News & Announcements 3/29/13

In today’s news: Amazon acquires Goodreads; ARTstor to help launch theDPLA; Springer and Chemical Abstracts Service to collaborate;  records from the 1500s in St. Augustine to be digitized; and 2013 Wiley Prize to be Awarded at April 5 Event.

 Amazon.com to Acquire Goodreads

“Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love…

Following the acquisition, Goodreads’s headquarters will remain in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2007, Goodreads now has more than 16 million members and there are more than 30,000 books clubs on the Goodreads site. Over just the past 90 days, Goodreads members have added more than four books per second to the “want to read” shelves on Goodreads.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013…”

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ARTstor to help launch the Digital Public Library of America

ARTstor announces that it “is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide access to more than 10,000 high-quality images from six leading museums.

As part of its collaboration with ARTstor, the DPLA will aggregate and make available data records and links to images from six major American museums: the Dallas Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection), the Walters Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. In addition to linking to the original contributing museum’s own website, each DPLA record will link to the image in Open ARTstor, a new ARTstor initiative that allows users to view and download large versions of public domain images…”

According to this article in the St. Augustine Record parish documents date back to 1594 found in a Catholic convent  are being digitized by “J. Michael Francis, a history professor at the University of South Florida … and some of his graduate students in the Florida Studies department.  Evidently they “have spent the past several months digitizing the more than 6,000 fragile pages to ensure the contents last beyond the paper’s deterioration…”

Springer and Chemical Abstracts Service collaborate to accelerate chemistry research

Springer and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will collaborate to include thousands of new experimental
procedures for chemical reactions reported in Springer journals in the CAS databases. This collaboration will increase the visibility of articles with experimental procedures published in 165 Springer chemistry journals from 1985 to the present.

2013 Wiley Prize to be Awarded at April 5 Event

Deborah E. Wiley, Chair of The Wiley Foundation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa & JWb) will present the 2013 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciencesto Dr. Michael Young, Rockefeller University, Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Brandeis University (Emeritus), and Dr. Michael Rosbash, Brandeis University on Friday April 5.

The ceremony will take place at Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, New York at 4:00 p.m. After receiving the award the three men will each present a brief lecture relating to their discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythms. The lecture will be streaming live here.

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