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Von: Joanne Kamens

Der Zugang zu den neuesten wissenschaftlichen Forschungsergebnissen ist für alle Unternehmen aus dem Bereich Forschung & Entwicklung von entscheidender Bedeutung. Wenn die entsprechenden Prozesse jedoch nicht von Anfang an klar und einheitlich organisiert werden, können schnell Informationssilos und Dutzenden individuelle Praktiken entstehen, die eine effektive Zusammenarbeit erschweren.

Welche Strategien dabei helfen Fachinhalte optimal zu organisieren und verfügbar zu machen, erfahren Sie in dem folgenden Beitrag, der zuerst auf dem Blog des Copyright Clearance Centers erschien.

As part of a recent webcast series designed to provide emerging R&D-intensive organizations with best practices, I had the pleasure of partnering with CCC’s Vice President, Corporate Solutions Lauren Tulloch to welcome leading information management experts Walter Reiher, Ph.D., Chief Information Officer of REVOLUTION Medicines, Inc., and Heather Desmarais, President of HJD Consulting LLC., for a discussion on how to streamline access to content and foster collaboration. Following are some key insights from that discussion around frequent challenges and recommended steps for achieving information management excellence from the start.

A common information management challenge in today’s biotechs is around the transition from academia and the misconceptions regarding scientific literature and other published content that often come with it.  In most academic institutions, researchers are accustomed to having broader access using their academic affiliations. When they enter a business setting, there is often a bit of culture shock when faced with article fees, verifying copyright permissions, and working from abstracts. Corporate researchers need to learn the important difference between freely browsing any article they choose and becoming more intentional in their searching and placing an order for an article.

Another key challenge is in finding a balance between supporting individual preferences of researchers, while creating consistency across the organization, as well as opportunities for collaboration. To achieve this, our experts recommend that companies look to provide flexibility to meet users where they are. Does your content workflow integrate with preferred search tools like PubMed, for example, to help lower the barriers to content?

A third challenge for emerging and often rapidly growing companies is the creation of information silos. It is critical to begin with a system that everyone adopts from the beginning to help avoid inefficiencies including:

  • Untracked, decentralized purchases across the organization that can hinder budgeting and forecasting
  • Employees saving locally to places where others cannot access that can hinder collaboration
  • Duplicate research efforts that can hinder productivity

With so many pressing priorities, where does a new company begin? Here are some simple steps a startup can take to help avoid such challenges from the very beginning:

  1. Consider an annual copyright license to complement current publisher agreements and provide a broader set of rights to maximize, reuse and collaborate with content.
  2. Educate employees from the start about intellectual property – in the same fashion that most emerging life sciences organizations are focused on creating intellectual property, employees must learn to appreciate the intellectual property of others.
    • Develop a copyright policy, publish it, provide central access to it, and reinforce it regularly to all employees.
    • Include information on copyright and content access in employee welcome emails and onboarding materials.
    • Provide a central location for easy access to information resources (i.e. SharePoint site)
    • Provide ongoing training on information resources via Lunch & Learn events, videos, intranet, etc. to help employees stay up-to-date on new features and tools, and upgrades to existing tools.
  3. Learn to recognize and eliminate bad habits and practices that do not support a compliant workflow such as employees expensing content purchases made with credit cards through prior academic affiliations.
  4. Provide a standardized, centralized tool that enables decentralized search and purchasing, and can scale as your company grows.
  5. Establish single sign-on to streamline authentication and authorization and provide employees with a simplified and efficient workflow.

Learn more about steps your organization can take towards information management excellence by viewing the full webcast recording and others from my Optimizing Culture and Information Management webcast series for emerging R&D organizations here.

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Learn about the RightsDirect solutions for emerging life science organizations and also learn how to reduce the time-consuming article retrieval process, facilitate collaboration across teams, maximize the value of content investments and simplify copyright compliance.

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RightsDirect, eine Tochtergesellschaft von Copyright Clearance Center, bietet fortschrittliche Informations- und Datenintegrationslösungen für Organisationen in ganz Europa und Asien. Als Pionier der freiwilligen kollektiven Lizenzierung ist CCC ein führender Anbieter von Informationslösungen für Organisationen auf der ganzen Welt. Mit umfassender Fachkompetenz in den Bereichen Urheberrecht, Technologie, Fachinhalte, PIDs, FAIR-Datenprinzipien, Metadaten und mehr arbeitet CCC daran Urheberrechte zu stärken, den Austausch von Wissen zu beschleunigen und Innovationen voranzutreiben. CCC und seine Tochtergesellschaft RightsDirect unterstützen Unternehmen dabei, die Leistungsfähigkeit von Daten, KI und maschinellem Lernen zu nutzen, um strategische Entscheidungen zu treffen, ihr Geschäft auszubauen und Wettbewerbsvorteile zu erlangen.