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Language skills help text mining

French text-mining company Temis believes that working in multiple languages is essential for getting the most out of electronic information

Archive programmes gain momentum

Electronic archives of published and unpublished results are becoming popular with academic institutions but they are not without controversy. Nadya Anscombe investigates

Information counting gathers pace

Peter Shepherd, project director of COUNTER, describes this international effort to create standards for measuring how online information is used


eResource management begins with Ovid SearchSolver

Oxford Journals

Preserving and improving access to our journal archives, current content, and research services

AIP Publishing Services

For a single publication or an entire digital library - Scitation provides an online presence second to none


Advancing science and healthcare: a shared goal


Subscription agents continue to work to ensure electronic publishing efficiency

Offering choice in the era of open access

The topic of open-access publishing has both champions and denouncers but Graham Vaughan Lees, founding editor and publishing director of TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, believes, from his experience, that the real issue to be considered is how to make best use of the internet, irrespective of who pays

Reinventing journal publishing

The internet has already shaken up the traditional way that information is found and viewed but far more radical changes are possible with the way that research is published. John Smith, a librarian at the UK's University of Kent, argues the case for a completely new model

Good for research? Good for publishers?

The EU's push to increase R&D spending ought to benefit publishers and content providers in science, technology, and medicine, but mixed fortunes may lie ahead, warns David Mort

Swets focuses on agent business technology

At the start of February Swets decided to sell Extenza e-Publishing Services and Extenza Marketing Solutions. Siân Harris investigates why the Netherlands-based subscription agent is moving away from providing services for publishers

Looking for pearls

It can be hard to find all the relevant material online when there is so much available. The OAIster project of the University of Michigan in the USA provides a solution by harvesting the information that is hidden in over 400 institutions around the world. Katerina Hagerdorn, metadata harvesting librarian for the project, describes what this means

Weighing up the cost of journals

Librarians dread heavy year-on-year increases in journal prices - but the extent of this issue varies greatly between publishers. Last year Oxford University Press commissioned independent research to discover some of the facts behind journal pricing. Siân Harris reports

The way we navigate data may be changing

When you are going somewhere new, do you prefer to follow a map, ask directions or use a mixture of both? As with physical navigation, people show strong preferences when retrieving virtual information but this could be changing, as David Mort discovers

High-tech business embraces new library technology

IT and communications companies are expected to lead the way in new technology but does this extend to their internal systems? In the case of the library at global telecoms firm BT, the answer is yes, writes John Sherwell

Industry prepares for the future

As we begin 2005 there are many opportunities and uncertainties for the industry. Sian Harris visited Online Information 2004 to discover what the years ahead hold

Portals enable national access

Managing the information requirements and access for one university or corporate library can be complicated enough but the issues are increased when the researchers are spread throughout a country and beyond. Eric Goettmann and Marie-Catherine Gunet explain how portals have helped provide information access at the French national research centre CNRS

'Societies should not be forgotten'

Learned societies have always played a major role in scholarly publishing but changes in business models threaten to destabilise this. We asked René Olivieri, the CEO of society publisher Blackwell Publishing, for his insight into this sector

Adapting to advance

Information professionals can benefit from a dynamic employment market, so long as they're prepared to change with the environment. Vanessa Spedding surveys the situation

New networks promote international teamwork

Collaboration is common in research but it can place huge demands on the computer networks used. Now an international initiative is providing a new way for high bandwidth users to work together, writes David Salmon, the manager of UKLight, the UK's part in the initiative

Digging for information

John Murphy profiles Professor Keith Van Rijsbergen, head of the information retrieval group at the University of Glasgow

Data plays growing role

CABI plays a part in most areas of agricultural and health research. Siân Harris asked two of the organisation's directors about bibliographic databases and their role in agricultural publishing

Interactive peer review enhances journal quality

In all the talk of journals pricing and reducing the turnaround of the peer review process, the issue of quality can get overlooked. Ulrich Pöschl describes an open-access journal that is seeking to redress the balance

Partners go Dutch to preserve the minutes of science

Two years ago Elsevier became the first publisher to agree to deposit all its journals articles into the Dutch National Library. Elsevier's director of IT Solutions, Geoffrey Adams, explains why and how it is progressing so far

Flourishing from complexity

With the rise of the internet changing this industry beyond recognition, scientific publishing is becoming more complex. Siân Harris found out why this could make the agent's role more important than ever


Uncovering Nature's archive treasures


Developed with scientists, for scientists


Advancing science and healthcare: a shared goal


The evolution of online access. From institution to end-user, and back again

Will learned societies signal the change?

Reforming science publishing will affect more than just the dissemination of science: it could catalyse more fundamental changes. The learned societies might be best placed to shape the outcome, suggests Vanessa Spedding

Why librarians should switch on their radios

Radio-frequency identification is emerging as a good way to improve automation and security in many business sectors. Birgit Lindl, from Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems, reports on why RFID is important for libraries

Powering the world's knowledge

Lynne Brindley, chief executive of The British Library, looks at what the future holds for libraries and information professionals