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Digital Science's first webinar 'Best Practices in Research Object Management' scheduled for May 5
- 21 Apr 2015

Global technology company Digital Science has announced its first webinar, as part of an ongoing series. The aim of these webinars is to address key challenges that institutions face and to examine the ways in which those challenges can be met.

Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science will host the first webinar, 'Best Practices in Research Object Management'. Dan Valen, Product Specialist for Figshare, will be questioning and moderating the panel consisting of: Mark Hahnel, Figshare founder, Angus Whyte, Senior Institutional Support Officer at the Digital Curation Centre and Jon Tennant, PhD student at Imperial College London.

The webinar will take place on May 5th, 11.00am EDT.

Managing all the outputs of the research process at your institution opens up many opportunities for data sharing and reuse. The emergence of open data, and the increase in mandates from funders and policymakers to make it so, is driving tremendous interest in establishing infrastructures that allow researchers to control data on their terms, while affording benefits to the institution in terms of curation and retention, and the visibility of research outputs.

The Digital Curation Center in the United Kingdom has already built up a wealth of experience in understanding how best to support researchers in the management and publication of data. Mandates from funders such as HEFCE, the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering&Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are putting the onus on institutions to provide appropriate tools and platforms to enable their researchers to manage their data in line with funder and institutional expectations. Angus will describe the DCC's experience in helping UK institutions meet funder expectations.

Mark Hahnel will discuss how some UK institutions have responded to funder mandates for open data, by putting a cloud-based open repository in place with control functionality such as publication embargoes and approval steps. Mark will also discuss the progress that has been made in Australia and New Zealand and he will speak to the many opportunities US institutions have to maximise the value of their data, by responding positively to directives from funders to make data openly available.

Jon Tennant will offer a researcher's perspective on the challenges surrounding managing and showcasing research data that is relatively small in size and in common formats. Jon will discuss some of the benefits of open data at the level of a researcher, as well as the importance and potential pitfalls of community-driven open data initiatives.

Interested parties may visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2806764379982929410 to register for this webinar.
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ARL sponsors free workshop, 'Libraries that Learn Exchange of Experience: Using LibQUAL+ and Other Data'
- 20 Apr 2015

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is sponsoring a free workshop, 'Libraries that Learn Exchange of Experience: Using LibQUAL+ and Other Data,' on July 20, 2015, in conjunction with the 11th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, to be held in Edinburgh, UK.

This short workshop, organised by ARL in collaboration with the Northumbria Conference, will feature opportunities for LibQUAL+ participants and other interested parties to share experiences and discuss strategic uses of assessment to implement service improvements and innovations in their libraries. An optional one-hour introduction to LibQUAL+ will precede the workshop.

ARL encourages workshop participants to also attend the Northumbria Conference, which requires separate registration. Full details of the conference program and registration are available on the Northumbria Conference website. Participants in this workshop may choose to register for the other Northumbria Conference sessions at a 'day delegate' rate of 195.

Registration and other details are available at https://arl.formstack.com/forms/libraries_that_learn.
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Elsevier announces publication of six new books focused on the applications of advanced materials
- 17 Apr 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of six new books focused on the applications of advanced materials. The introduction of these books coincides with the Society for Biomaterials 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition, held April 15-18 in Charlotte, NC.

Also at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Dr. Jack Lemons, University Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering, will receive the highly acclaimed 2015 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award. He has co-authored or edited 10 books, published more than 200 journal articles, and contributed more than 600 presentations and abstracts at scientific meetings. Recent Elsevier books include Biomaterials Science, 3rd Edition: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Desk Reference. His central research theme focuses on surgical implant biomaterial-to-host interactions as related to biocompatibility under functional conditions.

The Acta Biomaterialia award recognizes excellence and leadership in biomaterials, including basic science and translation to practice. Published by Elsevier, Acta Biomaterialia is an international journal of peer-reviewed original research reports, review papers and communications in the field of biomaterials science.

The six new books on the applications of advanced materials are: Switchable and Responsive Surfaces and Materials for Biomedical Applications by Johnathan Zhang; Medical Modelling: The Application of Advanced Design and Rapid Prototyping Techniques in Medicine, Second Edition by Richard Bibb, Dominic Eggbeer and Abby Paterson; Biomedical Textiles for Orthopaedic and Surgical Applications: Fundamentals, Applications and Tissue Engineering by Todd Blair; Surface Coating and Modification of Metallic Biomaterials by Cuie Wen; Advances in Silk Science and Technology by Arindam Basu (coming in May 2015); and Regenerative Engineering of Musculoskeletal Tissues and Interfaces by Syam Nukavarapu, Joseph Freeman and Cato Laurencin (coming in May 2015).

The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.
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The Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives co-organise The Markets: Global Publishing Summit
- 15 Apr 2015

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives will launch a new event - The Markets: Global Publishing Summit - to better help publishers around the world understand and create partnerships in seven important current and future markets this fall.

Now that publishers have tackled the digital revolution, new challenges await as new markets emerge and opportunities arise. On October 13, 2015, The Markets will showcase seven strong and vibrant regions, along with a publishing segment from each region, that offer promising opportunities for international business and partnerships. These include: China: International partnerships and joint ventures; Germany: STM publishing; Indonesia: Whole publishing market; Mexico: Trade publishing; South Korea: Education and children's books; Turkey: Trade publishing; and USA: Digital publishing and innovation.

At The Markets: Global Publishing Summit, each region will be presented from three perspectives: analysis, vision, and players.

The core idea of The Markets is to provide a platform for taking the next steps into the digital future of publishing, for building on the collective knowledge of the future of storytelling and content creation, and forging new relationships through facilitated discussion sessions for attendees to both talk to their peers about important and emerging issues such as open access, subscription models, direct-to-consumer sales, rights and licensing, distribution while also connecting with those important players in these regions with whom they might do business.

The Markets: Global Publishing Summit is co-organised by the Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives and is scheduled for October 13, 2015.
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IPR License and SAGE announce partnership at LBF 2015
- 14 Apr 2015

IPR License, the global rights and licensing trading platform, teamed up with academic publisher SAGE to further extend its remit into the international content rights marketplace on the opening day of the London Book Fair 2015.

SAGE will look to utilise the speed, simplicity and scope of IPR's bespoke transactional subsidiary book and journal solution TradeRights to bolster its international licensing remit.

Now in its 50th year of publishing high quality academic content for the educational, scholarly and professional markets, SAGE publishes more than 800 journals on behalf of over 300 leading societies and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies, conference highlights and video. Its principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Boston.
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