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Newsletter n° 70 November 2018




ISSN IC @ International Seminar about Scholarly communication in the humanities and social sciences (Lille, November 28th, 2018)

Lille University and research centres GERiiCO and CIREL are organising a one-day seminar about scholarly communication in Lille on Nov. 28th, 2018. The Director of the ISSN IC will make a presentation about predatory journals and the future of open science. The program is available at


The ISSN IC @ 2018 Wikicite Conference (Berkeley 27-29 November)

WikiCite 2018 is a 3-day conference, summit, and hack day dedicated to the vision of creating an open repository of bibliographic data to support the citation and fact-checking needs of Wikimedia projects, and possibly, to serve as an open infrastructure for research, education, and information quality across the web. The ISSN IC Head of Information systems will make a presentation about the new ISSN Portal and investigate further cooperation with Wikidata.

  >> WikiCite 2018  

The Spanish ISSN Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary

On November 15, 1978, an agreement was signed between the National Library of Spain and the ISSN International Centre to create the Spanish ISSN Centre. As of November 1st, 2018, the number of Spanish records in the ISSN database exceeds 60,000, of which 8,893 describe electronic serial publications. An average of 1,500 ISSN are assigned each year by the Spanish centre.

[In Spanish]

  >> El blog de la BNE, November 2018  

ISSN and URN: Moving forward!

Juha Hakala, Senior advisor at The National Library of Finland, chair of ISO/TC 46/SC 4 on Technical interoperability and author of various IETF RFCs on the use of URN for the resolution of bibliographic identifiers (NBNs, ISBNs, ISSNs, …) is hosted by the ISSN IC for a two-day working session (November 20-21, 2018) on the practical implementation of URN resolution for ISSNs.

  IANA, Namespace Registration for International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and Linking ISSN (ISSN-L) based on ISO 3297:2007  



BnF data updated as from January 1st, 2019

The National Library of France (BnF) is adapting its cataloging rules to align with the recommendations contained in Sections 2 and 3 of RDA-FR (2017). These evolutions have an impact on current cataloguing and should not be implemented retrospectively. Authority records (Works and Persons) are mostly concerned but related bibliographic records may also be impacted. The work of the Standardization Group “RDA in France” is presented here. Updated documentation about BnF UNIMARC will be issued shortly.

[In French]

  >> Transition bibliographique, October 2018  

Call for nominations: IFLA ISBD Review Group and IFLA BCM Review Group

The IFLA Governing Board seeks nominations for new members of the IFLA ISBD Review Group and the IFLA BCM Review Group by Friday, 15 February 2019. The term served by new members will be from August 2019 to August 2023.

  >> IFLA, November 2018  



The Evolution of Infrastructure: Making a Renewed Investment in Preservation at Portico

Digital preservation service Portico recently completed a two-year project to rebuild its preservation infrastructure from the ground up with the support of its publisher and library participants. This initiative helped create a stable, scalable, elastic architecture that will enable Portico to keep pace with the ever-increasing amount of content. It will also allow them to provide preservation for new and complex forms of scholarly publishing. Portico’s Managing Director gives an insight into the infancy of the service, and in the two-year project to rebuild that infrastructure.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, October 2018  

Linked data in libraries: From disillusionment to productivity

Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, is convinced that libraries need linked data platforms. It is one of the last chances to embark on innovations that are not possible with the increasingly arcane and anachronistic MARC record. He explains what linked data cataloging means for library workers and end users, and gives an insight into the OCLC Research linked data Wikibase prototype, built to reconcile data between legacy bibliographic information and linked data entities.

  >> Next, OCLC Blog, November 2018  

The Place of Literature in the World of Newspapers

This article written by Jean-Didier Wagneur, librarian at the National Library of France, is a summary of an article published in French on Gallica blog in January 2018. The author gives a historical account of literary works published in the press throughout the 19th century.

  >> Europeana Blog, November 2018  

CLOCKSS Formalizes Long-Standing Commitments from Four Leading Universities to Ensure Perpetual Preservation

Researchers, librarians, and publishers look to CLOCKSS and other long-term archives to guarantee that the scholarly record will remain intact. CLOCKSS is taking steps to formalize its Succession Plan and ensure the enduring survival of the scholarly content it preserves. Four of CLOCKSS’s twelve library nodes have agreed to continue to preserve the digital content that is preserved in CLOCKSS, if the organization were to cease to exist. The CLOCKSS Succession Plan is part of its Trusted Repository Audit Checklist (TRAC) certification by the Center for Research Libraries.

