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Knowledgespeak Updates

.: One of the consequences of working two jobs at the same time is that my inbox is growing faster than I can hit the delete button. Here are a few recent items from the Knowledgespeak news archive, which I have been meaning to post for some time:

  • BioMed Central unveils new online open access journal - "Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of Biology Direct, a new online open access journal with a new peer review system. Led by Editors-in-Chief David J Lipman, Director of the National Center Biotechnology Information (NCBI); Eugene V Koonin, Senior Investigator at NCBI; and Laura Landweber, Associate Professor at Princeton University, the journal seeks to provide authors and readers with a unique system of peer review.

    The journal will cover original research articles, hypotheses and reviews, and is available online at www.biology-direct.com. The journal includes publications in the fields of Systems Biology, Computational Biology and Evolutionary Biology, to be soon followed by an Immunology section..."

  • Inderscience launches nine new peer-reviewed journals - "Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the launch of nine new peer-reviewed journal titles. The quarterly journals are available in print and online at http://www.inderscience.com.

    The new titles are: International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM); International Journal of Electronic Finance (IJEF); International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management (IJISCM); International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies (IJKMS); International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (IJMSO); International Journal of Value Chain Management (IJVCM); International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC); International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology (IJNGEE); and International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM)..."

  • Google unveils Google Page Creator - "Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Google Page Creator, a web-based application that allows individuals to design and publish web pages, irrespective of skill or knowledge level.

    The Google Page Creator runs on any operating system and allows users to arrange texts, images or other forms of web content. It enables users to upload web pages with a single click even without the knowledge of web programming languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.

    The application, available at pages.google.com, can be accessed only with a Gmail account. Users can use upto 100MB of space for their pages and uploaded files. The pages created can be crawled by Google within a few hours of publication.

    However, web pages created using the new application will not receive any preferential treatment in Google search results."

  • China unveils its most comprehensive material engineering series - "The science and technology publishing industry in China received a shot in the arm with the launch of a comprehensive material engineering series, ‘China Materials Engineering Canon.’ The series, for the first time includes several significant technique parameters to facilitate research in the materials engineering sector.

    The 70-million-character and 26-volume book series summarises the country’s research in material engineering during the last decade. It combines enhanced foreign material technologies to aid domestic product research and development, environmental protection and energy-saving."

    More information is available at the People's Daily Online from China.

  • AAAS denounces anti-evolution laws at K-12 teachers event - "The board of directors of the US-based American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has strongly condemned proposed legislation and policies that would challenge the teaching of evolution. The move will deprive students of the education they need to be productive citizens in a growing technological, global community, says the board.

    At least 14 anti-evolution laws are pending across the US, including the Missouri HB 1266. Some of these bills seek to discredit evolution by emphasising "flaws" in the theory, or "disagreements" within the scientific community. Other bills seek to encourage teachers and students to explore the concept of intelligent design or other non-scientific "alternatives" to evolution. The AAAS maintains that there is no significant controversy within the scientific community about the validity of evolution.

    The AAAS statement was released to help commence ‘Evolution on the Front Line’, an event for K-12 teachers at the recently held 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis. The free event, open to teachers, scientists, policymakers, students and reporters, was organised by AAAS in association with over 30 leading educational and scientific organisations. During the event, K-12 teachers across the US were invited to use instant ‘clicker-survey’ devices to identify the top four challenges that they associate in teaching evolution.

    Click here to read the original press release."

  • ISI Web of Knowledge sees 62% increase in usage - "Scientific information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, part of Thomson Corporation, has reported a 62 percent leap in the usage of its ISI Web of Knowledge resource during 2005. More than 54 million user sessions were recorded during the period and there was a 27 percent increase in the average number of sessions per customer. Each session represents a researcher logging on to ISI Web of Knowledge to explore, analyse and manage multidisciplinary content from journals, patents, proceedings and the web.

    The company implemented a faster development cycle in 2005 to help it respond faster to customer feedback. Developments that helped drive the usage increase include improved analytical power via the Analyze tool that enables users to gain insights into hidden trends and patterns in their search results.

    Other developments include the addition of Zoological Record, the oldest continuing database of animal biology; links to the HighWire Press free archive, the world's largest repository of free full-text life science articles; the entire INSPEC archive, giving access to over 70 additional years of international scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing and control engineering; and a series of enhancements making it easier to search, sort and analyse research literature.

    Click here to read the original press release."

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