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Merritt: Depositing content

July 25th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Merritt: depositing content and providing access

UC3 Webinar Thursday July 28 2:00 – 3:00pm

Abstract: A demonstration of how to deposit content into Merritt, and ways of providing access to digital content in Merritt.

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The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

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UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey Report

July 15th, 2011 by Deanna Johnson

In a period of economic challenges, the University of California Libraries must have high quality information and analysis to guide their collection decisions. A new report, UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey, presents the results of a 2010 survey of 2,569 University of California faculty, staff, and students intended to assist the Libraries in developing systemwide strategies for acquiring e-books and inform future collection management activities. The study was a collaborative effort between California Digital Library staff and UC campus librarians undertaken as part of the Libraries’ Springer e-Book Pilot Project. Topics covered include UC reader preference for e-books as compared to print books, valued e-book features, and an assessment of UC reader experiences with Springer e-books during 2009 and 2010.

The report is located at:

Publishing Negative Results

July 11th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Amidst ongoing debate and discussion, the  International Committee on Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) asserts there is an  obligation to publish negative studies :
…..Editors should seriously consider for publication any carefully done study of an important question, relevant to their readers, whether the results for the primary or any additional outcome are statistically significant. Failure to submit or publish findings because of lack of statistical significance is an important cause of publication bias.

….PLoS ONE is one journal willing to publish negative results, as noted in their stated criteria for publication.
PLoS ONE is exceedingly well indexed, including coverage by PubMed, CABI, CAS, Biosis, and Web of Science; and as are all PLoS publications, PLoS ONE is open access.


Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine is an open access journal published by BioMed Central (BMC).
…..Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that promotes a discussion of unexpected, controversial, provocative and/or negative results in the context of current tenets.

Following publication in Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine, the full-text of each article is deposited immediately and permanently archived in PubMed Central, and indexed in, among others,  PubMed and Scopus.



All Results Journal: Biol is a new journal added to The All Results Journals open access collection.
…..The All Results Journals: Biol  focuses on recovering and publishing articles
based on original research that are judged, after editorial review to make a novel contribution with negative results in Biology.   It is our goal to compile and publish those experiments that led to negative results or to outcomes that were not expected and were not before considered for publication.

The All Results Journals: Biol is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, and is indexed in Web of Knowledge, Scopus, CAS, and Pubmed, among others.

Data Management Planning Tool: UC3 Webinar

July 8th, 2011 by Mary Wood

The Data Management Planning Tool (DMP Tool):
a tool to help researchers meet funding agencies’ data management requirements

Come to the Carlson Health Sciences Library conference room – 2:00pm Thursday July 14 – for the next UC3 webinar.

NSF, Budget, Finance & Award Mgt (BFA)

Patricia Cruse, Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library

In January 2011 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that a data management plan must accompany all grant submissions. This major requirement by the NSF will undoubtedly be taken up by other funding agencies. In response to the NSF demand, a group of US libraries and research institutions have formed a partnership to build a Data Management Planning Tool (DMP Tool) to assist researchers in creating a data management plan. The UCLA Library, the UCSD libraries, and the UC Curation Center at the CDL are leading this initiative for the UC campuses.

The DMP Tool will be tailored to the requirements of US research funding agencies, as well as to the UC systemwide and campus policies. This tool will be freely available, allowing researchers across the UC to initiate a data management plan quickly and to provide answers to various data management questions relating to their research. The goal is move research data management forward at the national and international levels, ultimately facilitating information exchange at the data level. Join us to gain a better understanding of the DMP Tool, its uses, and availability.


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New Journal, GigaScience, Now Accepting Submissions

July 7th, 2011 by

GigaScience, a new type of journal from BioMed Central, is now accepting submissions, with the goal of addressing many of the issues surrounding “big-data”.  An online, open-access, open-data journal, GigaScience  publishes big-data studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences.  The journal’s publication format links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

This journal marks an exciting development for big-data, the sciences, and open-access/open-data!  GigaScience is accessible from the following URL: