News & Announcements 2/26/13

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In the News: University of Chicago Press will partner with OUP; Linda Hall Library begins digitizing monographs; SPARC applauds White House open access directive; new “Best Practice Recommendations For Identifying Digital Products”; Taylor & Francis joins Open Access Scholarly Pub. Assn.; a new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative; and the American College of Physicians names new publisher.

 University of Chicago Press to make scholarly monograph content available via OUP’s UPSO platform

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the University of Chicago Press will partner with Oxford University Press to launch Chicago Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform taking advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting edge search and discovery functionality. Chicago Scholarship Online will launch in February 2013 providing instant and comprehensive access to the full text of nearly 300 titles of the highest academic quality in 5 subject areas – Biology, Economics and Finance, Literature, Sociology and, a new subject area for UPSO, Education…”

Linda Hall Library Begins Digitizing Monographs

“The Center for Research Libraries continues to expand upon its partnership with Linda Hall Library (LHL).  Beginning March 1, LHL will begin digitizing single volumes of their open monograph collection to fulfill requests from scholars at CRL libraries. Due to royalty costs, standards are not included among those materials eligible for digitizing. At this time, material eligible for scanning will be pre-1950 monographs…”

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) today applauded President Obama for issuing a landmark Directive to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles and data – are made available to the general public to freely access and fully use.

The action today comes about after a ten-year campaign by the “Open Access” movement – scientists, universities, libraries, technology leaders, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day Americans – aimed at making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible and fully reusable in a digital environment.

 Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Publishes Revised Version of “Best Practice Recommendations For Identifying Digital Products”

According to InfoDOCKET a new version of theBest Practice Recommendations For Identifying Digital Products” was made available today by the BISG. The original version was published on December 7, 2011.

This document will be of special interest to catalogers and those who work with metadata.

Direct to Full Text: BISG Policy Statement POL-1101: Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products ( (16 pages; PDF)

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Academic publisher Taylor & Francis, UK, will join the community of open access (OA) publishers that are part of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). OASPA represents the interest of OA publishers globally within scientific and technical disciplines; advancing OA models, advocacy, education, and innovation within the field…”

Request for Information (RFI): Training Needs in Response to Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative

“The National Institutes of Health is launching Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), an initiative to address how best to manage and utilize the large amounts of biomedical data that new technologies can generate ( This initiative resulted from a set of recommendations from the Data and Informatics Working Group to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH (Data and Informatics Working Group).  As part of the its response to the recommendations, NIH has established a working group to develop plans to implement new programs to increase training in this area, and this working group intends to convene a workshop to discuss training and education needs in how to manage and utilize large complex data sets.  Prior to the workshop, NIH wishes to collect information and relevant materials that will help inform the discussions of the workshop participants…”

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has named Diane Scott-Lichter as publisher to direct the strategic planning, sales, and operations for all ACP print and digital publishing properties…

ACP’s print and digital publishing properties includes Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world; ACP Internist, ACP Hospitalist; ACP Diabetes Monthly; ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program  (MKSAP); ACP Journal Club; ACP JournalWise; and clinical and educational mobile apps, webinars, videos, and books…”

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