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SharePoint 2013: will be mobile and social

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According ZDNET, Microsoft has announced 2 major steps for the deployment of its leading product which gives moren than $2 billion annually in revenues.

Microsoft is working on native mobile SharePoint-connected applications for Windows 8, Windows Phone and iOS, which will begin coming to market by early 2013, and has recently announced the integration of its newly-acquired Yammer




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November 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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Social Health Activists distrust Big Pharma

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According a recent study, patient communities have a negative view of social efforts by the pharma industry:

The increasingly important use of social media by the pharmaceutical industry is not only controversial, but hard to gauge. Although anxious about regulatory scrutiny, drugmakers are trying to reach more patients all the time. But the results are, not surprisingly, spotty. A recent survey found that 47 percent of so-called health activists – people who regularly participate in online health communities – have a negative view of pharma. (…)

We have “heard a consistent refrain: communities want companies to contribute critical information – and to help correct misinformation – in social media. (…)

The article says also that pharma companies remain skepticals about the real social media impact:

  • More than 80 percent of 61 drug and device makers, healthcare agencies, technology companies and so-called thoughts leaders believe the lack of guidance from the agency has limited the ability to attempt innovative programs in social media. In fact, almost half of respondents say the legal and regulatory risks of using social medica (dixit) outweigh the benefits of participation
  • The median budget allocation to digital, out of the total marketing budget, this year is 15 percent, with a 20 percent median expected in 2013. The biggest budget increase is expected for content for tablets and smartphones, and social media initiatives for consumers
  • drug and device makers are more optimistic about mobile than social media

Silverman, Ed. Which Social Media groups distrust Pharma? Pharmalot, 6th of November 2012. Available from:

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November 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

STM journals: the end of Big Deal is approaching!

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A very interesting annual report by Allen Press shows how some new trends on the american publishing industry could definitely change the business models of Big STM publishers…

Some findings:

Budget cuts have become inevitable, forcing publishers to restrategize and libraries to make even tougher purchasing decisions. (…)

2012 journal prices increased but not at the levels seen in prior years… (…)

Pressure on Publishers:

  • Publishers are also faced with the ongoing erosion of their subscription bases. Some institutions  simply cannot make ends meet when it comes to their shrinking or flat budgets
  • Publishers are also struggling to get the advertising dollars they once did to help financially support their publications. (…) Online advertising has not proved to bring in revenue equitable to that of its print counterpart
  • Increasing competition, especially from new Open Access and mega journals, has added to the struggle of publishers as well

Despite implementing cost-cutting actions, many libraries continue to struggle to keep up  with increasing serials pricing. Libraries do not have the resources to continue to exist in a world of ever-increasing prices, nor can publishers survive without positive cash flow. (…)

The results indicated that in order to achieve budget goals, 78% of librarian respondents will likely cut print
journals for the next fiscal year and 86% of librarian respondents are likely to move print plus online subscriptions to online only. In 2010, approximately 27% of publishers surveyed reported a decline in their print business greater than 10%. (…)

Mobile access:

Publishers need to be responding to the surge of such technology by making their content readily available on mobile devices. (…) Mobile technology allows library customers to connect to their local library’s virtual catalog for  audiobooks and eBooks. Scientific journal content  is also becoming more available with mobile options such as SciVerse Mobile from Elsevier and EBSCOhost Mobile from EBSCO Publishing. Opportunities to have information anytime and anywhere are constantly growing. (…)

We are now in the middle of a new transition where users demand the ability to consume content anywhere and at all times. Online access is a necessity rather than a novelty or add-on. Content is still key, but it is moving mobile. Libraries, publishers, and users can all benefit, but only if pricing becomes sustainable. (…)

New models suggestion:

We live in a time where library patrons want immediate access to even more journal content, and libraries are searching for ways to meet these demands with even tighter budgets. Thus, pay-per-view (PPV) or transactional access may be the way of the future for some as an alternative to Big Deals. (…) It’s not seen as a replacement, but rather as a supplement to other existing models. Traditional subscriptions still make sense and are the most cost-effective choice for high-usage title (…)

