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by | Jan 6, 2014 | 0 comments

ProQuest launches free version of Flow; Thousands of books, manuscripts torched in fire at historic Lebanese library; PubMed Central  now including converted multimedia files in downloads of open access subset articles; Decker Intellectual Properties signs licensing agreement to re-establish Scientific American Medicine database; ProQuest Stat Ab and Queen Victoria’s Journals make Choice’s  Outstanding Academic Titles list;  NISO releases draft open access and metadata indicators recommended practice for comments; and Thomson Reuters updates Techstreet subscriptions.

proquestProQuest announced today that “collaboration and document management tool Flow™ is now accessible free for researchers — including those in institutions that don’t subscribe to the service. Flow leverages a decade of experience with the RefWorks® suite of tools, resulting in a unique service that manages researcher workflows while integrating document management and sharing with citation data. This enables users to discover and manage content, store and organize documents, and through integration with Microsoft® Word, write papers, supported with instant bibliographies and annotation. Plus, Flow’s social capabilities allow simple document sharing… reports that “two-thirds of a historic collection of 80,000 books have gone up in smoke after a library was torched in the Lebanese city of Tripoli amid sectarian tensions. The blaze was started after a pamphlet insulting Islam was reportedly found inside a book…”

Citing a PubMed Central E-Mail, INFOdocket reports that while many people know that “PubMed Central converts some multimedia files within the supplementary materials of articles in its collection into formats that are amenable to serving on the web. Recently we have begun to include these converted versions of these resources, for the open-access subset, in the archive files for these articles…

According to KnowledgeSpeak, Decker Intellectual Properties, Inc., has signed a licensing agreement with Scientific American to re-establish the comprehensive professional medical database, Scientific American Medicine (SAM). The subscription-based database, first published in 1981, now includes an enhanced medical offering through this agreement with Scientific American. For the past ten years (2004-2013), the resource was known as American College of Physicians Medicine…”

Citing a recent press release, KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “ProQuest® Statistical Abstract of the United States and Queen Victoria’s Journals have been selected for Choice Magazine’s annual, highly acclaimed Outstanding Academic Titles list. ProQuest’s “Stat Ab” has been heralded for rescuing and upgrading an “essential” reference from extinction, while Queen Victoria’s Journals was noted for providing “an important primary resource for researching 19th-century British political and social history.”

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Open Access Metadata and Indicators (NISO RP-22-201x). Launched in January 2013, the NISO Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group was chartered to develop protocols and mechanisms for transmitting the access status of scholarly works, specifically to indicate whether a specific work is openly accessible (i.e., free-to-read by any user who can get to the work over the internet) and what re-use rights might be available. This draft recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags…”

In case you missed it, Information Today reports that Techstreet, a provider of industry codes and standards that is part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, released a new version of Techstreet Subscriptions, its standards management platform. Now users can access collaboration solutions such as a note-taking tool and exact equivalents data from within the platform…

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