In the News: American Anthropological Assn. experiments With OA; Apple joins the used ebook marketplace; ProQuest distributes NewspaperARCHIVE worldwide; ebrary launches Deutsche Sammlung; EBSCO Publishing introduces Arab e-Marefa; Ingram and Taylor & Francis announce collaborative etextbook initiative; and Enigma Technologies offers a search and discovery platform for public data
According to this article in Chronicle of Higher Education the The American Anthropological Association will be entering the open access arena. Currently the association “publishes more than 20 journals. None is open access. The public currently has to wait 35 years after publication to have free access to articles, according to a spokeswoman for the group.
That will change early next year, when the journal Cultural Anthropology switches over to a fully open-access model. The Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the association, runs the journal…”
Digital Book World reports that “Apple filed for a patent yesterday for a system for ebook readers to buy and sell used ebooks, according to the New York Times.
Apple joins Amazon in its quest to establish a marketplace for used ebooks. Amazon received approval for its patent for a used ebook marketplace in February…”
“ProQuest is … expanding its … selection of historical news content as the global distributor to libraries and other institutions for NewspaperARCHIVE.com, a 130 million-page database that captures coverage from valuable local newspapers throughout North America, the U.K., and select countries from 1607 to the present. ProQuest will offer libraries the option to purchase a perpetual archive rather than just subscriptions. Further, there will be Academic and Public library versions that break NewspaperARCHIVE.com’s massive content into state level products and individual titles…”
“ebrary, a ProQuest business, today announced a new German-language e-book subscription database for academic libraries. The ebrary Deutsche Sammlung collection includes STM, humanities and arts disciplines – and features more than 4,500 titles from publishers such as De Gruyter, Aarhus University Press, International Monetary Fund, Ohne Verlag, Frank & Timme GmbH. The collection can be subscribed to on its own, or in conjunction with the … Academic Complete collection…”
“EBSCO Publishing has released Arab e-Marefa, an Arabic language full text database that offers hundreds of journals published by many of the Arab world’s most prestigious academic publishers. Arab e-Marefa is produced by Marefa World Company for Digital Content in Jordan and is designed to facilitate communication between researchers across the Arab world as well as increase accessibility to Arabic content on the Web..”
“Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s… e-textbook solution, and Taylor & Francis, … today announced … Routledge Interactive.” According to the press release, “this collaborative e-textbook initiative gives the education community greater control over their learning experience through media-rich interactive content…”
According to Information Today “Enigma Technologies, Inc. is a new search and discovery platform (enigma.io) designed to allow subscribers to delve deeply into (public) data from municipal, state, federal, and even international organizations. This data is scattered in many locations, on the web and off, available in (fielded) databases and semistructured format. (Apparently, .io, ISO-3166 code for the British Indian Ocean Territory, is a popular domain among Big Data startups.) Currently in beta, Enigma.io’s official launch is anticipated in early spring…”