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ISSN newsletter
  N°16 - September 30, 2013 ISSN 2221-8009  
News   ISSN News
New presentation of the Keepers Registry at the IFLA Congress
The two co-directors of the Keepers Registry, Peter Burnhill (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) and Françoise Pelle (ISSN International Centre / Centre International de l’ISSN, Paris) gave a presentation entitled: “Who is looking after your e-journals? Telling tales about the Keepers Registry and your digital shelves” at the 79th IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Singapore 17th – 23rd August 2013. (Keepers Registry, 2013-08-28)

The ISSN Network member of the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC)
From now on, the ISSN Network will be represented within the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) and Regina Romano Reynolds, Director of the U.S. ISSN Center, will be the ISSN representative.
The MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) was reconstituted in 2013 to continue the advisory role concerning MARC to the Library of Congress (LC), Library and Archives Canada (LAC), British Library (BL), and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) (the MARC Steering Group) and to assume the role of a forum for broad and open discussion of standards used for representation of bibliographic data in machine-readable form.

Presentation of the PRESSoo model during the IFLA Conference in Singapore
The version 0.1  of the PRESSoo model has been presented to the FRBR Review Group during the last IFLA Conference held in Singapore in August. The FRBR Review Group welcomed this initiative and agreed to discuss a possible incorporation of this model into the FRBRoo model. PRESSoo will be presented in October to the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group, co-author of FRBRoo with the FRBR Review Group.
PRESSoo is an extension of the FRBRoo model (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records – Object Oriented) devoted to the bibliographic information relating to serials and continuing resources.  It has been developed by a working group made up by representatives of the ISSN International Centre and of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) so as to propose answers to long standing issues with the application of the FRBR family of models to serials and continuing resources.

Next ISSN Directors' meeting in Bucharest
The next ISSN Directors’ meeting will be held in Bucharest (Romania), from October 21 to 25, 2013, at the kind invitation of the National Library of Romania.
This meeting is organised for the ISSN network members and its partners only, upon invitation.
For more information, please contact the ISSN National Centre of Romania or the International Centre.

Standard   Standards

NISO and UKSG Release Draft Revised Recommendations for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) for Public Comment
NISO and UKSG announce the release of a draft for public comment of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice. Issued in 2010, the original recommended practice provided with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting to ensure the exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers.(NISO, 2013-09-05)

RSS   Publishing, Information Industry, Technology 

How much does it cost to publish in Open Access?
Data obtained by the consultancy firm Outset based in California, USA, suggests that the publishing industry generated revenues of US$ 9.4 billion in 2011 and published somewhere in the region of 1.8 million articles. Using these figures, this gives an average cost of US$ 5,000 per article. What are the different practices? Are they sustainable and profitable in the Open Access universe? (SciELO in Perspective, 2013-09-18)

Government mistaken in focusing on Gold as route to full open access, says Committee 

The Government’s commitment to increasing access to published research findings, and its desire to achieve full open access, are welcome, says the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee in a Report published the 10th of September.  However, whilst Gold open access is a desirable ultimate goal, focusing on it during the transition to a fully open access world is a mistake, says the Report. (, 2013-09-10)

Low citation gains via gold open access: study
There may be a citation advantage to making research freely available, but not by publishing in “gold” open access journals, a study for the European Commission has suggested. (Times Higher Education, 2013-08-29)

A Proposed List — 60 Things Journal Publishers Do
According to Kent Anderson, journal publishers have been under pressure to prove that they add any value beyond managing peer-review and doing some basic copy editing and formatting. Often, authors are the ones asserting that journal publishers do so little, which is understandable, as authors only experience a small part of the journal publishing process. The author has made a list of 60 things publishers do. (Scholarly Kitchen, 2013-08-28)

Why Hasn’t Scientific Publishing Been Disrupted Already?
According to Michael Clarke, scientific publishing in fact has not been disrupted. There is the appearance of disruption (e.g., most journals are now electronic), but the business continues to proceed as it has for a couple decades or more. The author goes on to explain why the Great Disruption has not taken place, and locates the reasons in a series of network externalities. (Scholarly Kitchen, 2013-08-27)

The British Academy and open access
The British Academy has published a collection of eight articles discussing the challenges of open access for the humanities and the social sciences. (British Academy, July 2013)

Game of Papers: eLife, BMC, PLoS and EMBO Announce New Peer Review Consortium
A new effort to improve this peer reviewing process has been announced. The consortia will enable papers to move easily between publishers and will be based upon the concept ofportable peer review". (Scholarly Kitchen, 2013-07-15)


Libraries   Libraries

JSTOR launches JPASS access accounts for individual researchers
IJSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s archive collection. (The Digital Shift, 2013-09-20)

America’s first all-digital, bookless library opens in Texas
The Bexar County digital librarycalled BiblioTech (San Antonio, Texas) is the first library in the United States that only provides digital copies of books to patrons rather than stocking paper copies as well. (Digital Trends, 2013-09-15)

Tokyo: National Diet Library embraces digitization and on-line reading
The National Diet Library stores more than 38 million items in the Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan (Kyoto) facility and elsewhere. The ability to amass such a huge collection is made possible by the "Legal Deposit System. Today, the NDL has been tasked with a new mission: the transition to "digital library." (Asahi Shimbun, 2013-09-08)

New Roles for New Times: ARL Publishes Report on Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries
The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) has released September 6th "Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries", the third report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, schools, and researchers. (Association for Research Libraries, 2013-09-06)

Library and repository communities join together to identify new competencies for academic librarians
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication. (Times Higher Education, 2013-08-29)

11.5 million free bibliographic data items now available from the German National Library in MARC 21 format

All the bibliographic data of the German National Library offered under "Creative Commons Zero" conditions are available free of charge as a complete package in MARC 21 format for free use. Included are more than 11.5 million bibliographic data items. (DNB, 2013-07-01)

Calendar   Forthcoming Events and Conferences

NISO Webinar: Knowledge in Your Pocket: Mobile Technology and Libraries
October 9, 2013 - Online

SCIELO 15 years
October 22-25 - São Paulo

UKSG One-Day Conference: Open Access Realities
(global experiences of implementing OA
November 14 - London

IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2014
4-5 February 2014 - Salt Lake City

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