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OneNote and SharePoint to improve collaboration at Pfizer

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Drug discovery teams at Pfizer are experiencing Microsoft One Note, synchronized with SharePoint, to make more efficient their collaboration in team management.

MS OneNote has been deployed for Pfizer to help drug discovery teams with collaboration. According the giant, first results are impressive in terms of productivity. OneNote is a kind of project notebook where researchers record and share notes and documents within an intuitive and simple-to-use interface. It is of course completely integrated with Office tools and synchronized with famous document libraries of SharePoint Server, which stays as the central repository. OneNote is now one of the 3 pilars of the KM system at Pfizer (2 others are Newsgator to collect info and Wiki to capitalize internal knowledge). End-users indicated that they feel to save 45 minutes a week with this new solution, which has a significant impact in company revenue. Have been reported also a decrease of emails exchange as well the volume of files stored on servers. Teams are shifting to a “culture of knowledge sharing”, the Holy Grail of KM workers, concluded a manager.


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March 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Science Citation Index under contestation

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An article in Scientometrics is contesting the leadership of the Science Citation Index:

Some of the conclusions and statements:

The number of serious scientific journals today most likely is about

The first question is whether the growth rate of scientific publication
is declining? The answer is that traditional scientific publishing, that is publication in peer-reviewed journals, is still increasing although there are big differences between fields. There are no indications that the growth rate has decreased in the last 50 years. At the same time, publication using new channels, for example conference proceedings, open archives and home pages, is growing fast

SCI is covering a decreasing part of the traditional scientific literature

conference proceedings are especially important in scientific fields
with high growth rates. However, the growth rates for conference proceedings generally are not higher than those found for Journal Articles. It is clear that the increasing importance of conference proceedings is only partially reflected in SCI

National Science Indicators is one of the products offered by Thomson
Reuters. Since this product is based solely on SCI/SCIE, SSCI and AHCI
the use of this product is problematic

Larsen, Peder Olesen & Ins, Markus von. The rate of growth in scientific publication and the decline in coverage provided by Science Citation Index. Scientometrics, Published online on 10th of March 2010:

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March 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Chemistry journals on FaceBook

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Elsevier has released a Facebook profile for some analytical chemistry journals…

According the publisher, “The purpose of the group is to give our community a focus point for discussion on the web, alert people to new content in our journals and provide industry news items each day that we think may be of interest.”

Let’s become a fan!

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March 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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Google Wave: the email revolution, at last?

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We send 247 billion emails a day (…) but the basics of email haven’t evolved much since the first one was sent in 1971

Google’s answer to this problem is Google Wave

Still, Wave is only in a beta or preview state at the moment. And the principle sounds promising. You can imagine using it to collaborate on a article (we nearly wrote this one that way) – someone could write a section, others could comment or edit sentence-by-sentence, and there would be a permanent record of who made what changes and, most importantly, why. Or a project team could use it to keep a record of issues and their resolutions. It’s so powerful that you can run mini programs inside the Wave – an opinion poll, for instance, or a calendar.”

A couple of types of use are already emerging. One is to use Google Wave to collaboratively take notes during a lecture, talk or conference

Collaborative use within the workplace also seems to be a major future role. Tim Panton from has spotted the potential for using Wave with remote workers

Coles, Malcolm & Belam, Martin. Say Hello to Google Wave! on FUMSI ,  January 2010. online:

Google Wave live demo on YouTube:

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March 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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Nature believes (now) in free access and social media

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According a recent press release, “All content hosted on the Nature News site ( is now freely available. This includes online news articles, and news and news features articles published in Nature“.

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has made this change so that Nature’s news content can be disseminated and discussed as widely as possible, as we develop as the hub for quality science news and comment. With the rise of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and our own Connotea and Nature Network, we’d like to ensure that discussions about our news and comment can include an accessible link to the article“.

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March 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Free Pharma Ebooks

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Freely donwloadable but requires time (quick download is a paid
Sometimes old books and rarely the latest editions but you would be
surprised to find out here some nice handbooks, formulations,
pharmacopoeias, etc.
It is worth having a look.

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March 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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State of the Internet in 2009

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A wonderful presentation of Internet statistics: number of users over the world, number of emails exchanged per day, etc.

JESS3 / The State of The Internet

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March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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