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Flat World Knowledge drops free access; Pearson unveils Project Blue Sky; British Library’s DataCite service adds 5 research centres; Sage provides access to alumni; and IMLS seeks applications for the FY 2013 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

 Flat World Knowledge to Drop Free Access to Textbooks

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “as of January 1, 2013, Flat World Knowledge,which used to describe itself as the world’s largest publisher of free and open textbooks online, will no longer offer content at no charge.

Cost partly motivated the decision, according to Jeff Shelstad, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “We’ve got to be smart with the limited capital that we have” if the company is to survive 10 years from now, he said…”

According to Inside Higher ED, Pearson will unveil Project Blue Sky, a search engine to help instructors locate free materials from popular OER repositories.  The service, which Pearson has built with help from Gooru, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that specialized in search, will allow instructors to search for e-book chapters, videos and online exercise software. It will return aggregated results from Harvard Open Courses, Connexions, OER Commons, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Courseware, Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative, and Wikiversity, among others…”

Five Research Centres Sign Up for British Library’s DataCite Service

ResourceShelf reporting from a British Museum press release notes that “five major research centres have expanded their commitment to make data more accessible through the British Library’s DataCiteservice, a global initiative which addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research. The Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Science & Technology Facilities Council and the Chinese genomics institute BGI have signed up to the service and are the first institutions to work with the British Library on this initiative…”

“SAGE today announced a change to its licenses that will provide university alumni with access to the content hosted on the SAGE Journals, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge platforms through their university library. All alumni registered with subscribing or purchasing libraries will be able to access all SAGE products including over 645 scholarly and professional journals at no extra fee…”

Call for Applications: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the FY 2013 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The program deadline has changed to January 15, 2013.

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Museum grants (AAHC) are intended to enhance institutional capacity and sustainability through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other tools.  Projects must begin October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2013. Program guidelines and other information about the grant are available on the IMLS Website

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