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  11 - February 28, 2013 ISSN 2221-8009  
News   ISSN News

The German ISSN Centre started a project for assigning ISSN to print and digitized versions of long-dead serials 
The German ISSN Centre, hosted by the German National Library,  has been requested by the University of Heidelberg to assign ISSN to print and digitized versions of long-dead serials. These serials, which cover the fields of fine arts and archeology, were originally published in a dozen different countries. The identification of the digitized versions is one the first applications of the policy for ISSN assignment to digital reproductions adopted by the ISSN Network at the end of 2011.

Release of the SUNCAT survey report 2013 
Edina, partner of the ISSN International Centre for the Keepers project,  has released the SUNCAT survey report 2013. The report confirms SUNCAT’s primary role as a centralised source of serials information and UK holdings, with 75% of responses stating, either locating serials and articles, or checking bibliographic information, as the primary purposes for using the service. SUNCAT is the British Union Catalogue of serials. (Edina, SUNCAT blog, 2013-02-19)
Standard   Standards

NISO and OAI Release Draft for Comments of ResourceSync Framework Specification 
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO, USA) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announce the release of a beta draft for comments of the ResourceSync Framework Specification for the web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. (NISO, 2013-02-11) 

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access Metadata and Indicators 

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO, USA)  has approved a new project to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles with respect to how "open" they are. (NISO, 2013-02-07)

COUNTER Online Metrics : The PIRUS Code of Practice for Recording and Reporting Usage at the Individual Article Level
Several publishers routinely report usage at the individual article level, but until now there has been no accepted global standard covering this. COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources), which has, for the past decade, set the standard for reporting usage at the journal level, has now drafted and published a standard for recording and reporting usage at the individual article level, in the form of a new Code of Practice. (UKSG enews, 2013-02-05)

NISO and NFAIS Publish Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials 
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO, USA) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS, USA) have published a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (NISO RP-15-2013). Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. (NISO, 2013-02-04)

RSS   Publishing, Information Industry, Technology 

Scientific Peer Review in Crisis
The publication of a scientific study in a peer-reviewed journal is commonly recognized as a kind of “nobilitation” of the study that confirms its worth. The peer-review process was designed to assure the validity and quality of science that seeks publication. This is not always the case according to Dariusz Leszczynski, research professor at the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Finland). (The Scientist 2013-02-25)

EU takes France, Luxembourg to court over low VAT on e-books

The European Commission is taking France and Luxembourg to court for applying reduced tax rates on the sale of electronic books, which the EU executive says breaks current EU rules. (Reuters, 2013-02-21)

Validation vs. Filtration and Designation — Are We Mismarketing the Core Strengths of Peer Review?
According to Kent Anderson, we may be neglecting the fact that pre-publication peer review is just a step in science, where peer review never ends. Science is the ultimate peer review environment, and journal peer review has a limited and particular place and role within it. (Scholarly Kitchen, 2013-02-18)

Licensing Controversy — Balancing Author Rights with Societal Good

Requirements for a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license for scholarly papers are based on the societal good that unfettered reuse provides. According to David Crotty, Senior Editor with Oxford University Press' journal publishing program, this public good, however, must be weighed against the interests of the research community, particularly the rights of authors. (Scholarly kitchen, 2013-02-12)

Academics revolt over open access
Eleven leading academic associations have written an open letter condemning the UK government's plans for open access publishing as a “rushed policy” which poses a real threat to the “international standing of British Universities and research”. (The Bookseller 2013-01-28)

The scholarly plumbers
Sian Harris reports from STM’s (Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers) e-Production seminar on the challenges of editorial systems. (Research information, 2013-01-21)

Libraries   Libraries

White House issues OA directive
The American President Barack Obama has issued what has been described as a landmark Directive in the USA to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles and data – are made available to the general public to freely access and fully use. (Research information, 2013-02-23)

E-Lending for Libraries
Following the production of the IFLA Background Paper on eLending the IFLA Governing Board tasked the eLending Working Group with developing a set of principles that could guide library professionals as they grapple with the complicated process of negotiating eBook licenses with publishers and resellers. (IFLA, February 2013)

Orphan Works and the Search for Rightsholders: Who Participates in a 'Diligent Search' under Present and Proposed Regimes? 
Regardless of the specific formulation, the search for rightsholders (or conversely, the confirmation that no rightsholder can be located) is an integral component of almost every orphan works proposal. David R. Hansen, Gwen Hinze and Jennifer M. Urban (University of California, Berkeley) examine in detail the core schemes for identifying rightsholders among the leading orphan works regimes and proposals. (Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project, 2013-01-28)

Europeana Launches Rights Labelling Campaign

Paul Keller, vice-chair of thethink-tank Kennisland, has recently introduced Europeana's new 'Rights Labelling Campaign'. The Foundation will work with its data providers to ensure that all objects that are available via Europeana carry a valid rights statement.(Europeana, 2013-01-24)

Publishers and public libraries – sharing digital skills 
The Reading Agency and Publishers Association held an event at Canada Water Library focusing on their Digital Skills Sharing initiative.  This initiative consisted of six teams of publishers and public library services working together in an attempt to develop digital marketing and communications channels between libraries, publishers and their readers. (Information today, 2013-01-24)

Jisc Collections and Open Access Key to collaborate on UK Gold OA article payments pilot

Jisc Collections, the UK academic community’s shared service for content licensing and administration, has entered into an agreement with Open Access Key (OAK), the online payment platform for open access publishing, to run a 12 month pilot project, Jisc APC, to test its role in managing and processing Gold OA article payment charges made by its member institutions. (JISC collections, 2013-01-23)

Calendar   Forthcoming Events and Conferences

NISO Webinar: Evolving Trends in Collection Development Part 1: New Models for Journal Article Access
6 March 2013 – Online

UKSG Webinar Series
Session 1, Wednesday 6 March 2013, 14:00: Introduction to UKSG
Session 2, Thursday 14 March 2013, 14:00: UKSG Project: KBART
Session 3, Thursday 21 March 2013, 14:00: UKSG Project: Title Transfer

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