London Book Fair begins, digital publishing plays key role at this year’s fair - 09 Apr 2014
The annual London Book Fair kicked off April 8, 2014. With digital publishing playing a leading role at this year's fair, Tech Central in EC2 was a bustling hub during the 1st day of the London Book Fair 2014. The digital conversation once again showcased very well the impact of technology throughout the book business. Presentations from several vendors and publishers opened the minds of its audience. The presentations covered topics ranging from the selling of ebooks through to managing the digitisation process.
Big Data was again discussed asking questions like "Should Publishers Care?" – Is it the next big hype! Business has always run on data – in publishing, sales data has always been important to decision making, But beneath the hype about new data, is there new value? James Lichtenburg President of Light Speed, LLC – New York provided an insight into this topic.
Additionally, Portland Press Ltd announced their move to the HighWire Open Platform – "Since the Biochemical Journal began over 100 years ago, Portland Press Ltd's publications have gone from strength to strength while adapting to technology changes", noted Tom Rump, Managing Director of HighWire. "Moving their online content to HighWire is a natural evolution for the company, taking advantage of our cutting-edge technology in a fast-changing world"
ORCID and CASRAI announce new standards project on ‘Peer Review Services’ - 09 Apr 2014
In addition to integrating ORCID identifiers into manuscript submission and grant application workflows, publishers and funders have been adding the identifiers into reviewer workflows. From this, a question arose as to how to acknowledge review activities in ORCID. To address this need, ORCID has asked CASRAI to facilitate a new standards project focusing on Peer Review Services Contributions. The participant-funded project is the first in a new program of International Projects being launched by CASRAI.
An international working group has been convened, with members representing associations, publishers, and funder organizations. The group is co-chaired by Rebecca Lawrence of F1000 Research and Laura Paglione of ORCID. Organisations serving on the working group are Autism Speaks, Denison University, Cambridge University Press, American Geophysical Union, Origin Editorial, University of Split, and Hypothes.is.
Key areas of discussion include assessing 'prior art', identifying and defining data elements to enable acknowledgement, identifying options for assigning a persistent document identifier to the review itself, and recommending citation structure. The working group is scheduled to submit its draft recommendations to an external review circle in June, prior to finalising their report.
CASRAI will be translating the group's recommendations into fully defined record-types, fields, and classifications to be added to the CASRAI dictionary for open use by the community. ORCID will be using the group's recommendations to develop methods for linking review activities with ORCID identifiers and for posting review metadata to the ORCID Registry.
Wolters Kluwer Health announces Lippincott Advisor mobile app for hospitals and healthcare institutions - 09 Apr 2014
Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the availability of a Lippincott Advisor App for institutional customers who use Lippincott Advisor, one of the leading online clinical decision-support software solutions used at the point-of-care. The new mobile application allows hospitals and other healthcare institutions to give their nurses, clinicians and staff full access to Lippincott Advisor from any mobile device including both Android and Apple smartphones and tablets.
Institutional users of Lippincott Advisor now have fast, mobile access to vital evidence-based clinical information both online and offline, which is critical in situations when the Internet is unavailable. The app includes information on Diseases and Conditions, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnostic Tests, Treatments, Hospital-acquired Conditions, Core Measures, Care Plans, and Drug information plus access to all of the customized content developed by users' own institutions.
The Lippincott Advisor App provides the same user-friendly features found in the online PC-based product including fast, intuitive search, bulleted text, helpful tables, icons for frequently used features and full-colour art. It is available as a free download and can be unlocked with a clinician's existing institutional login information. Users also receive all of the quarterly online content updates that equip Lippincott Advisor with the most up-to-date clinical information available.
Lippincott Advisor includes more than 10,000 collective entries of critical, evidence-based information spanning diseases, treatments, diagnostic tests, drugs, signs & symptoms, nursing care plans, core measures, hospital-acquired conditions, national guidelines and patient education. Using a proprietary synoptic search, the product delivers the appropriate entry within seconds of a clinician's inquiry.
Now available on all devices, Lippincott Advisor, part of the Lippincott Nursing Solutions suite, is sold as a group subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The Lippincott Advisor Institutional App is available immediately at no extra cost to current Lippincott Advisor institutional subscribers. The app can be downloaded from iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and from Google Play for Android devices. Users simply use their existing facility usernames and passwords to open the content from the app.
