Omnity search engine finds documents relevant to yours — regardless of language | TechCrunch

“With the amount of published research, patents, white papers and other written knowledge out there, it’s hard to be even reasonably sure you’re aware of the goings-on around a certain topic or field. Omnity is a search engine made to make it easier by extracting the gist of documents you give it and finding related ones from a library of millions — and now supports more than a hundred languages.

The process is simple and free, at least for the public-facing databases Omnity has assembled, comprising U.S. patents, SEC filings, PubMed papers, clinical trials, Library of Congress collections and more.

You upload a document or text snippet and the system scans it, looking for the least common words and phrases — which generally indicate things like topic, experiment type, equipment used, that sort of thing. It then looks through its own libraries to find documents with similar or related phrases that appear in a manner that suggests relevance….”

An Open Letter to the Community from PLOS CEO, Alison Mudditt | The Official PLOS Blog

As the new PLOS CEO, I’ve spent my first months assessing the organization and planning for a thriving future. We are in the midst of shaping our next innovative steps in pursuit of maximal openness and transparency in research communication, and assessing what changes we need to make as an organization. Some of these changes will likely go unnoticed outside of PLOS. Others may cause speculation. For clarity and transparency’s sake, I’ve chosen to write an open letter to the communities PLOS serves, so we can encourage open dialogue and so that you can share in our continuing evolution.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation contributes funding to launch Vivli, the Center for Global Clinical Research Data – Vivli

“Vivli, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, has received $2 million from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to build a first-of-its-kind data sharing platform for clinical trial research. The innovative platform will include a data repository, analysis tools and a dynamic search engine. It will provide transparency and access to clinical research data from around the globe, break data out of existing silos, and accelerate scientific discovery to improve human health.”

IGNTP releases Open Data

“The International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP), established in 1948, is working towards major new editions of the Gospel according to John and the Pauline Epistles using the latest digital tools. The focus of work for these projects is at ITSEE in the University of Birmingham. In a move towards making its data openly available, the IGNTP has now released 350 of its transcriptions of Greek New Testament manuscripts under the Creative Commons Attribution licence, meaning that these files are freely available for re-use.”

In wake of cuts to federal research funding, UW develops new research submission tool · The Badger Herald

“University of Wisconsin staff have developed a new service to assist faculty researchers in maintaining compliance with federally mandated reporting guidelines and public access requirements when publishing their work.”

OJS is not for sale | Public Knowledge Project

“With the recent acquisition of bepress by multinational publishing giant Elsevier, we’ve been asked by a number of people, some in jest, others less so, if OJS is next, given its substantial share of the journal platform market. As the title of this piece indicates, OJS is most definitely not for sale.”

FAIRDOM

“Do you want to get the most impact from your research?   Are you tired of searching through old computer files to find the methods and data that link together?   Do you want to showcase your research from your best publications?  

FAIRDOM helps you to be in control of collecting, managing, storing, and publishing your data, models, and operating procedures. 

Join the hundreds of researchers who have improved research management practices in their lab, and for themselves using our software and expertise. …”

Infrastructure Services for Open Access

“Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. (is4oa) is a Community Interest Company based in the United Kingdom….

The company’s activities will provide benefit to the global community of users of openly accessible research publications and data.

During the recent decade research results (publications) have increasingly been published in journals using an Open Access model which is different to the existing dominant model based on subscriptions (reader pays). However Open Access publications are not always easy to discover and locate.

The activities of our company will facilitate easy access to Open Access resources by providing a free-to-use discovery service for all users and a means to enable libraries to integrate Open Access publications in their services (library catalogues, web-portals etc.)

Founded by Dr. Alma Swan and Dr. Caroline Sutton….”

FFAR awards $1 million grant to create open source technology for gene discovery in plants | Crops | hpj.com

“The starting point will be approximately 1,000 human kinase inhibitors carefully selected from a library of chemical compounds donated to the partnership from eight pharmaceutical companies. The set will be distributed without restriction to scientists studying other plants and traits, thus serving as a broadly useful platform. The team has agreed to operate under open access principles —specifically prohibiting filing for IP on any of the results and will communicate the results widely….”