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New OCLC Research report offers framework for developing culture of collaboration between archivists and IT professionals
- 28 Apr 2017

Global library cooperative OCLC has released Demystifying IT: A Framework for Shared Understanding between Archivists and IT Professionals, a follow-on report in the popular Demystifying Born Digital series designed to help archivists achieve a better understanding of how information technology professionals work so that they can be effective collaborators.

The report by Seth Shaw, Clayton State University, Richard C. Adler, University of Michigan Library, and Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research, describes types of IT providers and the services they typically offer, offers insights on the software development process, provides guidance toward building partnerships and emphasises the centrality of resource constraints. Many of the issues described are relevant to librarians and archivists who work with IT colleagues on issues other than born-digital management.

Today's digital archivist needs tools and platforms to ingest, manage and provide access to electronic records and digital content of all types. The complexity of digital systems makes the participation of IT professionals essential. Archivists have sophisticated domain knowledge, while IT staff have advanced technology skills. Working together effectively requires a desire to understand each other's expertise, priorities and constraints. It requires developing a culture of collaboration.

The new report is a companion to The Archival Advantage: Integrating Archival Expertise into Management of Born-digital Library Materials, which describes 10 core areas of archival expertise to help library directors, managers, IT professionals and other colleagues become aware of the benefits of incorporating archival knowledge into many aspects of digital library development and implementation.

The new report is available for download from the OCLC Research website.

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SPARC Europe and Digital Curation Centre release new briefing paper on the 'Value of Open Data to Research Institutions'
- 27 Apr 2017

Institutions that house and support research programs are uniquely positioned to advance the open sharing of data. Research managers at these institutions play a pivotal role since they steer institutional policy, strategy and infrastructure development.

A newly released briefing paper that speaks directly to these influential figures, and provides insights into the breadth of benefits open data brings institutions, as well as an overview of the OD policy landscape in Europe, and concrete steps institutions can take to support OD internally.

The brief titled 'The Value of Open Data to Research Institutions' was produced as a collaboration between SPARC Europe and the Digital Curation Centre.

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New ÜberResearch and the UArctic Science&Research Analytics Task Force report showcases global support for Arctic Research
- 25 Apr 2017

Data company ÜberResearch and the UArctic Science&Research Analytics Task Force has released a report analyzing global funding trends in Arctic research: International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends. A Pilot Report (2017 Update).

In this annual update to the pilot report on global Arctic funding published in 2016 and using insights from grants database Dimensions, the authors studied data from over 250 funders for the period 2007-2016 to determine the extent to which research in the field is being supported.

According to the report roughly ⅓ of all global Arctic research presented in this data is undertaken by UArctic member institutions; Arctic Council Observer states provide about 0.5% of their total research funding to Arctic research, compared to 7% on average for member states; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is now the biggest funder, by number of grants, in Dimensions, with over 800,000 records - 354 of which are focused on Arctic research. Japan is the second most active Observer Country of the Arctic Council, following the UK; RFBR remains the top funder, by number of funded projects, related to Arctic (3,035) in the ten year period (2007-2016), followed by NSF-GEO and NSERC; and the largest proportion of Arctic research funding falls under the Earth Sciences, with many attributed to Oceanography.

For the first time, the report also includes data from all major Danish funders, who collectively contributed funding for over 280 projects across disciplines, and Danish institutions who are doing Arctic research.

The report is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/mnvza4j.

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Research and Markets adds 'STM Online Services 2016-2020' report to their offering
- 20 Apr 2017

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of the 'STM Online Services 2016-2020' report to their offering.

Online Services loom larger in today's scientific, technical and medical publishing market than ever before. Books are in decline and journals face upheaval from the impact of open access policies. STM Online Services represent an exciting market where there is growth, opportunity for development and collaboration. The STM Online Services 2016-2020 report seeks to build your strategy in this critical market for this year and beyond.

STM Online Services 2016-2020 provides an overview and financial outlook for the global STM online services market based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors' performance. Company performance is estimated through 2016.

The overall market is divided into: Abstracting&Indexing Services (A&I) and Online Content.

The research provides market sizing for A&I and online content in both the scientific and technical and medical segments. These market slices are forecast to 2020.

STM Online Services 2016-2020 contains separate chapters covering the market, key competitors, and trends and forecast that include exclusive analysis of market size and structure; a look at the geographic breakdown of online services sales; discussion and analysis of the impact of currency movements; a discussion of the market for non-English-language online services; ranking and analysis of the top ten online services competitors; and tracking merger and acquisition activity.

STM Online Services 2016-2020 is projected as an essential tool for publishing executives, M&A advisors, market analysts, and industry consultants who need to understand the business strategies driving the STM publishing industry.

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Author sharing via scholarly collaboration networks is widespread, despite strong support for copyright, says new survey
- 04 Apr 2017

Kudos, the service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced headline results from a recent survey of authors' current sharing behaviours, carried out in partnership with 10 publishers including Cambridge University Press, The IET, De Gruyter and SAGE Publishing. The survey, which had over 7,500 researcher respondents, shows that usage of scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs, such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu), for uploading articles is widespread, and that accessing full text content is the primary reason, ahead of finding and connecting with other researchers.

The survey asked respondents which scholarly collaboration networks they use, how often, what for (in terms of tasks), why (in terms of value derived), and to what extent they are aware of or observe relevant copyright and sharing policies.

According to the findings of the report 57% of respondents indicated that they use scholarly collaboration networks to upload their own work, and 66% use such sites to access otherwise inaccessible content. This was the most common reason given by respondents for using SCNs (61% of respondents indicated that they use SCNs to find and connect with other researchers).

Of those respondents using ResearchGate, 66% indicated that they use the site at least weekly (26% use it daily, and 84% monthly). 83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that publisher / journal copyright and sharing policies should be respected, but 60% agreed or strongly agreed that they should be allowed to upload articles regardless of publisher / journal policies. 21% did not realize publisher / journal copyright or policies might apply when they are sharing their work in scholarly collaboration networks.

The survey results help to quantify the extent to which researchers are moving beyond the traditional dissemination ecosystem provided by publishers and libraries, and expanding their use of SCNs. It emphasizes the need for publishers to make it easier for authors to maximize the audience for their work, while protecting copyright and ensuring that the total usage of a work can be counted when reporting to institutions and funders.

The survey was coordinated by Kudos, and sponsored by ASTM International, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, The IET, John Benjamins Publishing Company, OECD, SAGE Publishing, Taylor&Francis and Wichtig. All career levels, subject areas and global territories were represented in the responses but the most strongly represented groups were early career researchers (39% of respondents were within 1-10 years of completing PhD), and those from Europe (40%) and North America (18%). Scientific, technical, engineering and medical researchers made up 64%, with social science and humanities researchers comprising 36% of respondents.

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