ATG News & Announcements 8/26/15

media - macbook-pixabay*Choice launches tablet app for iPad and Android;  *Pew Research Center Releases Mobile Messaging Report;   *Students Cheat in MOOCs;  *DOAB awarded IFLA/Brill Open Access Award 2015;   *American Physical Society (APS) Begins Adding U.S. Dept. of Energy-Funded Research Articles to CHORUS Database;     *University of Arkansas Launching the Digital Ozark Folksong Collection Online;    *Ancestry and Gannett Announce are Collaborating to Digitize 80 Daily U.S. Newspapers;   *Cengage’s Technical Education Portal;  Ingram’s 1440 Accelerator Kick-Starts Future Publishing Ventures;   plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ALANews reports that Choice has “announced the release of the new Choice tablet app, which makes Choice magazine available for the  iPad and Android tablets.  Current Choice or Choice Reviews Online subscribers can access the Choice app for free by downloading it from the App Store and Google Play™…”

According to Information Today “the newest Pew Research Center Internet, Science & Tech division report, “Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015,” is based on Pew’s first survey to classify the use of messaging apps as a different mobile activity from texting. The survey found that 36% of smartphone owners use messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Kik, or iMessage, and 17% use automatic-deletion apps such as Snapchat or Wickr. Nearly half of smartphone owners age 18–29 use these types of apps…”

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday.

According to the researchers, some students are creating at least two accounts in a MOOC — one or more with which to purposely fail assignments in order to discover the correct answers, which they use to ace the assignments in their primary account…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) has been awarded the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award for their achievements to further the distribution of high quality open access books. The award was presented during the 2015 IFLA World Library and Information Congress. A service of the OAPEN Foundation, DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed books published under an OA business model, with links to the full text at the publisher’s website…”

According to InfoDOCKETAn important milestone was reached on August 1st when publisher member American Physical Society (APS) released its first wave of DOE-funded research articles, making them publicly accessible to non-subscribers through CHORUS, several months ahead of the DOE’s official October 1st start date. The articles released were published over one year ago; going forward APS will release about 150 to 200 articles each month as their embargoes expire…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that the Ozark Folksong Collection, “is now available online, the collection contains recordings of songs, tales, instrumentals, and conversations from over 700 performers.  The collection was assembled “between 1949 and 1965, is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation…” 

In addition InfoDOCKET notes that “Ancestry (aka today announced its collaboration with Gannett to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation., an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive…”

Inside Higher ED reports that “Cengage Learning will offer the 24,000 members of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) access to a portal of online courses and professional development tools. The site will include more than 350 online courses in health care, business, IT and other areas. Cengage also will provide 100 certificate-bearing career training programs through the portal, which will be accredited through community colleges and other institutions…”

Information Today notes that “On Sept. 13, 2015, Ingram Content Group will unveil the results of 1440, a new incubator for publishing entrepreneurs. The project’s website connects a past publishing revolution with the type of disruption Ingram hopes to help start in the future: “In [the year] 1440, Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press and changed the world. We’re looking for the companies that are changing today’s publishing world by changing the way that people interact with content…”


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