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UH Press wins $90K grant for open-access publishing
- 13 Apr 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Hawai'i a $90,000 grant to digitise 100 out-of-print University of Hawai'i Press books for open access. The project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

UH Press selected the 100 titles-representing fields such as Asian studies, Pacific studies, linguistics, anthropology, and history-based on their contemporary scholarly relevance, historical significance, and practical value for teaching and research purposes.

Beginning in 2018, the digitized titles will be hosted on a custom open-access portal where readers will be able to download them in EPUB and PDF formats. A print-on-demand option will also be offered for select titles.

UH Press currently offers more than 800 titles online through library e-book vendors, and more than 350 scholarly monographs through Hawai'i Scholarship Online, a partnership with Oxford University Press and University Press Scholarship Online.

UH Press, which is celebrating 70 years of publishing, is a member of the Association of American University Presses and the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association.

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Cornell University Press awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for second consecutive year
- 06 Apr 2017

Cornell University Press has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant worth nearly $100,000 to fund the open access initiative, Cornell Open for the second year in a row.

Cornell is one of four presses to receive a second NEH/Mellon grant. The new grant will allow Cornell Open to expand its selection from 20 to 77 titles, providing a much wider range of subject areas. The initial grant brought back 20 classic out-of-print titles from the Cornell University Press archive; in seven months these open access titles have generated 25,000 downloads at 832 institutions in 152 countries.

Cornell University Library has been instrumental in determining key titles to select for open access, and library subject specialists provided library circulation statistics and professional expertise to develop the list.

In 2016, Cornell celebrated a 'New Century for the Humanities' with a series of events and the unveiling of a new humanities building, Klarman Hall - the first of its kind on campus in 100 years. NEH Chairman William "Bro" Adams gave a presentation as part of the festivities.

The expansion of Cornell Open offers new opportunities to strengthen the humanities by harnessing the power of open access scholarship. As part of this initiative, Cornell University Press plans to join forces with professors to assign texts in the classroom and to disseminate classic out-of-print humanities scholarship on a global scale.

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Submissions open for Altmetric annual research grant 2017
- 23 Mar 2017

Data Science company Altmetric has announced that applications for its annual research grant are now open. First launched in 2016, the grant provides up to 1,500 ($1,900 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider scholarly agenda.

The grant aims to support projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, and is open globally to academics, researchers and librarians interested in doing research in the altmetrics space.

All applications for the 2017 grant will be reviewed by a panel of research experts that includes Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships&Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science; Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science; Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric; and Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research&Education at Altmetric. Grantees will be announced on May 16, 2017.

Applications can be submitted between now and 11pm BST on April 21, 2017. A detailed submission guide and template is available on the Altmetric website.

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EBSCO Information Services to fund EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge
- 06 Mar 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program will award $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face.

A total of $100,000 will be awarded to multiple institutions-grants between $5,000 and $20,000 each. The EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded to projects that leverage the FOLIO codebase and address current opportunities in library technology. Grant winners also may have the opportunity to take part in a startup incubator program designed to support the creation of tools for academic libraries.

In June 2016, the FOLIO project was announced to bring together libraries and service providers looking to reshape the future of libraries and develop new technologies. This community-based project, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, provides a platform for libraries, service providers and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects and develop new applications that extend the library into new areas.

EBSCO is among the funders of the FOLIO project and is contributing resources to the development of the FOLIO library services platform (LSP). The Innovation Challenge is looking for apps that will change the way libraries interact with end users, faculty, and other departments. The goal is to extend the services libraries provide and improve the library workflow as well as how they serve their users.

Winning proposals will be designed to support academic libraries and will advance the adoption of FOLIO as a platform, support new services, and extend the library into new areas; solve a problem for libraries, not just a given institution; and provide innovation in a current area of library technology.

The FOLIO code and documentation is available at http://dev.folio.org. EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded between July 2017 and April 2018. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals early at foliogrants@ebsco.com. Additional information is provided in an FAQ on the website.

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Loughborough University London receives research funding from UKIERI for development of healthcare Internet of Things platform
- 17 Feb 2017

Loughborough University London has been awarded research funding from the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to build a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform for use in healthcare.

IoT platforms connect devices, allowing them to collect and use data. Examples include smart fridges that alert owners when food supplies are running low or thermostats that learn about heating habits in the home in order to conserve energy.

The three-year UKIERI award, led by Yogachandran Rahulamathavan of the University's Institute for Digital Technologies (IDT), will enable IoT platforms to be created that interact with people who need round-the-clock assistance, using sensors to measure movement, location and body functions such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

An initial pilot testing phase will see patients in care homes from the states of West Bengal and Orissa (renamed Odisha in 2011) in India recruited in order to study chronic diseases, with IoT services tailored to respond to the socio-cultural differences across regions.

The framework will be extended to analyse real-time physiological data from patients equipped with wireless devices whilst travelling in ambulances, before focusing on the development of a secure infrastructure for data collection and an interface which empowers users and protects the privacy of participants.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Digital Technologies and IIT Kharagpur, supported by City University of London, eSmart Saving Ltd UK and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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