AI: To Buy or Not to Buy
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by Simon Linacre
3M ago
Shortly after General Electric spun off its HealthCare division, the newly released company started buying AI technology. To share some strategic insights, Digital Science’s IFI CLAIMS Patent Services has taken a look at the target companies’ patents to see what capabilities they’re bringing into the medical technology company. The phrase ‘patently obvious’ is used in many contexts, from political exchanges to newspaper op-ed columns. Curiously, it is rarely used in the realm of actual patents, but in the case of General Electric’s (GE) HealthCare division, its use seems entirely appropriate ..read more
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The State of Open Data 2023: A more analytical approach provides unparalleled insights
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by Laura Day
3M ago
Digital Science, Figshare and Springer Nature are proud to publish The State of Open Data 2023. Now in its eighth year, the survey is the longest-running longitudinal study into researchers’ attitudes towards open data and data sharing.  The 2023 survey saw over 6,000 responses and the report that has now been published takes an in-depth look at the responses and purposefully takes a much more analytical approach than has been seen in previous years, unveiling unprecedented insights. Read the full report Five key takeaways from The State of Open Data 2023 Support is not making its way ..read more
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From subversive to the new normal: 25 years of Open Access
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by Simon Linacre
4M ago
As part of Open Access Week, Simon Linacre looks at 25 years of Open Access through the lens of Dimensions to help us better understand the growth of OA over a quarter of a century. How old is Open Access? In some ways it is as old as research itself, as at least some results have always been shared publicly. However, since the first journals were published in 1665, accessibility has been an issue, with distribution of paper journals limiting potential readership. When the internet came along, it lowered the barriers to access considerably and opened up the pathway towards Open Access. But tha ..read more
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New path opens up support for humanities in OA publishing
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by Guest Author
4M ago
Can a new Open Access collection help overcome the challenges facing monographs? In the latest in our OA books series to coincide with OA Week, guest author Sarah McKee explains the case for Path to Open. Path to Open, a new open access pilot for book publications in the humanities and social sciences, has launched its collection this month, with 100 titles covering 36 disciplines from more than 30 university presses. This represents a major and much-needed step forward for Open Access publishing in general, and for the humanities specifically. The pilot began in January as a collaboration a ..read more
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Dimensions shines a spotlight on research security
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by David Ellis
6M ago
Dimensions Research Security is the new tool to assess and mitigate risk, and assist with compliance Digital Science’s flagship product Dimensions has announced a new solution for research institutions and industry, helping to identify risks associated with government research security requirements. Why is the Dimensions Research Security app the right choice for your research operations? Universities and industry involved in research and development are no strangers to the need to protect intellectual property and mitigate against risk. Nevertheless, organizations around the world – from t ..read more
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What are YOU reading? Top recommendations and reviews from Digital Science
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by Simon Linacre
6M ago
Friday 8 September is UNESCO International Literacy Day, and to celebrate the world of books, colleagues at Digital Science have shared their recommendations and reviews of books that have interested and inspired them over summer. Currently reading The Earth Transformed by Peter Frankopan, which takes a sweeping look at the ways humanity and climate change have impacted each other (leading to development and demise) over time. —Heather Luciano Review: Freedom to Think: Protecting a Fundamental Human Right in the Digital Age by Susie Alegre. Strolling through St Pa ..read more
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Has Prosecco research lost its fizz?
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by Simon Linacre
7M ago
There are many reasons to celebrate International Prosecco Day – but are researchers also raising a glass to one of Italy’s finest exports? Simon Linacre offers a quick taste of what we can learn from recent vintages of research outputs. For many of us, prosecco seems to have become the sine qua non of any gathering, combining as it does the popping cork, light fizz and often considerable price benefit compared to champagne. Celebrated on 13 August each year, it offers a chance for prosecco producers to market their wines, and for the rest of us to, well, enjoy them! But aside from the marketi ..read more
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Heading to Sci Foo!
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by Guest Author
8M ago
The Digital Science team is getting ready to head off to San Francisco for the annual Science Foo Camp. This is a remarkable gathering of scientists, thinkers, technologists, creators and communicators, who come together over three days in mid-July. ‘Sci Foo’, as it’s affectionately known, is unlike any other science conference. Hosted by ‘X’ (formerly “Google X”), it is an ‘unconference’ with no fixed agenda, and is co-organized by Google, O’Reilly Media, Digital Science and Nature. Attendees at Sci Foo 2022, pictured at X (from left): Amarjit Myers, Cat Allman, Marsee Henon, Adam Flaher ..read more
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Will researchers try new Threads?
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by Guest Author
8M ago
Today sees the launch of Threads, the new social media platform from Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta. The news has been greeted with much anticipation – and not a little humour – from users and the latest clash between Twitter’s Elon Musk and Threads’ Mark Zuckerberg. But will the new channel pack a punch for academics who might use it in their research? Social media and research communications expert Andy Tattersall provides the tale of the tape. Meta’s new Threads social media app. Stock image. How will Threads square up to Twitter in the social media arena? Do academics need anot ..read more
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SDGs: A level playing field?
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by Simon Linacre
9M ago
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals have become a byword for the key challenges our world faces. But are developing countries facing an additional challenge, by not being recognized equally for the impact their research is having? Simon Linacre looks at a new white paper that shows more can be done to raise up funding and research recognition for the developing world. When the UN adopted the SDGs in 2015 to focus attention on the major challenges facing the world, it did so seeking to recognise all 193 signatory countries equally. It has always been apparent that some of the wors ..read more
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