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News - shield-286711_640.jpg - pixabayGoogle updates Scholar metrics;  WHO joins PubMed Central; Journal that published Facebook’s study raises ethics concerns; Flickr / Yahoo Labs release millions if Creative Commons Flickr images; Librarians concerned digital content licenses overriding exceptions, limitations; ProQuest launches beta version of new ebook reader on ebrary platform; SPARC and the World Bank to co-host International Open Access Week 2014 kick-off event; and Vital Source enhances E-textbook accessibility support with new features

In case you missed it, Resource Shelf reports from the Google Scholar Blog that Google is “releasing the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013…”

Starting on July 1, 2014 all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research “will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal (a subscription journal with some open access articles). The research must be published under the terms of the standard Creative Commons licence or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the article in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 12 months of the official publication date…”

viewpoint-99199_150The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “the editor in chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the journal that recently published Facebook’s controversial research on its manipulation of users’ news feeds, is raising concerns about how Facebook collected the data. The study was conducted by the social-media giant and co-designed by researchers at Cornell University. It involved manipulating what users saw in their news feeds to measure how the changes would affect the mood of their own posts…”

According to InfoDOCKET  Yahoo Labs has released “the Flickr Creative Commons dataset as part of Yahoo Webscope’s datasets for researchers. The dataset, we believe, is one of the largest public multimedia datasets that has ever been released—99.3 million images and 0.7 million videos, all from Flickr and all under Creative Commons licensing…”

Citing Intellectual Property Watch, InfoDOCKET also reports that “while exceptions and limitations for librarians and archives are under negotiation at the World Intellectual Property Organization this week, librarians and archivists called on WIPO delegates to address an issue of contract licences for digital content, which they say often override such exceptions and limitations…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest has launched a beta version of its new ebook reader, developed with extensive user input and debuting on the ebrary platform. The ebrary Reader delivers a modern experience, with a simple interface, intuitive navigation and user-centered design. The Reader represents the best-in-class user experience being developed for the integrated platform that will unite ProQuest’s businesses ebrary and Ebook Library – EBL…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014 on October 20, 2014, from 3-4pm EDT, with a reception to follow. The event will be held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC, with a live webcast for online participation around the world.

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Groups … e-textbook solution, showcased new features to its comprehensive accessibility support for its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention, July 1-6, in Orlando, FL…

 

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