Fair use promoted at House of Representatives copyright hearing - 09 Apr 2014
James G. Neal, Columbia University's university librarian and vice president for information services, served as the voice of libraries to the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on April 2, 2014, when the subcommittee held a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, "Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works," explored a variety of copyright issues, including orphan works, mass digitisation, and specific provisions of the Copyright Act that concern preservation by libraries and archives.
In his testimony, Neal used examples of some of the preservation efforts currently underway in the Columbia University Library in the City of New York to illustrate how fair use is essential to helping libraries confront preservation challenges specific to the digital age. He argued that without fair use libraries would not be able to digitise information stored in antiquated formats or salvage content from obsolete formats.
Importantly, Neal stated that the existing statutory framework, which combines the specific library exceptions in Section 108 with the flexible fair use right, works well for
libraries and does not require amendment.
Neal's statement was endorsed by the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), which includes the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
CCC announces findings from UK Open Access forum - 09 Apr 2014
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, welcomed more than 30 publishers and copyright leaders to London in January for a day of industry updates, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions, as well as keynote addresses from Dominic Young, CEO of the UK's Copyright Hub, and Dr. Michael Jubb, Director of the Research Information Network.
CCC provided a forum for strategic thinkers to discuss a range of pertinent issues related to Open Access, including emerging standards and technology, new business models, and the corresponding evolution of RightsLink®, a flexible platform for publishers to automate the collection of author charges and downstream licensing and content delivery.
Major takeaways from the program include: Publishers are looking for robust e-commerce systems that can fit within existing workflows to facilitate reuse and promote content value; Publishers recognize the rising importance of metadata in the scholarly communications process; Changes in traditional scholarly publishing business models are introducing new dynamics in relationships among publishers, authors and libraries; and Confusion continues around the definition and potential implications of various Open Access business models.
CCC recently launched its Open Access Resource Center in collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) to help the publishing community stay on top of the latest Open Access news and trends.
CCC will be at the London Book Fair from April 8 -10, Stand M510, conducting demonstrations of its next generation Open Access platform.
IOP Publishing’s new materials journal, 2D Materials, publishes inaugural issue - 09 Apr 2014
IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, has announced that its new materials journal, 2D Materials, has published its inaugural issue. Professor Vladimir Fal'ko, from the University of Lancaster, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
The journal recognises the huge growth in materials research across a wide variety of disciplines, and will serve the community by publishing research that focuses on applications and fundamental science concerning all aspects of graphene and 2D materials.
As part of the initial launch phase, all content in the journal will be free to read for individual users, universities and academic research institutes throughout 2014.
The Spazio Reale Foundation selects Ex Libris Primo to meet users’ needs for an advanced discovery experience - 09 Apr 2014
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Spazio Reale in San Donnino, Italy, has chosen Ex Libris Primo as the discovery tool for the center's Biblioteca All Digital, whose collections consist entirely of electronic materials.
The Spazio Reale's commitment to innovation drew it to the rich, customisable user interface of Primo, its personalised ranking of search results, and its seamless integration with other library systems. Encouraging digital literacy among its users, the library also makes various electronic devices available to users: tablets for viewing e-books and electronic magazines, workstations for online learning, interactive whiteboards, a video wall, and interactive tables.
The 'Spazio Reale' project was launched in 1995 with the first restructuring of the premises of the San Donnino Parish. 'Spazio Reale' is a project aimed at creating a constantly open workshop where different experiences, cultures, faiths and inspirations meet and interact, thus representing an invaluable resource for the whole community, with plenty of social, cultural and recreational activities to take part in.
Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
Danish library collections now discoverable via WorldCat - 09 Apr 2014
Dansk Bibliotekscenter (DBC) is partnering with OCLC to synchronize DANBIB, the Danish national union catalogue, with WorldCat, making real-time updates that will result in faster visibility of the collections around the world through leading websites and search engines.
Synchronizing the DANBIB catalogue with WorldCat in real time will help the Danish libraries realise the full benefit of syndication through the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. OCLC partners with leading search engines and websites to make library collections in WorldCat more visible and accessible through the Web.
The DANBIB catalogue includes all books, periodicals and newspapers published in Denmark since 1970 as well as many published earlier, significant newspaper and journal articles published since 1945, and reviews published since 1990. Synchronization with WorldCat gives searchers around the world improved access to this rich and ever-expanding dataset.
DBC will also benefit from WorldCat's linked data approach, which positions the collection data of Denmark's libraries in the unique linked dataset that OCLC is generating from WorldCat.org. As more national union catalogues and library networks load their data in WorldCat, OCLC will continue to explore more opportunities to make local library holdings globally accessible.