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February 27, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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EBSCO Discovery Service Adds Japanese Ebook Metadata

EBSCO Information Services teamed up with content provider Maruzen Co. Ltd. to make Japanese ebooks searchable by EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Metadata from Maruzen eBook Library, the company’s academic information platform for reference books and textbooks, is now available in EDS.

EDS brings more visibility to Maruzen’s content, which includes subjects such as the humanities, engineering, and medicine. Users can now expand their EDS searches to include Japanese-language content and enhance their library collections.

Source: EBSCO Information Services

HighWire Press Augments Articles With Altmetric Data

HighWire Press and Altmetric, a London-based startup focused on scholarly literature, signed an agreement to offer altmetrics integration for publications hosted on the HighWire Open Platform.

Per the agreement, Altmetric data—news, social media, bookmarking, peer-review forums, and so on—can be displayed beside research articles. These “mentions” are assigned a score based on the volume, source, and author of each mention. Individual mentions are clickable, allowing HighWire users to view sources such as news stories, tweets, and blog posts about the corresponding article.

“HighWire and Altmetric have simplified the implementation process to minimize cost barriers across the board,” according to Bill Matthews, HighWire’s director of business development. “This is a logical step in support of our publisher partners and their readers and authors.”

Publishers can contact their HighWire representative to request the addition of Altmetric’s data to their journal articles.

Source: HighWire Press

KeepTool Repackages Database Programs

KeepTool, which develops professional software tools for Oracle databases, released version 11 of its product suite. The products help database administrators, application programmers, and end users create queries and generate reports. With version 11, KeepTool’s programs are now packaged to appeal to specific user groups, from end users to independent consultants.

KeepTool Light helps end users write and run queries and do analysis reports so they don’t need to involve developers in simple tasks.

KeepTool Professional facilitates Oracle application development and administration with the Hora tool and other automation tools for generating documents and using an SQL (structured query language) editor.

KeepTool Enterprise offers the tools included in KeepTool Professional plus additional tools for Oracle database comparison, such as DB Compare, a new product that determines if test and production databases have the same structure; ER Diagrammer for graphic representations of table relationships; and the PL (procedural language)/SQL Debugger, which shows where PL/SQL codes are failing.

Source: KeepTool

Springer Publishes Journal of Nephrology

Springer Science+Business Media agreed to publish the Journal of Nephrology, the official publication of the Italian Society of Nephrology. The peer-reviewed journal explores clinical and laboratory research in topics such as kidney diseases, dialysis, and renal transplantation to help researchers, trainees, and clinicians treat diseases. Articles are available exclusively on the SpringerLink platform, with new issues appearing bimonthly.

“We are strongly committed to reaching the widest possible international audience,” says Giovanni Gambaro, the journal’s editor-in-chief. “In order to do so, we sought a publisher with the experience and technological expertise to serve our readers across the globe. We see our journal supporting doctors who treat renal diseases in the nephrological and other clinical settings. We will work to help the Journal of Nephrology connect nephrologists to experts in other medical specialties.”

Source: Springer Science+Business Media

Columbia School of Social Work Adopts OA Resolution

Columbia University Libraries/Information ServicesCenter for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) announced that the university’s School of Social Work (SSW) implemented an open access (OA) resolution, making scholarly works from the SSW open to the public.

At a Dec. 2, 2013, meeting, faculty and staff voted unanimously to implement the OA resolution. Authors can provide their works to the public by following one of two avenues: SSW faculty can submit work to publicly accessible OA repositories such as PubMed Central, or they can collaborate with the CDRS to upload the work to Columbia’s Academic Commons digital repository.

“The Libraries are eager to continue to work with other Columbia schools and institutes to expand commitment and participation in open access initiatives,” says James G. Neal, VP of information services and university librarian.

Source: Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

NPG Opens Archives to French Researchers

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) partnered with ISTEX, a project from France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research, to offer scientific resources to more than 1.9 million French researchers, students, and scientists at 200-plus institutions.

ISTEX’s goal is to provide online scientific literature collections in all disciplines to the French community of higher education and scholarship, according to its website. Its current collection has more than 6 million articles from 2,500 journals. The agreement with NPG adds access to the publisher’s full archives from 1869 to 2012, as well as to seven titles in immunology, biology, chemistry, and the neurosciences, totaling about 400,000 articles.

The National Centre of Scientific Research and the French National Research Agency supplied the Ministry of Higher Education and Research with €60 million (about $82 million) in funding for a 3-year partnership. The budget includes €55 million (about $75 million) for acquiring scientific archives and €5 million (about $7 million) to build the platform for hosting the NPG data. 

Source: Nature Publishing Group

Thomson Reuters Updates SAEGIS Platform

Thomson CompuMark, an Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, introduced an update to its SAEGIS platform, adding a new Industrial Designs database.

SAEGIS has a collection of trademark screening intelligence from 186 countries. Industrial Designs provides critical information about registered design patents to brand owners. Using the combined service, users can reduce brand risk by comparing their products to more than 9 million designs from 17 countries in the databases and registering their products to defend against design imitation.

“Design is an enormously powerful piece of intellectual property that has historically been very difficult to vet in the trademark clearance process. With our new Industrial Designs solution, there is now a clear-cut, rules-based set of tools to accurately and efficiently search the registered design universe to make certain a brand’s unique look and feel is protected,” says David Brown, managing director of Thomson Reuters’ IP (intellectual property) solutions.

Source: Thomson Reuters



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