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NCBI Workshops at UC Davis

August 9th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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September 15 – 16, 2014

Presented by Peter Cooper, PhD & Wayne Matten, PhD
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

2205 Haring Hall

Pre-registration is complete. 

You are welcome to register on-site, 15 minutes prior to the start of each workshop.

This series of in-person workshops will focus on the following:

Monday, September 15, 2014:

9-11:30am             Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST

1-3:30pm               NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbes to Human

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

9am-11:30am       Advanced NCBI BLAST

1-3:30pm               Gene Expression Resources at NCBI

Workshop format will include lecture and hands-on activities.  Participants are encouraged to bring laptops for practice sessions.  Workshops are free of charge and open to UC Davis faculty, students and staff, as well as others in the Sacramento region.  Guest wireless Internet access will be provided.

Printed handouts will NOT be provided.  Link to course materials:

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US Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta. When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers. In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts. For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States. OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)

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