News & Announcements 3/8/13

In today’s news: III Drops OCLC Suit and absorbs SkyRiver; JSTOR releases new Beta search; ASMP files comments on orphan works; AAP opposes Amazon acquiring ‘.book’ domain; Springer teams up CIC; EBSCOHost offers another database; and Unglue.it and Open Book Publishers launch new campaign.

III Drops OCLC Suit, Will Absorb SkyRiver

According to InfoDOCKET Innovative Interfaces will drop its ongoing antitrust suit against OCLC, the company announced today.

The company also announced that all operations of its sister company SkyRiver Technology Solutions will be integrated into Innovative, and the SkyRiver cataloging service will become part of Innovative’s product suite. According to Tom Jacobson, Innovative’s Director of Resource Sharing, Leslie Straus, former president of SkyRiver, is no longer with the company.

Innovative’s move follows founder Jerry Kline’s selling off his remaining interest in both companies last month to private equity firms Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity, which first invested in the companies in March 2012. Kline also stepped down from the board, and Steve Young, senior partner of Huntsman Gay, was named chair. Neil Block, formerly president of Innovative, joined Polaris on January 22.

 JSTOR’s new Beta Search

“Beta Search,” a completely new JSTOR search was just released “with a redesigned interface and a new search engine. The new search is easily accessible from a link on www.jstor.org. It’s presented in parallel with the existing search options during the testing period to avoid disrupting regular research workflows on the site.

We’re excited to make the new search available in this beta version so we can gather feedback and make further improvements over the coming months…”

 

ASMP Files Comments on Orphan Works With US Copyright Office

“The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has submitted reply comments on the subject of Orphan Works and Mass Digitization in response to a US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry. The comments state that attribution and registries, such as the one being developed by PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System), are the solution for orphan works and that any return to increased formalities in order to obtain copyright protection would ultimately deter copyright registrations and harm users of copyrighted materials…”

AAP Voices Opposition to Amazon Acquiring ‘.book’ Web Domain

According to Digital Book World, the Association of American Publishers ” filed comments today opposing closed generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) applications overall and the application by Amazon EU S.a.r.l. to exclusively secure the “.book” domain…  In its comments filed with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), states that granting any single private company the exclusive use of a closed domain string would defeat the expressed public interest purposes for which new gTLDs are being authorized.”

Springer teams up with Committee on Institutional Cooperation

“Today Springer and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) will hold their first-ever publishing symposium at University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. The gathering was established as an important opportunity to create dialogue between early-career publishers and librarians, in an effort to nurture closer collaboration as both consider the future of scholarly communication.The goal of the meeting is to create wider understanding of both the cultures, expectations and pressures on each side as they work together to serve their important constituencies and the wider scientific community…”

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies™ Now Available on EBSCOhost

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies™ is now available via EBSCOhost.  It is a “comprehensive resource featuring indexing and abstracting of more than 12,500 publications, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies includes nearly 2.2 million records and covers 1980 to the present. The database provides citations and abstracts of journals articles, books, manuscripts and dissertations published primarily in Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe…”

Unglue.it and Open Book Publishers launch new campaign

According to No Shelf Required “…Unglue.it is pleased to announce a second crowdfunding campaign from the nonprofit UK company Open Book Publishers for the first English translation of Sara Roncaglia’s Feeding the City, an ethnographic study of the dabbawala co-operative system of lunch delivery in Mumbai…

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