ATG News You Need to Start the Week 4/11/17

Knight Foundation Issues Innovation Report, Grants;   *Ithaka S+R and OCLC Partnering on “University Futures; Library Futures” Research Project;   *New open access policy for all MIT authors;   *UN Moves To Preserve World’s Software Code ‘Heritage’;   *HighWire and Hypothesis partner to integrate annotation across publications;   *The Microsoft eBookstore Launches Today In The United States;   *Mission impossible: trying to flog a stolen 500-year-old Dante manuscript;   *New Initiative Plans to Open Scholarly Citation Data;  and  *GIS Data Facilitates Better Collection of Health Information plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Library Journal reports that “on March 30 the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (KF) announced the award of nearly $1 million to support five innovative library projects.|

 The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML), NC; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; Peer 2 Peer University, Chicago; Richland Library, Columbia, SC; and Southwest Harbor Public Library, ME, each received between $35,000 and $250,000 to help realize a range of creative concepts addressing the digital information needs of their communities…”


According to infoDOCKET  a new project has just been announced entitled ““University Futures; Library Futures”, in which OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R are joining forces to carry out a collaborative project on the future of academic libraries, in the context of changes in the higher education landscape.

In this project, our research question is: what happens when libraries differentiate themselves in terms of services, not collection size; are there multiple models of success?…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports thatMIT is launching a new way for authors of scholarly articles to legally hold onto rights to reuse and post their articles, and for others to more easily build on that work. As of this month, all MIT authors, including students, postdocs, and staff, can opt in to an open access license. The initiative is the results of the efforts of Cara Manning PhD ’16, the MIT Libraries, and many others across the Institute…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced last Monday that it’s partnering with a French computer science institute in an ambitious aim to preserve every piece of software ever made in order to make sure it’s never forgotten.

French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) began this initiative last year with its Software Heritage project, which has collected 58 million projects so far…”


Also according to KnowledgeSpeakHighWire Press and Hypothesis have announced a partnership which adds open annotation capability to over 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings published on HighWire’s JCore platform.| 

Publishers on HighWire’s JCore platform can implement and control their own annotation layers, moderated, branded, and visible across their publications.


GoodE-reader notes that “Microsoft has launched their digital bookstore today and you can access it once you download the Windows Creators Update. The online bookstore is apart of the Windows App Store, this is where you download native apps for Windows 10, in addition to music and film. Sadly, you can cannot download paid or free content unless you live in the United States. The Microsoft bookstore is not available in Canada or Europe…”


The Guardian reports that “in a rare book heist described as “extraordinary” for its Mission: Impossible-style stealth, a gang of thieves has stolen more than £2m worth of antiquarian books from a London warehouse. The three tome-raiders evaded the security system by boring holes through reinforced glass skylights and abseiling 40ft on ropes into the repository. The haul of more than 160 books included a 1566 copy of De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium by Copernicus, worth an estimated £215,000, as well as works by Galileo, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci and a 1569 edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy…”


According to Information TodaySix organizations, including eLife and PLOS, founded the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), which aims to coordinate efforts to “open up data on the citations that link research publications” and “promote the creation of a comprehensive, freely-available corpus of scholarly citation data.  Thirty-three organizations have pledged their support for I4OC…”

Read the full press release.


Information Today also notes that “according to StateTech, “Geographic information systems (GIS), a collection of tools that make it possible to visualize sets of data on regional maps, are growing in popularity for state and local health agencies.” A federal health agency, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), rolled out its 500 Cities Project, “which aims to provide data on the geographic distribution of chronic disease risk factors; public health concerns such as alcoholism and physical activity; and the occurrences of diseases like heart disease or diabetes in a specific geographic area…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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