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Wolters Kluwer' Dr. Brian Levy to lead breakout session on Critical Role of Terminology Management to Effective HIE at Annual WEDI Conference
- 19 May 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that Dr. Brian Levy, its Vice President of Global Clinical Operations for Health Language, will lead a breakout session at the 24th Annual National WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) Conference. The session, 'Overcoming Challenges to Clinical Information Exchange Through Terminology Management,' covers the critical role of terminology management to the future of clinical information exchange and will take place on May 21 at 10:05 a.m. in Salt River Rooms 7 and 8 of Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Levy will be joined by Paul Gajda, Senior Manager, Provider Connectivity Solutions with Florida Blue, and Joe Miller, Director of Strategy and Innovation with AmeriHealth Caritas for an insightful look at the two health plans' journey to achieve successful bi-directional clinical information exchange with hospitals, health systems and other providers.

As the accountable care movement continues to mature, payers and providers are increasingly faced with challenges associated with semantic interoperability-the ability of two or more healthcare systems to share clinical information and use it meaningfully. Lack of a universal terminology standard exacerbates the problem, creating inevitable conflicts with terminology intake, management and distribution when clinical information is shared.

The three executives will present a road-map for other health plans to follow in designing a terminology strategy that incorporates data normalization to support information sharing and analytics initiatives.

Designed to enable effective clinical information exchange, the Health Language family of products including LEAP Code Group Manager and LEAP will be featured at WEDI (Booth #2). Wolters Kluwer's enterprise terminology management platform provides the software, content, and consulting solutions needed to map, translate, update, and manage standard and enhanced clinical terminologies on an enterprise scale, enabling the information liquidity required to support such healthcare challenges as Meaningful Use compliance, ICD-10 conversion, population health management, and analytics.
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ARL launches SPEC Survey webcast series
- 13 May 2015

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2015.

The first webcast in this series will cover the Scholarly Output Assessment Activities survey (SPEC Kit 346), which explores current ARL member library activities that help scholars manage and measure their output and impact. These activities include assisting authors with managing their scholarly identities, providing options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offering strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, helping authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, providing resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, creating publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offering guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends. This webcast is scheduled for June 17, 2015, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. eastern daylight time.

The Scholarly Output Assessment Activities webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in January 2015. The authors will provide a snapshot of assessment of scholarly output activities undertaken by ARL member libraries; show examples of exemplary services and resources; and review recommendations and advice from respondents.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question and answer session.
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Elsevier's Academic Consulting Group to host third annual Concept-Based Curriculum Symposium
- 12 May 2015

Elsevier's Academic Consulting Group will host the third annual Concept-Based Curriculum Symposium from June 4-5, 2015, at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The event will offer a wealth of practical information for nursing educators and institutions that have already transitioned to a concept-based curriculum or are just beginning to explore their options.

The two-day conference will provide an in-depth look at how a concept-based curriculum addresses many of the challenges in nursing education today. It will also explore practical strategies to help attendees successfully implement conceptual teaching-learning techniques into nursing education programs. Attendees can choose from two tracks, one for faculty who are new to a concept-based curriculum and another for those who have experience with a concept-based curriculum.

Featured speakers include Dr. Nelda Godfrey, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Clinical Professor, The University of Kansas; Dr. Susan Sportsman, Director of Academic Consulting Group, a Service of Elsevier; and Dr. Tim Bristol, a faculty development, curriculum design specialist and owner of NurseTim, Inc. Additionally, attendees will hear from the leaders in nursing education.
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International repository networks meet to strengthen their aim to develop a global, open access knowledge commons
- 11 May 2015

For a second year in a row, major open access repository networks met to develop closer ties and further align their expanding repository networks. The meeting, organised by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), was held on April 16, 2015 in Porto, Portugal and included representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Amidst the intensifying global debate about the most sustainable ways to implement open access and research infrastructures, meeting participants reinforced their aim to foster solutions that reflect the diversity of approaches and capacities across different regions.

Repository networks are being developed around the world to support open access to research outputs. However, given the truly international and collaborative nature of research, these networks must be connected and aligned around issues such as policy, standards and services. At the meeting, delegates shared updates about their local networks. Many networks have evolved significantly over the last year and are now in a better position to collaborate more deeply. The group also reviewed the progress of the aligning repository networks activities since their meeting last year. Specific outcomes from the previous year's work include the publication of a joint statement against embargo periods, the launch of a technical working group seeking to harmonize open access elements and metadata schemas, and improved visibility of repository networks worldwide.

Participants also discussed priorities for further aligning their networks for the coming year. Activities will include closer cooperation around the development of guidelines and tools, and several bilateral collaborations between networks were suggested. In addition, it was agreed that a communication strategy be developed to continue to raise the visibility of repository networks as key infrastructure components. Support was also expressed for further engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to ensure adoption of balanced open access policies.

COAR will work with the community to accomplish these activities in the coming year. A full list of participants and a report about the meeting will be available soon on the COAR website.
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Call for contributions to the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
- 07 May 2015

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA, will be holding the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) this year at the Trippenhuis at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, September 15-17, 2015.

Now established as a key event in the scholarly publishing calendar, the conference is directed towards the interests of professional publishing organisations, independent publishers and university presses, librarians, university administrators, funding organisations, policy makers and other stakeholders. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from many leading figures within the open access publishing environment and to discuss recent developments, innovations and best practices within the industry.

The Program Committee have set aside one of the sessions within the conference program as a Show&Tell opportunity for showcasing exciting new products, projects, ideas or initiatives relating to open access publishing as this proved to be such a success last year. Six slots are available and organisations are invited to submit a proposal for a 10 minute presentation.

All proposals should be submitted by May 31, 2015 at the latest to info@oaspa.org. The Program Committee will then review the suggestions and make a final decision by the end of June.

Further announcements will be made shortly when registrations for the event are open and the preliminary program is available.
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