OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANature makes all articles free to view; NEH Creates New “Public Scholar” Grant Program Supporting Popular Scholarly Books in the Humanities; SciServer, SkyServer, and CasJobs: Big Data Infrastructure For Science From Johns Hopkins University; New Maps Available Online From the Library of Congress; National Archives Welcomes Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 ; ALA seeks nominations for 2015 James Madison awards; Bowker to Include ISNI in ONIX 2.1 data feeds; Citation exporting from EBSCO resources to EasyBib now possible; CRL Welcomes Eight New Members; “Software as Service & Cloud Applications”: CNI Exec. Roundtable Report; and  EBSCO Selected to the 2014 EContent 100.

According ot this press release “all research papers from Nature will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded, the journal’s publisher Macmillan announced on 2 December.

The content-sharing policy, which also applies to 48 other journals in Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group (NPG) division, including Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine and Nature Physics, marks an attempt to let scientists freely read and share articles while preserving NPG’s primary source of income — the subscription fees libraries and individuals pay to gain access to articles…”

(Michael Eisen a co-founder of the PLOS is skeptical. See Is Nature’s “free to view” a magnanimous gesture or a cynical ploy?

“National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) … announced a new grant opportunity that encourages the publication of nonfiction books that apply serious humanities scholarship to subjects of general interest and appeal.

The new NEH Public Scholar awards support well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “a new project called SciServer, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to build a long-term, flexible ecosystem to provide access to the enormous data sets from observations and simulation…

SciServer grew out of work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ambitious, ongoing project to map the entire universe…

InfoDOCKET also notes that “the November newsletter (6 pages; PDF) from the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress is now available online.Each item includes bibliographic data and links to access the maps recently made available online…”

According ot this press release from the National Archives “on November 26th, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. This new law modernizes records management by focusing more directly on electronic records, and complements efforts by the National Archives and the Office of Management and Budget to implement the President’s 2011 Memorandum on Managing Government Records…”

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought awareness to these issues at the national level. Madison is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “ProQuest affiliate Bowker will now include the ISO-certified International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) in its ONIX 2.1 data feeds to retailers such as Barnes & Noble, as well as the major search engines, ensuring that authors are accurately identified in search and discovery. ISNIs are unique 16-digit codes applied to public identities…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “EBSCO and EasyBib have made it possible to directly export citations from EBSCO resources to EasyBib. The integration creates an effortless way for students and researchers to ethically use their resources. EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking and research tools…”

Since July, CRL has added eight new member organizations. In August, Rollins College and High Point University became voting members. September saw the addition of Amherst College, Hampshire College, University of San Diego, and the National Agricultural Library. In October, College of Wooster joined as a voting member, and Nalanda University joined as a global member in November…

A report of the CNI Executive Roundtable Software as a Service and Cloud Based Applications, held at the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting, is now available…

Other reports by and related to CNI are at http://www.cni.org/go/cni-reports/. For questions or comments related to CNI Executive Roundtables, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at [email protected].

According to PRWeb “EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces that it has been selected for the EContent 100 List of Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry. EContent 100 is an annual listing of companies that have had an impact on the digital industry over the past year chosen by a panel of judges. EBSCO has consecutively made the EContent 100 since the list was established in 2001…