ATG News & Announcements 1/16/19

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“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Voting Members have approved a new project, Recommended Practices Around Content Platform Migrations, to provide a standard process and recommendations to all parties dealing with online content platforms, which would improve communication between stakeholders before, during, and after migration. NISO is now forming a working group; community members with experience in aspects of content migration are invited to engage in the creation of this Recommended Practice to better guide publishers, vendors, and libraries…”

The NISO Voting Members have also approved “a project to develop a recommended practice pertaining to reproducibility in the computational and computing sciences. This work will examine existing taxonomies and badging schemes to define various levels of reproducibility and communicate these in the publishing process. Stakeholders, including publishers and not-for-profit societies in the engineering and computing sciences fields, industry associations, and academic libraries are invited to participate in the working group that is now starting up…”

According to LIS News “The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work. Today, the same team is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies. The journal will be for and by the academic community and will be owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). It will be published jointly with MIT Press…”

infoDOCKETreports that “2018 marked another year of modest growth for the print books industry in the United States.  Print books sales volume grew 1.3 percent compared to last year with 696 million units sold, according to global information company…”

infoDOCKET also notes that in a blog post by Danielle Cooper and Rebecca Springer Ithaka S+R has announced “a new research project designed to support effective teaching with primary sources. Teaching undergraduates with primary sources promotes student engagement and critical thinking skills and is a key ingredient in the current pedagogical push toward “inquiry-based” or “research-led” learning.*…”

According to ARL News “…in celebration of Public Domain Day, cultural heritage institutions are digitizing and making available a number of works and collections that are entering the public domain. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is gathering information about these works published in 1923 that are available in ARL member institutions. View the new public domain works collected to date…”

ARL News also reports that “the latest Advocacy and Public Policy Update (PDF), by Prudence S. Adler and Krista L. Cox of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), covers key issues of interest to the research library community in Canada and in the US from September 14, 2018, through January 15, 2019…”

Center for Research Libraries members voted to acquire five new primary source collections through the 2019 Purchase Proposal Program…  Items approved for purchase include: Al-Ahram, the second oldest newspaper title in Egypt; the transcripts of BBC world broadcasts from 1947-1997 from various world areas; the archives of the Political and Secret Department of Britain’s India Office concerning the emerging Saudi Arabia Kingdom from 1914-1939; Le canard enchaîné and Charlie Hebdo, two French political satire newspapers; and a selection of nine contemporary newspaper titles from Iran.






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