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Of interest: Journal of Library Innovation

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Was released recently a new open-access journal to publish original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews. Mainly focused on various innovative practices in Library:

The Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) is a peer reviewed, electronic journal published by the Western New York Library Resources Council. Its mission is to disseminate research and information on innovative practice in libraries of all types.

The Journal also welcomes provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.

Good luck to JOLI!

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April 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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Pharmas, SharePoint and Knowledge retention

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It is well known that pharmaceutical companies have an abundance of information in their organizations, but need better ways to leverage it. It seems a major challenge among pharmaceuticals is knowledge retention.

According InMagic, “Many organizations that have implemented SharePoint Team Sites and My Sites have realized benefits at a project or workgroup level, but are increasingly realizing that SharePoint falls short when it comes to information access“.

InMagic Presto brings a new layer to improve the weak search engine natively offered by SharePoint.

Presto SKNs span repositories, including SharePoint Sites, via connectors that index pertinent content and make it available to business users. When a new Team Site is created the team can search Presto from within SharePoint to retrieve relevant proposals, images, and contracts, all of which are rated so that the best of each float to the top”.


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April 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Over 2 free millions scientific and medical images

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SpringerImages, a picture database that covers images across all scientific subject areas, now includes over two million images that info pros and researchers can use in their non-commercial work.

The database contains a growing collection of high quality scientific images, tables, charts and graphs from Images.MD, as well as images from Springer journals and books, including Open Access content.

It allows users to search fast, broadly and accurately through captions and keywords (both author-provided and user-generated). It also provides bibliographic information for the sources, as well as one-click access to the full text.

Images obtained from SpringerImages can be used for almost all non-commercial purposes, including integration into presentations and PDF documents. The platform enables the user to store image sets and saved searches. Image sets can be exported to PDF or PowerPoint (including their bibliographic data) with one click.Recently, SpringerImages implemented Copyright Clearance Center’s point of content licensing tool called Rightslink for direct licensing needs.

Further infos:

IWR News Desk, Information world review 15/03/2010

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April 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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Microsoft does Chemistry

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Microsoft, has entered the chemical world with the launch of a free
add-on for its Word
processing application that lets users insert
chemical labels, formulas, and two-dimensional structures into a
. Chem4Word, which is in the beta testing phase, is based on
Chemical Markup Language (CML), which means meta data underlies labels,
formulas, and structures.

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April 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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Chemistry 2.0 ?

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Is Chemistry compatible or incompatible with Web 2.0?

Different discussions underline a certain number of success stories:

– American hemsitry Society blogs

– ACS applications for mobile

– Chemical forums which count thousands of visitors a day

– Nature Chemistry new features

– etc.

BUT “all of these prove that web 2.0 has been talked about many times in the context of science. Has it worked? With the exception of blogs, sadly I’m inclined to say no. At least not yet” concludes Azmanam in Chemistry Blog.

To read also:

Chemistry 2.0. Nature Chemistry 1, 1 (2009). doi:10.1038/nchem.137

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April 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

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SharePoint for Library websites: a showcase

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The best show case to see how SharePoint can edit nice and efficient web sites for Library organization is the Library of Congress web sites collections, launched in spring 2008.

Let’s have a look:

Resource to understand the project:

Lamont Harrington’s blog

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April 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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American studies are more “positive” with pressure

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Researchers worldwide produce more than 1.4 million scientific articles each year.

A new european study shows that the ever-growing pressure to produce publishable results can adversely impact the quality of scientific research.

It was found that researchers report more ‘positive’ results for their experiments if they are based in US states where academics publish more frequently.

A cause of particular concern is the growing competition for research funding and academic positions, which, combined with an increasing use of bibliometric parameters to evaluate careers (e.g. number of publications and the impact factor of the journals they appeared in), pressures scientists into continuously producing “publishable” results“.

Like all human beings, scientists are confirmation-biased (i.e. tend to select information that supports their hypotheses about the world), and they are far from indifferent to the outcome of their own research: positive results make them happy and negative ones disappointed“.

He found that authors working in more ‘productive’ states were more inclined to support the tested hypothesis regardless of their research domain and whether or not funding was allocated to them. His research findings also reportedly hint that academics who carry out research in more competitive and productive environments are more likely to make their results look more ‘positive’.

The conclusions could be applied to all scientifically advanced countries, says the study, adding that policies that rely excessively on productivity measures might be lowering the quality of research.

Fanelli D (2010) Do Pressures to Publish Increase Scientists’ Bias? An Empirical Support from US States Data. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10271.

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April 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm