December 14, 2017

News Roundup

1. FCC Launches New Online Dashboard and Upgrades FOIA Page (via Radio World) 2. Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media is Ripping Apart Society (via The Verge) 3. It’s Official: Apple Buys Shazam to Boost Apple Music (via Bloomberg) 4. Beginning January 1, 2018 Cornell University Press Will Report to Cornell University Library

Scholarly Publishing: PLOS CEO Discusses the Future in Open Letter to the Community


From the Text of an Open Letter by Public Library of Science (PLOS) CEO, Alison Muddit: As the new PLOS CEO, I’ve spent my first months assessing the organization and planning for a thriving future. We are in the midst of shaping our next innovative steps in pursuit of maximal openness and transparency in research […]

Ten Organizations Release Draft Version of Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values, Feedback Welcome

Here’s the Full Text of an Announcement From Educopia: The digital preservation landscape is one of a multitude of choices that vary widely in terms of purpose, scale, cost, and complexity. Over the past year a group of collaborating organizations united in the commitment to digital preservation have come together to explore how we can […]

New Research Preprint: “Difficulties of Timestamping Archived Web Pages”

The following article (preprint) was recently shared by the lead-author on arXiv. Title Difficulties of Timestamping Archived Web Pages Authors Mohamed Aturban Old Dominion University Michael L. Nelson Old Dominion University Michele C. Weigle Old Dominion University Source via arXiv Abstract We show that state-of-the-art services for creating trusted timestamps in blockchain-based networks do not […]

Mozilla Launches Augmented Reality (AR) App For iOS

From The Next Web: Mozilla has launched its first ever augmented reality app for iOS. The company, best known for its Firefox browser, wants to create an avenue for developers to build augmented reality experiences using open web technologies, WebXR, and Apple’s ARKit framework. This latest effort from Mozilla is called WebXR Viewer. It contains several sample AR programs, demonstrating […]

UK: University of Bristol Unveils Plans For a New Flagship £80 Million ($106.9 Million) Library

From the University of Bristol: A new £80 million library development is to be built at the heart of the University of Bristol’s Clifton campus. The flagship building promises to ‘delight and inspire innovation and discovery’ and will be designed by a team of architects behind some of Europe’s top education and library projects. As part […]

Standards: W3C Releases First Public Working Draft of “Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis”

From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): The Accessible Platform Architectures and Accessibility Guidelines Working Groups have published a First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis. Developed by the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, it explores user needs for people with cognitive or learning disabilities and identifies where additional web content authoring guidance is needed […]

Metadata: Dataverse Data Repository Project Announces Support for


From the Dataverse Blog: Search results account for a large portion of traffic to datasets published online. For example, since Dataverse 4 was released in June 2015, at least a fifth of the traffic to dataset pages in the largest Dataverse installation, Harvard Dataverse, has come from search engines, mostly Google. Giving search engines and […]

IFLA Issues Statement on the Destruction of 140,000 Library Books in Turkey


From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)/FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression): IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey. [Clip] Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging  the principle that the right of […]

New Journal Article: “Research Data Management Instruction for Digital Humanities”

The following article was published online today by the Journal of eScience Librarianship. Title Research Data Management Instruction for Digital Humanities Author Willow Dressel Princeton University Source Journal of eScience Librarianship Vol. 6 No.2 (2017) doi:10.7191/jeslib.2017.1115 Abstract eScience related library services at Princeton University started in response to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) data management […]