On February 4th, a discussion group was held at the Wellcome Trust in London to work out what UK researchers want from UK Pubmed Central (UKPMC), the UK’s free archive of full-text journal articles. Based on PubMed Central (PMC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications. UKPMC is part of a network of PMC International (PMCI) repositories. PMCI is a collaborative effort between the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), the publishers whose journal content makes up the PMC archive, and organizations in other countries that share NLM’s interest in archiving life sciences literature. Launched a year ago, UKPMC has become established as a part of the national research infrastructure but as with all online projects the scope for enhancement is ever present.
As described on Nature’s Nascent blog, proceedings of the meeting were kicked off by introductory talks from three leaders in the initiative of open access publishing–-Biomed Central’s publisher Matt Cockerill talked about the state of commercial Open Access publishing; Nature’s Timo Hannay talked about Web 2.0; and Deitrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (EBI) and Sophia Ananiadou (U Manchester) talked about text mining and semantic enrichment of scientific literature. Their presentation slides will be going online at UKPMC soon.
Discussion groups then pondered the question about priorities for further UKPMC development. Three broad areas were put forward: adding in Web 2.0 community participation, adding in new content types, and adding in new user services.
The organizers hoped others would include their thoughts via a short online survey form, and a summary report will be put up on the UKPMC website in due course.
For more in depth information regarding the meeting’s proceedings, Matt Day offered his own first hand experiences on Nascent.