Blogs selected for Week February 10 to February 16, 2020 -

1. Counting Down to #NISOPlus20!

On February 23, The National Information Standards Organization will welcome about 250 attendees to a sold-out inaugural NISO Plus conference in Baltimore, MD. The NISO Board Member steering committee has given a lot of thought and effort into making NISO Plus different from the average industry conference. From the outset the focus has been to engage with the community. Attendees be hearing from some of the brightest and best in the industry, who will be speaking at the conference.

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2. Paper-driven processes belong in the last century: cloud tech and digital transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, it has a lot to do with using available technology to streamline processes to improve the learning and teaching experience for both students and staff. Leaders are not only looking outwards in terms of student experience, but are also considering a more inward approach, especially how to make internal processes faster and more seamless. An important starting point is to consider exactly what it is you’re looking to achieve with digital transformation. Paul Ross looks at how cloud platforms are all about reducing burdensome tasks so you can focus on service delivery or the development of services your organisation needs the most.

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3. If My AI Wrote this Post, Could I Own the Copyright?

We are now at another inflection point with a new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and similar questions about the boundaries of intellectual property rights are coming to the forefront. There could be profound implications for the publishing and scientific communities, which are becoming key sources of training data for artificial intelligence systems, as well as for publishers themselves, potentially becoming reliant on artificial intelligence for creation, curation and engagement of new content. Todd Carpenter reports on a forum hosted by WIPO and the Copyright Office that focused on whether copyright can apply to the works created by artificial intelligence systems.

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4. Science community fears executive order that would make medical articles free

As it now stands, scientific journals are required after one year to give away for free any articles that are written by people who’ve gotten any kind of federal government grant. But quietly, the government’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is said to be circulating an executive order that would make these articles free immediately upon publication. That means, of course, that the publications would have a harder time selling subscriptions and, the scientific community claims, would make it more difficult to get research vetted by qualified people. How secretively is this change being considered? Well, the entire scientific community knows about it and is up in arms, notes John Crudele in this article.

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5. Guest Post — An Update to OhioLINK’s Affordable Textbooks Initiative

OhioLINK is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium, connecting print and digital collections among its 90 member institutions and managing statewide collaborative library and student success services. The consortium’s multi-pronged approach including commercial textbooks and OER allowed to secure the best possible commercial pricing for students at member institutions, provide quality content and academic choice for individual faculty members, and simultaneously encourage and support the development of OER initiatives at 90 member institutions. Gwen Evans from OhioLink looks at the positive results of the consortium’s state-wide affordable textbooks initiative.

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