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Pharmas & social media policy: “it’s fairly urgent”

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The FDA regards social media as an advertising tool for the pharma industry, which means that any company that doesn’t have a social media policy in place, or has a policy deemed insufficient, puts itself (and the public) at potential risk, says Attorney Anand Agneshwar.

The FDA likely will address adverse event reporting in the social media guidance it will shortly issue“…

How urgent is it that companies institute social media policies?
In this rapidly evolving area, it’s fairly urgent. Company professionals may be active on LinkedIn, employees may discuss company products—or their managers—on blogs, and whistleblowers undoubtedly will look to the Internet. Companies must have carefully thought-through policies to manage these and other eventualities“.

Sirk, Kimberly. Drawing the web tighter. Drug Discovery News, March 2011. pp. 40-41.

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March 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Conference slides available: NFAIS 2011

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The 2011 annual conference of the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services), was dedicated to Information obesity, abundance, overload, tsunami, etc.

Some of the slides are freely available, including those of brilliant speakers like Rafael Sidi (Elsevier Sciverse), Victor Camlek (Springer), Dan Pollock (Nature), etc.

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March 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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Create your own science daily newspaper…

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… with, it is the suggestion of Bjoern Brembs to solve information overload and unability of scientists to share and diffuse their knowledge…

We all now enjoy social technology facilitating information transfer such as Twitter, Facebook or Friendfeed… (…)

There are some efforts to use this technology in an academic setting such as citeUlike or Mendeley, but the efforts are comparatively small, without major scientific funding agency support and  unfortunately rather isolated…

 One particular aspect that has been bugging me for years is the ridiculously tedious way in which we have to deal with the scientific literature. We browse through tables of contents, save database-keyword searches in various places, subscribe to press releases or other alerts in again various other places and listen to podcasts…

 I spend somewhere around 10h every week sifting through irrelevant stuff only to find one or the other nugget in there every other week or so. This discovery per search time ratio is just anoyingly low.

Here’s another example how innovation in the general sphere solves an analogous problem, while scientists still don’t have anything comparable at their disposal: They parse all the URLs in the Twitter feeds you subscribe to and (using ‘ magic’) generate a ‘newspaper’ with the most prominent stories of the past 24h.

This works so well that by now I’m selecting who I’m following on Twitter partially by what kind of links they post. I rarely ever read Twitter posts or post there myself – but I do at least scan my every morning.

When will scientists be able to get a newspaper like this on their desktop every morning?

 Scientists need information technology to efficiently search, filter, rank and discover what their colleagues are publishing about. provides a glimpse of what such a technology might one day look like, but so far, only the general public is allowed to use it, scientists are still stuck with stone-age technology. When will science catch up with modernity?

 When will we have something like for scientific publications?

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March 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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How business can avoid social media failure

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After examining over 200 cases of social media collaboration success, the Gartner’s analyst Anthony J. Bradley gives some recommendations:

  •  it isn’t about the technology it is about carefully employing the tools to foster new mass collaboration behaviors
  • the value comes from the behaviors
  • Exploring social media as a communications channel is important but the real impact of social media is in catalyzing the collective to collaborate
  • Social media is the channel not the technology
  • Though you can do many things with social media  it’s real and unique value comes from mass collaboration

Extracted from:

Information World Review, 01/03/2011:

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March 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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Reading: Mendeley for research collaboration

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This article might finish to convince you that Mendeley is not only the best citations tools but as well a wonderful collaboration network…

Zaugg, H., West, R.E., Tateishi, I., Randall, D.L.
Mendeley: Creating communities of scholarly inquiry through research collaboration (2011) TechTrends, 55 (1), pp. 32-36. 

Abstract: Mendeley is a free, web-based tool for organizing research citations and annotating their accompanying PDF articles. Adapting Web 2.0 principles for academic scholarship, Mendeley integrates the management of the research articles with features for collaborating with researchers locally and worldwide. In this article the features of Mendeley are discussed and critiqued in comparison to other, similar tools. These features include citation management, online synchronization and collaboration, PDF management and annotation, and integration with word processing software. The article concludes with a discussion of how a social networking tool such as Mendeley might impact the academic scholarship process 



 Thus far, social networks built around academic research have not become widespread, perhaps for two reasons. First, researchers have little time for another social network unless its functionality benefits them and improves their research. Second, academics and researchers might hesitate to openly post their developing research lest they get pre-empted by another researcher or receive public criticism for their still-evolving research.  (…) . Mendeley, a free open-source tool available at , seeks to address these concerns. (…)

 Mendeley focuses on researchers’ libraries instead of on the researchers themselves. Thus, networks can be formed around strands of research and specific articles…

 The off-line version of Mendeley is an effective and user-friendly citation tool competing with tools such as Endnote, Refworks, and Zotero while incorporating PDF management and annotation features. 

