Today’s news centers on a Vogue database with 120 years of fashion; questions about OverDrive transparency; the New Hope platform for PLoS; Open Access in the UK; Bibliogo a new web app; and SLA news out of Philadelphia
Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue, has created “a digital database … covering 120 years of American desires and aspirations. More than 425,000 images, 300,000 ads, and 100,000 articles, dating back to 1892, have been fully indexed and are searchable.” ProQuest will be making subscriptions available to libraries and academic institutions according to this joint press release.
INFOdocket has picked up on a report by Sarah Houghton on her Librarian in Black blog, that claims that “OverDrive has different catalogs of eBooks in the OverDrive Marketplace for different libraries. We’re not all seeing the same title or author selections.” OverDrive has not answered questions posed by Ms. Houghton or by INFOdocket leading to the sense that “OverDrive believes that keeping quiet is the way to go even after something comes to light” and that “perhaps if the library (as a whole) demands more transparency and clear answers from OD this might change.”
PLoS has come up “with a new architecture, named New Hope, which leverages best practices in developing enterprise platforms, a private “cloud” of virtual servers and a distributed file system that contains multiple copies of site content… The migration to New Hope occurred over a 3 day period in November and New Hope officially went into production on November 14.”
David Prosser alerted readers of the LibLicense listserv that “the UK Government has just published its Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth, outlining how it will support research and development through the UK’s universities.”
According to this post in INFOdocket, David Weinberger, Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, was interviewed last week by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about two projects the lab is working on; ShelfLife and Library Cloud. “Both related to metadata – information about information – and how it impacts the ways we find and navigate knowledge. An unedited version of the interview is now available online. It runs 15:51 and can be streamed online and/or download as an MP3 file here. A video tour of ShelfLife is also embedded on the CBC page.”
Reprints Desk, Inc., a Derycz Scientific company, announced the public availability of Bibliogo, the journal article web app that helps users do more with scientific papers. According to Ian Palmer, head of marketing at Reprints Desk “Bibliogo is a mashup for everything you want to do with articles. It combines aspects from personalized RSS readers and alerting services, bibliographic reference management software, daily deal websites for clinical reprints, and document delivery management systems.” Bibliogo is available in free and paid versions.
Wolper’s Director of Information Strategy Elected to Lead Philadelphia’s Special Library Association
Valerie Ryder, Director of Information Strategy at Wolper Subscription Services, has been elected to the post of Chapter President of the Philadelphia Special Library Association in 2013. “She will serve as President-Elect in 2012. Ryder announced her intention to seek the position in September, following a year of service on the Chapter’s Board of Directors and appointments as Chair of their Employment Committee and Vendor Relations Committee.”