ATG News & Announcements 12/6/16

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news-pixabay1648518_960_720Harry Ransom Center Obtains Books From Gabriel García Márquez’s Library;    *More Than 600 Springer Nature Journals Adopt New Data Sharing Policies;     *A New and Significantly Expanded Release of HathiTrust Research Center Extracted Features Open Dataset Now Available;   *University Press and Library Summit Releases White Paper, Recommendations;    *C&RL News – December 2016  *Digital Science Releases GRID Under CC0 License;  *Federal Agencies at Varying Levels of Compliance With DATA Act;   *Croatia is the world’s first country to become a Free Reading Zone;   *Teagle Foundation announces new grant supporting education at DPLA plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to GalleyCat “the Harry Ransom Center, an institution based at the University of Texas at Austin, has acquired over 180 books from the library of the late Gabriel García Márquez. This collection features books with inscriptions, signatures, and annotations.

In November 2014, the Harry Ransom Center also obtained the Márquez archive. Márquez, a Nobel Prize-winning writer, passed away in April 2014…”

infoDOCKET reports that “more than 600 journals across Nature Research, Springer, BioMed Central and Palgrave Macmillan have committed to encouraging good practice in the sharing, archiving and citation of research data by adopting new Springer Nature research data policies…”

Also according to infoDOCKETHathiTrust today announces the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center Extracted Features Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library at an unprecedented scale…”

According to ARL News “P2L Summit organizers Mary Rose Muccie (Temple University Press), Joe Lucia (Temple University Libraries), Elliott Shore (ARL), Clifford Lynch (CNI), and Peter Berkery (AAUP) have released a white paper on the summit,Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L).” The white paper discusses key issues covered in the summit, areas that need greater mutual understanding between libraries and presses, the press’s role on campus, preliminary recommendations that came out of the summit, and the European perspective on these issues as presented by Wolfram Horstmann (Göttingen State and University Library, Germany).

The December 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online…


Digital Science announced that theirGlobal Research Identifier Database (GRID) dataset will be made available under a CC0 license allowing users to make full use of the database releases with no need for attribution.

The CC0 license means that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse GRID data for any purposes, without restriction under copyright or database law, similar to many open source software licenses…”

Information Today reports that “The Data Coalition published a compilation of evaluations on the progress that federal agencies are making in complying with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). Each agency is required by law to report its spending information using a standardized data structure beginning in May 2017 so that it is all searchable as a single dataset.

To view summaries of the evaluations from the large federal agencies’ offices of inspector general, read the Data Coalition’s blog post.

Library Technology Guides reports that ” Croatia has just made history by becoming the first country in the world turned into a Free Reading Zone, i.e., an open virtual library accessible to all people free of charge regardless of their location inside the country. This includes not only Croatian citizens but millions of tourists from around the world who visit the country each year. All people inside the country’s borders may download a free reading app, called Croatia Reads, which recognizes their whereabouts via IP address…”

Also according to Library Technology Guides ” The Digital Public Library of America is delighted to announce that it has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to extend its work around curated sets of primary source materials for the classroom. For the last two years, with funding from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA has built Primary Source Sets with a diverse group of educators in K-12 and higher ed…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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