Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SCOAP3 latest news - SCOAP3 tendering process has started

22/09/2011, SCOAP3 tendering process has started

The SCOAP3 partnership is moving towards the implementation of its OpenAccess initiative.

An international team of experts from institutions participating in SCOAP3 has prepared a detailed description of the peer-review and open access services that the consortium intends to purchase through high-quality peer-reviewed journals, the conditions for the provision of these services and the implications on existing licensing agreements

CERN has now issued a Market Survey for the benefit of SCOAP3. It is publicly available at: http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1384149

Publishers of high-quality peer-reviewed journals carrying content in the field of High-Energy Physics are invited to answer to this Market Survey, whose purpose is to identify potential bidders for the provision of peer-review and open access services to SCOAP3. The following phase of the process will be an invitation to tender to qualified providers by the end of 2011, for contracts to be placed during 2012 with services commencing 1 January 2013.

The deadline for interested publishers to answer the Market Survey is October 19th.


HTML version of this news: http://scoap3.org/news/news88.html 

What It Takes To Become A Scholar - Chronicle of Higher Education

September 26, 2011
Chronicle of Higher Education

What It Takes To Become A Scholar: helping students scale the taxonomy

After interviewing grad students about the transition to scholarship, one of the overarching themes is the creation of new knowledge. What role do academic libraries play in this progression?

The Ubiquitous Librarian
Brian Matthews, UC Santa Barbara

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books - Dan Cohen, Atlantic Magazine, September 2012

The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books

By Dan Cohen
On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold their work.

This article available online at:

University of Michigan Puts HathiTrust Orphan Works Project on Hold

University of Michigan Library is reexamining its pilot for identifying orphan works in the HathiTrust project.  The project could be put on hold.
"The University of Michigan (UM) Library today released a statement announcing that it would be examining its "flawed" pilot process for identifying orphan works, putting its HathiTrust orphan works project effectively on hold. This follows reaction about the status of several works on its publicly posted orphan candidates list.
The statement also comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed on September 12 by the Authors Guild, Australian and Canadian authors' organizations, and eight authors against HathiTrust, UM, and four other member universities to stop them from "reproducing, distributing and/or displaying" copyrighted works.

The HathiTrust orphan works project was previously due to make some full-text electronic versions of orphans—in-copyright works for which rights holders cannot be found—available to the UM community starting October 13."


An open letter to J.R. Salamanca - Response to Author Guild suit over orphan works

An open letter to J.R. Salamanca

A letter from Kevin Smith, Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer, on the Author Guild suit against the HathiTrust and five of Hathi’s partner universities over the Hathi Orphan Works project.

Friday, September 9, 2011

extraMUROS from the Harvard Project metaLAB

extraMUROS is an open-source HTML5 infrastructure built on public APIs that aims to fundamentally change the way people discover, curate and share digital collections of books, images, sounds, video and other media. extraMUROS is a unique collaboration between the metaLAB (at) Harvard, Frances Loeb Library, the Harvard Library Lab and a network of journalists, designers and developers.

"extraMUROS is in the Beta Sprint of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Our vision is of a world in which libraries provide a user-centered experience that encourages all categories of citizens to engage with the cultural patrimony of humanity as if it were their own: to learn from it, make things with it, share these things, and become involved in a lifelong, society-wide process of learning. Most of all, we seek to cast the user in a proactive, participatory role, to complete the process of democratization that was the driving force behind the growth of the public library movement in the 19th century, but under digital terms."

Source: extraMUROS, Harvard Project metaLAB

Monday, September 5, 2011

Forms, fields and flows - Dave Gray

Forms, fields and flows

Forms, fields and flows Forms, fields and flows - Dave Gray
A short video introduction to some basic principles of visual language.
By Dave Gray, Tue, Apr 8, 2008

In this short video (about seven minutes) I introduce some basic principles of visual language: Forms, fields and flows. I think of this as the “alphabet” of visual language. This set of principles is the primary set of marks you need in order to create visual meaning.