Nature: Science search engine links papers to grants and patents

Nature: Science search engine links papers to grants and patents. “The marketplace for science search engines is competitive and crowded. But a database launched on 15 January aims to provide academics with new ways to analyse the scholarly literature — including the grant funding behind it. Dimensions not only indexes papers and their citations, but also — uniquely among scholarly databases — connects publications to their related grants, funding agencies, patents and clinical trials. The tool ‘should give researchers more power to look at their fields and follow the money’, says James Wilsdon, a research-policy specialist at the University of Sheffield, UK.”

To Russia With Love: UVA Research Team Creates One-of-a-kind Database (UVA Today)

UVA Today: To Russia With Love: UVA Research Team Creates One-of-a-kind Database. “With the U.S. State Department seeking its assistance, the pressure was on a team of University of Virginia researchers to complete a one-of-a-kind project that could help save lives – and potentially improve relations between the U.S. and Russia. After combing through more than 8,000 scientific articles, the team – led by Dr. Scott Heysell, an associate professor of medicine for infectious diseases and international health – has put the finishing touches on what they believe is the only geo-located database of HIV research conducted in Russia and former Soviet Union countries.” I could not find a link to the database in the article, so I e-mailed one of the team members, Dr. Rebecca Dillingham. She was very kind and sent me the link:
https://uvalibrary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=48b5afa8655146298c4d8323fe14dbe8 .

Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab’s ArrayUDF Tool Turns Large-scale Scientific Array Data Analysis Into a Cakewalk

Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab’s ArrayUDF Tool Turns Large-scale Scientific Array Data Analysis Into a Cakewalk. “A novel scalable framework developed by researchers in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Computational Research Division (CRD) and at UC Merced is improving scientific productivity by allowing researchers to run user-defined custom analysis operations on large arrays of data with massively parallel supercomputers, while leaving complex data management and performance optimization tasks up to the underlying system.”

Open Access Weathers a Governmental Sea Change: 2017 in Review (EFF)

EFF: Open Access Weathers a Governmental Sea Change: 2017 in Review. “In the first few weeks of 2017, just days after President Donald Trump took office, reports emerged that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture were instructing scientists on staff not to talk to the public or the press. The reports raised serious questions among open access advocates: what does it mean to advocate for public access to publicly funded scientific research at a time when the future of public funding for science itself is in question?”

Georgia Tech: One in Five Materials Chemistry Papers May be Wrong, Study Suggests

Georgia Tech: One in Five Materials Chemistry Papers May be Wrong, Study Suggests. “Can companies rely on the results of one or two scientific studies to design a new industrial process or launch a new product? In at least one area of materials chemistry, the answer may be yes — but only 80 percent of the time.”

Phys.org: Tracking planned experiments online could spot ways to improve animal testing

Phys.org: Tracking planned experiments online could spot ways to improve animal testing . “An online database of study summaries could be systematically evaluated to uncover new information about animal testing, including potential targets for efforts to minimize harm to lab animals. A demonstration of this approach is publishing 14 December in the open access journal PLOS Biology.”

Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies (Mongabay)

Mongabay: Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies . “Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, together with researchers at the University of Cambridge (where I work), have just published the results of a three-year project gathering the data on how well primate conservation initiatives have worked to conserve species from lemurs to chimpanzees. The ‘Primate Synopsis’ collects scientific papers and, where possible, NGO reports, testing conservation ‘interventions’ — actions that conservationists might undertake in order to have a favorable impact on these species.”