Free Companies House data to boost UK economy – Press releases – GOV.UK

“Companies House is to make all of its digital data available free of charge. This will make the UK the first country to establish a truly open register of business information.

As a result, it will be easier for businesses and members of the public to research and scrutinise the activities and ownership of companies and connected individuals. Last year (2013/14), customers searching the Companies House website spent £8.7 million accessing company information on the register.
This is a considerable step forward in improving corporate transparency; a key strand of the G8 declaration at the Lough Erne summit in 2013.

It will also open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information….”

OpenCon 2014 Travel Scholarship Logistics & FAQ

1. How do we sign up to fund a travel scholarship for OpenCon 2014?

Please visit and fill out the form with your information. The organizers will then contact you with a copy of the OpenCon sponsorship agreement for you to sign and instructions for submitting payment. 

Checks should be made payable to our fiscal sponsor, the Association of Research Libraries, and mailed to: ?

Right to Research Coalition?
c/o Shawn Daugherty?
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800 
Washington, DC 20036, United States 

2. Can we select the recipient of the travel scholarship? How do we go about doing that?

Yes!  Sponsoring a travel scholarship comes with the option to select the recipient.  There are two ways you can go about this.

First, you are welcome to select the recipient by setting up your own application process or by simply choosing the recipient you have in mind. We only ask that you let us know who the recipient is by October 3rd for U.S. residents and passport holders, and September 19th for recipients who will require a visa to enter the U.S

The other option is to have candidates apply for your scholarship through the OpenCon application system. We can provide a custom URL unique to your travel scholarship, and we will collect the applications on your behalf. We will then provide the information to you to select the winning candidate. If you run your application period in tandem with the general application period for OpenCon (August 4 – August 25), the remaining applications that you do not select will be returned to the general applicant pool and will be eligible for selection for a travel scholarship from the OpenCon general fund. 

While we leave the selection of your recipient entirely to you, we strongly encourage you to make the most of your sponsorship by selecting a qualified student or early career researcher who is passionate about Open Access, Open Education, and/or Open Data

3. What if we don’t want to select a specific recipient for our scholarship?

That’s great too! If you would simply like to support the meeting with a travel scholarship and don’t wish to select the recipient, we will add the sponsorship amount to the general travel scholarship fund to be given to the most qualified candidates as determined by the OpenCon Organizing Committee. You can also specify that your scholarship be used for a student in a particular discipline or from a particular region.

4. What is the deadline to sponsor a travel scholarship?

While there isn’t a hard cutoff date for sponsoring new travel scholarships, finalizing the sponsorship sooner (by August, or September at the latest) will help ensure a smoother process.

5. What is the deadline for selecting the recipient of a sponsored travel scholarship?

We ask that sponsors inform us of selection decisions at the latest by October 3rd for U.S. residents and passport holders, and by September 19th for recipients who will require a visa to enter the U.S., in order to allow ample time for travel arrangements to be made. Earlier selection decisions are encouraged and both reduce the potential for complications booking travel and ensure the maximum impact of your scholarship.

Please note that if you plan to run your application process through the OpenCon system and would like the applicants you do not select to be considered for a scholarship from the OpenCon general fund, you will need to run your application period between August 4th and 25th and notify us of the winner by September 1st. 

If you are unable to meet the October 3rd deadline (or September 19th for recipients requiring visas), please let us know and we can plan ahead.

6. What if we don’t end up finding a recipient for our scholarship?

If you don’t identify a recipient of your travel scholarship, we will add the sponsorship amount to the general travel scholarship fund to be given to the most qualified candidates as determined by the OpenCon Organizing Committee.

7. Will you provide any resources to help promote applications?

Yes! In addition to the custom URL for individuals to apply for your travel scholarship specifically, we will provide a one-page flyer for you to use to encourage individuals from your campus or organization to apply. We anticipate these resources will be available by the end of July.

We will also have an orientation call for travel scholarship sponsors on July 28th at 2:00pm EDT to go over details for how the travel scholarships will function and to address any questions sponsoring organizations may have.  You can register for the orientation call by clicking here, which will take you to the registration form at the bottom of this page. If you cannot attend this session, we’re happy to schedule individual calls with sponsors or potential sponsors to discuss the process and confirm details.

8. Does the travel scholarship cover all the cost of attendance?

The travel scholarship secures your recipient a spot at the conference and covers the cost of attendance up to the scholarship amount of $1,500—including travel, accommodations, and meals that are provided at the conference.  Any additional cost would need to be paid by the sponsoring organization.  After accommodation, food, and other costs are taken into account, the remaining scholarship will cover roughly up to $1,000 worth of travel expenses.

