BioMED Central partners with LabArchives; OCLC adds Virtual International Authority File service; UNESCO Open Access guidelines; Google eBooks ends reseller program; Amazon opens Spanish e-book store; and a new app from ChiliFresh integrating OPACS with Facebook

BioMed Central, LabArchives to Link Data Sets With Journal Articles

Information Today reports that “BioMed Central, a longtime supporter of data sharing and the open data movement, has now partnered with LabArchives, LLC to shed further light on science’s “dark data.” Through this new collaboration, authors submitting articles to selected BioMed Central journals will be provided with complimentary subscriptions to an enhanced version of the popular LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software…” The special BioMed Central version of LabArchives will provide authors with 100 Mb of complimentary storage and optional integrated submission to BioMed Central’s journals…”

Virtual International Authority File service transitions to OCLC; contributing institutions continue to shape direction through VIAF Council

OCLC announced that “VIAF (Virtual International Authority File), a project that virtually combines multiple name authority files into a single name authority service, has transitioned to become an OCLC service. OCLC will continue to make VIAF openly accessible and will also work to incorporate VIAF into various OCLC services.”

Open Access To Scientific information: Policy Guidelines Released by UNESCO

InfoDOCKET/Library Journal reports “UNESCO has released a new publication entitled Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access to demystify the concept of Open Access and provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place… The overall objective of the Policy Guidelines is to promote Open Access in Member States by facilitating understanding of all relevant issues related to Open Access… In addition the UNESCO guidelines  provide “a detailed bibliography and glossary of terms and abbreviations used at the end. There are also examples and templates to follow and adopt OA policies…”

Google Ends eBook Agreement with Indies

Last week Publishers Weekly reported that “representatives of Google contacted the American Booksellers Association and Powell’s Books to announce that it will end its Google eBooks reseller program worldwide. In February, it had seemed as if independent booksellers were getting a reprieve when Google reinstated some affiliate stores that had low sales. But in yet another sign of industry consolidation, Google will start selling e-books solely through its recently launched Google Play beginning January 31, 2013…”

Related article: Booksellers Disappointed By Google Decision to Drop Indies

Amazon opens Spanish e-book store

“Amazon says it is introducing “eBooks Kindle en Espanol,” a Spanish-language e-bookstore within the company’s Kindle Store aimed at U.S. Spanish speakers.  More than 30,000 Spanish language titles constitute the largest selection of Spanish-language bestsellers “available anywhere” in the country, Amazon said.  The eBooks Kindle en Espanol store will also offer subscriptions to 14 Latin American newspapers…”

New Apps Bring OPAC Functionality to Library Facebook Pages

An article by Michael Kelley in Digital Shift reports  that “apps from ChiliFresh and SirsiDynix allow library OPACs and Facebook to play nice together. Both apps integrate OPAC functionality into library Facebook pages, enabling patrons to search the catalog, place holds, log into their accounts, and pay fines — all from within Facebook… The Chilifresh app went live the first week of February, and it is free to libraries that are already subscribers to the company’s Connections social networking suite.” Scott Johnson, the president and CEO of ChiliFresh said the company “is in the process of making the Facebook app live for those subscribers (about 250).”

 

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