UKPubMedCentral – an Open Access digital library of biomedical science by Douglas Kell, Professor Douglas Kell’s blog, January 18, 2010. Excerpt:
To address the linked problems of accessing and then exploiting the biomedical literature, a variety of scientific funders in the UK have in the first place, and over time, been developing the wherewithal to make as many abstracts and full papers as possible available to all (“Open Access”), by mirroring a similar initiative led from the USA as PubMedCentral. The second problem is necessarily addressed by appropriate computer software that ‘reads’ all of the papers and develops methods of ranking and presenting appropriate analyses, and here the UK version has now developed some important innovations, based not least on the methods of text mining.
Comment: As noted in the FAQ “How does UK PubMed Central differ from PubMed and PubMed Central?“: “Unlike PubMed Central, UKPMC provides a single point of access to not only full-text articles but additionally the abstracts available through PubMed. The UKPMC interface offers different features and functionality. The UKPMC service has been designed and built in close consultation with researchers within the UK.”
The features of the beta version of UKPMC are summarized at: “About UK PubMed Central“. For example, UK PubMed Central Plus (UKPMC+) can be used by researchers who have a grant awarded by any of the UKPMC funders to:
It can be anticipated that PMC Canada will, as it’s developed further, provide features and functionality of value to researchers within Canada, and especially (at least initially) to researchers supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), one of the partners involved in the development of PMC Canada.