Wednesday, 29 May 2013

New route to access grant data

Europe PMC has released a new GRant Information SysTem (GRIST) that is loaded with grant data from the 20 Europe PMC funders. It includes all of the data provided by the Funders from the beginning of the UKPMC service (which was rebranded to Europe PMC during 2012). This equates to 44,000 grant records relating to nearly 19,500 principal investigators (PIs). GRIST is built by Mimas, University of Manchester.

GRIST has established a definitive set of grant data, including funder, grant dates, PI name(s) and institution. GRIST also captures additional grant details, for example abstracts in different languages, and also caters for emerging initiatives such as ORCID. 

A RESTful API has been released to provide access into the GRIST database.  The new API can also be found via the ‘Resouces’ menu on the Europe PMC home page. Take the Web Services sub-menu option, followed by the ‘RESTful (grants)’ option. Anybody can use the GRIST API to search the database, and examples of how to use the service are provided on the API page. The GRIST API will also be used to feed the revamped Grant Lookup Tool (GLT), which is due for release towards the end of the year, and is also generally available.

Find out who is being funded to do what, and for how much!

We hope that this tool will be of benefit, and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

Please tell us what you think!

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Acromine: a new tool is featured on Europe PMC labs

There is a new prototype tool available for browsing on Europe PMC labs: Acromine. Developed and hosted by the National Centre for Textmining, University of Manchester, Acromine suggests expansions of acronyms and presents articles specific to those expansions. The new tool is presented on an interface similar to the look and feel of Europe PMC.

For example, the expansions returned for the acronym ‘AD’ are given via the link:

The list of terms was generated based on the occurrences of the acronyms and their expansions in full text articles on Europe PubMed Central. American and British alternative spelling variants are also factored when expansions are suggested.

We hope that this new tool will be of benefit, and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Wellcome Trust supports open access award programme

The Wellcome Trust has joined with the Public Library of Science and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) to recognise the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations in any field that benefit society.This new, innovative programme recognises individuals who have used, applied or remixed scientific research - published through open access - to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole. Potential nominees include individuals, teams or groups of collaborators (such as scientists, researchers, educators, social services, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, patient advocates, public health workers and students) who have used scientific research in transformative ways. 

It shows how the unrestricted exchange of information can advance science and medicine and benefit society. It also aspires to encourage a new generation of individuals to embrace the use of scientific research published through open access.

"The Wellcome Trust is proud to sponsor ASAP, and in doing so, recognise those who have maximised the impact of scientific research published through open access," said Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Trust. "We are eager to see real case studies that showcase the unique value of open access, and through these stories, inspire greater support for open access."

Three top awards of $30 000 each will be presented. The nomination period is open from 1 May to 15 June 2013. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC, in October 2013, at an Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. 

ASAP is sponsored by 24 global organisations that value the transformative impact of applying scientific research, published through open access, to extend the reach of science and medicine.

Find more about ASAP on the ASAP website or follow the conversation on Twitter with #SciASAP.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Yorkshire Cancer Research joins Europe PMC

On May 1st 2013 Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) became the newest member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group, and we’re delighted to have them on board. YCR fund cancer research that is carried out by world-class scientists and clinicians across Yorkshire, and provide information to help local people beat cancer.

Closing the gap between the research they fund, and the people - whether in Yorkshire or Uruguay - who might need to read it, scientists and clinicians funded by YCR will now make their published research articles freely available from Europe PMC as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of publication.

For more information about joining Europe PMC, visit our website: or email Cecy Marden at c.marden[at]