December 16, 2017

New Report From Digital Science Looks at Potential of Blockchain Technology in Scholarly Communication and Research, Catalyst Grants Also Announced

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New Report: Blockchain for Research – Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication. From Digital Science: The report offers a perspective on blockchain technology and how it could impact scholarly communication and research. It also features views from global industry experts on how future technologies in the scholarly arena will be impacted by blockchain […]

News Roundup (November 28, 2017)

1. Changes: Google Finance Resources, Data Now Found Directly Inside Google Search on Desktop and Mobile Web (via Google Blog) 2. Yale Privacy Lab Reports on Tracking Tools Hidden Inside Popular Android Apps (via YPL)  ||| See Also: Coverage From The Guardian 3. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Publishes 2017 Annual Report 4. Drexel University Chooses […]

COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Releases Technical Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories

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From an Announcement by Eloy Rodrigues, COAR Chairman and Kathleen Shearer, COAR Executive Director: At COAR, we believe the globally distributed network of more than 3000 repositories can be leveraged to create a more sustainable and innovative system for sharing and building on the results of research. Collectively, repositories can provide a comprehensive view of the […]

Research Libraries: University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Complete Long-Term Facilities Master Plan

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UPDATE December 8 University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan (Slide Deck Used at U. of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Campus Forum on December 7, 2017. UPDATE December 8 VIDEO of UW-Madison Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan Forum (December 7, 2017) UPDATE December 8 UW-Madison Library Plan Would Create Six ‘Hubs,’ Close 22 Libraries and Reduce Collection Space (via […]

Facebook Research: “Bringing Still Photos to Life and 3D Photography to your Phone”

From the Facebook Research Blog: Facebook researchers are transforming photography into entirely new consumer experiences–infusing still portraits with emotion and movement, and bringing 3D photography to the casual photographer. The Facebook team will present its latest research and also place the work into a broader context of the evolution of computer graphics and photography in […]

Article: “The Prehistory of Biology Preprints: A Forgotten Experiment From the 1960s”

The following article was recently published by PLOS Biology. Title Prehistory Of Biology Preprints: A Forgotten Experiment From the 1960s Author Matthew Cobb University of Manchester Source PLoS Biol15(11): e2003995 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003995 Abstract In 1961, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began to circulate biological preprints in a forgotten experiment called the Information Exchange Groups (IEGs). […]

News Roundup

1. Chicago Public Library Releases “Best of the Best Books 2017″ Lists (Adults, Teens, Kids) 2. PLOS (Public Library of Science) Reports $1.7M Loss in 2016 (via The Scholarly Kitchen) 3. Amazon Web Services Begins Offering Tools, Services to Create VR/AR Content New service is named Sumerian. Official Announcement Media Coverage (via Geekwire) Sumerian Website, Preview, […]

Report: New Florida Law Expected to Increase Challenges to Textbooks and Other Books Used in Schools

From the Associated Press: A parent in Florida is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” — itself a cautionary tale on the banning of books. Another wants to remove Walter Dean Myers’ “Bad Boy” for using the word “penis” and a homophobic slur. Elsewhere […]

State Library of Louisiana Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan

From The Daily Advertiser: The State Library of Louisiana has released its new five-year strategic plan for statewide services funded by grants from the Library Services and Technology Act, a federal source of revenue for libraries nationwide. [Clip] According to the plan, the state has a goal of providing regional technology training for public library […]

Report: Large-Scale Implementation of Open Access in China

From the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Blog: At the end of October, the National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSL, CAS), the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and ShanghaiTech University Library signed the Open Access 2020 Initiative. [Clip] China has long supported open access. In 2004, CAS signed Berlin Declaration […]