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Jisc Digital Festival 2015 opens for registration
- 25 Nov 2014

Jisc has announced that registration for the Jisc Digital Festival 2015 is now open. The festival, scheduled for March 9-10, 2015 at the ICC in Birmingham, will showcase the very best in UK digital talent.

Simon Nelson, chief executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform set up by The Open University as the first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), is confirmed as one of four keynote speakers at the festival.

Celebrating the theme of 'connect more', the event will bring people together through digital technology across UK education, research, skills and enterprise, to position the UK at the forefront of international practice.

A number of leading organisations in the learning technologies space have already confirmed as exhibiting, including software and technology company Digital Science, media streaming and archive solution service, Planet eStream, and Figshare, a cloud repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

Also at the festival will be the Jisc Fab Lab, which will showcase the latest advancements in digital technologies for education and research through a series of live talks and demonstrations.

The Jisc Digital Festival opened for registrations on November 24 at www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest. Early bird tickets are available until January 5, 2015.
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Digital Science and Boston Library Consortium workshop to address emerging needs of the research ecosystem
- 20 Nov 2014

Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, and the Boston Library Consortium are organising a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university.

Today's research ecosystem is increasingly complex and includes players from many different departments and groups within the academy: research and sponsored program staff, the CIO and IT staff, library deans/directors and their scholarly communications and research data management librarians, university marketing and communications staff and, of course, the researchers themselves.

Meeting the diverse requirements of these varied groups in efficient and cost-effective ways requires that quality data are able to flow in and out of university information systems, often populating such diverse technologies as grants management systems, researcher profiles, institutional repositories, and enterprise data warehouses. Non-traditional measures of research impact such as Altmetrics and the increasingly prevalent funder mandates create new challenges for universities as they look to ensure a robust research information management environment.

The workshop, scheduled for November 21, will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus).
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IPA and The London Book Fair announce third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies conference
- 20 Nov 2014

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) have announced that the third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies will take place on April 16, 2015, in association with The Publishers Association.

The World Bank's Lead Education Economist, Harry Patrinos, will give the keynote speech, beginning a day that will see top level policy makers from major international organisations around the world debate and share their knowledge on how technology, policy and content may be most effectively applied to raise educational standards. Topics on the conference agenda for 2015 include the value of edutainment and gamification, if educational publishers or governments are best placed to commission educational content, and how education systems can successfully adapt to the digital world.

This year's international panel of experts include Harry Patrinos Lead Education Economist, World Bank (USA); Wouter van Tol, ‎Corporate Citizenship Director, Europe, Samsung (UK); Professor Eva Matthes, Augsburg University (Germany); Gino Roncaglia, Senior Research Fellow, University of Viterbo "La Tuscia" (Italy); Jo Twist, CEO UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment) (UK); Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing (UK); Jay Diskey, Chair, IPA Educational Publishers Forum (USA); and Graham Taylor, The Long Game (UK).

The programme is fully managed and operated by Reed Exhibitions, and programmed by the Educational Publishers Forum of the IPA.
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STM Week 2014: One week, three events
- 18 Nov 2014

The STM Association once again descends on London for its annual 'STM Week' events. Industry favourites Innovations and eProduction are joined this time by a new seminar focussing on OA: Beyond Open Access.

Innovations: Social Media and Scholarly Publishing - exchanging, engaging and empowering will be held December 3, 2014.

While science has become increasingly open science and new generations are sharing and engaging so much via the social web, scholarly communication is also undergoing fundamental changes in how it approaches knowledge exchange and makes impact and quality assessments. Will peer review fundamentally change? How much can and will researchers exchange in terms of data and intermediate results? The seminar will feature young researchers who have completely embarked on Open Science and the constant sharing with their peers via social media. The program includes speakers from Mendeley, Altmetrics and researchers who actively pilot a sharing paradigm, who apply new metrics for quality assessments and who are experimenting new ways of communicating their results, including the availability of underlying data. The seminar program will offer not just talks on social channels and engagement, but hands-on features and experiences to get involved live at the seminar itself.

The eProduction seminar, scheduled for December 4, 2014 has been a constant part of the calendar for nearly fifteen years, and last year (2013) there were more attendees than ever. It is intended primarily for those in the content management world whether publishers or vendors. However, any publisher or other (librarians for example) who are aware of the importance of what publishers do in house to mediate between authors and users will find much in the presentations which will be of use and indeed of interest.

The new seminar focussing on OA, Beyond Open Access, will be held December 5, 2014. The purpose of this new seminar is to look at the positives that an open access publishing model enables or encourages. Like the other successful STM London seminars (Innovations and eProduction) there will be a mixture of keynotes and panels with an emphasis on audience participation and discussion. This is a different sort of open access seminar. The intention is not to debate the model or discuss funding problems. Almost all publishers in membership are offering an open access option and some have major programmes. This seminar will seek to look at how can open access be a step towards improvements in scholarly communication?

A special discounted attendance rate is being offered for those wanting to take part in all three STM Week seminars: http://www.stm-assoc.org/events/stm-week-combined-registration/?register.
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Wolters Kluwer Health and Association for Nursing Professional Development announce new healthcare webinar series
- 12 Nov 2014

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) have announced that that they are creating and jointly providing a webinar series geared toward nursing professional development (NPD) specialists who administer continuing nursing education in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Scheduled to kick off in early 2015, the new series of webinars will provide both thought leadership and insightful teaching strategies for NPD specialists who are responsible for increasing the competency of the clinical staff. The live webinars offer continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and are offered free of charge to all ANPD members. Recordings of the webinars will be included in Lippincott Professional Development, a leading online professional development solution from Wolters Kluwer.

Experts from ANPD and the Lippincott Solutions team at Wolters Kluwer are working together to select a set of relevant and timely topics designed to enhance knowledge and raise the bar on professional development education. Topics under consideration include outcomes measurement, evidence-based teaching strategies, preparing the nurse of the future, and using social media as an educational tool.

The schedule and topics for the live webinars will be announced in December via the ANPD website, the Lippincott Solutions website, and social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Each webinar will be included into the Lippincott Professional Development library for use by current institutional customers or via www.lww.com for individual clinicians wishing to purchase access.

Lippincott Professional Development consists of evidence-based online courses organised into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas such as critical care, disease management, infection control, obstetrics, pediatrics, patient safety and leadership. Designed to optimize nurses' clinical performance, most courses include CNE credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats. The product is the only professional development solution integrating "built-in" remediation support with direct links to evidence-based, point-of-care content from Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures.
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