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Conference Announcement: PharmaBioMed in Venice!

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Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the date and venue for the next Pharma-Bio-Med Conference & Exposition.  The conference will be held at the beautiful NH Laguna Palace Hotel located in Mestre-Venice, Italy, November 14-16, 2011. 

Pharma-Bio-Med is the premier Conference & Exposition in Europe tailored specifically to the interests of Information and Informatics Professionals working within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomedical, medical, and health sciences industries

The 6th annual conference will feature a strong programme and is the ideal forum for continuing education, professional development, networking, and the sharing and benchmarking of information best practices.

Pharma-Bio-Med 2011 Conference & Exhibition
14th – 16th November 2011
NH Laguna Palace Hotel
Mestre-Venice, Italy

Registration & Evening Reception 13th November
Conference Plenary Sessions 14th – 16th November
Optional Workshops 13th and 17th November

The Pharma-Bio-Med 2011 Call for Papers, as well as other details, will be posted shortly to the conference website (  

Join the Pharma-Bio-Med discussion list (at to receive the latest announcements regarding Pharma-Bio-Med 2011, including early registration announcement details.

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February 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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Library bloggers appear to be turning to social media

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Based on 1,108 professional and personal blogs (Library and Information Science related) indexed by LibWorm, this study tends to show that adoption of FaceBook and Twitter has a negative effect on blogs production.

Some findings:

The importance of blogs, however, has been affected by the arrival of new tools for social networking (e.g., Facebook and Twitter), which now rival blogs as primary communications media tools on the Internet.

Once blogs were at the core of social networks, but now the Web 2.0 conversation has fragmented, with general interest shifting away from blogs in favor of other platforms. Indeed, the bloggers themselves are the ones who, as early adopters, have popularized the newer applications.

Libraries and information centers have been especially active in the creation and management of blogs as part of a communications strategy for offering new services for their patrons

The results obtained show a loss of significance for blogs as a communications medium for the LIS community, as indicated by the closure of blogs and the reduction in gross number of posts being published. These losses have been constant and steady and have affected all the blog types studied, personal and corporate.

These figures could merely be showing that bloggers have been migrating to other services and applications that are increasing in usage, specifically Twitter and Facebook.

 In all cases the corporate blogs presented values thatwere significantly lower than personal blogs and only blogs of academic or public libraries had figures of any significance, demonstrating that success and visibility in the blogosphere is closely linked to personal initiative.


The decline in personal blogs is less pronounced than in corporate, and productivity and visibility patterns in both categories show that personal blogs are more active and have greater impact than corporate blogs. A small core collection of blogs, a reference group for the LIS community, seems to persist despite the general decline.

Torres-Salinas, D., et al., State of the library and information science blogosphere after social networks boom: A metric approach, Library & Information Science Research (2011),

Written by hbasset

February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

The SM Battle: FaceBook Vs Twitter

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According to a recent report from Conquest, Facebook and YouTube usage among users ages 16-24, is on the rise, Twitter is on the decline and could potentially meet the same fate as other once-popular sites like MySpace and Bebo.

but ““no one really knows what’s going to happen in the future”. It says “that these statistics do mean certain things about this age group“.

“As you get older, (…) the way people market themselves or use this branding will change. “They want to use Twitter—and I myself do as well—to say to the outside world, ‘This is what I know, this is what I follow, these are what my interests are,’ and that becomes a personal branding,” he says. “I don’t think someone really starts to worry about that until after college. Intuitively speaking, that’s probably why the Twitter platform is not expected to be that big of a use in the 16-24 category.”

Does this mean Facebook users will morph into Twitter users as they age? Or does it simply mean they’ll start using Facebook differently while Twitter slowly fades? It’s probably too soon to tell, but Conquest doesn’t seem to mind declaring Facebook the favorite to win this fight.

Bligh, Kelly. FaceBook Vs Twitter: is this the final showdown? E-Content Blog, Online, 23/02/2011

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February 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Patents Thomson Innovation: well rated by Intellogist

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Thomson Innovation, the latest Patent tools by Thomson is well rated by the Intellogist community (in my sense, the best source for patents databases comparison).

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February 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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Social search: ask Fred!

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There are many indications that social is the future of search. A Nielsen study revealed that 90% of people rate the people they know as their most trusted source of information.

Experts advise info pros to embrace the growing trend and understand how they can unlock the knowledge and experience of their own, personal networks.
One such “social search” service called is launched with a view to enable people search questions asked and answered, and find other users’ profiles, in addition to seeing traditional web results.
Experts point that the information world becoming more social is a positive development for consumers, enterprises and industry generally.
One reason for its insurgence is that web search technology and networking are converging to make it easier to harvest and distil peer group expertise.
Gilbey said: “People are incredibly generous with their time and expertise: combining search with the knowledge of people’s personal networks will enable people to benefit from more useful and relevant information and answers.”
Info pros must think about what web technology is going to look like, and how it affects the way they interact with people and get hold of information.


 Is social the future of search? Information World Review, 18/02/2011.

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February 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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Fortune Global 100: Twitter is the predominant SM platform

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but FaceBook leads with “likes” (followers).

According the Burson-Marsteller 2011 Global Social Media Check-up:

  • 77% of Fortune100 are using Twitter (+18%)
  • with the largest growth and high usage in Asia.
  • Average of 1,860 followers per corporate account
  • 80% of these companies are talked about on Twitter


  • Only 36% have corporate blogs (no dramatic gain)

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February 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

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Find science papers fast

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PubGet is an amazing tool, to retrieve free and legal PDF once you have a reference. It is not new, but that I didn’t know it, so far.

Of course, the coverage is limited to Medline content, and the full-text document is not always provided. Anyway, it could be a great tool to help end-users when they want to know when an article is freely available somewhere.

Moreover, what is disruptive, is that the search experience  is based on documents availability and not only on relevance and completness. 

(optimized with an institution subscription)

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February 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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