ARL publishes issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s Report on Orphan Works; *ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office; *New Workforce Transformation Story: Changes in Hiring Accelerate and Enhance Culture Change; *U.S. State Department Launches Redesigned ForeignAssistance.gov Website; *World Flora Online: Plant Biologists Build First Online Database Of All The World’s Plant Species; *Library of Congress Releases Three New Interactive Ebooks For iPad Featuring Primary Sources; *More than 200 grants nationwide announced for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ program; *Academic Publishing Giant Fights to Keep Science Paywalled; *Wikipedia adopting HTTPS secure connection; and even more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published an issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s June 4, 2015, Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which includes recommendations for legislation on orphan works – copyrighted works whose owners are impossible to identify or contact – and the creation of an extended collective licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitisation. ARL’s ‘Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works’ focuses only on the Copyright Office’s recommendations regarding orphan works…”
The full “Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works” is available online.
ALA news reports that ALA president “Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):
“For more than 20 years, content creators, rights holders, legislators and public users alike have acknowledged that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to modernize its technological capabilities for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the recently introduced Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act does little to address significant technology challenges impacting the U.S. Copyright Office.
“The bill’s proposal to make the Copyright Office an independent agency does not address the longstanding problems facing the agency, specifically that the Copyright Office’s information technology systems are woefully inadequate in serving both rights holders and the public in the digital environment…”
Visitors to ForeignAssistance.gov will notice a marked difference in the layout to help a diverse audience navigate to high-level country, agency, and sector statistics quickly through the “Explore” function, while data-driven users can download data through the one-click “Download” function…”
In addition, InfoDOCKET notes that the Library of Congress’ “latest Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad and can be downloaded free of charge on iBooks. These sets cover Women’s Suffrage, Japanese American Internment, and Political Cartoons and Public Debates. They join nine previously published sets on the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, Understanding the Cosmos, the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and Children’s Lives at the Turn of the 20th Century…”
ALA news “reports that “the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) have announced that 203 libraries, museums and other nonprofit organizations across the country are to receive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming grants.
The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and comprise 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a variety of other nonprofit organizations. Fifty-five organizations will receive $10,000 grants, and 148 will receive $3,000 grants, totaling more than $1 million. View a full list of the recipients.
According to GIZMOTO “one of the world’s largest academic publishing companies wants to scrub the internet of pirated science. That’d be Elsevier, which recently filed a complaint at a New York district court against Library Genesis and SciHub.org, two massive online hubs for scientific research articles…
Most of the content on Libgen and SciHub was probably uploaded using borrowed or stolen student or faculty university credentials. Elsevier is hoping to shut both sites down and receive compensation for its losses, which could run in the millions…”
More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources:
- Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 lineup announced
- Elsevier announces new Reference Modules in Food Science and Materials Science;
- SAGE is Launching a New OA Journal That Will Focus on Internet of Things (IoT)
- Digital Publishers Get Free Access to Reuters News
- The 200th Ex Libris Alma implementation goes live today at Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries-NorthEast (TBRL-NE)
- SirsiDynix Makes Security a Priority
- BMJ and BPP University School of Health partner for new book series;
- Total Boox joins forces with top travel brands and gives librarians free access to its collection
- Zepheira Launches Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Program
- University of Michigan and BioMed Central launch inaugural issue of new OA journal – Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology;
- Planned integration of SirsiDynix’s eResource Central with EOS.Web