December 14, 2017

Tulane University Preserves Digital Histories of LGBTQ+ Activism in the South

From Tulane University: Through the recent acquisition of records from the youth LGBTQ organization BreakOUT!, Newcomb Archives is preserving the group’s story of empowering the LGBTQ community in New Orleans. BreakOUT! is also the first completely digital collection at Newcomb Archives and serves as a pilot collection for other digital-archiving initiatives. [Clip] “All too often, trans history has […]

Digital Resources: View, Download, Print: 3D Scans of Idaho Ancient Bison Fossils Now Available Online

From Idaho St. University: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) have partnered to make fossils more available to the public. Beginning today, the 3-D scan models of Bison latifrons specimens are available online to view, download, and print in 3-D. [Clip] The Bison Digitization Project, creates an open-access digital […]

New Report: “National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom”


From the American Association of University Professors (AAUP): A new report, National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom, released by the AAUP details troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences that have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s hostility to science. International scientific exchange and, especially, the charging of innocent Chinese […]

News Roundup (December 7, 2017)

1. Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Develops Plug-In Designed to Port/Preserve bepress Content to Open Journal System (OJS) Platform 2.  Students  at Washington University in St. Louis Petition Against Decision to Move Physics Library (via Student Union) 3. Texas Prisons Ban Over 10,000 Books. An Israeli Diplomat Wants to Know Why Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is Allowed (via Texas Tribune) ||| […]

New Research Finds “‘Widespread Misattribution’ in Research Publications and Grant Proposals”

From the University of Alabama-Huntsville: “Authorship and Citation Manipulation in Academic Research,” co-authored by Dr. Allen “Al” Wilhite and Dr. Eric Fong, has been published by PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. Both men are professors in the College of Business at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where Dr. […]

New Data From Nature Index: Top Corporate Research Partnerships with Academic or Government Labs

From Nature Index:  New data from the Nature Index show that as corporations have scaled back their own in-house research, there has been a surge in collaboration with academic and government research bodies, as they look to share the burden of scientific discovery. Previous research has shown that the long-term decline in corporate scientific output – […]

Researchers at MIT “Devise Better Recommendation Algorithm”

From MIT News: The recommendation systems at websites such as Amazon and Netflix use a technique called “collaborative filtering.” To determine what products a given customer might like, they look for other customers who have assigned similar ratings to a similar range of products, and extrapolate from there. The success of this approach depends vitally […]

Online Images From Harry Ransom Center (U. of Texas) & University of Virginia Library Digital Collections Now Available via International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

From the Ransom Center Announcement: More than 50,000 images in the Ransom Center’s digital collections portal are now available via the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). [Clip] The Center’s adoption of IIIF means that its images and descriptive metadata are now instantly sharable with other IIIF-enabled digital image collections such as the British Library, the […]

Public Libraries: “Missouri Library Association Wants Autonomy on Firearms Decisions”

From the Columbia Missourian: Although state law allows people to legally carry guns into public libraries, the people who run those libraries hope to have their own say. Almost all local governments or political subdivisions, except public library districts, have the option to choose whether to allow firearms on the premises. Vicky Baker, president of […]

News Roundup (December 6, 2017)

1.  Open Citations: A Letter From the Scientometric Community to Scholarly Publishers (via  International Society for Informetrics and Scientometrics (ISSI)) 2.  ARL Urges International Federation of Library Associations to Consider Civil Liberties in Conference Site Selection 3. Oops! Apparent Google Update Glitch Disconnects Student Chromebooks In Schools Across The U.S. 4. Caroline Brazier, The British Library’s Chief […]