September 22, 2014

Research Libraries: RLUK Submits Evidence to House of Commons Inquiry into Open Access

From a RLUK Announcement: RLUK has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee into Open Access.  The evidence gives support for the move towards stronger funder mandates and shorter embargoes. Access the submission (5 pages; PDF) here. We’ve also embedded a copy of the submission below. On a related note, […]

UK: Materials Begin Moving Back Into Liverpool Central Library After £50m Refurbishment

From the BBC: Liverpool’s central library has started the painstaking task of moving rare books and documents into its new home after a £50m [$79.2/USD] refurbishment. Archivists will spend the next three months carefully transporting four million books, prints and paintings to the city’s new library and repository. The items have been held in secure […]

Wellcome Trust Strengthens its Open Access Policy

From The Wellcome Trust: The Wellcome Trust today announces that it will be strengthening the manner in which it enforces its open access policy with immediate effect. Failure to comply with the policy could result in final grant payments being withheld and non-compliant publications being discounted when applying for further funding. The Wellcome Trust is […]

Just Released Report: Researchers of Tomorrow (The Research Behaviour of Generation Y Doctoral Students)

Released today in the UK by JISC and the British Library. From a BL News Release with Highlights From Findings: Research students need more face-to-face and informal support tailored to their own subject area to help them embrace open web technologies and social media fully, according to the UK’s largest study of doctoral students commissioned […]

Reference: Britain from Above Launches, A Collection of 16,000 Historical Aerial Images (1919-1953)

Images were taken between 1919-1953 From The Telegraph: More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of Britain are now freely accessible online for the first time. The photos on the Britain from Above website, launched today, have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing. […]

UK: Open Access is the Future of Academic Publishing, Says Finch Report + Roundup of Reaction

Direct to Full Text of Finch Report (140 pages; PDF) Direct to Executive Summary of Finch Report (11 pages; PDF) From the News Release: The report of the Working Group chaired by Dame Janet Finch published on 18 June recommends a programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising […]

UK: Open-Access Advocate Tim Gowers Leads Queen’s Birthday Honours List

From Times Higher Ed. A mathematician who led the boycott in the UK of a major publisher over the issue of open access and a vice-chancellor who served on the Browne Review are among the higher education figures recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Timothy Gowers, Royal Society research professor in the department of […]

Reference: National Archives (UK) and Wikimedia UK Make Digitized World War II Art Available Online

Historic digitized art is being made available through a partnership between the National Archives (UK) and Wikimedia UK. The content is public domain. From Today’s Announcement: Hundreds of original wartime art works are going online following a partnership between The National Archives and Wikimedia UK. Photographed with a digitisation grant from Wikimedia UK, the collection […]

UK: Warning Over Digital Archive ‘Black Hole’

From the BBC: Valuable data about key aspects of modern Scottish life is being lost in a digital archive “black hole”, it has been warned. The National Library of Scotland said online and social media coverage from the past 20 years was disappearing. [Clip] NLS chief executive Martyn Wade said: “In Scotland and across the […]

UK Government Publishes: “Social Media Guidance for Civil Servants”

We know many of you are always on the lookout for examples of how companies, governments, etc. handle the use of social media/social media in the workplace. A week ago the UK government published a 29 page (PDF) document, Social Media Guidance For Civil Servants that might be of interest. Here’s a brief summary of […]