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news4-pixabayOxford University Press and Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Announce New Content Deal; University of Arkansas Faculty Approve Open Access Policy; Digital Forensics, Obsolete Formats, and the Harvard Library International repository networks meet to strengthen their aim to develop a global, open access knowledge commons; Latest PA figures reveal digital innovation driving publisher revenues; Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society renew publishing partnership; Science research collaboration, reference management and authoring technology launched by Faculty of 1000; Are STM Publishers Still Needed in the Digital Age? Ebooks Grow Modestly in Soft UK Market; and Evergreen 2.8 features patron message center, public catalog enhancements.


According to InfoDOCKET reports that “Oxford University Press (OUP) announced it is working with institutions affiliated with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) to deliver scholarly content via Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) to students, faculty, and patrons.

The agreement, which marks the first OSO/UPSO (University Press Scholarship Online) collaboration between VIVA and OUP, provides “all-in public institutions” with perpetual access for all 20 OSO subjects and any new titles to be published between February 2015 and January 2016…”


InfoDOCKET also reports that “faculty at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a new open access policy that would make much of its future scholarly work freely available online.

The university’s faculty senate approved a policy giving UA non-exclusive distribution rights for articles voluntarily submitted by faculty as part of a new “open access institutional repository…”


And lastly, citing the Harvard Gazette, InfoDOCKET observes that “libraries and archives at Harvard hold thousands of unique items across hundreds of digital formats, including aging technology such as CDs, floppy disks, tapes, and cassettes.” And in order “to retrieve content prior to total obsolescence or decay of digital formats, librarians are using digital forensic software commonly employed by the police or the FBI to solve crimes, which enables them to identify content noninvasively and migrate it to a more stable platform…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “for a second year in a row, major open access repository networks met to develop closer ties and further align their expanding repository networks. The meeting, organised by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), was held on April 16, 2015 in Porto, Portugal and included representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America…”


In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “figures recently released by The Publishers Association reveal the UK publishing industry to be maintaining its strength, diversity and innovation. Overall book and academic journal sales remain steady at £4.3billion with digital revenues growing to 35 percent of the overall total. Export sales now account for 44 percent of revenue…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) have announced a renewal of their publishing agreement. Elsevier and ISES have been publishing partners since 2002. Under the agreement, Elsevier will continue to provide publishing services for the society’s journal Solar Energy…”


F1000Workspace, a research collaboration, reference management and authoring platform for scientists, launches this week. It is the latest component part of a unique technology eco-system offered by F1000 (Faculty of 1000), a community of over 10,000 biomedical experts. Founded by veteran publishing entrepreneur Vitek Tracz, F1000 helps scientists to discover, discuss and publish research.

F1000Workspace has been created hand-in-hand with scientists around the world and is designed to assist biology and medicine researchers when writing research articles and grant applications, collecting and managing references, collaborating with co-authors and submitting correctly formatted articles for publication…”


Karger Publishers, a family-run medical and scientific publishing company, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has dedicated part of the latest edition of its Karger Gazette to reflecting on this thought-provoking question. In a timely and insightful article, Kent R. Anderson, publisher of Science magazine and founder of the blog The Scholarly Kitchen, discusses the role of medical publishers in the Information Age, putting forth vital arguments that testify not only to their raison d’être but also to their growing importance for science and academia…”


According to Digital Book World Daily “new full-year figures from the UK-based Publishers Association for 2014 show digital sales up in a number of categories, but not enough to compensate for the decline in print. In this thorough breakdown of the data, one industry watcher wagers that the ebook market, while undeniably slowing down in the UK much as it is in the U.S., still has not yet peaked.”


According to Library Technology Guides “the Evergreen open-source software community is pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Evergreen software…”

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