In the News: The Open Library of Humanities; release draft from NISO and OAIfor ResourceSync Framework specification; LM & Wolper join forces; Ingram invests in Livrada start up; Choice announces its list of Outstanding Academic Titles; and DiTech Launches Indian E-bookstore.
Information Today reports on the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) initiative whose “aim is to build a “low cost, sustainable, Open Access future for the humanities.” While the initiative is still in its early stages of development, it has moved at warp speed from informal conversations to grassroots support to a more organized effort and plan. In the past few weeks, the project has added many highly respected academics and members of the OA publishing community to its growing network of advisory committees. Efforts are now focused on moving forward the group’s ambitious ideas for a new model of scholarly publishing from vision to fruition…”
“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announce the release of a beta draft for comments of the ResourceSync Framework Specification for the web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. Feedback to this version of the specification is solicited and can be shared by March 15, 2013 on the ResourceSync Google Group…”
Citing a joint announcement InfoDOCKET reports that “LM Information Delivery Group and Wolper Information Services have merged… LM is one of Europe’s leading subscription and information services providers and Wolper is a leading provider of subscription and information management services in the U.S.
Both LM and Wolper were established in the early to mid-1970s and have significantly expanded their customer bases and breadth of services over the past 5 years. Both organizations are involved with the management and dissemination of information in all aspects of print and electronic content, within the academic, corporate, research, government, medical and public library market segments.
More from President and CEO, Susan Wolper in this company blog post.
Livrada, a company developing new types of e-book gift cards, has raised a seed round of funding. Combined with earlier support from friends and family, the company has now raised a total of $1 million… the company has already gotten some nice validation from the book world, with ICG Ventures, the investment arm of top book distributor Ingram Content Group, leading the round. Angel investors Thomas Lehrman (founder of the Gerson Lehrman Group), William Hsu, and Shawn Yeh also participated.”
In case you missed it, “every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year.” This year was no exception. The list published in the January 2013 issue “contains approximately ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer’s evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record…”
According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Mumbai-based DiTech Process Solutions, an end-to-end publishing and content management services company, launched educational e-bookstore StudyeBuddy on February 8. StudyeBuddy is a digital home for books, reference materials, worksheets and other resource materials created by leading publishing companies for Indian and international colleges and institutions of professional studies…”