality.
Source: Infosolve Technologies
PaperThin Introduces CommonSpot Version 5.0
PaperThin, Inc. (www.paperthin.com), a mid-market content management software vendor, announced the release of CommonSpot Version 5.0. It features a new, intuitive authoring interface, RSS feeds, blogs and wikis, and XML publishing and rendering capabilities. The ease-of-use inherent in CommonSpot 5.0 is designed to empower business users to be self-sufficient and productive, to build interactive communities, and to achieve faster time-to-market. It also allows IT and site administrators to easily adapt the system to meet their complex needs.
Business users can now easily get their message out by delivering content to any news reader, Web browser, or email program in one simple step as an RSS, Atom, or Podcast feed—without writing any code. Users can also easily create live bookmarks on a page so visitors can subscribe to feeds of interest through CommonSpot's Feed Index Element.
CommonSpot 5.0 is completely customizable and configurable, giving developers and site administrators the flexibility needed to define ease-of-use for their organization. Significant enhancements in XML rendering and XSL style sheets make it simple to manage the formatting and display of content. The import/export module makes it simple to develop and extend CommonSpot applications and modules such as custom content objects, custom field types, metadata forms, and field masks. Administrators can share applications between sites and carry over custom-developed code and applications.
CommonSpot's improved authoring interface provides intuitive, in-context editing; quick access to toolbars, menus, and other common functions; and simple rollover and Windows-style menus for maximum ease-of-use. New image editing functionality allows users to easily edit and manage digital assets, such as images, photos, and other graphics, directly within the system.
Source: PaperThin, Inc.
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