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by | Aug 3, 2015 | 0 comments

search_box*Annual Outsell STM Market Size and Share Report indicates strong industry performance;  *Fine Arts Library Uses University Crowdfunding Site to Fund Recording Studio;  *After 18-Month, $55 Million Renovation University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library Reopens Monday;  *Basic Metadata for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Collection Now Public Domain With CC0 License;  *Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings;  *Six months in, and 80 percent of UK library services sign up to Access to Research;   *HathiTrust Digital Library announces 2015 Board of Governors election; and   *Jisc works with universities and researchers to reap benefits offered from OA practice; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to KnowledgeSpeak “research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. has announced publication of its annual Scientific, Technical & Medical Information: 2015 Marsket Size, Share, Forecast, and Trend Report. Growing at a rate of 3.6% over 2013, the $33.7 billion STM market comprises an impressive 4.4% of the total information market.

In this report, Outsell identifies the significant issues and trends facing key players, including Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Springer Science + Business Media (now Springer Nature), and Thomson Reuters, in addition to their competitors and their markets, providing analysis of this important sector of the information industry…”

InfoDOCKET reports that at the University of Texas at Austin “beginning in January, students from all departments will be able to record music, podcasts or other audio recordings using a new recording studio in the Fine Arts Library.

The Fine Arts Library will add a recording studio as part of a plan called “The Foundry,” which aims to renovate the Fine Arts Library with more technology. To fund this, the library raised more than $15,000 through HornRaiser, a University crowdfunding platform…”

InfoDOCKET cites Crain’s Detroit Business to report “that the 143,400-square-foot Taubman library has been transformed into an all-digital learning space for future physicians, scientists and other health professionals. Construction teams used 1,700 tons of concrete, recycled 1,780 tons of material and installed more than 67 miles of data cable…”

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“The newly redone library is vastly different from its former self in many ways. For one, it doesn’t actually have any books. Instead there are computers, classrooms, collaborative spaces and a virtual cadaver. The books have all been moved off site, but are still digitally accessible to faculty and students and in hard-copy by request…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that the Museum of Modern Art is sharing “data for more than 125,000 works from MoMA’s collection on GitHub using Creative Commons Zero (CC0)…”

MoMA’s open data is primarily intended to be useful to scholars, so it was important to make each version citable. Arfon Smith (@arfon), co-founder of the Zooniverse … is now leading GitHub’s engagement with the academic community. He shared this useful guide to producing citable code on GitHub using Zenodo. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is automatically created for every MoMA data release, and the data is also archived to the cloud infrastructure used by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider…”

Library Journal reports that “A recent Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed in March 2015, the percentage who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the last similar study conducted in 2011. In addition, more believe that some books deserve to be banned than movies, television shows, or video games…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “since launching earlier this year, the Access to Research initiative has grown quickly to include the majority of local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that researchers, students and members of the public across the UK can now access more than 10 million of the world’s leading online academic papers covering a wide range of disciplines, including health and biological sciences, technology, history, medicine and social sciences, just by walking through the door of their local library. So far, over 14,500 individual users have utilized the service…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “HathiTrust Digital Library has announced its 2015 Board of Governors election cycle. Beginning August 3, the Nominating Committee will receive nominees for an election to be held in the fall. Nominations are due no later than August 24. These will be the first Board elections held since the original at-large members were elected to staggered terms in 2012…”

In addition KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Jisc is working to help universities and researchers reap the benefits offered from OA practice in response to the recent OA policy review by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the release of the Higher Education and Funding Council’s (HEFCE) updated requirements for next year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).


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