ATG News & Announcements 3/23/16

computer notebook-pixabay*Free Ebook: The Journal Editor’s Definitive Guide to Digital Publishing;   *NISO Releases Altmetrics Definitions and Use Cases for Public Comment;  *Plum Analytics releases PlumX Funding Opportunities;   *Gale launches largest digital archive of LGBTQ History and Culture;  *University of Kentucky Libraries Launch Alternative Textbook Grant Program & Partners with GPO;   *NOAA Introduces New “One-Stop” Resource For U.S. Water Data;   *SCOAP3 publishes 10,000th Open Access article;   *Output of science and engineering publications by the US and China has almost reached parity, reveals NSB Science & Engineering Indicators 2016;   *PTFS Supports GPO’s Move to Cloud Technology with Library Community Websites;  and the   *Most Accessed Volumes in HathiTrust Digital Library (January/February 2016); plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

There is a new free ebook from Scholastica called The Journal Editor’s Definitive Guide to Digital Publishing.  This guide details how editors can modernize their academic journals to better serve scholars in the digital age, including:

  • Aspects of digital publishing that journals should be focusing on
  • Steps editors can take to: update their journal website, improve their online reading experience, ensure articles are being indexed, and more
  • How digital publishing is paving the way for open access to research…”

According to this press release “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on the draft Altmetrics Definitions and Use Cases document, NISO RP-25-201X-1. The draft is an output of the NISO Altmetrics Initiative, a two-phase project aiming to address limitations and gaps that may hinder the adoption of altmetrics, an expansion of tools available for measuring scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment. Draft output from one NISO altmetrics working group studying data quality was released for comment earlier this month, and further draft outputs from a third working group addressing specific output types, including data metrics and use of persistent identifiers, will be released soon…”

According to Library Technology Guides Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, is providing an integrated experience to help researchers find grant opportunities to fund their research. PlumXTM Funding Opportunities helps researchers search for available grants, and when used with the PlumX Suite, allows them to analyze the grant opportunities within the context of the impact of their current research…”

Library Technology Guides also notes that “Gale released the first part of Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that brings together the largest collection of primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The archives meet a growing interest for content to support research in these disciplines, and represents the diverse content of the Gale Primary Sources program…”

infoDOCKET reports two developments at the University of Kentucky:

1. New Alternative Textbook Grant Program Launches2016-03-22_16-28-27

Committed to supporting student success and knowledge sharing, the University of Kentucky Libraries has launched the Alternative Textbook Grant Program to encourage faculty members to adopt peer-reviewed, open access alternative textbooks or to create alternative textbooks for their courses.  Faculty members may apply for one of 10 grants of up to $1,500 each to implement any curriculum change required for the use of alternative textbooks.

2. University of Kentucky Libraries Named Official GPO Partner

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is excited to announce the University of Kentucky Libraries as an official GPO partner. This partnership with GPO is designed to ensure long-term, public access to their tangible and digital collection of historical materials from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition, UK Libraries digitized over 450 WPA publications from Kentucky and other southeastern states.

infoDOCKET reports that “driven by feedback from water resource managers, federal agencies and others, NOAA and partners have developed the Water Resources Dashboard: a one-stop website for relevant water data on drought, flooding, precipitation, climate and other measures…”

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KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest is providing critical support to research projects across the US with data from its leading Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) Global database. Through a new program, ProQuest assists researchers on their projects by pulling content from the database that will add significant insights to the project. Among recent projects, ProQuest provided data to the UMETRICS project which was piloted by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports thatSCOAP3 has announced the publication of its 10,000th Open Access article. Since the start of its operation in 2014, the initiative has supported Open Access publication of High-Energy-Physics articles in 10 high-quality peer-reviewed journals. More than 18,000 scientists from over 90 countries have benefited from this initiative.

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “The NSB Science & Engineering Indicators 2016 report reveals that authors based in the US were responsible for 18.8% of global scientific output in 2015, while China-based authors accounted for 18.2%. This performance follows over a decade of ‘catching-up’ by China, which has seen its share of global output increase from 6.4% in 2003. The US’s share, by contrast, has decreased from 26.8% in the same period…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that, working under contract with the U.S. Government Publishing Office and using Amazon Web Service, it has completed transitioning GPO’s Integrated Library System public websites to the cloud. As GPO continues to embrace digital technological innovation, this move supports the White House’s Federal Cloud First policy that encourages agencies to take advantage of cloud computing opportunities…”

And lastly, infoDOCKET notes that “the following chart of appears in the January/February 2016 HathiTrust Update On Activities that was released today. HT currently has a total membership of 113 institutions…”



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