News and Announcements 5/17/12

Today’s menu: the EU supports Open Access; a historical archive from Gale; big growth in tablet sales for Hearst; a pharma-related sale by Wolters Kluwer; and some new classroom partners for SKYPE.

Open Access Push From Brussels

A post in Inside Higher Ed reports “the European Union is set to throw the weight of its £64 billion ($102 billion) research funding program behind open-access publishing, Times Higher Education has learned.

An official at the European Commission, which is drafting proposals for the Horizon 2020 program, said that for researchers receiving funding from its program between 2014 and 2020, open-access publishing “will be the norm.” A pilot under way in seven areas of its current funding program will be extended to become a mandate across all peer-reviewed research in the new scheme, which will cover fields ranging from particle physics to social science…”

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 Gale Digitizes Popular 20th Century Weekly For Students and Scholars

“The historical archive of Liberty Magazine… is now available in a digital format from Gale, a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses and part of Cengage Learning. The Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 is a complete digitization of the entire run of Liberty Magazine, nearly 1,400 issues, and contains over 17,000 fiction and non-fiction articles and thousands of advertisements all in a searchable, full-color format…”

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Hearst hails the age of the tablet, says readers are willing to pay more for tablet editions

TabTimes notes that “the World e-Reading Congress drew a number of influential speakers in London today, including Duncan Edwards, CEO of Hearst Magazines International, who highlighted the striking rise of tablet publishing.

Hearst is of the largest magazine publishers in the world and has pushed magazines like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Marie Claire, onto the iPad and Android tablets of late, moves which would seem to illustrate just how seriously Hearst is taking tablet publishing…  Edwards went on to assert that Hearst is looking to reach one million paid digital sales on tablets a month for the US by the end of the year, but said that monthly tablet magazine sales currently stand at around 600,000….”

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Wolters Kluwer sells healthcare analytics business

ResearchInformation reports that “Wolters Kluwer has sold its pharma-related Healthcare Analytics business to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG).   Healthcare Analytics provides patient and physician-level prescription and usage data to the pharmaceutical industry. STG’s portfolio companies capture high value data around physicians’ treatment decisions in response to pharmaceutical promotion.

The sale of the pharma-related business is said to be part of Wolter Kluwer’s strategy to focus on its core health markets and providing ‘innovative solutions to clinicians’. In July 2011 the company announced plans to divest its pharma-related assests.

 Skype Partners With Penguin, NY Philharmonic & More to Promote Video-Calling in the Classroom reports that “Skype has announced that it’s joining forces with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children with a view towards giving teachers educational content and access to expert speakers via video calling.

This collaboration represents Skype’s latest attempt to reach its goal of connecting one million classrooms globally. Skype in the classroom will now feature each organization’s content, projects and available guest-speakers, with Penguin Young Readers Group connecting authors with students for discussions about books, reading and writing. And The New York Philharmonic will offer live interaction with musicians and educators, kicking off with an exploration of Billy the Kid – the man and the legend – through the lens of Aaron Copland’s 1939 ballet…”

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