ATG News & Announcements 12/5/15

news-1074609_1280*E-records privacy protection finally “warrants” Hill hearing;  *Map Believed Stolen More Than a Decade Ago From Boston Public Library Found in New York City and Returned; *NIH Manuscript Collection Now Optimized and Available for Text-Mining and More;   *EFF Brings Awareness to Google Privacy Practices;    *Latest Smashwords Survey shares indispensable findings for writers, publishers;   *CHORUS and NSF in deal to advance public access to research;   *Altmetric adds ORCID search functionality;   *Springer Nature and the Confederation of Indian Industry partner to release the first ever nature index report on science in India;   *Volunteer Now for ACRL Division or Section Committees plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

District Dispatch reports that “Sparks flew this week at the House Judiciary Committee’s long-delayed and much pushed-for hearing on legislation to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as proponents of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) at the witness table and on the Judiciary Committee vigorously rebutted arguments by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FBI and a group of U.S. prosecutors seeking to water down the bill.

According to infoDOCKET “the Boston Public Library (BPL) announced that a map believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago, has been located at a New York City antiques dealer, and has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer for $285,000…”

infoDOCKET also notes that the “NIH-supported scientists have made over 300,000 author manuscripts available on PubMed Central (PMC) since 2008. Now, NIH is making these papers accessible to the public in a format that will allow robust text analyses.

You can download the entire PMC collection of NIH-supported author manuscripts as a package in either XML or plain text formats…”

According to Information Today “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google for collecting and mining students’ personal data, such as their internet searches…”

Teleread reports that the fourth annual Smashwords Survey has been released “in a Pulse post on LinkedIn, and via a Slideshare link.” and is “based on over $25 million in actual verified ebook sales data, aggregated across the Smashwords distribution network between April 2014 and March 2015…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “CHORUS, a non-profit organisation, has announced an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF), as part of the agency’s continued commitment to expand public access to the results of its funded research. The new agreement is in accordance with the NSF public access plan, which was released on March 18, 2015.

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports thatAltmetric has released a new functionality enabling users to search the entire Altmetric database, which contains attention data for over 4 million research outputs, by ORCID iD – making it easy for researchers, publishers, librarians and other users to uncover the online mentions and shares of scholarly content associated with the ORCID profile of a specific author. As one of the early members of ORCID, Altmetric is committed to helping users get the most out of their ORCID profiles…”

According to this press release “A new resource designed to meet the research needs of the international music community is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, Inc (RILM). RILM Music Encyclopedias™, available via the EBSCOhost® platform, provides researchers with key music encyclopedias and dictionaries published from 1775 to 2015…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak The Nature Index analytics report Indian Science Ascending is the first of a new style of reports that further probe data from the Nature Index to answer questions about India’s place in global science, especially when compared with countries that have similar volumes of index output in 2014 and with broadly similar economic conditions (including Australia, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan).

According this post from ACRL Insider the association ” invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2016-2017 division or section committee. The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2016. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.



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