ATG News & Announcements 12/14/17

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Declaration of Shared Values Open for Comment;  *Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Reports Total Financial Support From Libraries and Library Consortia in 2017, Broken Down By Country;  *ALA, SPARC, Free Government Information, and 35 Other Organizations Send Letter to Congress in Support of “Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA);  *Application Deadline Extended: ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award;  *Thousands of images from Gabriel García Márquez Archive Now Online via University of Texas at Austin *Ithaka S+R publishes Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Public Health Scholars; and *CLOCKSS and Code Ocean announce preservation deal plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to this announcement “over the past year DPN (Digital Preservation Network) and a group of collaborating organizations* united in the commitment to digital preservation came together to explore how we can better communicate with each other and assist members of the wider community as they negotiate this complicated landscape.

As an initial effort, the group drafted a Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values that is now being released for community comment. The document is available here and the comment period will be open until March 1st…”

Citing the DOAJ News Blog: infoDOCKET reports that “28 countries in total donated to DOAJ in 2017. The Top 5 countries (total GBP) are USA, Austria, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden but if you consider the amount donated in relation to the size of the country, then Luxembourg, Austria and Norway are way ahead of the others…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that ACMRA [Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA)] claims that it “solves a significant problem: it establishes a central repository for agency reports submitted to Congress and tracks whether agencies have submitted the reports. Currently, congressional staff often are unaware of or have difficulty finding agency reports to Congress, especially when they are submitted to another committee or chamber. Reports often are lost or duplicated. In addition, while the reports could be made available to the public, they can be hard to find online and the FOIA request process is slow and costly…’

ACRL Insider reports that “The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award has been extended to Friday, January 26, 2018. ACRL invites outstanding academic libraries to apply in one of three categories:

  • College
  • Community College
  • University

N S R notes that “the Gabriel García Márquez Archive, belonging to the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, was acquired in 2014 and has been opened since 2015. The digitalization, which, the university reports, took 18 months to complete, involved the efforts of archivists, students, librarians, and conservators, among others.

Included in the Archive are 27,000 images and 22 personal scrapbooks and notebooks, among them a memoir, screenplays, photos, etc…”

Ithaka S+R reports that they have published a new report entitled Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Public Health Scholars. The report is the result of a collaborative project between Ithaka S+R and research teams from seven universities and is the sixth in our Research Support Services series.

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “Code Ocean and CLOCKSS have announced that Code Ocean will preserve its compute capsules in the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the long-term accessibility of code associated with research articles. Code Ocean is a computational reproducibility platform enabling researchers to run, share, discover code in an executable, cloud-based environment…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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