GigaScience ( http://www.gigasciencejournal.com/), a new open access journal from BioMed Central, debuted in July. GigaScience is an integrated database and journal co-published in collaboration between BGI Shenzhen and BioMed Central to meet the needs of biological and biomedical research as it enters the era of “big-data.” BGI (formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute) was founded in 1999 and has since become the largest genomic organization in the world.
To achieve its goals GigaScience has developed a novel publishing format that integrates manuscript publication with a database that will provide DOI (digital object identifier) assignment to every dataset. The journal supports the open-data movement by requiring that all supporting data and source code be available in a suitable public repository and/or under a public domain Creative Commons CC0 license in the BGI GigaScience database (GigaDB).
GigaScience is unique in that it combines standard online journal publishing with a connected database that can be used to store and share big data. The GigaDB will accept datasets up to 14 TB so authors can use GigaDB to fulfill requirements of the NIH Data Sharing Policy or the NSF Data Management Plan Requirements by depositing data in GigaDB.
GigaScience is linked to the library’s A-Z electronic journals list and to the library catalog.
PubMed Central (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/), a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature maintained by the National Library of Medicine, has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed, the freely accessible online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts. An easy way to remember the difference between PMC and PubMed – PMC has complete articles while PubMed only has citations, abstracts and links to complete articles. PMC also has a new look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.
More information along with examples of the PMC page redesign is available in the July-August issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja12/ja12_pmc_redesign.html.
New app serves as guide to NLM Mobile
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. This app will improve your ability to find and use NLM mobile apps and sites.
The app was created as an HTML 5 mobile Web site in support of the NLM’s ongoing efforts to make their information broadly available. Support for HTML 5 is available in Web browsers on many mobile devices. Information on all NLM mobile resources will be available through this app.
To explore the app, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile-app/ on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Blackberry, or Microsoft phone.
NLM Technical Bulletin, July-August 2012
Tags: September 2012