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Collaboration essential for the future of the academic book, reveals Academic Book of the Future report
- 23 Jun 2017

Two major new reports demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to develop a new vision for the sector that embraces technology and focuses on enhancing the readers experience.

The findings of the two-year research initiative, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in collaboration with The British Library, and led by Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL), are unveiled in a Policy Report written by Dr Michael Jubb, together with a Project Report outlining the extensive activities and achievements of the project, authored by Professor Marilyn Deegan (KCL).

The reports highlight that although a willingness to collaborate across the different stakeholder groups is very positively proven by the outputs of the project, greater dialogue involving academics, libraries, publishers, sales agents, booksellers, intermediaries and beyond, in a context of rapid change and growing external pressures, is vital for sustaining vibrant scholarly communications in the arts and humanities in the future.

The report also stresses that, while there are already diverse examples of digital innovations transforming academic book publishing, more research is needed to understand reader behaviours in online environments, to capitalise on the true potential of digital technologies, and to address concerns around the preservation of digital texts.

The Academic Book of the Future project has produced a substantial range of outputs over the past two years, including the Project Report, Policy Report, numerous commissioned reports on specific issues, surveys, over 50 blog posts, formal articles and collections, BOOC (an innovative OA publication from UCL Press), Academic Book Week, the Academic Book of the Global South and much more. Additional background and resources can be found on the Academic Book of the Future website: https://academicbookfuture.org.

The full reports can be viewed at: https://academicbookfuture.org/end-of-project-reports-2/

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ProQuest solutions help libraries reclaim space
- 22 Jun 2017

Over 80% of U.S. librarians have deemed space reclamation a priority or stated that it will be in the near future, according to research conducted by ProQuest. In response, ProQuest is combining content solutions with digitisation, assessment and discovery services to help libraries transform spaces and bring more value to their users.

ProQuest offers its Digital Archiving and Access Program (DAAP), a cost-effective way to digitise libraries' native research, which can reclaim miles of shelf space and boost discovery of the content.ProQuest curates the largest and most diverse portfolio of digital content and offers flexible acquisition models for greater affordability and accessibility. ProQuest's Assessment Services team simplifies decision-making by providing the data libraries need to determine which titles to weed, which to retain in print and which to convert to "e." Once content is acquired, discovery tools connect users to the resources they need no matter their format, when and where they need them.

Over 1/4 of libraries that are reclaiming space aim to offer users more opportunities for hands-on exploration into new STEM skills, with 59% of surveyed librarians saying a makerspace-focused collection would be useful. To support that goal, ProQuest's newly launched Makerspace SELECT delivers 150 pick-and-choose titles that cover the most popular research topics in these collaborative spaces, from 3D printing and electronic production to machine design, application programming and project management. Works from premier publishers such as Maker Media, Inc., Packt Publishing, Apress, O'Reilly Media are included. Some notable titles include Tools and Techniques for Programming Wizardry, Geometry of Design, The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory: Build Over 200 Pieces of Science Equipment! and Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer.

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OCLC Research and LIBER to launch collaborative information management study
- 14 Jun 2017

OCLC Research and LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, will launch a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures.

The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions. The study will provide university and research library leaders with useful insights on emerging practices and challenges in research management at institutional, group, national and transnational scales.

Research institutions throughout Europe are engaged in research information management practices to aggregate, curate and utilise information about the research conducted at their institutions. These efforts are rapidly scaling nationally and transnationally, as advancing technologies, standards, and networked information offer new opportunities for interoperability and discoverability.

In this particular collaborative research effort, the organisations will examine research information management practices in three European national contexts-Finland, Germany and the Netherlands-with close attention to the adoption and integration of PIDs and their role in supporting disambiguation and interoperability. Through a series of semi-structured interviews with practitioners and stakeholders within universities, national libraries and collaborative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) organisations, they will develop robust case studies of national RIM infrastructure as well as specific examples of RIM practices and PID integration.

A presentation about this project is planned for the 46th LIBER Annual Conference in Patras, Greece, July 5-7, 2017.

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COAR publishes new report - Asia Open Access Regional Survey
- 12 Jun 2017

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has published a new report, Asia Open Access Regional Survey. The report presents the results of a survey of open access activities in Asia undertaken in early 2017.

The continent of Asia is rapidly increasing in prominence on the world stage, both in terms of R&D as well as scientific production. According to the UNESCO World Science Report (2015), the region encompasses close to half of global economic output (45%) and expenditure on research and development (R&D, 42%) and is home to both some of the world's most dynamic technological powerhouses. In terms of research outputs, the Asian continent is already prolific and is growing quickly, with China poised to become the world's leading country in terms of number of published research articles.

As with other continents, open access policies and practices are being adopted in Asia, although progress varies greatly across the different jurisdictions and locations. This report provides an account of the current state of open access in 16 regions of Asia. It is expected that the survey results will contribute to the wider implementation of open access and help various regions make the case for greater investment in open access, both in terms of policies, as well as national and local infrastructure.

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New SPARC Europe report provides analysis of Open Data and Open Science policies in Europe
- 01 Jun 2017

Providing an analysis of Open Data and Open Science policies across Europe, SPARC Europe has released a new report. Produced in collaboration with the Digital Curation Center (DCC), it follows on the heels of a previous work that listed national research data policies.

This latest companion piece takes that work several steps further, analysing the types of policies in place, their processes of creation, and some of their details. Included in the study are the 28 EU member states, as well as countries from the European Research Area, including Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

According to the report, 11 of the 28 European Union member states, as well as Norway and Switzerland, have national, research data-related policies in place. Of these, all were implemented in the past eight years, with most having taken effect recently. In about half of the countries, research data is covered under the same policy that applies to Open Access or Open Science.

A free copy of the report is available for download at http://sparceurope.org/download/1654/.

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