Thursday, 30 October 2008

Gartner - top 10 techologies for 2009

from last week's Computing:

Gartner's Top 10 Techologies for 2009:

  1. virtualisation
  2. cloud computing
  3. servers - beyond blades
  4. web-oriented architectures
  5. corporate mashups
  6. specialised systems
  7. social software and social networking
  8. unified communications
  9. business intelligence
  10. green IT

Friday, 10 October 2008

Various recent news

Information World Review reports on the following:

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Other news

"Bloomsbury unveils academic imprint: Bloomsbury is making a bold move into academic publishing with the launch of an "on demand" imprint that will publish titles online for free."

"Study challenges e-book assumptions [news from the National eBooks Observatory project at JISC] According to Lorraine Estelle CEO of JISC Collections, in the first user survey, which received over 22,000 responses, 62 per cent of students reported that they read online whilst only 6 per cent said that they print to read. The survey also indicated that interactivity may not be as important to students as anticipated. 'Students say that the main attraction is that e-books within an academic setting, are more accessible than print books, meaning that users can get at them wherever they are and at whatever time they like,' explained Estelle."

INteresting post on Laika's Medliblog on the various EBM pyramids circulating

A reminder to myself to have a look at How Readers Navigate Scholarly Content

Interesting post by Frank Cervone on 5 things I've learned, based on a talk by Don Tapscott:
  1. We are under the microscope
  2. Transparency is power
  3. The benefits of mass collaboration are boundless
  4. Practice what you preach
  5. Thinking forward pays off

Wolters Kluwer Health Reaches Agreement to Acquire UpToDate :{22EDF61C-A289-4301-B4CD-23DA44BBFFB1}&dist=hppr

A fun blog post about getting on when you don't feel inspired :

Next generation wiki

Thanks to Roddy McLeod's Internet Resources Newsletter for pointing out this recent story...

"Scientific wiki solves the 'Who Wrote What' problem
End of anonymity - Next generation wiki links every word to its author

Reporting in Nature Genetics, scientist Robert Hoffmann develops the first Wiki where authorship really matters. Based on a powerful authorship tracking technology, this next generation wiki links every word to its corresponding author. This way readers can always know their sources and authors receive due credit."

Full text of article at

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

EU and open access

The EU has launched an open access pilot to facilitate access to scientific articles from research within its 7th Framework Programme. The pilot will cover around 20% of the programme, including health.

From the press release:
Fast and reliable access to research results, especially via the Internet, can drive innovation, advance scientific discovery and support the development of a strong knowledge-based economy. The European Commission wants to ensure that the results of the research it funds under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) with more than € 50 billion from 2007 - 2013 are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact in the world of researchers and beyond. The Commission today launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results, primarily research articles published in peer reviewed journals, after an embargo period of between 6 and 12 months. The pilot will cover around 20% of the FP7 programme budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies.

More info at