Monthly Archives: May 2014

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect delivers enhanced mobile reading experience on tablets and smartphones

(13 May 2014) Elsevier today announced the launch of an optimized mobile version of ScienceDirect, its leading full-text scientific database. The updated mobile version of ScienceDirect now allows researchers to read journal articles on mobile devices through a specifically designed interface offering high readability and a streamlined page layout. Users of ScienceDirect that access journal […]

May 15, 2014 8:46 am

OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese eBooks for libraries and schools worldwide

(13 May 2014)  OverDrive has announced an alliance with top Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo which will enable distribution of popular and bestselling Japanese content, including manga and adult fiction, through the OverDrive network of libraries and schools worldwide. In addition, the new venture extends the OverDrive platform and catalog of more than 1 million eBook […]

May 15, 2014 8:38 am

U-Multirank: new international university ranking

(13 May 2014) A new global university ranking, set up with EUR2 million in funding from the European Union, is launched today. U-Multirank, which assesses the performance of more than 850 higher education institutions worldwide, breaks new ground by producing multi-dimensional listings rating universities on a much wider range of factors than existing international rankings. […]

May 15, 2014 8:30 am

EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project

(19 May 2014) the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project started in December 2013. Progress to date includes: Access at University of Yangon and the University of Mandalay to over 20 commercial e-resources (including over 10,000 full text journals and more than 130,000 full text eBooks); and an extensive programme of training for librarians has begun, and […]

May 15, 2014 8:21 am

The right to be forgotten

(14 May 2014) The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of a Spanish gentlemen who objected to articles containing his name being retrieved by search engines. He requested the owner of the web pages and Google to have the web pages removed or altered. The detailed but easy to read […]

May 14, 2014 1:48 pm

Open access Nature Partner Journal, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

(12 May 2014)  Nature Publishing Group (NPG) with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today announce a new online-only open-access journal, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. Leading NTU’s effort in this new initiative is its Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), a national research institute that aims to harness the powers of micro-organisms for environmental and […]

May 14, 2014 7:39 am

Bibliographic records of electronic journals published in Japan with ISSN assigned

ISSNを確認するには ISSN国際センターでは、登録されたISSNの書誌データをデータベース化し、オンライン上でISSN Portal(として提供しています。ISSN Portalは有料登録制のため、利用登録された場合を除きご覧頂くことはできませんが、日本国内で発行された出版物については、オンラインジャーナルを除き、NDL-OPAC(国立国会図書館蔵書検索・申込システム)に掲載の書誌データで、ISSNを確認していただくことが可能です。 More here.

May 13, 2014 12:58 pm

WIPO launches unique image-based search for trademarks, other brand information

(12 May 2014, Geneva) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has unveiled a one-of-a-kind image-search function for its Global Brand Database, adding a new feature that allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trademark and other brand-information records from among the millions of images in the collection. The image-search functionality, which […]

May 13, 2014 12:36 pm

Kobo replaces Sony eReading in Australia

(8 May 2014, Toronto) Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it will provide Sony’s Reader™ and Sony’s Xperia™ tablet and smartphone users in Australia as well as the UK, Germany and Austria with access to its comprehensive digital reading ecosystem, which includes a catalogue of more than 4 million eBooks, top-ranking eReading apps, and […]

May 10, 2014 10:52 am

Aurora2 dark fibre communications research service to power the future internet

(9 May 2014)  Jisc has launched Aurora2, its new national dark fibre research and development platform. The internet is built on fibre optic cables which are installed by the telecoms companies. Until light-emitting equipment is connected to the fibres they are ‘dark’. These fibre cables run under our cities and carry the internet services that […]

May 10, 2014 8:00 am

Global Libraries: work to conclude in 5 years

(7 May 2014) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has decided to conclude its work in Global Libraries over the next three to five years.   To date, Global Libraries has reached more than 13,000 public libraries in nearly 20 countries and has seen the same impact that has been achieved in the United States. […]

May 10, 2014 7:54 am

SAGE launches online collection of applied research methods cases

(6 May 2014, Los Angeles, CA) SAGE has launched its SAGE Research Methods Cases, a collection of real social research case studies, specially commissioned and designed to help users understand abstract methodological concepts in practice. SAGE Research Methods Cases was developed for use in a college or university setting for those seeking applied understanding of […]

May 9, 2014 10:28 am

MOOC providers versus sceptics at ‘Going Global’

(2 May 2014) MOOC providers went head-to-head with developing world academics at the ‘Going Global’ conference in Miami over the opportunities and threats posed by massive open online courses, reports Karen MacGregor in University World News Global Edition. South African Vice-chancellor Adam Habib called for a conversation on how “to use innovation in a way […]

May 9, 2014 10:18 am

WeChat, library chat: exploring new mobile services for students in China

(7 May 2014) This presentation on Library 2.0  explores the challenges and opportunities of the new app WeChat to support students’ research and reference services in a global network university. WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed in China. It was released in 2011 and currently has over 355 million users. […]

May 9, 2014 10:11 am

CSIRO releases ScienceImage archive into public domain

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released its ScienceImage library under a Creative Commons Attribution license, reports Creative Commons Australia. CSIRO has provided permission for anyone to freely use, repost and transform the collection’s 4000+ high definition images and videos. The library represents more than six decades worth of environmental, industrial, agricultural […]

May 9, 2014 8:48 am