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Newsletter n°31 February 2015




Questions to Gaëlle Béquet

The ISSN International Centre Director, Gaëlle Béquet, talks about the ISSN Network structure, the digital publications’ stakes, and the future of the Organisation.

Article in French.

  >> Archimag, February 2015  



UKSG Transfer Code of Practice to be Maintained by NISO

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and UKSG announce that the Transfer Code of Practice will now be supported and maintained by NISO. The Code provides voluntary guidelines for publishers to follow when transferring journal titles between parties to ensure that the journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers.

  >> STM, 2015-02-11  

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Metadata Indicators for Accessibility and Licensing of E-Content

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015). This recommendation defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content.

  >> NISO, 2015-01-25  

Publishing Industry


Open Science Initiative issues new paper recommendations

In early September of 2014, nSCI recruited and organized over 100 thought-leaders from around the world into a three month long online conversation—named the Open Science Initiative (OSI) working group—to begin looking into viable ways to reform the scholarly publishing system. The outcome of this conversation will be a working paper which summarizes the many important facts and perspectives that were discussed on this issue.

  >> National SCI, 2015-02-02  

Preparing for impact

Global use of institutional repositories is on the rise – but the trend is not without its challenges.

  >> Research Information, February-March 2015  

STM opens community-wide consultation on article sharing

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) opened a communitywide consultation into the sharing of research articles. Running from 9th February until 10th April 2015, the consultation aims to start discussion and to gain a better understanding of the current landscape of article sharing through scholarly collaboration networks and sites. Feedback is invited, including input on a draft outline of voluntary principles.

  >> STM, 2015-02-09  

What makes researchers willing to share their data?

In principle, the benefits of sharing data are undeniable but in practice researchers are often reluctant to make their data available for use by others. Nonetheless, many researchers do share their data, for a variety of reasons. What motivates those who do it?

  >> Research Information, 2015-01-22  

Open access and authors: two questions for the future

Rick Anderson, University of Utah, raises questions about authors’ attitudes and rights in the Open Access environment.

  >> UKSG enews, January 2015-01-23  

Project MUSE to preserve e-journals with Portico

Project MUSE, a provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community, has entered into an agreement with Portico, a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books, and other scholarly e-content. This agreement aims at preserving its complete collection of scholarly electronic journals, which contains titles from more than 120 not-for-profit scholarly publishers worldwide.

  >> Portico, 2015-01-26  



UNESCO and SciELO launch a new book on SciELO on its 15 years of operation

UNESCO and SciELO jointly launch SciELO – 15 years of Open Access in three languages. The document provides a detailed account on the origin, context, significance and « raison d’être » of SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online, which is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet.

English version available in epub format.

  >> ScieELO, 2015-02-10  

COAR Interoperability Roadmap published

The World Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has just made available its roadmap: « Future Directions for Repository Interoperability ». This document is the culmination of over a year’s work to identify priority issues for repository interoperability.

  >> COAR, 2015-02-05  

Europeana Newspapers Information Day at the National Library of France

Fot the tenth and final Information day organised by partners of the Europeana Newspapers Project, three round tables took place: the contribution of the BnF; technical innovations ; the users’ practices and expectations.

  >> Europeana, 2015-01-28  

Public libraries should emulate coffee shops, says report

Public libraries in England are at a crossroads and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future of the service has said. In this documents some key recomandations are provided like a targeted action on local libraries and a taskforce on national standards.

  >> BBC, 2014-12-18  

Creative Commons licenses are great – but how to use them?

Overview of the Creative Commons licences used in Europeana.

  >> Europeana, 2015-01-13  

Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC

Jointly released by OCLC and the Library of Congress, this white paper compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions. It is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be released later this year.

  >> OCLC, January 2015  



UKSG 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition

  >> Glasgow, March 30th - April 1st  

Free UKSG webinar – Free eBooks for everyone: a new challenge for the University Library

  >> February 24, online  

NISO Two-Part Webinar: Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier?

  >> Part 1: March 11th, Part 2: March 18th - Online  

Joint COAR-SPARC Conference

  >> April 15-16th - Porto  

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