ATG News You Need to Start the Week

by | Apr 4, 2016 | 0 comments

searching drawing-196803_1280*Publishers Dealt Another Loss in Copyright Lawsuit  *Mellon grants support publishing infrastructure for digital scholarship in the humanities at U-M;   *ASCD and OverDrive survey finds digital content Used in 80 percent of schools and districts;   *UCLA Library Awarded Grant to to Make Ancient Manuscripts Accessible;   *Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Commons Lab to Promote Citizen Science;   *New Tool Exposes Government Information;   *NYPL to Celebrate Bernstein Finalists in New Series;  and  *The FCC just launched its peering investigation with a call for data; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Inside Higher Ed “a U.S. district court judge has once again taken a look at three publishers’ case against Georgia State University’s e-reserve and ruled that, in 41 of 48 cases, no copyright infringement took place. The ruling, a 220-page walk-through that applies the four-part fair-use test to each of the 48 cases, is seen by copyright experts as a complicated decision that won’t be of much help to universities in determining fair use, as it relies on revenue data not normally available. Still, observers described it as a win for proponents of fair use and another loss for the publishers.

See also: Here we go again: latest GSU ruling an odd victory for libraries

This press release notes that “building on last year’s $899,000 grant to build a new online publishing platform, the University of Michigan is the beneficiary of two further grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop publishing infrastructure for digital scholarship in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.

A grant of $28,000 (“Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain”) will use quantitative and qualitative methods to address two linked questions: How do readers discover open access academic ebooks? What kinds of metrics are most useful to publishers seeking to understand usage of these digital resources?…

Library Technology Guides reports that “digital content use in schools is no longer a new frontier, with more than 80 percent of schools and districts now using some form of digital content in the classroom. The use of digital content — including eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks — is a growing part of the curriculum in the classroom. To learn more about this trend, ASCD and OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, teamed up to conduct a proprietary research study, “Digital Content Goes to School: Trends in K-12 Classroom e-Learning,” with ASCD members as the study’s participants. Highlights will be presented at the 71st ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Atlanta on April 2 and 3, and the full report is available for download at

According to infoDOCKET “the Ahmanson Foundation has awarded a major grant to the UCLA Library to fund key aspects of the Sinai Library Digitization Project. This major project – initiated by the fathers of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt, and made possible through the participation of the UCLA Library and the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL) – will create digital copies of some 1,100 rare and unique Syriac and Arabic manuscripts dating from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries.

infoDOCKET also reports thatThe Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue its work on citizen science, particularly [our emphasis] by supporting standardized data and metadata collection and encouraging the use of citizen science by federal agencies…”

According to Information Today FOIA Mapper, a winner of the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Data, had its official launch. Journalists, researchers, businesses, and individuals can use this site to search government records that were not previously online. “Government agencies store an enormous amount of information in offline databases, far more than what is available online as open data. And in theory, anyone has the right to access it through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. However, the catch is that most government databases are not documented online, so there is no practical way of knowing what to ask for… FOIA Mapper collects information about these offline databases and organizes it into a searchable catalog…”

GalleyCat reports that “the New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced the finalists for the Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism.

The Library is celebrating the finalists and the issues they raise in their books in a series of public interviews. Four of the five finalists will be have public conversations by Jessica Strand, NYPL’s Associate Director of Public Programs and Events…”

According t0 paidContent The Federal Communication Commission has finally acted on the allegations that certain ISPs are intentionally throttling traffic from providers such as Netflix as a way to charge content providers additional fees. Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on Friday noting that the agency has asked for documentation about peering, and it currently has the terms of the agreements signed between Netflix and Verizon and Netflix and Comcast…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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