9. Can we send more than one participant by sponsoring multiple travel scholarships?

Yes, at this time there is not a limit on the number of sponsorships from a single institution or organization, and some sponsors have already committed to multiple scholarships.  However, the organizers reserve the right to limit the number of scholarships from a single institution in order to ensure a diverse pool of participants if necessary.

10. How do we handle arranging travel for the selected participant?

The conference organizers will book travel and accommodations for all travel scholarship recipients, so you do not have to handle any of it.  Any funds remaining from the $1,500 scholarship after your selected participant is booked will go toward providing assistance to other qualified students and young researchers.  

Please do note that funded participants will share a hotel room with a fellow attendee at the event. If you wish to provide additional funding to secure a single room for your recipient, please let us know at the time you establish your sponsorship.

11. Why does OpenCon have an application process instead of open registration?

OpenCon is a little different than other conferences.  Because students and early career researchers often have limited access to travel funding, the cost of attendance for a large portion of the attendees must be covered in order to allow them to attend regardless of their financial circumstances.  There is also far more interest in attendance than we can accommodate.  Last year, the Berlin 11 Satellite Conference for Students and Early Career Researchers that provides the foundation for OpenCon received more than 5 applications for every available place at the meeting.  Because of these factors, we feel that the only equitable way to determine who attends is through an application process that is judged by our Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers.

12. Are there discounts for sponsoring multiple travel scholarships?

No, each travel scholarship is $1,500 regardless of the number sponsored.

Register for the travel scholarship orientation call at 2pm EDT on Monday, July 28th, by filling in the form below.

Welcome to Repository Junction Broker – Jisc Publications Router

“The Repository Junction Broker (RJ Broker) beta service automates the delivery of research publications from multiple data suppliers (such as publishers and subject repositories) to multiple repositories (such as institutional repositories). The RJ Broker parses the metadata of an article to determine the appropriate target repositories and transfers the publication to the registered repositories. It is intended to minimise efforts on behalf of potential depositors, and thereby maximise distribution and exposure of research outputs….

Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine Volume 2 Issue 4 is Published!

Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine has now published its next issue. Editor-in-Chief: Max Muenke introduces his editorial highlights: “This issue includes an Invited Commentary on the genomics and epigenomics of substance use disorders and also features the third article in our series, “Genetics and Genomic Medicine around the World”, this month focusing on Brazil. Highlights of the issue include the articles, “Telomere Length, Family History and Paternal Age in Schizophrenia“, “Association of the c.385C>A (p.Pro129Thr) Polymorphism of the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Gene with Anorexia Nervosa in the Japanese Population”, and “46,XY Disorder of Sexual Development Resulting from a Novel Monoallelic Mutation (p.Ser31Phe) in the Steroid 5?-Reductase Type-2 (SRD5A2) Gene”.

Telomere length, family history, and paternal age in schizophrenia by Dolores Malaspina, Roberta Dracxler, Julie Walsh-Messinger, Susan Harlap, Raymond R. Goetz, David Keefe and Mary C. Perrin.
Abstract: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is longer in association with advanced paternal age, but this association has not been examined along with family history (FH) in schizophrenia. LTL was measured by PCR and compared across cases and controls as part of a study to examine the characteristics of paternal age related schizophrenia. The 53 schizophrenia cases had similar mean LTL as 20 controls, although cases were significantly older than controls and overwhelmingly smoked cigarettes. Multivariate analyses showed that a FH of schizophrenia was associated with longer LTL in both male and female cases. Later paternal age was also related to longer LTL in male cases, but with shorter LTL in female cases. Male cases with older fathers and a FH had the longest LTL. The genetic architecture associated with a familial risk for schizophrenia may include pathways that lengthen LTL. Paternal aging conferred an additional increase in LTL lengthening in male cases, but reduced LTL in female cases. The gender difference in LTL for paternal aging is consistent with the severe illness features reported for female cases with older fathers and could implicate epigenetic alterations in the paternal X chromosomal region with advanced paternal age in association with the risk for schizophrenia.

Association of the c.385C>A (p.Pro129Thr) Polymorphism of the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Gene with Anorexia Nervosa in the Japanese Population by Tetsuya Ando, Naho Tamura, Takashi Mera, Chihiro Morita, Michiko Takei, Chiemi Nakamoto, Masanori Koide, Mari Hotta, Tetsuro Naruo, Keisuke Kawai, Toshihiro Nakahara, Chikara Yamaguchi, Toshihiko Nagata, Kazuyoshi Ookuma, Yuri Okamoto, Takao Yamanaka, Nobuo Kiriike, Yuhei Ichimaru, Toshio Ishikawa, Gen Komaki and The Japanese Genetic Research Group For Eating Disorders.
Abstract: The functional c.385C>A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) gene, one of the major degrading enzymes of endocannabinoids, is reportedly associated with anorexia nervosa (AN). We genotyped the c.385C>A SNP (rs324420) in 762 lifetime AN and 605 control participants in Japan. There were significant differences in the genotype and allele frequencies of c.385C>A between the AN and control groups. The minor 385A allele was less frequent in the AN participants than in the controls (allele-wise, odds ratio = 0.799, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.653–0.976, P = 0.028). When the cases were subdivided into lifetime restricting subtype AN and AN with a history of binge eating or purging, only the restricting AN group exhibited a significant association (allele-wise, odds ratio = 0.717, 95% CI 0.557–0.922, P = 0.0094). Our results suggest that having the minor 385A allele of the FAAH gene may be protective against AN, especially restricting AN. This finding supports the possible role of the endocannabinoid system in susceptibility to AN.

