News & Announcements 2/7/13

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In the News: Wiley ebooks will be made available through the Research4Life; a NISO initiative to develop a standard for open access metadata; OCLC Research and ALISE name grant winners ; EBL signs seven new publishers; and Eureka Growth Capital acquires Law School Publishing from Thomson Reuters

 Over 12,000 Wiley Online Books Made Available in Developing Countries Via Research4Life

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced that its 12,200 Online Books would be made available through the Research4Life initiatives of HINARI, AGORA and OARE, benefitting research and academic communities in 80 low- and middle-income countries including Malawi, Cambodia, and Bolivia.

Research4Life provides 6,000 institutions in developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The addition of Wiley’s Online Books brings the total number of peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership to almost 30,000.

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access Metadata and Indicators

“NISO voting members have approved a new project to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles with respect to how “open” they are…

The project launched by NISO will focus initially on metadata elements that describe the readership rights associated with an OA article. Specifically, the NISO Working Group will determine the optimal mechanisms to describe and transmit the rights, if any, an arbitrary user has to access a specific article from any internet connection point. Recommendations will include a means for distribution and aggregation of this metadata in machine-readable form. The group will also consider the feasibility of incorporating information on re-use rights and the feasibility of reaching agreement on transmission of that data…”

“OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants to Lynne Bowker of the University of Ottawa, Kyung-Sun Kim of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin of Nanyang Technological University and Sanghee Oh of Florida State University. The awards were presented January 24 at the ALISE 2013 Annual Conference Awards Reception in Seattle, Washington…”

Seven new publishers sign to EBL

EBL – Ebook Library is pleased to announce that seven new publishers were signed to the platform in January 2013:

  1. RSC Publishing (the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC))
  2. Duke University Press
  3. Bond University Press
  4. Euromonitor
  5. Indiana Historical Society Press
  6. Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  7. Facet (the publishing arm of CILIP)

“Eureka Growth Capital has acquired the Law School Publishing business of Thomson Reuters through its newly-formed affiliate, West Academic Publishing. Eureka partnered with the senior management team of LSP to acquire the provider of higher education learning materials for the law school market. West Academic Publishing represents Eureka’s second platform investment in Eureka III LP…”


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