  >> CLOCKSS, November 2018  

Libraries and citizen science

New opportunities for libraries are highlighted by analysing the roles they could potentially play in citizen science projects. Citizen science is one of the eight pillars of open science identified by the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC Working Group. Several of these roles are illustrated in case studies from institutions where citizen science has already been embraced: University College London, the University of Barcelona, the University of Southern Denmark and Qatar National Library. A snapshot of what libraries have so far achieved in this sphere is presented, as well as the remaining challenges and opportunities.

  >> Insights, 31, 35, September 2018  

ABES Organisation Project for 2018-2022 released

ABES, the French Bibliographic Agency of Higher Education, has recently issued its 2018-2022 organisation project. ABES new strategic project aims to overhaul the agency’s tools and to enhance relationships with its networks. The ISSN International Centre is mentioned as one of ABES’ main partners in cooperation activities at the national and international levels. ABES actions aim to foster the integration of the identifiers produced by ABES into national and international standards.

  >> Fil'ABES blog, November 2018  

Scholarly Communication


Help TRANSPOSE Bring Journal Policies into the Open

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, November 2018  

Open Access


How green is our valley?: five-year study of selected LIS journals from Taylor & Francis for green deposit of articles

This study reviews content from five library and information science journals published by Taylor & Francis over a five-year period from 2012–2016, to investigate the green deposit rate. The review looks at research articles and standing columns to see if any articles were retrieved using the OA Button or through institutional repositories. Results indicate that less than a quarter of writers have chosen to make a green deposit of their articles in local or subject repositories. The discussion outlines some best practices to be undertaken by librarians, editors and Taylor & Francis to make this program more successful.

  >> Insights, 31, 23, June 2018  

Member Collaborations Blossom in OASPA

OASPA has seen an exciting recent blossoming of inter-membership collaborations, partnerships, and instances of members working alongside each other in support of common goals. In line with the October 2018 Open Access Week, OASPA is highlighting these inspiring instances of collaborative efforts of OASPA members in their work to find new solutions to making research openly accessible for all.

  >> OASPA Blog, October 2018  

Wellcome and Gates join bold European open-access plan

Two of the world’s largest biomedical research funders have backed a plan to make all papers resulting from work they fund open access on publication by 2020. Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced they were both endorsing ‘Plan S’, adding their weight to an initiative already backed by 13 research funders across Europe since its launch in September.

  >> Nature, November 2018  

10 ways libraries can support the implementation of Plan S

SPARC Europe, a division of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is sharing a document with the library community that suggests ways in which the Plan S Implementation Task Force can benefit from academic and national libraries when planning the implementation of the 10 Plan S principles. This was developed as part of an implementation guide for the Task Force delivered in October 2018.

Download the Brief

  >> SPARC Europe, October 2018  



SWIB18 celebrates its 10th anniversary

SWIB conference (Semantic Web in Libraries) is focused on Linked Open Data (LOD) in libraries and related organizations.

The programme is online.

  SWIB18, 26-28 November 2018, Bonn, Germany  

13th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing

The programme is online, as well as the list of speakers.

  2018 Munin Conference, 28-29 November 2018, Tromsø, Norway  

CNI Fall 2018 Membership Meeting

Representatives from the Coalition for Networked Information member organizations gather twice annually.

The programme is online.

  CNI Fall Membership Meeting, 10-11 December 2018, Washington DC, USA  

Academic Publishing in Europe 2019

Topic: Platforms or Pipelines? Where is the Value in Scholarly Communications?

The preliminary programme is online.

The event will be preceded by the SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing) Pre-Conference whose programme will be announced soon.

  APE 2019, 15-16 January 2019, Berlin, Germany  

ELPUB 2019 Call for papers

The 23rd edition of the International Conference on Electronic Publishing ElPub 2019 will celebrate bibliodiversity in all aspects of the knowledge transmission.

Deadline for submitting extended abstracts : 10 January 2019

  ELPUB2019, 2-4 June 2019, Marseille, France  

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