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news - social-media-464051_1280WVU receives $1 million grant to develop scholarly publishing platform; Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Litigation Ends in Victory for Fair Use; University of North Carolina Library Launches DocSouth Data, Historic Texts…; Smathers Libraries Receives $500,000 Challenge Grant From the National Endowment for the Humanities; New Open Access Journal From U. of California Press Will Pay Peer Reviewers; OCLC and the British Library offer new option for fast, flexible document delivery; NISO Publishes Revised SUSHI Standard and Supporting Documentation; MARCIVE provides RDA conversion for diverse libraries; and EDP Sciences and SICOT announce the launch of a new Open Access journal in orthopaedics: SICOT-J


According to KnowledgeSpeakWest Virginia University has been awarded $1 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program to develop a new academic publishing platform for mixed-media and print-based scholarship materials. Dubbed Cairn, this editorial-management system will be a modular publishing platform for print-like and scholarly multimedia journals, books and data sets…”


This report from ARL notes that “for the past several years, HathiTrust and five of its member universities have been engaged in litigation after being sued by the Authors Guild. On January 6, 2015, the parties entered a settlement on the sole issue remaining before the district court, ending the litigation in a victory for HathiTrust and fair use…”


Citing the UNC Library Blog InfoDOCKET reports that “the newly-released DocSouth Data makes the full text of hundreds of nineteenth-century books and pamphlets available for easy download as text-only files. The materials come from four text-heavy Documenting the American South collections: The Church in the Southern Black Community; First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; and North American Slave Narratives…”


InfoDOCKET also reports that “the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries have received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant of $500,000 to build an endowment fund that will broaden access to humanities resources relating to the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. The matching award provides a $1 match for every $3 raised…”


Open door DSCN8455And finally InfoDOCKET reports that” Collabra, an online journal (from UC Open Press) … plans to break with the research community’s long-standing tradition of reviewing journal submissions for free by paying small sums to the reviewers and editors who decide what gets published. In a further twist, the journal will give the payees a choice of what to do with their money. They can keep the cash, donate it to a fund that helps cash-strapped scientists pay the journal’s $875 publication fee, or contribute it to their own institution’s open-access activities…”


According to Library Technology Guides “OCLC and the British Library now offer a new option for fast, flexible purchase from the British Library Document Supply Service that enables library staff to confirm the availability of required documents before placing an order, and provides a wide range of choices for delivery and price…”


According to this press release “The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a revision to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014). The SUSHI standard defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework that can replace the user-mediated collection of usage data reports. It was designed as a generalized protocol extensible to a variety of usage reports. An extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER reports is provided…”


Library Technology Guides reports that “since 2013, MARCIVE, Inc. has completed over 60 RDA conversion projects representing over 160 individual libraries of all kinds and sizes, with several more in-house. Not limited to only academics, projects have included public, school, law, medical and special libraries, as well as several library consortia…


KnowledgeSpeak notes that Education company Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to expanding Boston’s edtech ecosystem, have announced a partnership to boost the Boston edtech community… Cengage Learning has made a commitment to participate in LearnLaunch’s Accelerator program, which identifies edtech start-ups and provides them with mentoring opportunities to help them grow…”


EDP Sciences and SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) are pleased to announce the launch of a new open access journal, SICOT-J. The journal will be part of the EDP Open portfolio and will cover the entire field of orthopaedics and traumatology.

SICOT-J will place a high priority on rapid publication and seeks to publish a broad range of research study types including original clinical, basic and translational research…

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