March 24, 2018

New Open Data Pilot: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Makes Water and Related Data Available for Easy Download and Use

From the USBR: The Bureau of Reclamation is making its water data publicly available and easily accessible through a new open data pilot project. The Reclamation Water Information System [RWIS] consolidates and publishes water and related data from throughout Reclamation, which makes it easier to locate and access. “While Reclamation has always made this water […]

Open Access: American Physical Society (APS) Will Join SCOAP3 Beginning in 2018

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the American Physical Society (APS) announced today that they entered into an agreement for SCOAP3. Under this agreement, high-energy physics articles published in the three APS journals Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters will be open access as from January 2018. All authors worldwide […]

Public Libraries in Delaware Face Budget Cuts

From the Dover Post: Libraries across the state are bracing to get hit with a double whammy of budget cuts on the state and federal levels. Dover Public Library director Margie Cyr said it’s “utterly frightening” because state funding for her library covers 100 percent of all programs, plus “78 percent of the cost of […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Journal Article: “Reproducible and Reusable Research: Are Journal Data Sharing Policies Meeting the Mark?”

The following article was recently published by PeerJ. Title Reproducible and Reusable Research: Are Journal Data Sharing Policies Meeting the Mark? Authors Nicole A. Vasilevsky Oregon Health and Science University Jessica Minnier Oregon Health & Science University Melissa A. Haendel Oregon Health & Science University Robin E. Champieux​ Oregon Health & Science University Source […]

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

UPDATED May 5, 2017 Text Transcript of Ajit Pai Recode Decode Interview Now Available UPDATED May 2, 2017 Audio: CC Chairman Ajit Pai Discusses Net Neutrality in New Interview (via Recode Decode Podcast) We don’t want to impose monopoly-style regulation developed for Ma Bell in the 1930s, to apply to every single company in the […]

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 […]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Releases 2017 World Press Freedom Index


From Reporters Without Borders: The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows an increase in the number of countries where the media freedom situation is very grave and highlights the scale and variety of the obstacles to media freedom throughout the world. The World Press Freedom map is getting darker. […]

News Roundup

1. Two Posts: A Look at Recent Congress.Gov Enhancements & New Feature: How to Download Your 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 […]