Publisher O'Reilly Media, US, is set to host the O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing Conference that will explore the new world of publishing without boundaries. The event is scheduled for February 14 - 16, 2011 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City.
The event is aimed at understanding the profound changes affecting the industry. It seeks to connect the people, companies and organisations building the future of publishing. TOC's programme will seek to integrate the visionary with the proven and practical, bringing together the people who are shaping publishing's future. A day-by-day schedule is available online at
Now in its fifth year, TOC claims to be the premiere event for the publishing industry. The aim is to bring together a network of stakeholders from the global publishing and technology ecosystems, offering a broader perspective than niche events and exposure to the best of the best. The speakers will present topics that reportedly push the boundaries of how we define publishing.
Programme Chairs Andrew Savikas and Kat Meyer have curated the content to focus on the most relevant and new ideas, tools, analysis and projects. Over 40 sessions and 12 in-depth workshops will cover a wide variety of topics for industry professionals to attend.
Inspirational keynotes will seek to frame the visions of publishing's future into a meaningful picture. Conference attendees will get a chance to hear from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Kevin Kelly, Ben Huh, Theodore Gray, Skip Prichard and Jim Fruchterman.
TOC's exhibit hall is projected to play host to a broad variety of companies and organisations working in publishing. For the first time this year, TOC will host the Publishing Startup Showcase, where 20 publishing startup companies will showcase their products in one room.
The UK's Research Information Network (RIN) has released the ﬁnal report of a two-part study that looks at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals; the value they bring to universities and research institutions; and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and outcomes. The aim in Phase Two was to test and examine the reasons underlying the behaviours which were identiﬁed in Phase One.
Journal publishers began to provide online access to full-text scholarly articles in the late 1990s, triggering a revolution in the scholarly communications process. The report notes that a very high proportion of journal articles are now available online - 96 percent of journal titles in science, technology and medicine, and 86 percent of titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The Phase One report examines how researchers interact with journal websites and whether enhanced access to journal articles has led to greater productivity, research quality and other outcomes. It ﬁnds that researchers are savvy when it comes to using e-journals, ﬁnding the information they need quickly and efﬁciently, and that higher spending on e-journals is linked to better research outcomes.
Based on an analysis of log ﬁles from journal websites and data from libraries in 10 universities and research institutions, the report is stated to build a clear picture of how e-journals are shaping the information landscape.
The RIN held an event on July 1, 2009 in London to discuss the report and to spark the debate on the issues raised and to inform Phase Two of the study, which has now been completed by CIBER.
The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1 percent in the third quarter of 2010, driven almost exclusively by global demand for Apple's iPad, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and e-Reader Tracker. Vendors shipped 4.8 million units globally in the quarter, compared to 3.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010. The iPad represented nearly 90 percent of the media tablets shipped worldwide during the third quarter of 2010.
The growing popularity of tablet devices among consumers worldwide is evidenced not only by the adoption of media tablets, but also e-readers, the study notes. The third quarter of 2010 saw global e-reader shipments increase to 2.7 million units, representing 40 percent growth over the previous quarter, with the US representing nearly three-quarters of the worldwide e-reader market.
Looking forward, IDC expects the media tablet market to finish 2010 at nearly 17 million units, and forecasts 44.6 million will ship in 2011, with the US representing nearly 40 percent of the total. In 2012, IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of 70.8 million units. Growth in 2011 and beyond will be driven by device vendors introducing media tablets based on the Android and other operating systems, as well as price and feature competition and strong demand in both the consumer and commercial segments.
For the e-reader market, IDC anticipates 2010 to close at 10.8 million units shipped worldwide, with the US representing 72.4 percent of global shipments. IDC forecasts 14.7 million units to ship in 2011 and 16.6 million in 2012. The demand is likely to be driven by price competition among e-paper-based device vendors, the introduction of colour display e-readers, and the expansion of digital book and periodical content offerings across genres and languages.
The Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker includes quarterly shipment and forecast analysis for over 30 countries including market size and vendor share. Detailed market segmentation and product attributes such as operating system, connectivity and storage capacity are also provided.
Global library cooperative OCLC, US, and the HathiTrust have developed a unique WorldCat Local user interface for discovery of items accessible through the HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
The WorldCat Local prototype (http://hathitrust.worldcat.org) for the HathiTrust Digital Library was designed and implemented by both organisations in close cooperation as a means to further develop a shared digital library infrastructure. The WorldCat Local interface for the HathiTrust Digital Library is based on the WorldCat database, and will run along with the current HathiTrust catalogue during the prototype testing period.
As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, the HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the massive digitised collections of partner institutions. It offers libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content, whether scanned volumes, special collections, or born-digital materials. The representation of these resources in digital form offers expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning.
OCLC and HathiTrust have been working together to increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. The creation of the unique public interface through WorldCat Local is seen to be the next step to offer enhanced access to this vital collection.
HathiTrust Digital Library records are discoverable through the separate WorldCat Local interface, as well as through WorldCat.org.
