ATG News & Announcements 10/22/15

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*ARL awarded IMLS, Sloan Foundation grant to expand and enhance SHARE;  Nature Publishing Group publishes 63 percent of research articles via open access models;  *Nominations sought for prestigious Kilgour Research Award;   *Scientists use Twitter to sneak research papers to those who need them;   *Several Lingustic Journals Going Open Access;   *Internet Archive Receives Grant to Develop the Next Generation Wayback Machine;  *Report: Information Practices in the Physical Science and Impact of Digital Technologies on Research;  *Public Access to Congressional Research Service Reports—Transparency Caucus to Host Briefing;  *DPLA Now Available as Browser Search Option; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded a joint $1.2 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand and enhance SHARE’s open data set of research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. SHARE is an initiative of the Association of Research Libraries carried out in collaboration with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Center for Open Science (COS).

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Open access is thriving at Nature Publishing Group (NPG) with sixty three percent of original research articles published to date on in 2015. Ten years ago, NPG introduced its first fully open access journal. Currently, NPG publishes over 80 journals with an open access option…”

ALAnews announces that The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2015…”

TeleRead notes that the BBC reports that … web sites where “pirated” copies of thousands of papers from academic journals reside “are only the visible tip of the iceberg. A much more discreet method of file transfer involves scientists requesting specific papers via Twitter, then a scientist with access to a journal subscription making contact privately and emailing the paper out of band while the person who asked for it deletes their original tweet requesting it…”

infoDOCKET reports that “A group of leading international linguists are aiming to make accessibility to academic research results less dependent on expensive commercial publishers. The editorial boards of various academic journals in linguistics are in the process of leaving their publishers or are renegotiating their collaboration. They will soon be publishing their articles on a universal free access basis at extremely low costs. Supported by universities, this unique initiative will be launched under the name of LingOA and is a significant step on the road towards open access…”

infoDOCKET also reports that there is “great news about an important and essential Internet research too… when completed in 2017, the next generation Wayback Machine will have more and better webpages that are easier to find. The Internet Archive, with generous support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), is re-building the Wayback Machine which currently offers access to 439+ billion Web captures including Web pages, video and images…”

And lastly, infoDOCKET notes “the following report was recently published by the Research Information Network (UK) and IOP Publishing:

Title: Information Practices in the Physical Science: A Quantitative Study to Evaluate the Impact of Digital Technologies on Research in Physical Science

See also: IOP News Release With Key Findings

ARL News notes that to discuss this issue of  whether to systematically publicly distribute non-confidential Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports… “the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus will host a free and open briefing on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–noon eastern daylight time. The briefing will be held in room 2103 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, (RSVP to attend the briefing in person) and will be live streamed on YouTube…”

According to ResourceShelf  “Firefox and Internet Explorer users can make use of a new OpenSearch plugin that will add the DPLA as one of your browser’s known search providers. Firefox users may also install it directly through the Mozilla Add-ons site. This is valuable because it gets you to DPLA content faster and more often…”


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