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Research Gate: the last one?

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With some important milestones (700,000 members, mainly in the U.S. and a new design), will ResearchGate be the last Science Social Network to survive?


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February 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Facebook: beneficial or stressful?

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The more Facebook ‘friends’ you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the social networking site, according to a study by Scottish researchers.

Researchers concluded that for a significant number of users the negative effects of Facebook outweighed the benefits of staying in touch with friends and family.

Kathy Charles, who led the study said: “The results threw up a number of paradoxes. For instance, although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits.

“And we found it was actually those with the most contacts, those who had invested the most time in the site, who were the ones most likely to be stressed.”

the best thing about Facebook was ‘keeping in touch’, however without any further explanation.

UK Research links Facebook popularity to increased stress. Information World Review, Online, 17/02/2011.

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February 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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Sciverse ScienceDirect: the first review

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As far as I Know, this is the first published review of the recent Sciverse ScienceDirect.

The author gives an in-depth vision of the product: search facilities, screen shots, resources content, list of improvements, etc.

He reminds the aim of the project: “The aim seems to be not only to create an interface that provides broad functionality on par with other database search tools that many searchers use regularly but also to create an open platform that could be changed to respond effectively to the needs of customers”.

Conclusions of the reviewer are rather positive:

The image search is a handy feature. The images search allows users to find articles containing images, including tables, in which they are interested. This allows users to not only use those images but also to cite them properly by their article of origin. (…)

 SciVerse has its shortcomings, but it is an excellent all-around search tool. (…). by offering advanced keyword searching, citation searching, a very solid image search, strong tools within the list of returns, and an integrated package, Elsevier has made an extremely useful product for the research community.”

 Bengtson, Jason (2011). ‘ScienceDirect Through SciVerse: A New Way To Approach Elsevier’, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 30: 1, 42 — 49

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February 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

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Social Media standard for Big Pharmas

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A good paper I missed in last october:

Roche has moved to master the hazard-prone digital communications space with a new set of internal guidelines on when, where, and how to apply social media tools to communicate with key stakeholders and the public.

The initiative is a novelty for Big Pharma—Roche says it is the first in the industry to go public with a transparent standard for online behavior

The guidance relies on simple “common sense” language, but carves new ground in making explicit the need to:

1) Differentiate between using social media in a personal versus professional context;

2) Build clarity in speaking about the company and on behalf of it, through third parties; and

3) Advocate for employees to serve as “scouts” in tapping networks to identify “sentiment and critical issues.”

The document has been welcomed—if not widely celebrated—by the digital pharma community as a good example of corporate transparency and openness.

Perhaps the most talked about point in the principles is the call for employees to act as scouts.

It is inevitable that other Big Pharma companies will try to build on the document and follow the Roche lead.”

Upton, Julian. Roche sets a New social Media Standard. Pharmaceutical Executive, Online, Oct. 1, 2010.

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February 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Regulatory documentation management at Sanofi

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Case study: NextDocs for SharePoint. (information provided by the Vendor)

The challenge for the company was the manual process of finding, capturing, reviewing, approving, and storing documents for regulatory agencies. There was no consistent process for managing this task, no central document repository, and no significant automation.

They began searching for a document management solution designed to meet the needs of Life Sciences companies. This solution needed to comply with recognized standards, had to be easy to use by employees in many locations, and had to fit in with the company’s IT strategy.

Sanofi Pasteur MSD deployed the NextDocs Document Management System. Using Microsoft SharePoint Server as a foundation, the NextDocs solution provides a powerful document management, workflow, and collaboration solution that meets FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.

Sanofi Pasteur MSD executives wanted a single solution that would provide company-wide regulatory compliant document management. That meant an FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant solution and that authorized users could access easily and consistently, from any location around the world. Furthermore, no additional management or administrative burdens could be placed on the company’s small IT department.

Sanofi Pasteur MSD uses Microsoft SharePoint Server for internal sharing and collaboration, so it wanted to find a standards-compliant document management solution that would leverage that investment.

Using built-in workflow and collaboration tools, the NextDocs software automated key tasks, including:

• Routing documents for review

• Reminding signatories when they needed to review and approve documents

• Capturing digital signatures

• Saving the final approved versions of the documents in a standard PDF format

• Storing these documents in a secure yet easily accessible data repository

The NextDocs Regulatory Document Management Module is a complete solution for managing documentation needed for CTD/eCTD and related filings in a SharePoint based system.

NextDocs guides users through the production of submission ready documents by enforcing the use of CTD/eCTD required granularity, requiring templates, producing PDF renditions that meet the myriad of agency requirements, and collecting 21 CFR Part 11 compliant electronic signatures.

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February 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Info Searchers? Info Consumers? Info Collaboraters?

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Info challenges for researchers today and predict for the future, by the senior vice president, market development at ProQuest, interviewed by Sian Harris in Research Information.

“The core content needs of researchers today have not significantly changed over time. Researchers still need access to high-quality scholarly journal articles, A&I databases and books, as well as primary sources like data sets, historic newspapers and documents. (…)

However, what has really changed is the way that researchers need to find, access and use content.

Researchers expect that content will be delivered to them electronically, when they want it, where they want it and in a format they can use. As new electronic platforms like mobile devices and e-readers emerge, publishers need to adapt our content for these devices. Also, as the amount of available electronic content increases, researchers need to be assured that they have located everything that is relevant to their research.

Users are much more confident in their abilities to find and use information. (…)

We have seen that researchers are beginning to adopt the same search habits that they are using on consumer sites like Amazon, Google and Facebook. They tend to enter fewer search terms and expect to be able to narrow their results after the search.

Researchers also expect to be able to do more with content once they find it. Sharing content is becoming more prominent.

One big challenge is navigating the sheer volume of material that is available to researchers. They can never be assured that they have found all of relevant material for their research needs.

I think information resources will become more personalised for researchers’ needs. I can envision tools that will push content of interest to researchers based upon the content that they have searched in the past or articles that they have looked at and rated highly.

There will be more opportunities for researchers to network and share content with their self-defined group of peers. I can see information resources that provide spaces for collaboration and interaction with fellow researchers.

Sauer-Games, Mary. Working with changing patterns. Research Information, February/March 2011.

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February 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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Scientwists are not many but they count

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7 of Top 100 UK’s tweet elite are scientists! Not so bad…

(Based partly on PeerIndex)

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February 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm