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Newsletter n° 65 May 2018




ISSN International Centre at ALA 2018 Annual Conference

The ISSN International Centre will participate in the Annual Conference of the American Library Association which takes place in New Orleans, LA, from 21 to 26 June 2018. Presentations of the new ISSN Portal will be given at the RDA pre-conference on June 22 and at the the Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations session on June 25.

Live demos will also be shown on booth 2920.

  >> ALA 2018 Annual Conference, New Orleans, 21-26 June 2018  

ISO TC46 to convene in Lisbon (Portugal) in May 2018

The annual plenary meeting of ISO Technical Committee 46 Information & Documentation will be held at the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon (Portugal) from 14 to 18 May 2018, at the kind invitation of Instituto Português da Qualidade (IPQ). The working group about the revision of ISO 3297 — ISSN will hold two meetings in Lisbon. The Director of the ISSN International Centre will also have a meeting with ISSN Portugal colleagues.


ISSN 2018 International Conference: Videos and slides available online!

The ISSN 2018 International Conference “An International Perspective on Open Access in Scholarly Communication: Achievements and Challenges” organised by the ISSN International Centre, was held in Paris on April 26th, 2018.

The program, videos and slides are available online.


The ISSN International Centre at 2018 ABES Annual Conference (Montpellier, May 23-24)

The French Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education (ABES) organises every year its annual meeting with its network of academic libraries.  ABES also holds annually the SUDOC PS Meeting with university librarians specialized in serial identification and cataloguing.

The ISSN International Centre has been invited to participate in both events. The Head of Data, Network and Standards Department at the ISSN International Centre shall give a demo of the ISSN portal (programme ) and participate in the SUDOC PS Meeting (May 25th, 2018).

  >> ABES, April 2018  

Publishing Industry


Publishing for sustainable development: The role of publishers in Africa

Taking place in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 May 2018, this IPA (International Publishers Association) Regional Seminar covered a broad range of issues, from the socio-economic contribution of publishing in Africa, to Freedom to Publish, and the role of technology in overcoming illiteracy.

You can download the program and read the interview with Gbadega Adedapo, member of the IPA’s Executive Committee, President of the Nigerian Publishers Association and CEO of Ramsed Publications Ltd.

  >> IPA, April 2018  



FAIR Principles for Library, Archive and Museum Collections: A proposal for standards for reusable collections

A set of guidelines and best practices is proposed to heritage institutions in order to facilitate the process of making heritage collections reusable. These guidelines are based on the FAIR Principles for scholarly output (FAIR data principles 2014), completed with additional initiatives for making data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. The resulting FAIR Principles for Heritage Library, Archive and Museum Collections focus on three levels: objects, metadata and metadata records. Clarifications and examples of these proposed principles are presented, as well as recommendations for the assessment of current situations and implementations of the principles.

  >> Code4Lib Journal, May 2018  

Couperin 2018 Open Science Conference 100% Open Access: Initiatives for a successful transition

At the 2015 Open Science Conference organised by Couperin, the French academic network managing deals with publishers, the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation presented the law for a Digital Republic. Three years after this important event, the 7th COUPERIN Open Science Conference was held in Paris in January 2018. The speakers focused on the new sustainable ways for Open Access publishing giving papers about OA2020, the German DEAL project, public-funded publishing, support for bibliodiversity, the evolution of the assessment of scholarly output, etc.

The videos and presentations are online.

  >> COUPERIN, January 2018  

OCLC supports smarter Libraries

The OCLC FY18 Global Council meeting was held in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Global Council is comprised of 48 member-elected delegates, each representing one of three regions (the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and the Asia Pacific Region). In addition to electing new members to the Board, the Global Council  also wrapped up a year of council activity around the theme for the year: The Smarter Library. Selected outputs from all three meetings are now available online.

  >> OCLC blog, April 2018  

NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force Guides

One of the tasks the Digital Preservation Task Force is charged with is raising awareness about digital preservation initiatives. To that end, the Task Force has created three reference guides: Digital Preservation 101Talking Points and Questions to Ask Publishers about Digital Preservation, and the Guide to the Keepers Registry. The latter provides insight into how you may begin evaluating the preservation status of the digital scholarship in your collection. The Guides are intended to be a jumping off point for further research and discovery about digital preservation.