OCLC and HathiTrust are seeking feedback from users of the new HathiTrust public interface through WorldCat Local. Feedback from the user community and usability assessments will inform future development of the HathiTrust Digital Library catalogue.
Wiley-VCH, the German subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, US, and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) have extended their cooperation on the publication of the DPG member magazine, Physik Journal. The new agreement builds on almost 40 years of collaboration and claims to secure the long-term future of the publication.
With a monthly circulation of over 60,000, Physik Journal claims to be the largest German-language physics magazine. The journal publishes a lively mixture of research and technical news from physics and related areas, developments in physics education, and information on the activities of the DPG and the physics community. It is also projected as a key medium for product information and recruitment advertising.
The new agreement addresses the importance of the trend from print to on-line editorial and advertising activities. It therefore secures significantly extended electronic services for DPG members, and the provision of all 57 volumes of the Physikalische Blätter (the magazine's name until 2001) in open access.
The extension of the agreement also guarantees the maintenance of the editorial quality of Physik Journal. The four members of the editorial team work at the publisher´s office in Weinheim which is an editorial base of a number of nationally and internationally renowned scientific journals.
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced that Polytechnic of Namibia (Polytechnic) has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to improve access to information as well as increase the usage of library resources.
The Polytechnic was looking to make sure the service they chose would improve access to information for distance students since they often do not have a well-stocked library close by. With EDS, the library staff seeks to make it easier for users to find resources via a single search box. The library also chose EDS in order to increase the usage of online resources by all students.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box. The EDS Base Index forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalogue, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes.
The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world's foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers.
Open Access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of a new open access journal, Cell & Bioscience. The journal will be the official journal of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA).
Led by Editor-in-Chief, Yun-Bo Shi, Cell & Bioscience publishes high-impact research of broad interest in all areas of the life sciences, covering fields such as molecular and cell biology, cancer biology and immunology. In his inaugural editorial, Yun-Bo Shi comments on the rapid growth of open access publishing and the need for a new journal in the field to reach both Western and Asian audiences.
The SCBA is currently inviting submissions of abstracts from a variety of topics within the breadth of the biosciences. The deadline for submissions is the April 10, 2011.
Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews, US, has announced the launch of a new mobile platform for its 40 top-ranked journals. The Annual Reviews Mobile website, optimised for mobile usage across popular mobile devices, is accompanied by an app that pairs individual devices with institutional subscriptions to support flexible working without adversely impacting institutions' COUNTER statistics.
For the first time, users can take advantage of their institution's subscription and access full-text articles using a mobile device, both on and off campus. This innovative approach allows Annual Reviews to strengthen its service to and relationship with end users, while reinforcing the importance of its librarian partners.
The Annual Reviews Mobile website provides researchers with a personalised browsing, searching, and reading experience that restructures content into individual elements to better support easy, productive mobile use. The Annual Reviews Mobile app, separately available for iPhone / iPod Touch and Android, enables users to undertake a one-time pairing process that associates their device with their institution's subscriptions and thereafter provides seamless authentication to the mobile website. This reinforces the role of the library in information provision, maximises the usage and value of institutional licenses, and avoids adding to the librarian's workload by allowing this value to be represented in existing statistics reports.
The Annual Reviews Mobile platform is powered by Atypon Literatum. Features include browsing of journals, issues, and abstracts; searching by keyword, author, and title; and access to full text, references, images, and related links via personal or institutional subscription.
Plagiarism prevention software provider iParadigms has announced a new service that provides individual authors, researchers and freelance writers access to the company's iThenticate solution. The new service, currently available at research.ithenticate.com, allows individuals to cross-reference their manuscripts against a massive database of scholarly material in the STM fields with the goal of vetting their material, ensuring that any non-original content is accurately and comprehensively cited before submission.
According to the company, leading publishers in the STM sector rely on iThenticate for professional plagiarism prevention. Now individual authors and researchers can use the same service to detect matched content in their manuscripts prior to publication. Detecting an unattributed source prior to submission can be instrumental to a manuscript's approval within a number of governing bodies, including peer reviewed journals, academic departments, research groups, conference proceedings or granting agencies.
iThenticate claims to be easy-to-use for individual authors and researchers. Using the web-based interface, a user submits a document for comparison to iThenticate's extensive data repository. Within seconds, iThenticate produces a report that highlights content matches and provides links to significant text found within iThenticate's databases.
iThenticate compares every submitted paper to a massive database of content from over 80,000 major newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and books as well as a database of over 12 billion current and archived pages of web content. In addition, iThenticate checks materials from over 13,000 scholarly journals and more than 150 STM publishers.
Online reference library Credo Reference has announced the appointment of Carol Helton as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. She will be based at the Boston office.
Helton has an extensive background in the information and software industries, including seven years at Wolters Kluwer, where she led sales efforts in three of its four health business units, and ultimately served as Vice President of Sales, Clinical Solutions. She has also held executive level sales positions at MEDecision and most recently at ZeOmega.
Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo's General Reference services combine extensive content from multiple publishers with unique cross-referencing technology, effortlessly delivering authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide. Credo Publisher Collections allow libraries to augment their collection with specific, deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers.
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