April 27, 2017

UK Publishing Has Record 2016, Sales Up 7% to £4.8bn (Ebook Sales Down 3%, Academic/Professional Publishing Up 10% )


Note: As of April 25, 2016 £1 UK equals $1.28/USD From The Publishers Association: Figures released today by the Publishers Association shows that 2016 was a record breaking year for the publishing industry with sales of books and journals reaching £4.8bn [$6.16bn/USD], their highest ever level. The increase in sales of 7% on the previous […]

Preprints: bioRxiv Receives Funding From Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

From the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a new collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) that will help accelerate the understanding of life science for the benefit of human health and disease. New funding from CZI will support the development and expansion of CSHL’s bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) preprint […]

FCC Chairman Plans To ‘Reverse the Mistake’ Of Net Neutrality” (Full Text and Video of Pai’s Speech)

From IDG News Service The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to kick off a proceeding to “reverse the mistake” of the agency’s 2-year-old net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. The rulemaking proceeding would be the first step toward repealing the regulations and reversing the agency’s 2015 decision to classify […]

Two New Online Research Tools With Data About the Oceans

Resource #1 LITTERBASE:  Online Portal for Marine Litter LITTERBASE summarises results from 1,320 scientific studies in understandable global maps and figures and opens scientific knowledge on marine litter to the public. See Also: “Plastic Makes Up Nearly 70% of All Ocean Litter” (via Science) Resource #2 Ecological Marine Unit Explorer (via USGS) Baseline data needed […]

News Roundup

1. Two Posts: A Look at Recent Congress.Gov Enhancements & New Feature: How to Download Your Congress.gov Search Results (via In Custodia Legis) 2. UK: Opening the Shutter: Oxford University’s Photo Archives Revealed (via Oxford Today) 3. EU Parliament Approves New Geo-Blocking Rules (via The Parliament) 4. Access to Data: New Report Looks at Challenges […]

NARA Provides Look at Metadata Guidance, Open Data, and Common-Core Metadata Schema For Data.gov?

From the National Archives and Records Administration “Records Express” Blog: Have you ever wondered about the relationship between NARA’s metadata guidance, open data, and the common-core metadata schema for data.gov? In this post, we provide an overview of these three pieces of guidance and how they work together. [Clip] NARA’s mission differs from Project Open […]

Presentation Video and Slides: “Why Data Sharing & Reuse Are Hard To Do?”

New online is a Big Data to Pnowledge (BD2K) Initiative webinar presentation recorded on April 21, 2017 by Distinguished Professor Dr. Christine Borgman & Ph. D Candidate Irene Pasquetto, of UCLA Informatics Studies titled, “Why Data Sharing & Reuse Are Hard To Do?” Webinar Abstract Researchers are producing an unprecedented amount of data by using new […]

California: “New Round of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries”

From KPBS: The San Diego Unified Board of Education will vote Tuesday on whether to send some 200 additional pink slips to staff, bringing the total number of potential layoffs next year to about 1,700. The latest proposal would all but decimate the district’s already anemic library system. It would lay off all library technicians […]

Reference: Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Releases Interactive Database of Every Known North Korean Missile Launch


From the Center for Nonproliferation Studies Since 2014, North Korea has dramatically altered its missile testing patterns, launching missiles much more frequently and from a variety of new locations. Recognizing the importance of understanding the proliferation implications of these patterns, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) has created a database of every known […]

Community-Driven Archives Project at Wilson Special Collections Library (UNC-CH) Receives $877,000 Mellon Grant

From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received an $877,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will allow the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the Wilson Special Collections Library to further develop its transformative model for “community-driven archives.” In addition to several […]