News & Announcements 8/12/15

news-pixabay5Figshare Announces Next-Generation Platform Customized for Academic Institutions;  *Outsell report reveals the impact of research funders  *Book series Topics in Current Chemistry to be relaunched as online journal;  *Wikimedia Commons Now Home to More than 27 Million Media Files;  *Demographic Group Terms available through the LC Linked Data Service;  *University of Washington Building Digital Library of Sephardic Language;   *George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida Receives NEH Funding For More Newspaper Digitization;   *ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar;  *SkyRiver Adds 3.5 Million Records from the British Library;  *NISO Launches New Project to Develop XML Standard for Producing Standards Documents; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Figshare has launched “the next generation of its research data management platform, Figshare for Institutions, developed to address the specific needs of academic institutions to store research data securely. The pioneering platform has piloted at institutions in the U.K., Australasia, and mainland Europe, and supports their needs for better storage, preservation, accessibility and publication of the outputs produced by their researchers…

According to KnowledgeSpeakOutsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology, has announced the publication of a new report ‘The Impact of Research Funders on Scholarly Communication.’ The report examines the role funders play in the research workflow, addressing issues facing researchers, funders, and publishers coming to terms with the evolving landscape of scholarly communication and the increasingly prominent role funders play…”

Springer is relaunching the book series Topics in Current Chemistry (TCC) as an online journal. The individual contributions will appear in six electronic issues per year with the first articles to be published in the fall of 2015. Topics in Current Chemistry is well known for presenting high-quality reviews of the present position and future trends in modern chemical research…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “Wikimedia Commons is now home to more than 27 million media files. At the time we’re posting this item the total listed is of 27,159,271. On August 12, 2014, the total number of files available was 22,372,960 and five years ago (August 12, 2010) 7,150,247 were available…”

According to Library Technology Guides “the Library of Congress announces the availability in its Linked Data Service (LC LDS) of the LC Demographic Group Terms vocabulary, which the Library is developing in consultation with the ALA ALCTS Subject Access Committee. The demographic terms can be accessed as one composite list or through 12 lists representing various demographic categories, such as age groups and occupational groups. Individual members of the lists may be searched via key word…”

According to InfoDOCKET the University of Washington is building a online, interactive “collection of Ladino — the language of the diaspora resulting from Spain’s expulsion of the Jews in 1492, a mixture of Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Greek and other languages picked up in the lands where they settled.

The Ladino collection is among the nation’s largest, second to the one housed at Yeshiva University in New York. Among the finds is a rare book of ethics published in Istanbul in the 1740s and a 1916 book of advice to immigrants to the U.S., which among weightier matters carries a useful explanation of how to eat ice-cream cones…”

In addition, InfoDOCKET reports that the “George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida were recently awarded supplemental funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize over 100,000 additional pages of historic newspapers.

The $288,000 NEH grant will provide funding support for the “Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project,” which is part of the state’s and territory’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The full text of ProQuest “scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections…”

Innovative announced today that SkyRiver, its cataloging utility product, now makes available over 3.5 million records from the British Library. This rich metadata, known as the British National Bibliography, reflects the publishing activity of the UK and Ireland and includes print and electronic publications. With this new content, the SkyRiver database now exceeds 60 million full, unique records…”

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to standardize the ISO Standard Tag Set (ISOSTS) in line with JATS (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012 JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite) for application by standards development organizations (SDOs) and use in the standards ecosystem. In the process of formalizing ISO STS-a variant of JATS-as an ANSI/NISO standard, this new NISO initiative, NISO STS, will support input from many organizations that have begun to use it in their own publication production processes…”



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