Friday, 29 July 2011

European Bioinformatics Institute to lead UK PubMed Central

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) has been awarded the contract to run and lead the development of UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), the free online literature resource for life science researchers.

Now five years old, UKPMC has grown from a simple mirror of the USA-based National Center for Biotechnology Information PubMed Central site to a stand-alone site providing access to a repository of more than two million full-text biomedical research articles, more than 25 million citations from PubMed and Agricola, patents from the European Patent Office, UK treatment guidelines and biomedical PhD theses.
Content is discoverable via an integrated full text and abstract search and is semantically enriched by the application of cutting-edge text mining approaches. More than 250 000 articles are published under open-access licenses, which means their contents can be freely reused.
The UK funding organisations that support UKPMC wish to build upon this success through a new five-year contract awarded to EMBL-EBI, who will lead the development of the service in partnership with the University of Manchester and the British Library. The goal is to build a gold-standard digital repository for biomedical literature that benefits life science researchers throughout the world.
"We want to help researchers make the best possible use of the scientific literature by building deep content links between articles and the underlying data," said Dr Johanna McEntyre, Head of Literature Services at EMBL-EBI. "If we manage that, UKPMC will give people a chance to navigate the biomedical information space in an intuitive way."
The service will be funded by a significantly expanded group of funding organisations. Eight funders launched the service in 2007; the new contract sees the participation of 18 UK and European funders, led by the Wellcome Trust.
"We are delighted that additional funders are supporting UKPMC and requiring the outputs of the research they fund to be made freely available through this open access repository," said Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust. "We want to build on the success of the past five years and, in partnership with research funders across Europe, transform UKPMC into a single, Europe-wide, open access repository for the life sciences."
Over the next five years, UK PubMed Central funders will continue to seek the involvement of scientific publishers as well as a broad range of funding agencies, universities and other research institutions to better serve research communities throughout Europe and beyond.
Read the press release at the Wellcome Trust, EMBL-EBI and the University of Manchester.

Monday, 11 July 2011

UKPMC Engagement Manager vacancy

Engagement Manager

UK PubMed Central

British Library

St Pancras, London
UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) is a unique, innovative online resource offering free access to full text journal articles, abstracts, clinical guidelines, theses and biological databases for biomedical and health researchers. As UKPMC enters an exciting new phase, we need an experienced biomedical researcher who will lead on engagement to raise awareness of UKPMC and communicate its benefits.
In this high profile role, you be responsible for the UKPMC brand through print, press and social media, complemented by an extensive programme of seminars, demonstrations, networking, and other promotional activity. Dynamic and confident, you'll have the credibility and communication skills needed to work successfully with multiple stakeholders across the biomedical and health research sector.
You will have an understanding of web-based biomedical resources, how they are utilised by researchers, as well as an interest in emerging trends in this area. You will use this knowledge, along with your experience in engagement and communication, to develop innovative ways to highlight the benefits of UKPMC to the scientific research community and beyond.
For more information and to apply, visit and search under Ref EIS00149.
Closing date: 20 July 2011.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

UKPMC -- now with links to records held in the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) databases

A core strategy of the development of UKPMC has been to help users access, (through a single search interface), a range of relevant information, in addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, that could prove useful in their research.  Since the launch of the new service in June 2010, we have provided links to an increasing number of PhD theses and clinical guidelines, as well as a range of research reports.

The latest enhancement is the inclusion of links to databases maintained by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The CRD provides research-based information about the effects of health and social care interventions via its databases and undertakes systematic reviews evaluating the research evidence on health and public health questions of national and international importance.

The CRD databases, updated daily, provide access to:

• Over 9,000 quality assessed systematic reviews

• Over 11,000 economic evaluations

• Over 10,000 summaries of completed and ongoing health technology assessments

• Summaries of all Cochrane reviews and protocols

• Summaries of Campbell reviews

Links are now provided from articles in UKPMC to the corresponding record in a CRD database.  The example here provides a link from the UKPMC abstract through to the corresponding  record in the DARE  (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects) database where the reader is informed that "apart from a relatively limited search, this was well-conducted and clearly-reported review, and the authors’ conclusions are likely to be reliable."

Currently, there are 11,658 links from UKPMC articles to DARE abstracts and 9,218 links from UKPMC articles to NHS EED (Economic Evaluation Database) abstracts.