Friday, May 30, 2008

JIBS Walk-in Users workshop

The presentations from the recent JIBS user group event are now available on the JIBS Web page
This workshop examined the issues around providing access for a number of different categories of walk-in user. Speakers were Sally Curry (Research Information Network), Maureen Wade (WAM 25 project), Christine Urquhart (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) and Catherine John (JISC's Additional Authorised Users project).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Feedback form for Beilstein CrossFire

There is a new feedback form on the Mimas CrossFire website, so that you can comment on all aspects of the service and also suggest any improvements. The form can be found at:

All enhancement requests relating to the CrossFire Commander software and the Beilstein and Gmelin databases will be passed on to the JIBS-MDL Enhancement Group for consideration. For further information about the JIBS-MDL Enhancement Group, please see:

Problems with CrossFire can also be reported via the feedback form, or as usual via email to:

Posted on behalf of Jo Lampard, MIMAS

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

International initiative licenses resources across four European countries

International partnership will deliver savings as well as new business models to European education and research communities.

A partnership of four national ICT bodies today announced the names of the publishers that will take part in a project which for the first time will see online resources licensed for use across national borders.

The Knowledge Exchange - made up of bodies from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK – announced that the next stage of the project, launched in February last year, will be the offering of a range of resources to education and research communities in the four countries provided by the following publishers: Multi-Science, ALPSP, BioOne, ScientificWorldJournal, and Wiley-Blackwell.

The resources offered through the project were selected by a joint tender process run by the Knowledge Exchange through the EU competitive tender process. With 22 publishers submitting initial bids, the five selected have been chosen through consideration of quality, national procurement strategies, innovation and value for money.

Further details can be found here.