ATG News & Announcements 11/28/17

Digital Science Report Reveals Potential Behind Blockchain Technology for Scholarly Communication and Research;  *SJSU-Led Team Explores Blockchain in Libraries;  *ALA Pledges Support for Net Neutrality;  *Over 3.25 million article shares during first year of SharedIt, Springer Nature’s free content sharing initiative; *FTC halts deceptive practices of academic journal publishers;  *COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Releases Technical Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories;  *University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Complete Long-Term Facilities Master Plan; and *COPE Introduces Less Specific Member Rules Along with a New Policy on Expulsions plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


PRWeb reports that “Digital Science has released a landmark report titled:Blockchain for Research – Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication. The report offers a perspective on blockchain technology and how it could impact scholarly communication and research. It also features views from global industry experts on how future technologies in the scholarly arena will be impacted by blockchain technology…”


According to Library Journal “a group led by San José State University iSchool (SJSU) Director Sandra Hirsh and SJSU lecturer Susan Alman is exploring how the library field could use blockchain, the open source, secure distributed database system originally developed to validate and record Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions. Funded with a recent $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), SJSU is planning an online Library 2.0 conference on the topic on June 7, 2018, and a Blockchain National Forum gathering library leaders, blockchain innovators, and urban planners for mid-2018.


Information Today reports that “Jim Neal, current ALA president, released a statement on the proposed Net Neutrality order by Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman. The FCC plans to vote on the order on Dec. 14. Neal said the following:

“Preserving net neutrality is essential for equitable access to online information and services and thus a vital concern for our nation’s libraries. Now that the internet has become the primary mechanism for delivering information, services and applications to the general public, it is especially important that commercial Internet Service Providers are not able to control or manipulate the content of these communications. Libraries, our patrons and America’s communities will be at risk if the FCC repeals all protections contained in its 2015 Open Internet Order with no plans to replace [them] with any enforceable rules. We strenuously disagree with the FCC’s actions and will continue to advocate for essential net neutrality protections.”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “Articles have been successfully shared by authors, subscribers and media outlets over 3.25 million times during the first year of SharedIt, Springer Nature‘s free content sharing initiative. This industry-leading initiative enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaboration networks and via email…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “a federal court recently granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Federal Trade Commission, temporarily halting the deceptive practices of academic journal publishers charged by the agency with making false claims about their journals and academic conferences, and hiding their publishing fees, which were up to several thousand dollars. The preliminary injunction against OMICS Group Inc., iMedPub LLC, Conference Series LLC, and their CEO, director, and owner, Srinubabu Gedela stems from a complaint the FTC filed last year that names Gedela and his three companies as defendants…”


infoDOCKET notes that COAR has publish a report entitled Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group… 

The report includes “recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards, and protocols that will help repositories become more integrated into the web environment and enable them to play a larger role in the scholarly communication ecosystem…”


Also according to infoDOCKET the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries has released “the newly completed  long-term facilities master plan…

The final recommendation calls for projects designed to enhance and support research, teaching and learning, modern learning spaces, collection development, service delivery, strategic partnerships, and staff and patron experiences. The projects start with the already-in-progress, successful consolidation efforts, and call for a six-library hub system to enhance the reach, consistency, and depth of services, create a cohesive campus library identity, while reducing the Libraries’ physical footprint on campus.


This post in Scholarly Kitchen discusses the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) “announced changes to its Code of Conduct as well as a new policy on sanctions against member journal editors and publishers that do not follow their “principles.”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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