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Today’s menu: a ProQuest’s end-user service open to all web users;  an MIT/Harvard announcement; preliminary data from the GPO; an announcement from CrossRef; and publisher Perfect 10 is suing Tumblr for copyright infringement

 ProQuest for Everyone: The Udini Service Officially Launches

According to Barbara Quint in Information Today “ProQuest has officially launched an end-user service that is open to all web users. Udini (pronounced You-dee-nee) currently carries about 150 million full-text articles and dissertations representing 12,000 publications supplied by 3,800 publishers. It also offers free tools for maintaining a personal library that will expand significantly before the end of the year. Pricing options include pay-as-you-go for items as well as low-cost subscription plans…”

MIT and Harvard announce edX

In what is being termed a “Revolution in Education” by a number of outlets, on May 2nd “Harvard University and MIT  announced edX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.”  EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content. The technological platform recently established by MITx, which will serve as the foundation for the new learning system, was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those who are motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.

GPO Releases Some Preliminary Data from 2011 Biennial Survey of Depository Libraries

INFOdocket cites this report from “from an Article Appearing in the May 2012 Issue of FDLP Connection.

Some excerpts of the findings include: “In 2011, submissions were received from 1181 depository libraries, resulting in a ninety-eight percent response rate from FDLP participants. Of these, 837 were from academic libraries (including law schools), 197 from public libraries, 78 from state or state court libraries, 56 from Federal libraries (including agencies, service academies, and Federal courts), and 12 from special libraries.

A preliminary analysis of the data shows that the majority of libraries (91%) plan to remain in the FDLP, whereas only a small number (1%) plan to leave the Program. The remaining 8% are unsure or undecided. These numbers are consistent within library types…”

CrossRef Announces FundRef Pilot to Standardize Funding Source Information for Scholarly Publications

The Resource Shelf quoting from the press release says that “CrossRef has announced FundRef, a pilot collaboration between scholarly publishers and funding agencies that will standardize the names of research funders and add grant numbers attributed in journal articles or other scholarly documents. The collaboration would allow researchers, publishers, and funding agencies to track the published research that results from specific funding bodies...”

Here is the full press release.

Exclusive: Publisher sues Tumblr over porn pics (Update)

“It’s finally happened. In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement. (Updates with quotes, details)

In a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan, Perfect 10 claims Tumblr failed to remove unauthorized photos posted by its users. The company, which sells nude model photographs through a magazine and website, says Tumblr not only turned a blind eye to copyright infringement but that its staff uploaded images themselves to jumpstart the business…

The case is significant because lawyers have been waiting for a case to test the legality of popular new image sharing sites like Tumblr and Pinterest. It is also important because of the companies involved…”

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