Today’s news: a Mendeley update; Access Innovations, AIP and semantic enrichment; Reproducibility Initiative launched by Science Exchange and PLOS; LIBER E-Science Working Group’s final report; formation of the ALCTS and LITA Metadata Standards Committee; and People in the News
The Prof. Hacker column in the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “Mendeley has released a new institutional edition that will allow participating colleges and universities to aggregate their users under one digital roof, not unlike institutional subscriptions to other services like RefWorks. But the significance of this update is Mendeley’s new ability to aggregate data on an institution’s users to get a more real-time assessment of research impact…”
Information Today reports that “Access Innovations, Inc. is working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to semantically enrich AIP’s online full-text collection comprising more than 800,000 scholarly articles published in its academic journals since the 1930s. The enriched database allows users to easily search the extensive electronic collection of published articles with greater specificity and discoverability across physics…”
Another item from Information Today reports that “Science Exchange, in partnership with open access publisher PLOS and open data repository figshare, announced the launch of the Reproducibility Initiative. The new program aims to encourage independent replication of valuable research and thereby help scientists, institutions and funding agencies validate their critical research findings. The Reproducibility Initiative will potentially provide a mechanism for industry to identify robust drug targets for developing effective new therapies. The Reproducibility Initiative is initially accepting 40-50 studies for validation. Validations are conducted blind, on a fee-for-service basis.
InfoDOCKET reports on the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) E-Science Working Group’s final report and notes from the introduction that “the group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first during the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The “10 recommendations for libraries to support research data management” were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.
The Final Report can be found at: Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management (4 pages; PDF)
InfoDOCKET also notes from an ALA Connect Post by Carolynne Myall (ALCTS President) that “the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), with the support of Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce the formation of the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee…”
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
” The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) honored longtime library advocate Winston Tabb at the World Library and Information Congress, which took place last week in Helsinki, Finland. Tabb, who is the dean of Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University, received Honorary Fellowship—the IFLA’s highest honor—for his 20 years of service for bringing light to the roles of libraries in international copyright discussions…