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ISSN newsletter
  N°4 - November 14, 2011 ISSN 2221-8009  
News   ISSN News
ISSN and You: Using ISSN SuperNumber in the Digital Environment
On November 9, 2011, Regina Romano Reynolds, ISSN Coordinator at the Library of Congress and director of the U.S. ISSN Center, lead a webinar about the ISSN, its uses and its role in print and digital environments worldwide.

Harmonization meeting with RDA and ISBD representatives in Glasgow (UK)
On  November 3-4, 2011, ISSN representatives  met RDA and ISBD representatives in Glasgow  in order to re-launch harmonization discussions further to the release of the first edition of the RDA code in June 2010 and of the consolidated edition of ISBD in July 2011. The meeting, kindly organized by the RDA Joint Steering Committee, was productive, and will be followed by exchanges of proposals between the three bibliographic communities regarding the main harmonization issues identified.

36th Meeting of Directors of ISSN National Centres

Kindly and perfectly organized by the National and University Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 36th Meeting of Directors of ISSN National Centres was held in Sarajevo from October 3 to October 7, 2011. This meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss current projects of the ISSN Network (FRBR and serials, review of the ISSN Manual, harmonization issues between ISSN, ISBD, and RDA…) and to review ISSN assignment policy. The principle of ISSN assignment to digital reproductions of serials has been adopted, and significant progress has been made toward a simplification of the rules for ISSN assignment to electronic resources in general. The ISSN International Centre will communicate further on these changes within the forthcoming weeks.

Launch of the Keepers Registry Beta service
The beta release of the Keepers Registry, the e-journals preservation registry service, was launched on October 24, 2011. The Keepers Registry renames and replaces the PEPRS Beta service which was launched in April 2011. It provides freely available means to discover which e-journals are being preserved by the leading archival organisations. This registry, developed by EDINA (UK) in cooperation  with the ISSN International Centre, aggregates metadata from six major archiving agencies: CLOCKSS, Portico, Global LOCKSS Network, British Library,  the e-Depot at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) and, more recently, HathiTrust. 


Standard   Standards

    The Library of Congress issues its initial plan for the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative
The Library of Congress has posted its General Plan for the Digital Age, to be commented on by the communities involved.  This plan is an important step in the review  of the bibliographic  framework launched by the Library of Congress in May 2011. One of its major goals is “to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format in order to reap the benefits of newer technology while preserving a robust data exchange“.  (Library of Congress, 2011-10-31)

Release of the final report of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group
This final report examines how semantic web standards and Linked Data principles can be used to make the valuable information assets that libraries create and curate — resources such as bibliographic data, authorities, and concept schemes — more visible and re-usable outside of their original library context on the wider Web. (W3C, 2011-10-25) 

NISO Launches New Open Discovery Initiative to Develop Standards and Recommended Practices for Library Discovery Services Based on Indexed Search
NISO (National Information Standards Organization, USA), has approved a new Open Discovery Initiative work item to develop standards and recommended practices for next generation library discovery services. In its announcement, NISO underlines that these tools “have the ability to deliver more sophisticated services with instant performance, compared to the federated search techniques previously used”. (NISO, 2011-10-25)

RSS   Publishing, Information Industry, Technology 
Are Open Access and Traditional Publishers in the Same Business?

Kent Anderson, CEO/Publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery considers that Open Access and traditional publishers provide services in such different ways that they do not really compete. According to Anderson, “we [may] need to contemplate [this] very real possibility … that would represent a mindshift we might all benefit from.” (The Scholarly Kitchen, 2011-11-08)

Swets publishes first Serials Price Increase Report for 2012
Every year, Swets publishes a serials price increase report which contains data covering thousands of publications. The report is released in stages, with the first appearing in October followed by monthly updates until the final, full report is made available in February of the following year. The first report for 2012 is now available on the Swets website. (Swets, 2011-11-08)

Routledge trials new author rights policy for Library and Information Science Journals
Routledge, the social science and humanities imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, has announced “a two-year pilot initiative for the library and information science research community, allowing contributors to its library and information science journals to retain the copyright to their work and to post it within their institutional repository without an embargo period. This initiative applies to any of Routledge’s 35 library and information science journals published from Taylor & Francis’ Philadelphia office”. (Informa, 2011-11-04)

Global Open Access Portal launched

The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), that presents an overview of Open Access worldwide, was launched on November 1, 2011, during the 36th UNESCO General Conference. This Portal highlights the success factors of countries that have been most successful in developing Open Access and identifies key players, potential barriers and  opportunities for countries and regions that are still in early stages of development in this matter. (UNESCO, 2011-11-02) 

Gaming the Impact Factor Puts Journal In Time-out
Phil Davis, independent researcher and consultant in the communication and library science field, explains how journals that multiply self-citations and then make their impact factor (IF) artificially high can be de-listed from Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports in order to maintain the integrity of the IF. (The Scholarly Kitchen, 2011-10-17)

Adapt or Die: The Future of News and Newspapers in the Digital Revolution
Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, examines the on-going impact of the digital revolution upon journalists, newspapers and media organisations. (British Library, October 2011)

Costs, risks and benefits in improving access to journal articles
This paper reports on a study - overseen by representatives of the publishing, library, and research funder communities in the UK - investigating the drivers, costs, and benefits of potential ways to increase access to scholarly journals. It identifies five different scenarios for moving towards that end over the next five years, including gold and green open access, moves towards national licensing, publisher-led delayed open access, and transactional models.. (Learned Publishing, Volume 24, Number 4, October 2011)

Libraries   Libraries

    ARL Endorses the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
By doing that, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined over 300 organizations and institutions that have already endorsed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. (ARL, 2011-11-01)

Accreditation, ROI, and the Online Academic Library

Fred Stielow, dean of libraries and educational materials at the American Public University System (APUS), gives an interesting account of the creation and the development of the Online Academic Library of the American Public University System. (Computers in Libraries,  Vol. 31 No. 9 - November 2011)

Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation

On October 27, 2011, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation. The Recommendation asks the Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve private actors in digitising cultural material and make it available through Europeana. (European Commission, 2011-10-28)

Major digital library networks work towards interoperability

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will design its technical structure to promote interoperability with Europeana. DPLA provides access to digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums in the USA, while Europeana has developed a similar system to link the libraries, museums and archives of Europe. (Research Information, 2011-10-24)

Europe's national librarians support open data licensing
Meeting at the Royal Library of Denmark, the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), has voted overwhelmingly to support the open licensing of their data. CENL represents Europe’s national libraries, and is responsible for the massive collection of publications that represent the accumulated knowledge of Europe. (The European Library, 2011-09-29)

Calendar   Forthcoming Events in the World
UKSG 35th Annual Conference

March 26-28, 2012 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Publishing Business Conference & Expo

January 23-25,  2012 - New York, U.S.A

Digital Book World 2012

March 19-21, 2011-  New York, U.S.A

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