ATG News & Announcements 5/18/18

by | May 18, 2018 | 0 comments

ARL News reports that “the United States Senate voted 52-47 in favor of protecting an open internet, a bedrock of equitable access to information.

In mid-December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse the strong net neutrality protections that had been put into place by the 2015 Open Internet Order. Since that time, advocates for net neutrality—an important concept based on the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) should permit access to all lawful content, without favoring some content over others—have continued to fight to ensure that the internet remains open.

According to KnowledgeSpeakSpringer Nature has released a new report, Gold open access in the UK: Springer Nature’s transition. The report outlines how Springer Nature has been able to deliver rapid growth in gold open access (OA) articles in the UK. In the five years since the Finch report was produced in 2012, Springer Nature has published nearly 28,000 gold OA articles with a UK corresponding author.

infoDOCKET reports that “UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, whose world-class collections range from Egyptian mummy sarcophagi to Peruvian textiles to Native American baskets, has opened a digital portal to expand public access to its collections of more than 3 million objects, photographs, films and sound recordings…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “after more than seven hours of emotional and passionate testimony from hundreds of residents, community activists and elected officials, the Chicago Plan Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Obama Presidential Center on Thursday afternoon.The decision was a major hurdle for the Obama Foundation, but it is just the beginning of a long process before any construction takes place.

According to ACRL Insider “the Spring 2018 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage is now freely available online. Visit the RBM website for complete contents of RBM and its preceeding title Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship from 1986 to the present. RBM became an open access journal in Spring 2016…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “a group of organisations building non-profit, open-source tools for scholarship and publication has joined with open-science researchers in a new collaboration to develop a Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST). While open technologies and services are becoming essential in science practices, so far, there has been no holistic effort to align these tools into a coherent ecosystem that can support the scientific experience of the future.

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “the American Psychological Association (APA) has launched a website to guide researchers in psychology in using the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS), which are aimed at enhancing the quality of published research by promoting transparency and facilitating the assessment of rigour. The APA Style JARS companion website includes frequently asked questions, user-friendly checklists to facilitate the reporting process, information on training and learning opportunities, the history of APA’s Journal Article Reporting Standards, and an informational video…”



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