January 22, 2021

NY Times: “Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says”

From The NY Times: A military arm of the intelligence community buys commercially available databases containing location data from smartphone apps and searches it for Americans’ past movements without a warrant, according to an unclassified memo obtained by The New York Times. Defense Intelligence Agency analysts have searched for the movements of Americans within a […]

New Online: “A Year After Fire, Museum of Chinese in America Launches Digital Platform with Google to Celebrate its Historical Treasures”

From The Art Newspaper: A year after a fire broke out in its New York archive, prompting a herculean effort to salvage its historical artefacts, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) today launched a digital platform with Google Arts & Culture to make hundreds of digitised images of its treasures available online. The chief […]

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Publishes First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

From W3C News: The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines […]

Roundup (January 22, 2020)

Broadband Price Report Finds Big Jump in Availability of Low-Cost Plans (via Telecompetitor) January 2021 Issue of HathiTrust Update Now Online Miriam Maus Appointed as IOP Publishing’s New Publishing Director (via IOP Publishing) Webinar Summary: “When More is More: A DORA Community Discussion on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication” (via DORA)

Funding: Mellon Foundation and National Archives (NARA) to Support Expansion of Cultural Diversity in American History

From the National Archives and Records Administration: With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Archives will offer new grants aimed at expanding cultural diversity in American history. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) will manage the new grants program, funded at $2.35 million, for digital historical records projects. “Thanks to […]

Jessica Rosenworcel Named Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission

From the FCC: Today, President Joseph R. Biden designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. “I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden.  I thank the President for the opportunity to lead an agency with such a vital mission […]

Association of American Publishers (AAP) Announces Finalists For 2021 Prose Awards

From an AAP Announcement: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled finalists for the 45thannual Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards, honoring scholarly works published in 2020, comprising a total of 130 finalists across 44 subject categories. Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, reference […]

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Public Library of Science (PLOS) Announce Publishing Agreement

From a Joint Announcement: The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced an agreement for BTAA members to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate this new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and […]

Central European Press “Opening the Future” Project Now Live

From a CEU Press Announcement: Central European University (CEU) Press, in partnership with COPIM, is pleased to announce that our Opening the Future platform is now fully live, and member access to the programme’s curated backlist of books is available from Tuesday 19th January, through Project MUSE. Opening the Future gives member libraries subscription access […]

Wiley Announces New Author Name Change Policy

From a Wiley Announcement: We are proud to announce that Wiley has updated its author name change policy to support the anonymity of authors who wish to change their name on already-published research. We are removing two standard and historical processes when an author submits a name change. We will no longer publish a correction […]