Monthly Archives: May 2013

Research Data Australia

Research Data Australia, the flagship service of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), provides a comprehensive window into the Australian Research Data Commons. Research Data Australia is an internet-based discovery service designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines. ANDS is […]

May 12, 2013 1:42 pm

Data.One: Hong Kong data for value added reuse

Data.One is a portal to facilitate the wider dissemination of Public Sector Information (PSI) for value-added re-use.  All datasets are free-of-charge for commercial or non-commercial re-use. Data includes water quality, weather, population census, public transport and more. All data on this portal are freely downloadable and re-usable and some are in XML format for convenient […]

May 12, 2013 1:25 pm

Jidong Yang joins SUL as Head of the East Asia Library

(8 May 2013) Dr. Jidong Yang has joined the Stanford University Libraries as Head of the East Asia Library (EAL). Dr. Yang formerly served as the Head of the Asia Library at the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania; an […]

May 11, 2013 8:56 am

Landmark steps to Liberate Open Data

(9 May 2013) President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. Under the terms of the Executive […]

May 11, 2013 8:45 am

Providing context to article level metrics

(7 May 2013) PLOS, which  has article level metrics (ALM) on every article has announced the first iteration of Relative Metrics (Beta) to provide much needed context to its existing suite of ALMs. These new ALM features are the first deliverables in a year-long program of Relative Metrics innovations.  Your feedback is welcome. Read the […]

May 11, 2013 8:38 am

Vacancies at King’s College London

(9 May 2013) There are two posts to be filled at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London: a Knowledge Transfer and Sustainability Manager and a Community of Practice Co-ordinator.  Both posts are associated with the Presto4U initiative.  Details here:

May 11, 2013 8:27 am

HKUST special collections gallery and digitization project

With a donation of HKD3 million from Dr Ko Pui-shuen, Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library has initiated two projects to enhance access to and use of the University Archives & Special Collections. The gallery will be named“Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Ko Pui […]

May 10, 2013 4:57 pm

Blackboard offers Android app for web conferencing platform

(Washington, 8 May 2013 /PRNewswire)   Blackboard Inc. today announced a new mobile app for its leading online collaboration platform, Blackboard Collaborate™, making it available on smartphones and devices running Android™, the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The app also makes the synchronous collaboration platform available on Kindle Fire HD devices, and joins a native […]

May 9, 2013 8:08 am

HKBU seminar on Media & Information Literacy in the 21st Century

(8 May 2013) Hong Kong is about to embark on the era of web 3.0 in which media and information technology will be more embedded into our lives than ever. Alongside the transformation from an industrial society to a knowledge-based society, the younger generations will have to develop the required abilities and literacy to cope with […]

May 8, 2013 6:34 pm

Stanford University Libraries new positions

(7 May 2013) Digital Library Software Engineer/Repository Software Engineer, Digital Library Systems and Services, Stanford University Libraries (#52419) Accessions Manager, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries (#52406) For a complete description of open positions within SUL, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search […]

May 8, 2013 5:19 pm

Nominations for Life Membership of SLANZA now open

(7 May 2013) SLANZA is open to applications for nominations for Life Membership to be awarded at the  AGM at the 2013 conference in Wellington in July. Life membership may be conferred on a past or current member whose contribution to SLANZA and school librarianship or a closely related field is so outstanding that it […]

May 8, 2013 5:15 pm

The first comprehensive bluebook of China’s library community is published

The Development Report of Chinese Librarianship, 2012 (Bluebook), which is the first comprehensive bluebook of Chinese library community, was published officially on 27 April 2013. The book presents a comprehensive summary of the current development status of Chinese librarianship as well as tracing the origin of library-related policies. It analyzes the achievements, problems and development characteristics […]

May 8, 2013 5:08 pm

JSTOR Global Plants launches

The largest of its kind, Global Plants ( is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world. It is an essential resource for institutions supporting research and teaching in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. Through […]

May 8, 2013 4:04 pm

WTO launches new trade monitoring database

(3 May 2013) The WTO has a new trade monitoring database which provides detailed information on trade measures implemented by WTO members and observers since October 2008. The database can be accessed through the WTO website. The trade policy data is taken from the regular trade monitoring reports prepared by the WTO Secretariat. All information […]

May 8, 2013 3:40 pm

A how-to guide for digital preservation

(3 May 2013, Chicago)  As digital preservation becomes an increasingly widespread and accessible practice, smaller organizations as well as large can take steps toward developing strategies for implementing it in their own institutions. “Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers clear methods and tools that require […]

May 4, 2013 8:32 am