 Mendeley can report how often articles are saved by different users and how articles are being tagged. This enables two important features. First, it creates a useful list of keywords relating to different articles. Second, it enables the researcher to see how often different articles are being read, or at least accessed. This has the potential to improve upon popular citation indices that rate an article’s popularity only by how often it is cited. Mendeley’s approach potentially gives a truer sense of an article’s impact by showing how often an article is accessed or looked at. 

Mendeley is a time-saving free tool for researchers, creating value regardless of how much the social networking potential of the tool is exploited…

However, the real power of Mendeley lies in the potential to collaborate, either within a known group or team or with unknown researchers. A researcher may set up a research group with fellow collaborators.

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March 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

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Thomson Research in View: a new tool for academia performance’s evaluation

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Thomson Reuters has launched a research management system called Research In View to provide universities with a comprehensive view of institutional performance

 The solution aggregates and standardises data from disparate sources to provide a unified database and analytic interface for managing, searching and reporting on university activities and performance.

Developed by the company’s research analytics business in consultation with university administrators worldwide, it aims to enable universities anywhere in the world to track and associate people with projects, strategic goals and with traditional measures such as classes taught or published journal articles.

My opinion: to compare with Elsevier SciVal?

See also: Information World Review, 28/02/2011

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March 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

SM & Pharmas: the industry awaits FDA guidance

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  Consumers increasingly are tapping the Internet and social media sites for health-related information. A recent survey conducted by the Pew Internet Project and the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes iHealthBeat, found that 80% of Internet users look up medical-related information online. (…)

While online, consumers are likely to view promotions for health care products, but there currently are no federally imposed rules of the road governing pharmaceutical marketing activities (…)

FDA says the earliest it will take action is the first quarter of 2011

FDA is studying guidelines on several fronts, including:

  • How companies can respond to unsolicited consumer requests;
  • How companies can comply with regulations in the face of space constraints on sites like Facebook and Twitter;
  • How companies can fulfill post-marketing submission requirements;
  • What type of communications manufacturers or distributors are accountable for;
  • Using links on the Internet; and
  • How to correct misinformation.


(…) the industry has to find a harmony between offering information to consumers and health care professionals and making sure that that information is not misleading. In the “best interest of public health,” FDA is urgingthe regulated industry to ensure their product promotion is accurate, balanced and non-misleading regardless of the medium.

The opportunities to disseminate and share information across a global, online enterprise are almost incalculable, as is the amount of data at the fingertips of anyone with an Internet connection or smart phone. It remains to be seen how product marketing will co-exist alongside FDA scrutiny and just how detailed FDA guidelines will be.

 Pogachar, Mickael. Questions Linger on Social Media Regulations for Pharma. iHealthBeat, Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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March 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Nature SciTable “awarded” for its design

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The educational website published by Nature for genetic & biology courses is well rated this month by the Best of the Web in GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology news)…

The website is beautifully organized, and there are valuable resources for scientists at all stages of training“.

I already mentioned this source, in early 2010:

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March 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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Social Media, Social networks, etc.: lost in vocabulary?

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In the early days, social tools (blogs, wikis and the like) tended to be called social networking or social computing but as these tools entered the corporate realm, the dominant name became social media. (…)

With so many terms, it is all a little confusing: social tools, social software, social computing, social networking, social media, social marketing, social KM, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0.

In summary, taking a simplistic, tools centred view:

  • Social computing or social software is the technology;
  • Social tools are both technology tools, such as blogs and wikis and soft tools, such as after-action reviews and knowledge cafés;
  • Social marketing is about using social tools for business development;
  • Social media is about using social tools for a marketing or communication purpose;
  • Social networking is about using social tools to network;
  • Social KM is about using social tools for a KM purpose, such as knowledge sharing or collaboration; and
  • Social business is also known as Enterprise 2.

Gurteen, David. Making sense. Inside Knowledge, Online: posted 1 Mar 2011 in Volume 14 Issue 5

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March 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Conference: Social Media in the pharmaceutical industry

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After a first successful edition in January, SMi is announcing the second edition in July, in London, of this conference 100% focused on social media applicability for pharmas and health organisations.

Great agenda with key speakers from: J&J, Pfizer, Bayer, etc.

Update on 04/03/11: the latest agenda version

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March 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm


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