News & Announcements 3/27/15

by | Mar 27, 2015 | 0 comments

newspapers2Young Americans Prefer Print Books Over E-Books; UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library; Shake-up of centuries-old system of credit in scholarly communication; Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists Revealed; ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing; LexisNexis Academic will soon be accessible through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services; Biomedical researchers look to post-publication peer review to build grant funding case;

InfoDOCKET reports “key findings from a new study published today by Publishing Technology, a provider of content systems, content delivery, and audience development. (Publishing Technology is also the owner of IngentaConnect.)

The survey, which polled 1,000 consumers across the U.S., aged between 18 and 34, found that in the last year, nearly twice as many respondents had read a print book (79 percent), than an ebook on any device – the closest being a tablet (46 percent). Showing no strong allegiance, young Americans also reported reading ebooks on personal computers (37 percent), mobile phones (36 percent) and dedicated ereaders (31 percent)…”

InfoDOCKET also notes the “UMass Amherst is… teaming up with MakerBot to deploy the first large-scale 3D printing MakerBot Innovation Center in New England and the first ever at a university library. The MakerBot Innovation Center at UMass Amherst is located in the Digital Media Lab at the iconic Du Bois Library, which is focused on facilitating project-based learning and innovation on campus and providing this access to the surrounding community…”

According to Library Technology Guides “the Wellcome Trust has been working with technology company Digital Science to introduce a new way of classifying the roles of individuals in work leading to published academic research. The new Contributor Role Taxonomy, named CReditT Taxonomy, will provide transparency in contributions to published work. Researchers can now be assigned credit and attribution for the wide variety of roles they may undertake, such as data curation, visualisation and software programming…

GalleyCat reports that “the Man Booker International Prize judges have revealed the ten finalists for its sixth annual prize, which honors writers for achievements in fiction.

The authors come from all around the globe and stand to win a purse of £60,000 award. Six new nationalities are represented on the list for the first time this year. This includes writers from: Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo. Eighty percent of the authors have been translated into English, a large proportion compared to year’s past…”

According to No Shelf Required  “ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest…”

Library Technology Guides also reports that “OCLC and LexisNexis are working together to make the LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services.

KnowledgeSpeak reports Jason McDermott, a Senior Research Scientist in computational biology and bioinformatics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, USA, has become one of the first to publish online his preliminary research methodology and data to gain peer reviews that he hopes will strengthen his R01 grant application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

While the concept of online and transparent peer-reviewing of research is increasingly being adopted, it is unusual for preliminary research to enter the public domain in such a way…”



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