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UC San Diego Bioengineers Create First Online Search Engine for Functional Genomics Data

Press Release | University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering | April 28, 2016

University of California San Diego bioengineers have created what they believe to be the first online search engine for functional genomics data. This work from the Sheng Zhong bioengineering lab at UC San Diego was just published online by the journal Nucleic Acids Research. This new search engine, called GeNemo, is free for public use at: http://www.genemo.org. GeNemo addresses a pressing challenge: effectively searching functional genomic data from online data repositories...

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UCL Press Releases Innovative Open Access Book Formats to Improve Scholarly Research

Press Release | UCL Press | June 16, 2016

UCL Press is delighted to present its open access books online in three new distinct and innovative formats: enhanced digital editions, monographs with scholarly functionalities, and BOOCs (books as open online content). Developed by Armadillo Systems (producers of the award-winning Turning the Pages system and Digital Bodleian), UCL’s platform offers new ways of publishing digital scholarship and responds to the needs of scholars working in non-traditional formats...

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UK Big Data Project To Capture Personal Data and Experiences Of Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Press Release | Imperial College London, Biogen Idec | December 11, 2014

Over an initial three year period, the OPTIMISE project will develop and deploy tools for collecting a wide range of data from people with MS in addition to routine clinical assessments. The project will work to integrate brain scans, genomics data, biomarkers from blood samples, self-reported quality of life measures and data from sensors that track movement into a single database. The project will initially pilot the tools through MS centres in Imperial and three other UK institutions before expanding access to the approach for researchers worldwide. Read More »

UK's OA Policy Influences Research Assessment

Neil Jacobs | Research Information | August 11, 2014

The UK’s system for assessing research and allocating money has added new open-access requirements. Neil Jacobs looks at what this means for researchers in the UK and elsewhere...

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University System of Maryland Awards Mini-Grants to Increase the Use of Open Educational Resources

Press Release | University System of Maryland | March 30, 2017

The University System of Maryland’s (USM) William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation announced 21 grantees who will receive support to adopt, adapt and scale the use of open educational resources (OER) through the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) initiative High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program.  The grants will be provided to faculty who are adopting, adapting or scaling the use of OER in Fall 2017 through high-enrollment courses where quality OER exists. 

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Using Scientific Publications Strategy to Ensure a Pharmaceutical Company's Credibility and a Product's Viability

Press Release | Best Practices, LLC | May 26, 2017

Scientific publications remain the principal way that biopharmaceutical organizations relay critical clinical trial data to key external stakeholders such as physicians and payers. Data from different phases of drug development are the earliest ways these stakeholders learn about new products and the information serves as the building blocks for how a new product will be positioned in the marketplace...

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Vanderbilt U Researchers Open Source Blueprints and Software for Focused Ultrasound System

Thomas Dworetzky | DOTmed HealthCareBusiness Daily News | June 1, 2016

Charles Caskey, Ph.D., and Will Grissom, Ph.D., at the university’s Institute of Imaging Science (VIIS) decided to address the technical difficulty of configuring focused ultrasound (FUS) equipment and the limited number of commercial machines available at present. "The lack of well-described, accessible, pre-clinical focused ultrasound systems limits progress and decreases repeatability of new developments,” Dr. Caskey told the Focused Ultrasound Foundation website. “Our open-source system can deliver repeatable, precise, and quantifiable thermal and mechanical focused ultrasound over an extended period in small animals.” Read More »

We Cannot Do Modern Science Unless It's Open

Open is about sharing and collaboration. It's the idea that "we" is more powerful, more rewarding and fulfilling than "I". I can't promise jobs, but I do know that open is becoming very big. Governments and funders are pushing the open agenda, even though academics are generally uninterested or seriously self-interested... Read More »

What Is NASA Doing With Big Data Today?

Nick Skytland | open.nasa.gov | October 4, 2012

Our data is one of our most valuable assets, and its strategic importance in our research and science is huge. We are committed to making our data as accessible as possible, both for the benefit of our work and for the betterment of humankind through the innovation and creativity of the over seven billion other people on this planet who don’t work at NASA. Read More »

Where Next for PLOS: Working Together to Make Waves in Scientific Communication

What began as a ripple with the goal to make research accessible and free has propagated into over 157 funder and 500 university policies that provide millions of readers around the world increasing opportunities to make important, positive impacts on global health, scientific discovery, policy and education. This wave of Open Access–and now Open Science–moving through the scientific community has created a scientific publishing ecosystem that spreads beyond researchers, reviewers, editors and funders to include technologists, institutions, patients, entrepreneurs and librarians...

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Why Is Science Behind A Paywall?

Alex Mayyasi | GIZMODO - Australia | May 13, 2013

Although the act of publishing seems to entail sharing your research with the world, most published papers sit behind paywalls. The journals that publish them charge thousands of dollars per subscription, putting access out of reach to all but the most minted universities. Read More »

Why Open Drug Discovery Needs Four Simple Rules For Licensing Data And Models

Antony J. Williams, John Wilbanks, and Sean Ekins | PLoS Computational Biology | September 27, 2012

As we see a future of increased database integration, the licensing of the data may be a hurdle that hampers progress and usability. We have formulated four rules for licensing data for open drug discovery, which we propose as a starting point for consideration by databases and for their ultimate adoption. Read More »

Wiley And Jisc Announce New Open Access Agreement

Press Release | Jisc, Wiley | December 17, 2014

The agreement follows discussions, between Jisc, Wiley and the UK library community, and will enable greater support for universities during the transition to open access.  Running from January 2015 to December 2017, the agreement provides credits for article processing charges (APCs) to universities that license Wiley journal content under the terms of the Jisc journal agreement...

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World Health Organization Goes Open Access-Joins PubMed Central

Back in January, the global health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced the launch of a new open access policy to ensure the widespread dissemination of scientific research. The policy, which applies to all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in external journals and books, kicked into action on 1st July 2014.

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Year-in-Review: Health and science are hot topics

Luis Ibanez | OpenSource.com | December 27, 2013

The year 2013 brought great progress for the adoption of open source in the health and science industries. We covered some excellent open source stories, here the highlights from 2013. Read More »