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UKPubMed Central gets funding for development

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The UK PubMed Central website has received funding for further development over the next three years. The funding comes from eight leading biomedical research funding organisations, including government bodies, research councils and charities.

Launched in January 2007, UKPubMed Central now has 1.3 million full-text, peer-reviewed research papers in its online digital archive. New and improved features should include direct links to the 18 million records currently available on the US version of PubMed. There will also be new ways to extract biological information from research papers using text analysis and data-mining tools. In addition, access to content not included in traditional journal literature such as clinical guidelines, technical reports and conference proceedings is promised, as is a new intuitive interface.

The development will be carried out by the British Library, the University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in close consultation with the UK’s biomedical and health researchers.  

‘These developments will significantly boost UK PubMed Central’s accessibility and make it an invaluable first point of call for the UK’s life sciences researchers,’ commented Richard Boulderstone, the British Library’s director of eStrategy.