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Information Today

Vol. 28 No. 4 — April 2011

New Protocols in Science
by Barbara Brynko

Ever wondered how much more discovery Archimedes, Charles Darwin, or Albert Einstein could have done if they had a chance to collaborate via blogs, tweets, and social networking sites? Probably not.

But social networking is definitely having a dramatic impact on scientific collaboration and discovery these days, and we’re just getting started. That’s why we devoted this issue to current trends in STMpublishing.

Our focus on innovation starts on the front page with two essential features. First, Michael Hansen, CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences, shares his corporate strategies in responding to the changing needs of healthcare professionals.

Elsevier’s challenge is creating new tools and resources that ultimately save time and offer best-in-class solutions in data discovery. Our interview with Hansen is one in our ongoing series highlighting CEOs in the information industry.

Then, author Kurt Schiller explores a new report about data extraction that can bring value to existing content. In his article, “In Pursuit of Metaknowledge,” text mining and extraction can now help researchers guide their work into novel areas, where funding may be more accessible.

Those are just two of the highlights in this issue. We have reports on innovative tools that are helping like-minded researchers build communities and push through past barriers. As Sir Isaac Newton once wrote: “If I have seen further (than you and Descartes) it is by standing upon the shoulder of Giants.”

You’ll find more news and trends for researchers throughout this issue. We hope you enjoy the voyage into the new age of scientific discovery.

— Barbara Brynko

Barbara Brynko is Editor-in-Chief of Information Today. Send your comments about this article to
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