Another emerging option is the read-only short-term loan or article rental. It has a low cost and offers 24-hour access; however, it is not available for download or print, and each use equals another payment… (…)

The End of Big Deal:

In fact, business models have changed tremendously since the arrival of consortial purchasing and the Big Deal. Now, however, libraries are looking for different ways to meet user demands for information in the digital realm. As current methods of selling content become outdated, it may be necessary for publishers to reevaluate their business models(…) …, analysts are suggesting that the end of the Big Deal is approaching.

Open Access:

Librarians and researchers are pushing for a move toward Open Access (OA) because of ever-increasing prices, and it is has become a practical channel for distributing scholarly information. But publishers believe their current business models are a must to maintain the quality of their products, and they have concerns about how to develop a sustainable business model to support OA. (…)

Solution: improve the content

With Big Deals and smaller publishers struggling  to compete, the focus should be on content. (…) Researchers read articles, not journals. Every article needs to be significant and contribute to driving usage of your journal.

Read the full report at:

Tillery, Kodi. 2012 study of subscription prices for scholarly society journals: society journals pricing trends and industry overview. White paper, Allen Press, 2012. 19 p. Available for free from:

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August 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

US: medical students do not use cell phones or Facebook to engage with Libraries

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Even though there is a pervasive use of the Internet, cell phones and social networking, the majority of students surveyed do not readily identify them as a means to access databases, the library catalog, or to retrieve full-text articles on demand or on the go.

The results of this study provide ample evidence that many of our students are accessing the Internet using various devices. Ninety-seven percent of them access library resources remotely, mostly using their laptops and other computers. Only 17 percent of them use their cell phones to access library catalog and subscription databases resources remotely.

Salisbury, L. (et al.). Science and Technology Undergraduate Students’ Use of the Internet, Cell Phones and Social Networking Sites to Access Library Information. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2012. Available from: [Accessed 23rd of May 2012]

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May 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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SpringerLink goes mobile…

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At last, Springer has joined the group of Big STM publishers who have already plunged in the mobility.

“Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications“.
Press release:

At the time writing, almost all of STM publishers offer smartphone and tablet applications to access their content. NLM’s PubMed was the first early adopter in January 2010, followed by Nature in February 2010, and Elsevier’s Sciverse Scopus in May 2010. In 2011, many others have joined the ride, such as Wiley, SciFinder, etc.

Nature was on the first to offer apps to read the famous journal on an iPad. Elsevier has massively invested in applications development, mainly by the way of developers contests. Then, the Sciverse platform proposes an app market (the Application Gallery) to customize the interface.

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January 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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Mobile apps can help patients with diabetes

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An interactive computer software program appears to be effective in helping patients manage their Type 2 diabetes using their mobile phones, according to a new study, one of the first to scientifically examine mobile health technology… (…)

The study indicates that using mobile phones, the Internet and other mobile communications technology to keep patients healthy may have broad applications to help patients and their physicians manage many health conditions. (…)

The software examined in the research provided real-time feedback on patients’ blood sugar levels, displayed medication regimens and served as a “virtual coach“...

Mobile Phone Technology Helps Patients Manage Diabetes. Medical News Today, 01/08/11

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August 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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SciFinder Mobile: a smart choice

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After a pre-launch announcement (see my previous post dated on 28th of March), CAS announced officially the launch of SciFinder mobile.

With no need to download  a special app, the new SciFinder mobile platform allows researchers to use web-enabled smartphones to access CAS databases through SciFinder, the preferred research tool for chemical and related sciences. (…)

CAS pioneered mobile access to substance information in 2005, with the first ever transmission of chemical structures to the BlackBerry. Now, for the first time ever, SciFinder subscribers can review Keep Me Posted results and Saved answer sets on-the-go with SciFinder Mobile.

Press release:



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April 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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