46,XY Disorder of Sexual Development Resulting from a Novel Monoallelic Mutation (p.Ser31Phe) in the Steroid 5?-Reductase Type-2 (SRD5A2) Gene by Bertha Chávez, Luis Ramos, Rita Gómez and Felipe Vilchis.
Abstract: Inactivating mutations of the 5?-steroid reductase type-2 (SRD5A2) gene result in a broad spectrum of masculinization defects, ranging from a male phenotype with hypospadias to a female phenotype with Wolffian structures. Molecular studies of the SRD5A2 revealed a new heterozygous gene variant within the coding region that results in phenotypic expression. A c.92C>T transition changing serine to phenylalanine at codon 31 of exon 1 (p.Ser31Phe) was identified in a patient with 46,XY disorder of sexual development who displayed glandular hypospadias with micropenis and bilateral cryptorchidism. The restoration of the p.Ser31Phe mutation by site-directed mutagenesis and transient expression assays using cultured HEK-293 cells showed that this novel substitution does not abolish but does deregulate the catalytic efficiency of the enzyme. Thus, the maximum velocity (Vmax) value was higher for the mutant enzyme (22.5 ± 6.9 nmol DHT mg protein?1 h?1) than for the wild-type enzyme (9.8 ± 2.0 nmol DHT mg protein?1 h?1). Increased in vitro activity of the p.Ser31Phe mutant suggested an activating effect. This case provides evidence that heterozygous missense mutations in SRD5A2 may induce the abnormal development of male external genitalia..

The journal also publishes Genetics and Genomic Medicine around the World. Below is the second article of this type, this month focusing on Brazil.

Genetics and genomics in Brazil: a promising future” by Maria Rita Passos-Bueno, Debora Bertola, Dafne Dain Gandelman Horovitz, Victor Evangelista de Faria Ferraz and Luciano Abreu Brito.

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Conference Resources: the following is a list of resources which will be made available over the coming weeks or by request from satellite event organizers.

Official Conference website page  [Coming soon, by August; Contact us]

Conference sign-up form [Contact us]

Official Satellite Conference Logo [Contact us]

Advertising Posters and signs [Coming soon]

Photo pack for advertising through social media [Coming soon]

Generic conference blurbs (for emails/advertisements) [Coming Soon]

Tweets/facebook posts from OpenCon and Right to Research accounts [Contact us]

Official certificates of attendance – [Coming soon]

Draft invitation letters to invite faculty [Coming soon]

Draft invitation letters to invite local policy maker  [Coming soon]

Draft press release for media/school newspaper [Coming soon]


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Satellite Event FAQ

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Will you provide a customized logo for my event? 
Yes! To maintain the identify of the conference, we will ask satellite events to use the customized OpenCon satellite event logo.

Is there a deadline for organising satellite events?
There is no hard deadline, but we encourage organizers to plan ahead and get started early. LIve stream watch parties can be planning quickly, but larger events will take more planning.

What do we have to do to be an official satellite event?

You must register your interest here and submit a plan to the organizers to be approved. Then, you’ll be provided a custom logo to use at the event.

Can we obtain local sponsorship?  
Yes – as long as the sponsee is inline with SPARC’s guidelines and OpenCon’s Student and Early Career Researcher organising committee agree. You can request a potential sponsee to be reviewed here.

Can I come to the main event and host a satellite event later?

Yes! Satellite events should be held within 2 or 3 weeks of the the main meeting, so you’ll need to plan ahead!

Could we charge for tickets?

If you chose to charge for an event, that is your decision. However, the event is targeted at students and early career researchers – two groups not known for having much money spare! We require ticket prices to be set at a level which only cover the event costs.

Who is eligible to host a satellite event?

Any group which supports OpenCon’s issue areas of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data can host a satellite event, provided they have an adequate plan and are approved by the OpenCon Organizing Committee.

Can multiple groups co-host a satellite event?

Yes of course, as long as the groups don’t conflict with the above previous point.