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Newsletter n°24 June 2014




FRBR Review Group endorses PRESSoo model developed by BnF and ISSN IC

The FRBR Review Group (IFLA, International Federation of Library Associations) has reviewed the PRESSoo model and has endorsed it as a valid and useful extension of the FRBRoo model.

PRESSoo is devoted to the bibliographic information relating to serials and continuing resources. It has been developed by a working group made up by representatives of both the ISSN International Centre (ISSN IC) and the ISSN Review Group and representatives of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). PRESSoo aims to propose answers to long standing issues with the application of the FRBR family of models to serials and continuing resources.

More on the FRBR Review Group


  >> ISSN International Centre, June 2014  



NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment

The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014.

  >> NISO, 2014-06-09  

Publishing Industry


Non-native English-speaking authors and editors evaluate difficulties and challenges in publishing in international journals

Two questionnaire-based surveys were carried out by an Indian publishing services company for authors of non-English speaking countries. The first was addressed to East Asian authors, the second was addressed to editors of leading international journals, mainly in Europe and the USA, and published entirely in English. The results obtained from the two questionnaires were compared to provide an interesting schema of the key players in the process of scholarly communication.

  >> SciELO in Perspective, 2014-05-19  

Ethical Publishing – the time line of a case of plagiarism

Chronology of a plagiarism case and the actions taken to address this problem within the institution concerned.

  >> SciELO in Perspective, 2014-05-22  

Open Access in India: Q&A with Subbiah Arunachalam

An interview with Chennai-based information scientist Subbiah Arunachalam about the open access situation in India: difficulties to access the publications for scientists, opportunities of Green/Gold Open Access, threat of the predatory publishers.

  >> Open and shut?, 2014-06-09  

Identity Crisis — Does Print Need to Die for Online to Flourish?

The publishing industry is almost unanimous to say that print editions will disappear sooner or later. Ken Anderson analyses the pros and cons of this evolution.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, 2014-05-20  

Sustaining Open Access

A recently proposed model on open-access publishing has drawn praise for rethinking the roles institutions, libraries and professional organizations play in promoting scholarly communication.


  >> Inside Higher Ed, 2014-05-12  

What Motivates Reviewers? An Experiment in Economics

How can publishers speed up the reviewing process? In a recent paper, Raj Chetty, Harvard economist and editor of the Journal of Public Economics, decided to experiment on his own journal, testing whether shortened deadlines and cash incentives increased the speed and quality of peer reviews.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, 2014-05-28  



A better sharing of knowledge

To move towards a public Science that is open to all its beneficiaries, the CNRS ( French National Centre for Scientific Research ) has committed to promoting « a better sharing of knowledge » which above all entails improved sharing of scientific and technical information (STI).

  >> CNRS, 2014  

Building a picture of Linked Open Data at the RLUK Hackathon

Forward-thinking developers participated in Research Libraries UK’s (RLUK) first Linked Open Data (LOD) Hackathon in London in May. The European Library published a series of LOD case studies about early adoption of LOD. Ideas and recommendations were exchanged for making further improvements to data access. The event’s objective was to strengthen expertise and test LOD applicability and its potential to create library solutions.

  >> The European Library, 2014-05-27  

Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Published by Facet Publishing, this practical handbook teaches the professionals how to unlock the value of the existing metadata through cleaning, reconciliation, enrichment and linking and how to streamline the process of new metadata creation.

  >> Facet Publishing, June 2014  

On books and e-books – AG Jääskinen’s opinion in Case C-117/13 Technische Universität Darmstadt

Advocate General Jääskinen proposes to the Court of Justice of the European Union his point of view and a legal solution about copyright and digitised books in libraries. According to him, a Member State may authorise libraries to digitise, without the consent of the rightholders, books they hold in their collection so as to make them available at electronic reading points.

  >> Recent Developments in European Consumer Law, 2014-06-05  

Europeana Strategic Plan (2015-2020)

During the Europeana Aggregator Forum (The Hague, 22-23 May), Deputy Director Harry Verwayen has given an overview of the strategic plan and ambitions of the Europeana Foundation going forward to 2020.


  >> Europeana, 2014-05-28  

SUDOC study

ABES – the French bibliographic agency for Higher Education – has published a study on developments in shared cataloguing systems. The report discusses ten case studies of shared cataloguing systems and describes scenarios for the French national catalogue SUDOC.

The report (French, summary in English)

  >> UKSG, 2014-05-17  

Playing the Numbers: NISO/NASIG Focus On Best Practices for Library Usage Statistics

On May 21, NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, and the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) co-sponsored a webinar intended to help more “effectively understand and apply usage data ».
The 90-minute webinar provided an opportunity to learn more about current best practices and standards.

  >> Information Today, 2014-06-03  

Public Access: Supporting Digital Inclusion for All

IFLA, along with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington have prepared a briefing paper which draws UN Member States’ attention to the importance of access to ICTs as a key issue in development and to the ongoing digital divide.

  >> IFLA, 2014-05-20  



NISO/BISG 8th Annual Forum: The Changing Standards Landscape: Managing an Increasingly Complex and Interconnected World of Content

  >> June 27 - Las Vegas  

UKSG Licensing and Negotiation Skills for Librarians

  >> June 16 - London  

Recap of ISO TC46 Meeting in Washington, DC, May 5-9, 2014

  >> June 16 - Online  

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