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by | May 16, 2016 | 0 comments

news handsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries Support Digital Scholarship: Third Profile in ARL Series;   *National Library of Medicine Unveils “NLM Learning Resources Database”;    *New Online Tool to Access International Education Data Now Available;   *UK EBook Sales Decrease While Print and Audiobook Sales Increase During 2015;   *University of California Press and California Digital Library partner with Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to develop open source monograph publishing platform;    *American Psychological Association launch PsycINFO Data Solutions, a new text and citation data mining service;   *World Wide Web Consortium and International Digital Publishing Forum announce merger plans;  and  *The Center for Jewish History Adopts Rosetta for Digital Preservation and Asset Management plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

ARL News notes that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the third profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison Libraries.

The UW–Madison profile presents a brief history of the evolution of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) and an overview of the current support provided by the center, including information about collaborations, staffing, projects, challenges, and solutions.

(Previous profiles include: Library Digital Scholarship Support Profile: University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Library Digital Scholarship Support Profile: University of Toronto)

According to infoDOCKET, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is announcing the launch of  the new NLM Learning Resources Database, making it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services.

These materials include videos, tutorials, and handouts on products such as PubMed,, Unified Medical Language System, and many more…

infoDOCKET also reports that “NCES has released a new Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) International Data Explorer (IDE), along with an updated IDE homepage.

The IDE is an online, interactive tool that allows users to explore international study data and create customized tables, charts, maps and analyses. Users can explore results from TALIS, an international study of teachers, teaching, and learning environments, with the new TALIS IDE. Also, an updated IDE homepage allows users to more easily access data of interest across the international studies…”

Citing ars technica UK, infoDOCKET also notes that “last year saw digital book sales in the UK decline by 1.6 percent to £554 million [$795.6 million/USD] —the first time in seven years that numbers have fallen.

However, while e-books might have been somewhat neglected last year, it was a bumper 2015 for audiobook downloads during the same period with sales climbing some 29 percent to £12 million…

According to the UK Publishers’ Association’s annual report, the drop in digital book sales coincided with another trend reversal: for the first time in four years, physical printed book sales grew by 0.4 percent to £2.76 billion…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak the “California Digital Library and University of California Press have openaccessannounced their partnership with Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to develop Editoria, a new open source, digital-first book production platform. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California Press (UCP) and the California Digital Library (CDL) have embarked on a project to build an open source platform for content and workflow management of book-length works…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the American Psychological Association has announced the launch of PsycINFO Data Solutions, a new service for large-scale mining and analysis of publication and citation data from the rich content found in the APA research databases. PsycINFO Data Solutions allows researchers to identify trends and patterns in the data and make comparisons to gain deeper insights for their research…”

According to Library Technology Guides “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have announced mutual interest in combining their respective organisations to more quickly advance publishing technologies on the Open Web Platform. Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor and W3C Director, and Bill McCoy, IDPF Executive Director unveiled the plans following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at IDPF DigiCon at Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Library Technology Guides also notes that “Ex Libris announced that the Center for Jewish History (CJH) has selected the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution to support the collections of the Center’s five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research…”



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