Archive for November 2010
The Google enterprise blog announces the availability of a new product – Google Cloud Connect – which seeks to make it easier for people using Google Docs and Microsoft Office to collaborate on working with documents.
The application works between Google Docs and Microsoft Office to synchronise changes to documents made by different editors in close to real-time.
Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google Cloud without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google docs. As the files are stored in the cloud, people always have access to the current version.
Once in the Google Cloud, documents can be easily shared and even simultaneously edited by multiple people, from right within Office. A full revision history is kept as the files are edited, and users can revert to earlier versions in one click.
According to Google, it will soon make the feature available free of charge to the general public.
My opinion: could be a great step beyond for the global adoption of cloud computing by a large audience
Researchers are confident on their awareness system and do not rely on librarians.
2 studies set out to investigate what kinds of information-related services are available to support researchers through the research lifecycle, and how those services are used and valued by researchers.
- The concept of a Virtual Research Environments is still evolving, and this study revealed no evidence that VREs are being created or adopted as yet in any of the four universities.
- Information skills:
The researchers interviewed, moreover, showed little interest in making use of information skills training from the library. They are confident in their awareness and understanding of both the generic and the specialist tools that are relevant to their research area, and especially in their ability to identify the references and leads that are relevant to their specific research proposals and projects. They do not wish to delegate such work to library staff, since it often involves a detailed understanding of specialist and technical language.
A number of products are being developed to support research workflows, particularly for researchers working in collaborative teams that cross institutional boundaries. These include Microsoft’s Sharepoint, GoogleWave, etc. There is little evidence of the use of these broader collaborative workflow products. Similarly, there was little interest in central provision of or support for data analysis tools (which are seen as the province of researchers themselves), or of tools for the analysis of large aggregations of text (probably because text and data mining are still at an early stage of development in most subject areas).
- Libraries image
From the perspective of researchers, library staff are less proactive in reaching out to researchers with customised information support. Thus while libraries provide information skills training to researchers, especially doctoral students, many researchers see them as focused more on collection management, and on services to students, than on serving the needs of the research community in their institution.
Many researchers thus suggest that libraries could do more to promote their services,…
RIN & OCLC. Research support services: What services do researchers need and use?, Report, available online on 12th of Nov. 2010:
The global STM publishing market saw total sales fall to $20.3 billion in 2009 due to a broad impact on revenue streams from the worldwide recession.
Academic institutions faced budget pressure, which made subscription renewals difficult. Corporate customers and advertisers also cut back their spending in light of the recession.
“These market pressures are not expected to dissipate immediately,” says Dan Strempel, senior professional publishing analyst at Simba Information. “The question is how long will they last?
If library budget constraints and shrinking advertising expenditures produce a couple of soft years, the market leaders will be able to ride it out with cost containment; however, if the current situation lingers and libraries start cancelling big contracts, publishers will be under the gun to find alternative strategies.”
Publishers may look for ways to go around libraries to reach the scholarly marketplace.
Global STM Publishing 2009-2010, White paper, SIMBA Information, 10 Nov. 2010:
Online Information, the largest UK event dedicated to the information industry, will host The European Librarians Theatre at this year’s exhibition.
The theatre will feature panel discussions focussing on topical issues facing librarians. The discussions will be led by speakers from a number of different European countries to provide a variety of viewpoints. These sessions will address the impact of new technologies on the role of the librarian and library management.
SLA Europe has enlisted expert panellists from across Europe, and the wider world. Together with their audiences they will examine the impact of digitisation, mobile technologies and social media on librarians, libraries and their users.
Panellists from Italy, France , the Netherlands and the UK are expected to exchange their experiences of libraries going digital.
In putting social media under the spotlight, Jakob Harnesk from EBSCO and a panel from Spain, France (including myself!), Sweden and the UK will draw on evidence from Europe-wide surveys to help predict the future for 21st century librarians.
Complete details of the programme are available online at http://www.online-information.co.uk/visiting/seminars_online_2010.html?group=147&show_dayplanner=1.
The International Council for Scientific & Technical Information (ICSTI) has announced that its Winter Meeting will be held from February 6-7, 2011, and will be followed by a Workshop, the theme for which will be ‘Multimedia and Visualisation Innovations for Science’, on February 8, 2010.
The Workshop will be open to both members and non-members. Both events will be hosted by Microsoft, an ICSTI member, on their Redmond campus, WA, USA.
Multimedia and visualisation tools and technology are seen to offer tremendous opportunity for accelerating scientific discovery.
This workshop will feature leading-edge innovations in science-oriented web multimedia, large-scale data exploration and visualisation, speech and object recognition, image indexing and analysis, human/computer interaction and virtual environments, among other topics.
Presentations will be made by technology, science, and information professionals across the broad spectrum of academia, government, business, and industry.
Elsevier announced the release of Content APIs Empowers Developers to Create New Tools to Accelerate Science and Offers Platform for Sharing with the Global Scientific Community.
The marketplace includes more than a dozen new search and discovery applications designed to offer a preliminary illustration of the capabilities of the new platform.
Some of the applications available include:
• eReader Formats: Converts articles for viewing on any eBook device
• Table Download: Allows users to download data tables from an article into Excel, saving time and increasing efficiency
• My Workflow Search: Enables users to find experimental workflows and connect with people doing similar experiments
• ODiSSea: Semantically broaden a search utilizing medical and biology ontologies and retrieve relevant results from four commonly used data resources (e.g.,ClinicalTrials.gov, DrugBank, OMIM, Research Crossroads)
• Quantifind: Allows users to discover a new way of searching, leveraging data rather than traditional keyword search to uncover emerging trends and correlations
Further info on the Elsevier website:
Based on papers retracted from PubMed in the latest decade, a “study noted that the highest number of retracted papers was written by US first authors, accounting for one third of the total. One in three of these was attributed to fraud“.
According to the study, the fakes were more likely to appear in leading publications with a high ‘impact factor’.
Press release, here