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US Digital Publishing Interest Group publishes Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report - 12 Jan 2015

The Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report.

The Metadata Task Force of the DPUB IG found, through extensive interviews with representatives of various sectors and roles within the publishing ecosystem, that there are numerous pain points for publishers with regard to metadata but that these pain points are largely not due to deficiencies in the Open Web Platform.

Instead, there is a widespread lack of understanding or implementation of the technologies that the OWP already makes available for addressing most of the issues raised. However, some of the very technologies that are little used or understood in most sectors of publishing are widely used and understood in certain other sectors (e.g., scientific publishing, libraries).

Priorities that have emerged are the need for better understanding of the importance of expressing identifiers as URIs; the need for much more widespread use of RDF and its various serialisations throughout the publishing ecosystem; and the need to develop a truly interoperable, cross-sector specification for the conveyance of rights metadata (while remaining agnostic as to the sector-specific vocabularies for the expression of rights).

This Note documents in detail the issues that were raised; provides examples of available RDF educational resources at various levels, from the very technical to non-technical and introductory; and lists important identifiers used in the publishing ecosystem, documenting which of them are expressed as URIs, and in what sectors and contexts. It recommends that while little new technology is called for, the W3C is in a unique position to bridge today's currently siloed metadata practices to help facilitate truly cross-sector exchange of interoperable metadata. This Note is thus intended to provide background and a context in which concrete work, whether by this Task Force or elsewhere within the W3C, may be undertaken.

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US Allen Press' annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing Seminar titled Life in the Fast Lane scheduled for April 16 - 12 Jan 2015

Publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, will present its annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar titled Life in the Fast Lane on April 16, 2015, at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.

Leaders in the field of scholarly and electronic publishing will share their expertise, experience, and analysis on a variety of topics ranging from access to research, developments in digital publishing, collaboration, and sustainability of scholarly publishing.

Rapid developments in the world of digital publishing are stirring the imagination of those who can see the possibilities and opportunities. Keynote speaker Joe Wikert will share his vision of what we might see through our windshield as we peer into the future.

In a session titled 'Engineering the Interchange of Ideas,' Jason Karl of JournalMap, Alberto Pepe of Authorea, and Adam Etkin of Peer Review Evaluation will present information behind the development of their respective organisations that have helped to create bridges and interchanges for many contributors, researchers, authors, and editors. Amy Brand of Digital Science will also present information about a new contributor taxonomy currently in development.

The day will wrap up with a final session titled 'Innovative Infrastructure for the Sustainability of Scholarly Communication,' presented by Rebecca Kennison of the Open Access Network. This session will cover creative solutions for sustaining and funding long-term access to scholarly content and its delivery in various forms.

Roundtable discussions, a popular and regular feature of the seminar, will create an opportunity for in-depth conversation with colleagues in an informal setting. More information – including additional speaker and roundtable topic announcements – will be available at http://allenpress.com/events/2015seminar/program in the coming weeks.

Registration includes breakfast and a networking lunch. For more information or to register, interested parties may visit http://allenpress.com/events/2015seminar.

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US Hearst Health announces venture investment in health optimization pioneer Welltok - 12 Jan 2015

Hearst Health, a unit of Hearst Corporation, announced a venture investment in Welltok, Inc., creator of the CaféWell platform, which allows insurers, hospitals and other health managers to work with consumers to help them achieve better health. The announcement was made by Richard P. Malloch, president of Hearst Business Media, the group that includes Hearst Health and its venture group, and Dr. Gregory Dorn, president of Hearst Health. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

The Welltok platform helps people manage their own health with guidance that is tailored to their individual needs. Health plans and healthcare providers are able to incentivise and reward consumers for healthy activities.

Hearst Health Ventures takes minority positions in startups that offer health IT solutions and technology-enabled healthcare services. The healthcare venture fund is part of the Hearst Health network, which includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG and Homecare Homebase.

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US Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch partnership to accelerate technology start-ups - 12 Jan 2015

Education company Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to expanding Boston's edtech ecosystem, have announced a partnership to boost the Boston edtech community.

Recognising Boston as a center for both excellent education and technology innovation, Cengage Learning has made a commitment to participate in LearnLaunch's Accelerator program, which identifies edtech start-ups and provides them with mentoring opportunities to help them grow.

In connection with the strategic relationship with LearnLaunch, Cengage Learning will be making an investment in LearnLaunch Accelerator, Boston's edtech accelerator. Through this investment, Cengage Learning will actively promote and support educational technology entrepreneurship and emerging educational innovations in the Greater Boston area.

Cengage Learning is the platinum sponsor for the upcoming LearnLaunch Annual Conference http://learnlaunch.org/2015conference and George Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning, will be speaking at the event.

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US WVU receives $1 million grant to develop scholarly publishing platform - 12 Jan 2015

The West Virginia University has been awarded $1 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program to develop a new academic publishing platform for mixed-media and print-based scholarship materials.

Dubbed Cairn, this editorial-management system will be a modular publishing platform for print-like and scholarly multimedia journals, books and data sets.

The platform includes features that will help editors and publishers provide an accessible, secure, sustainable, flexible, open, free, and collaborative environment for authors and readers, and which will help them engage in building and reading multimedia-rich, peer-reviewed content.

Bengler, a design and development team in Oslo will develop the publishing system.

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US WriteLaTeX relaunches under new name of Overleaf in 2015 - 12 Jan 2015

WriteLaTeX, a provider of tools for writing scholarly papers in an online collaborative academic world, is relaunching in 2015 under the new name of Overleaf as part of a major upgrade to the service. The move is part of their efforts to make the power of LaTeX more accessible to more people.

When writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) started out a couple of years ago, it was to solve a very specific problem; there was no easy way to share and collaborate upon LaTeX files over the internet, making it hard to write scientific research papers effectively. Enter writeLaTeX, which was developed with ease-of-use as a priority. From humble beginnings it has grown immensely into a service used far beyond its originally imagined scope.

What's also become clear is that writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) is about much more than just writing LaTeX documents – through their work with universities and publishers, they are helping to make science more open and accessible by bringing more of the scientific writing and publishing process into one place in the cloud. The Overleaf relaunch is another step in that direction, and having added some new developers to their team, Overleaf are focused on continuing to provide a great authoring tool that supports open science and reproducible research.

But onto the important part – all your projects, files and links will remain fully accessible, and you can continue to use Overleaf in exactly the same way as you used writeLaTeX.

To mark the relaunch Overleaf have recently announced a host of new free features for users, which include tracked changes & version comparison, integrated spell-check, editor themes, and LaTeX auto-complete.

This year Overleaf will also be releasing a major upgrade to the real-time preview, providing a higher quality display and faster rendering times, along with a number of exciting collaborations with some major names in the research and publishing worlds. Bring on 2015!

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 12 Jan 2015

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Alice Meadows (Peer Review — Recognition Wanted!); Lorraine Estelle (Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access); Gary Collins (The TRIPOD Statement: enabling the transparent reporting of prediction model studies); Kent Anderson (Is Google Now a Publisher Offering Other Publishers an Inadequate Deal?); and Danny Crichton (In war with publishers, tech companies take wrong approach). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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