Free online course in open research

This course will be led by the OER Research Hub project team. We are a project focused on researching the impact of openness in education. You can find out more about us in the section About Your Course Facilitators below. We’ll be using our experiences of working on an open project to demonstrate a set of solutions to the issues that openness raises. In particular, we’ll be showing you how openness can benefit your research by increasing the exposure your work has.

Sign-up for the course closes on Friday 12 September and the course begins on Monday 15 September 2014.

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Darwin’s library now available online

Books that Charles Darwin had with him during the five journeys that he spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle are now reconstructed and available online. Darwin’s collection comprised more than 1,95,000 pages and covered a range of topics. Moreover, he took both fiction and non-fiction to occupy his mind on his travels, including history books, geological studies and atlases joined by literature.

The geologist was also a multilingual person, so the books that he brought were written in varying languages. 125 of the books in the collection were in English, 38 were in French, nine were in Spanish, seven were in German, one was in Latin, and one was in Greek.

Researchers at the University of Singapore, gathered, transcribed and uploaded the library on Darwin’s website called Darwin Online, where the users can search through the catalog to find particular topic.

The illustrations in the collection appeared to be very interesting as both science and fantasy seem to be represented in them, with geological diagrams of mountains and animal skeletons included alongside inaccurate maps and portraits of 18th century tribals.

Protocol Exchange

Welcome to Protocol Exchange from Nature Protocols. The Protocol Exchange is an open resource where the community of scientists pool their experimental know-how to help accelerate research. Discover the protocolsshare a protocol, join a lab group, comment on protocols, organize your favorites and personalize your experience.

http://www.nature.com/protocolexchange/

Structural Genomics Knowledgebase

Keep informed about advances in structural biology and structural genomics. Discover how protein sequences, three-dimensional structures and models relate to biological function. Stay up to date with the latest protocols, materials and technologies.

Click for more details: http://kb.psi-structuralgenomics.org/index.html

Open access therapeutic drug targets database

A new open access database for novel/potential therapeutic drug targets is here. This database contains drug targets, inlcude vaccine targets, reported in published research articles.  All novel drug targets are linked to PubMed, Google Scholar, GeneBank, UniProt, DrugBank, ChemEMBL, Google patents, European patents, WO(PCT) database and Google Patents.

Please follow this link to view thedatabase: http://www.sciclips.com/sciclips/drug-targets-main.do.

Energy Citations Database

The Energy Citations Database (ECD) provides free access to over 2.6 million science research citations with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 221,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ECD includes scientific and technical research results in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science. It includes bibliographic citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

ECD was created and developed by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information with the science-attentive citizen in mind. It contains energy and energy‑related scientific and technical information collected by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

Therapeutic Drug Targets Database

This is a unique and comprehensive database on therapeutic drug targets. This database contains drug targets reported in US patents or US/International patent applications. The drug targets are also classified according to specific drug types (e.g. small molecule drugs, protein drugs, antibody drugs, siRNA drugs, miRNA drugs etc.) and disease types. The assays and methods used for characterizing each drug targets are listed as well. In addition to this, all the drug targets are linked to PubMed, Google Scholar, GeneBank, UniProt, USPTO database, WO(PCT) database and Google Patents.

Please follow this link to view the database: http://www.sciclips.com/sciclips/drug-targets-main.do