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Newsletter n°32 March 2015




Blog for the 40th Anniversary of the ISSN Network

We have the pleasure to inform you that the blog for the 40th Anniversary of the ISSN Network is now available.

This blog contains 4 main menus: ISSN history, pictures, testimonies and presentations from the ISSN National Centres. It will be updated regularly.

  >> ISSN International Centre, 2015-03-16  



Ending the Invisible Library

A reminder of the BIBFRAME project led by the Library of Congress and a presentation of the recent « Libhub Initiative », a proof-of-concept project that aims to build a network of libraries using BIBFRAME standards to link data between institutions and other resources.

  >> Library Journal, 2015-02-24  

NISO White Paper Explores the Future of Library Resource Discovery

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper which is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change.

  >> NISO, 2015-02-23  

Publishing Industry


Summary Report–Evolution of Open Access Policies and Availability, 1996-2013

This report, prepared for the European Commission, examines the current state of the art of OA strategies to peer-review publications (Part I), followed by a state-of-the-art analysis of OA strategies to scientific data (Part II). A third part of the study performs an assessment of the proportion and the number of OA papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

  >> Science-Metrix, 2014  

Hybrid Review: Taking SoTL Beyond Traditional Peer Review for Journal Publication

Presentation of a unique combination of traditional peer reviewing with an integrative public review process which seems to be particularly relevant for disseminating the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

  >> JEP, Spring 2015  

Directory of Open Access Journals Introduces New Standards to Help Community Address Quality

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) recently implemented a rigorous new vetting process that aims to raise the bar of quality for the journals it lists and filters out publications that are tarnishing the image of Open Access. These new Principles of Transparency and Best Practice comply with criteria used by OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association).

  >> SPARC, 2015-03-05  

Flipping, not Flopping: Converting Subscription Journals to Open Access

The question of whether – and, if so, when and how – to ‘flip’ a traditional, subscription-based journal to open access (OA) is quite frequent in the publishing environment. Overview of the difficulties raised by this strategy.

  >> Scholarly Kitchen, 2015-03-04  

Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks

The International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) has recently issued a set of voluntary principles that aim to facilitate article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks. Interview with Fred Dylla, project lead of the dedicated working group.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, 2015-02-24  

Springer starts pilot project on Linked Open Data

Springer has opened selected metadata from conference publications, heeding the European Commission’s call for promoting open data.

  >> Springer, 2015-03-04  



An agreement to digitize and enhance the historical press

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has signed a partnership to speed up the digitization and online distribution of the press funds preserved by the institution from the beginning of written press.

Article in French.

  >> BnF, 2015-03-04  

CLACSO supports open access to knowledge as a commons, managed by the scholarly community

CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences, a non-governmental network partners with universities and governments of Latin America and the Caribbean in the promotion and development of strategies and initiatives that provide open access to research results in the region.

Article in Spanish at this address

  >> CLACSO, December 2014  

University Libraries Offer an Alternative to Traditional Publishing

As digital tools get easier to use, many university libraries are starting their own publishing programs in an effort to offer more varied services to their communities. The rise of library publishing may be considered as a response to authors’ rights and increasing costs.

  >> Information Today  

Issues and terms: archived or preserved?

The Keepers Registry acts as a global monitor on the archiving arrangements for electronic journals. It was developed by EDINA, the national data service centre at the University of Edinburgh, and the ISSN International Centre in Paris.

This post, the first of a series focused on issues around the registry, discusses the institution’s vision of the term ‘preserved’.

  >> Keepers Extra, 2015-03-09  

IFLA takes Lyon Declaration to the UN

IFLA is calling for a focus on increased access to information in the new framework, and is working to highlight the role that information intermediaries, such as libraries, can play in helping achieve the new set of Sustainable Development Goals that all UN Member States will commit to reaching from September 2015.

  >> IFLA, 2015-02-23  

Europeana Newspapers: searching digitized historical newspapers from 23 European countries

Europeana Newspapers offers free, open source tools which individual libraries can use to assess refinement quality and metadata standards in relation to their own digital newspaper collections. A dedicated browser with faceted search and full text functionalities has proven popular with researchers selected as a primary target group.

  >> UKSG Insight, 2015-03-05  

Usus: a collaborative initiative between publishers and librarians to improve electronic resource usage statistics

Usus, a new community-led forum for libraries, consortia, publishers and vendors was established in 2014 in order to provide a gathering place for all of these groups to share and discuss usage statistics issues, developments and solutions.

  >> UKSG Insight, 2015-03-05  

Europe’s OpenAIRE2020 started – COAR involved to strengthen international collaboration

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced its participation in OpenAIRE2020, a funded project to develop and maintain the infrastructure to support the European Commission OA policy. This participation aims to work towards international alignment of repository networks, a key priority for COAR.

  >> COAR, 2015-02-26  



IFLA International News Media Conference “Transformation of the online news media: implications for preservation and access”

  >> April 15 - 16, Stockholm  

10th International Conference on Open Repositories

  >> June 8-11, Indianapoli  

NISO Webinar: Experimenting with BIBFRAME: Reports from Early Adopters

  >> NISO, 2015-04-8  

UKSG 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition

  >> Glasgow, March 30th - April 1st  

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