Monthly Archives: March 2012

Open Access stories wanted

Guest blog by Jenny Molloy – post graduate research student at the University of Oxford who coordinates the Open Data in Science working group at the Open Knowledge Foundation.  @ccess is a new initiative within the Open Knowledge Foundation Network which aims to promote true open access for all, under the terms of the Budapest Open… Read more »

Developing World Open Access

Countdown to the “Data Oscars”

At JISC’s September 2011 Research Integrity Conference, at which BioMed Central presented, there was much support for the seemingly novel concept of setting up a “Data Oscars”. It was one of a number of ideas to better incentivize data sharing (the problem of, “why should scientists share data if they don’t get any credit for… Read more »


Text mining and the data gold rush

Recognized experts are often vital to bringing the latest findings to a wider audience. In biomedical research, identifying opinion leaders who can raise the visibility of new evidence is increasingly important to how research is communicated. Traditionally researchers in the field of medical informatics have used methods like surveys, literature searches and obtaing information from… Read more »

Open Access Technology

Three more journals on course for Impact Factors

Health Research Policy and Systems, International Journal of Mental Health Systems and Population Health Metrics have recently been accepted by Thomson Reuters for impact factor tracking and are all due to receive their first impact factors in June 2013.We would like to congratulate the Editors-in-Chief of these journals on this achievement and look forward to… Read more »

Health Publishing

It just got easier to find open access research for textmining/redistribution

The challenges faced by researchers in obtaining access to published research articles for textmining purposes has been in the news again this month. BioMed Central makes its full open access corpus available online, but in general obtaining permission from publishers can be a major headache. PubMed Central, the NIH’s archive of almost 2 million freely-accessible articles is… Read more »

Open Access Publishing

Yabi: A new open source workflow environment

  Data intensive analysis tasks such as analyzing genomic data increasingly call for more and more sophisticated levels of programming proficiency in researchers. Desktop and internet based applications have been designed to create workflows which will help address this problem. However many are unintuitive and have limited access to the high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure… Read more »

Open Access Technology

GigaScience at the Genomic Standards Consortium meeting – call for papers for a special series

Guest blog post by the editors of GigaScience. This post has also been published on the GigaScience journal blog.   To tie in with this week’s Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) meeting in Shenzhen, GigaScience is launching a call for submissions to a thematic series of discussion and research from the conference and wider community highlighting… Read more »