ATG News & Announcements 3/8/16

binary*Google Docs Adds EPUB Export Option;   *Eyebrowse: A Collaborative Web Browsing Tool Under Development at MIT;    *Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016 Highlights Balance in Copyright System;   *Google Adopts Geolocation for ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Search Results;   *Statistics/Indicators About Women’s Equality Around the World (International Women’s Day 2016);   *White House Reports Progress With Federally Funded Research Access;   and   *Altmetric launches annual research grant to advance understanding of alternative research metrics; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

infoDOCKET quotes the  Google Apps Updates Blog that “to make it easier for authors, publishers, and academic institutions to create works that can be consumed digitally, today we’re launching the ability to export Google Docs files as EPUB publications. Simply go to the File menu > Download as > EPUB Publication (.epub).

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that allows Web users to share self-selected aspects of their online activity with their friends and the general public. The hope is to give users themselves, as well as academics and other scientists conducting research in the public interest, access to the same type of browsing data that big Web companies currently collect and mine to better target products to individual consumers…”

On February 22–26, 136 organizations and numerous individuals participated in Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016, an annual celebration of the important—and flexible—doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. This year’s event was organized by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participants included universities, libraries, library associations, and many other organizations, such as Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the R Street Institute, Re:Create, and Wikimedia.

More than double the number of organizations participated in 2016 compared to 2015. Fifty ARL member libraries contributed this year, producing blog posts, comic books, and other resources, including five videos on fair use and fair dealing.

Information Today notes that according to TechCrunch “Google “is making a number of changes to how it handles links it has delisted under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ regulations. Instead of simply delisting links from the various regional versions of its search engine, it will now use geolocation to remove these links from all searches that come from a given region.” The company will identify a user’s IP address and other data to restrict access to delisted URLs based on the user’s location, not on what search domain he or she is using…”

Also according to infoDOCKET  “a recently released compilation (21 pages; PDF) of statistics from several sources about women’s equality around the globe … is being made available by the UK House of Commons Library.

This briefing gives an introduction to International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women’s equality both in the UK and internationally.

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Also Published Today

New Data: Women in Canada: Women and Health” (via Statistics Canada) ||| PDF Version (55 pages)

Also according to Information Today “The White House released a blog post celebrating the 3-year anniversary of the memorandumIncreasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” which directed federal agencies that spend more than $100 million in annual R&D to increase the public availability of their publications and data. Since the memo’s distribution, the White House asserts that federal agencies have made progress: 16 departments and agencies have released public access plans; other agencies are almost finished with their plans.

According to KnowledgeSpeakAltmetric LLP has launched an annual research grant of up to £1,500 ($2100 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider scholarly agenda. Complementary to traditional indicators of influence like citations, altmetrics capture the online mentions and shares of research at the article or output level to help better reflect the online reach and dissemination of scholarship…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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