  >> NASIG blog, April 2018  

Research initiative to reshape the role of libraries in multidisciplinary research

Six distinguished leaders in research and scholarship from across Canada and the United States will examine the progress of the initiative Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration, led by the Vice Provost of the University of Calgary. This investigation, supported by a $1-million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has provided funding for Calgary researchers in social and environmental sciences and the humanities during the past academic year. The reviewers’ comments will focus on the envisioned impact of the research at the University of Calgary on their own institutions.

  >> U Today, May 2018  

Scholarly Communication


Recommendation on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Information in the European Union

The European Commission has released a new set of recommendations to the Member States that offer guidance and propose the best way to implement and support open science practices. The new recommendations include sections on incentives and require action plans from Member States with concrete and measurable objectives.

  >> OpenAIRE, May 2018  

Community Feedback on Scholarly Content: Why it is important and why it should be preserved

The provision of community feedback on the exploration of science has evolved with the publication process. The February 2017 approval of open standards for web annotation provides the infrastructure for an interoperable collaborative annotation layer that will make conversations over scientific content ubiquitous and standard. Heather Staines and Maryann E. Martone explain how this community feedback was preserved in the form of annotations that support the FAIR data principles.

  >> Insights , 31, 13, May 2018  

UKSG 41st Annual Conference: Presentations are now available!

This UKSG event was live webcast, and recorded for online viewing. All plenaries and lightning talks were streamed, and the presentations and photos are available.

  >> UKSG, May 2018  

Open Access


The Wellcome Trust is conducting a review of its open access policy

Wellcome is currently conducting a review of its open access policy. As part of this, they are running a short open consultation to solicit stakeholder views on the policy and its future. Submissions from individuals and organisations are welcome.

The consultation questions can be viewed and responses submitted via this online form. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 21 May 2018.

  >> Wellcome, May 2018  

North, South, and Open Access

Richard Poynder interviewed two OA advocates, one from the global North and one from the global South, along with their responses to each other’s Q&A. Jeffrey MacKie-Mason is a University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer at UC Berkeley. Mahmoud Khalifa is a librarian at the Library of Congress Cairo Office and DOAJ Ambassador for the Middle East and Persian Gulf.

  >> Open and shut, April-May 2018  

UGC removes Indian journals from approved List

The Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) has removed 4,305 questionable or poor-quality journals from its approved list of journals. The UGC was forced to act following complaints by researchers and the media about inclusion of predatory and questionable journals in its white list. Consequently, the Standing Committee on Notification of Journals re-evaluated every journal title recommended by universities as well as those indexed by Indian Citation Index. Eventually, the Committee found 4,305 journals to be either low quality or questionable. The criteria for selection as a UGC approved journal are explained. Among these criteria, the ISSN plays a central role.

  >> National Herald, May 2018  



COAR 2018 Annual Meeting

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) will gather in Hamburg (May 14-17, 2018).

The program is online.

  >> COAR2018 Annual Meeting, Hamburg, Germany, 14-17 May 2018  

26th EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference (Strasbourg, May 30-31, 2018): Libraries bridging Borders

Starting on May 30th with a reception at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the conference will take place on May 31st with a mix of keynote speech, panel discussions and practical workshops addressing the issues from a wide variety of views.

The program is online.

  >> EBLIDA, May 2018  

39th Annual IATUL Conference Libraries for the Future: From inspiring Spaces to Open Science

The International Association of University Libraries will hold its annual conference in Oslo (June 18-21, 2018).

The program is online, registrations will close on 1st June, 2018.

  >> 39th Annual IATUL Conference, Oslo, Norway, 17-22 June 2018  

AEUP 2018 International Workshop about standards for publishing

The Association of European University Presses will hold  a workshop about standards that matter for university presses and institutional publishers in Riga, Latvia (June 5-6, 2018).

The preliminary program is online.

  >> AEUP 2018 International Workshop, Riga (Latvia), June 5-6, 2018  

CILIP 2018 Conference

The program is online.

  >> CILIP 2018 Conference, Brighton (UK), 4-5 July 2018  

10th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP)

Registrations are open.

  >> COASP 10, Vienna, Austria, 17-19 september 2018  

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