ATG News You Need to Start the Week 7/25/16

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Wiktionary_Dynamic_DictionaryGovernment Transparency Bill Introduced;    *National Archives online exhibits are featured in Google Arts and Culture’s -American Democracy Collection;  *University of Central Florida’s Hitt Library Will Enlarged, Renovated, and Turned Into 21st Century Library;   *New National Association of College Stores Report Shows Increase in Use of Digital Course Materials;   *More Than Half the World’s Population Still Not Using the Internet:   *Brown University Library Supports Digital Scholarship: Sixth Profile in ARL Series;   *CABI launches open access book programme;  and *Digital Science to adopt Relative Citation Ratio developed at NIH;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Information Today reports that “Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, a bipartisan bill “to make all reports written for Congress by federal agencies available to the public,” according to the press release. The act would mandate the creation of a single website that allows the public to search, sort, and download these reports…”

According to this press release from the U.S. National Archives “thirteen interactive online exhibits … are now available through Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users can explore archival materials, objects and stories related to the history and evolution of elections in America, with a particular emphasis on presidents and the presidential election process, curated by experts at the U.S. National Archives…”

infoDOCKET reports that “UCF’s first building – now called the John C. Hitt Library – is about to undergo a complete transformation that will provide new amenities for students such as an automated book-retrieval system, additional open shelving for materials, 24-hour study rooms, and space for researchers to collaborate.

Also according to infoDOCKET  “the preference for digital course materials by college students is gradually increasing according to the National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S. and Canada.

The study, Student Watch™: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: 2015-2016 Report, notes that 40 percent of students still prefer a printed textbook format. However, 26 percent now prefer a print/digital bundle – a print textbook with a digital component such as online access and support – up from 24 percent a year ago…”

In addition infoDOCKET reports that “new data released today by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services.

ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users compared with one billion in developed countries.

According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the sixth profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the Brown University Library…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak  “Scientific publisher CABI has launched Open Books. This new programme supports authors and collaborating organisations wishing to publish open access books across a wide range of subject areas within applied life sciences and sustainable tourism. CABI Open Books are freely available online at CAB eBooks upon publication and are accessible to anyone worldwide, ensuring distribution to the widest possible audience.

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Digital Science, … will adopt the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new article level metric of scientific influence – the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). The US biomedical funding agency has introduced the new metric to evaluate funded medical and academic research, to provide an improved indicator on the relative citation strength of a given paper, field-normalised and benchmarked against its peers…”

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