Apple CEO rejects DOJ settlement in e-book suit; Harvard Library launches research data collaborative; “Describing Archives: A Content Standard, 2nd edition is available in PDF; Penguin Book Truck to travel country; Licenses for Europe lose a number of stakeholders; Oxford UP’s Nelson Thornes acquisition cleared; Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law choose ByWater Solutions’ Koha support; British Library publishes updated economic evaluation.
According to C|NET “Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that the company never had any plans to settle with the government” in the DOJ’s ebook price fixing lawsuit. “He noted that Apple rejected a settlement because it was asked to sign a document that said it did something wrong… “We’re not going to sign something that says we did something that we didn’t do, so we’re going to fight,” Cook said during an interview at the D11 conference on Tuesday…”
Excerpting a Harvard Library Announcement, InfoDOCKET reports that “the Harvard Library, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, IQSS Dataverse Network and HUIT, is launching the Research Data Collaborative (RDC) to develop research data management services. The RDC program’s FY14 goals include creation of tiered data management training for researchers and librarians, a University-wide data compliance network, effective data management plan support and an assessment of the data storage and curation needs of Harvard researchers…”
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), Full Text Now Available Online (Free)
Citing the Society of American Archivists, InfoDOCKET also reports that “Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) is now available as a free PDF download. DACS facilitates consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival materials and creators of archival materials…”
According to GalleyCat “Penguin will introduce its new Book Truck and the Book Pushcart at BookExpo America this week, crossing a mobile library with a food truck.
The 27-foot-long Book Truck contains two bookshelves with 96 feet of shelf space, LED lighting, awnings and café tables and chairs. The Book Pushcart was “inspired by the design of the classic New York City hotdog cart.” The mobile booksellers will travel the country, you can track them at the Penguin Book Truck site…”
- Stakeholders representing the research sector, SMEs and open access publishers withdraw from Licences for Europe
“LIBER, along with several other representatives from the research sector, has withdrawn from the Licences for Europe dialogue on text and data mining due to concerns about the scope, composition and transparency of the process.
A letter of withdrawal has been sent to the Commissioners involved in Licenses for Europe explaining the reason that these stakeholders can no longer participate in the dialogue and the wish to instigate a broader dialogue around creating the conditions to realise the full potential of text and data mining for innovation in Europe…”
According to this press release “the Office of Fair Trading today cleared Oxford University Press (OUP)’s acquisition of Nelson Thornes. OUP, which is a department of the University of Oxford, acquired the educational publisher from Infinitas Learning in January 2013 for an undisclosed sum. Following a four month review, the OFT today gave the green light for the purchase, saying that it has decided on the information currently available to it not to refer it to the Competition Commission under the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002…”
According to Library Technology Guides “ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law are now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.
ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law in January and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services for the two campuses. Their custom OPAC can be viewed at http://sbvcol.bywatersolutions.com.
According to this press release “the British Library has published an updated evaluation of its economic contribution to the UK, looking at how the British Library creates economic value for its users and society as a whole.
The Library last undertook a study of this kind in 2003. The report shows that the economic value that the Library delivers is now almost five times its costs, representing a return on investment of 5:1.