ATG News & Announcements 8/19/15

mediaUniversity of Akron Press Back in Business;   *Publishers Expanding Catalogs of Digital Textbooks;   *Smithsonian Launches Public Access Plan for Research, Materials Will Be Available Through CHORUS;  *BISG Research Shows Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education;    *Open Preservation Foundation welcomes Preservica as its latest member;   *New Media Consortium Releases NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition;   *Copyright Clearance Center Explores New Paths for RightFind;   *RCUK publishes draft Concordat on Open Research Data, seeks feedback on good practice guidelines;  *Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education sue textbook reseller;  The Mellon Foundation grants OU $1M grant for development of digital Latin library plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ShelfAware reports that “the University of Akron Press, which was shuttered in July as part of the school’s effort to trim $40 million in expenses, has new life. The Beacon Journal reported the university rehired staff members Carol Slatter and Amy Freels. Jon Miller, associate professor of English, will serve as transitional director, taking over for Thomas Bacher.

University president Scott Scarborough said the press “has been and will continue to be a vital part of the academic core of this institution…”  (See also:  U. of Akron Reverses Controversial Layoffs at University Press)

Citing this article in the Washington Post, DigitalBookWorld notes that “the rising cost of college tuition gets a lot of attention, but most students can attest that buying textbooks is also a pricey venture, with print textbook prices having soared 82 percent in the last decade alone. Many students, though, are saving money through online marketplaces for used, new, rental or electronic textbooks. And now publishers are producing less expensive digital versions of their textbooks that can be run on a laptop, smartphone or ereader.”

According to InfoDOCKET “the Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Through the new plan, all applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through the Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) website or CHORUS, a nonprofit membership organization that helps federal entities increase public access to research. The plan will take effect Oct. 1 and apply to articles submitted to publishers on or after that date…”

DigitalBookWorld also reports that “The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) has just released new findings from surveys conducted in Spring 2015 and analyzed in two publications, Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, Volume Five Report 2, and its companion study, Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. Both reports are available for immediate download; click here for Student Attitudes and here for Faculty Attitudes. The raw data is also available via a dynamic online portal called Real-Time Reporting (RTR), which provides real-time web-based access to the raw survey data that is drillable, sortable, and accessible on demand…”

According to Library Technology Reports The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) has added “Preservica as its newest charter member.  Preservica has over a decade of expertise in digital preservation, investing in many research initiatives as well as being a well-respected member of several international collaborations with academia, archives, libraries and corporations…”

InfoDOCKET notes that “released this morning by the New Media Consortium (NMC) has released a new report that is “a collaboration between NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zürich.

The report, “explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.”

Direct to Full Text Report (PDF) (Also Embedded Below)

According to Information Today Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) “continues its expansion beyond clearing copyright permissions and providing compliance solutions, it is upping the ante on its line of RightFind cloud-based content workflow solutions with the introduction of RightFind XML for Mining. The RightFind suite also includes document delivery and professional services…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that the “Research Councils UK (RCUK), on behalf of the UK Open Research Data Forum, published a draft Concordat on Open Research Data, which sets out expectations of good practice in publishing research data openly. The Concordat aims to help ensure that research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community is made openly available for use by others wherever possible, in a manner consistent with relevant legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks and norms…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak  “three major education publishers – Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education – this week filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against a US-based textbook reseller for allegedly importing and selling ‘pirated’ foreign editions of popular textbooks. The suit, filed in Massachusetts federal court, accuses a trio of textbook ‘arbitragers’ individually and collectively (under the name Information Recyclers) of selling pirated, ‘counterfeit’ copies of the publishers’ ‘Authentic Works,’ bearing the publishers’ trademarks, at least as far back as June 2014…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “the University of Oklahoma is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the continued development of the Digital Latin Library project, which – when complete – will create resources that people of varying levels of interest and expertise in Latin can use to find, read, discuss, study, teach, edit and annotate Latin texts of all types and eras. This grant will allow OU and its collaborators to move forward on the implementation and launch of this Linked Open Data resource for providing resources and support of new scholarly educational materials related to Latin texts…”


 More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

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