News & Announcements 1/15/15

clock file000541344089NEH & Mellon Announce Pilot Grant Program to Digitize Out of Print Books in Humanities and Make Them Available With CC License; State of Tennessee Begins Rolling Out Collection of Digitized Historic Maps Online; NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Metadata Indicators for Accessibility and Licensing of E- Content; SAGE Rolls Out Pathology-Focused OA Journal; Copyright Clearance Center Announces Findings From Open Access Roundtable Discussion…;  Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and BC Partners announce agreement to merge majority of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media; Stockholm University Library chooses Koha; Overwhelming Majority of WA State Library Users say New App Powered by Boopsie Increases Library Usage; Elsevier launches Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and IOP Publishing announce publishing partnership.


InfoDOCKET reports that “a new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books… ” They “will jointly provide $1 million to convert out-of-print books into EPUB e-books with a Creative Commons (CC) license, ensuring that the books are freely downloadable with searchable texts and in formats that are compatible with any e-reading device. Books proposed under the Humanities Open Book program must be of demonstrable intellectual significance and broad interest to current readers…


InfoDOCKET also notes that a “recently launched collection of about 100 digitized maps can be found in the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). According to the  Map Collection Homepage “These digitized maps appear in the JPEG2000 format, which means that you may view them in greater detail simply by clicking on a particular area of the image. We will continue to add maps to this digital online collection to bring more of them to a wider public…”


The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) that defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content.

Developed by the NISO Working Group on Access License and Indicators (formerly Open Access Metadata and Indicators), the recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags: <free_to_read> and <license_ref>. The first tag would indicate that the work is freely accessible during the specified timeframe (if applicable). The second tag would contain a reference to a URI that carries the license terms specifying how a work may be used…


Information Today reports that “SAGE Publications introduced Academic Pathology, a new open access (OA) journal. As the official publication of the Association of Pathology Chairs, it covers innovations in leadership and management of academic pathology departments. It will address topics such as methods for improving patient care; best practices in interprofessional, clinical partnerships around the world; and innovative pedagogical approaches to medical education and educational evaluation…”


Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC),recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group’s findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting…


Library Technology Guides reports that “Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and BC Partners announced that they have reached an agreement to merge Springer Science+Business Media (owned by funds advised by BCP) in its entirety with the majority of Holtzbrinck-owned Macmillan Science and Education (MSE), namely Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan and the global businesses of Macmillan Education. This is a strategic transaction by Holtzbrinck and BCP aimed at securing the long-term growth of both businesses… 


Also according t0   Library Technology Guides “the free and open source system Koha will replace the current library system Voyager, after a decision by the library management in December 2014. Koha will serve as the circulation module in a larger system architecture where the national LIBRIS system is a key component…


And lastly, Library Technology Guides notes that “a survey of more than 1,000 library patrons in Washington State found that the statewide Library Now mobile app developed in partnership with Boopsie, which aggregates apps for dozens of library systems throughout the state, helps to extend the participating libraries’ existing in-library services. 90% of respondents indicated they visit their library’s physical location, 85.5 percent access the library through the Library Now App, and 74.8 percent use the library’s other online services.


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Elsevier has announced the launch of the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database. The new database helps companies replace existing materials or select new composites during the engineering research and design process, helping engineering teams increase efficiency in the early materials selection stage, lower costs of testing and maintenance, and ultimately improve material performance…”


KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have announced a new partnership to publish the journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP). The new collaboration will enable both organisations to further their outreach mission by communicating astronomy research to a broader spectrum of the scientific community…

 

 

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