Monthly Archives: October 2015

University of Sydney joins the Open Library of Humanities

(22 October 2015) The University of Sydney has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership. The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers costs with payments from an international library consortium. The OLH launched on September […]

October 23, 2015 9:27 am

Murdoch University hiring University Librarian

22 October 2015) Applications are invited for the position of University Librarian at Murdoch University. Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the University Librarian will provide leadership and strategic direction to Murdoch’s Library Services in support of the University’s strategic priorities. The University Librarian is expected to develop and promote a culture of […]

October 22, 2015 4:56 pm

Canadian startup launches law search engine

(24 September 2015, Toronto) Canadian startup, Global-Regulation Inc., has just launched a law search engine that enables searching 225,000+ laws from the European Union, United States, Canada, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Germany, Japan and other countries. “Our software automatically translates laws into English so our users can search the world’s laws,” says Founder Addison […]

October 22, 2015 12:06 pm

The scientists encouraging online piracy with a secret codeword

(21 October 2015) What if you’re a scientist looking for the latest published research on a particular subject, but you can’t afford to pay for it? The BBC says that In many countries, it’s against the law to download copyrighted material without paying for it – whether it’s a music track, a movie, or an […]

October 22, 2015 11:55 am

The Nielsen India book market report 2015: Understanding the India book market

(12 October 2015, London, New York and New Delhi)   Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, was commissioned by The Association of Publishers in India (API) and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) to produce a major new study: The India Book Market: Understanding the India Book […]

October 22, 2015 8:58 am

Over 60% of 2015 research articles on are open access

(20 October 2015) Open access is thriving at Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Sixty three per cent of original research articles published to date on in 2015 are open access, nearly 10,000 papers. Ten years ago, NPG introduced its first fully open access journal. Today, NPG publishes over 80 journals with an open access option. […]

October 22, 2015 8:51 am

Natural History Museum: ‘We hope people will discover new species with our open data’

By digitising and releasing its collection of 80 million specimens for anyone to access, NHM engages people around the world to discover, analyse and even 3D print them (13 October 2015) In the run up to the ODI Summit on 3 November, ODI spoke to Ben Scott, the U.K’s Natural History Museum’s Data Portal Lead […]

October 22, 2015 8:45 am

Collaborative behaviours, traditional practices

IOP Publishing and Research Information Network (RIN) release new report on information practices in the physical sciences. (1 October 2015) While cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaborations are breaking down subject siloes across the physical sciences, a culture of traditional and DIY information practices still holds sway among scientists when it comes to the curation, management and […]

October 21, 2015 9:22 am

New prize competition challenges innovators to unleash open data

(20 October 2015) A new prize challenging innovators from around the world to unleash the huge potential of open access content and data for societal benefit is launched today by the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative of the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Open Science […]

October 21, 2015 9:13 am

Negotiating skills for librarians

(15 October 2015) In January 2016 a new, facilitated online training course – Negotiation Skills for Librarians – will be available to librarians, consortia staff and other information professionals. Sarah Durrant has been delivering the 1-day in-person workshop, on which the online course is based, in Europe and the Middle East since 2008, frequently on […]

October 20, 2015 6:32 pm

Designers sought for State Library Vision 2020 Redevelopment

An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the $83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced. (19 October 2015) The Victorian Government, Australia, is providing $55.4 million for the project, which is to be staged over five years. The […]

October 20, 2015 12:16 pm

New Zealand library buys a forged painting

(19 October 2015) In April 2013 the Alexander Turnbull Library, part of the National Library of New Zealand,  purchased a portrait of a male subject, described as Hamiora Maioha, signed by G. Lindauer. Earlier this year the painting was closely examined using forensic techniques. The examination concluded that the painting was unlikely to be an […]

October 20, 2015 12:10 pm

Boopsie launches new mobile app offering for small and rural libraries

Leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider helps public libraries serving populations of less than 25,000 people extend their reach with industry leading library-branded mobile apps that are easy for staff to deliver (19 October 2015, Sunnyvale, CA)  Boopsie, Inc. today released details about their new mobile app offering designed specifically for small and rural libraries. The Express […]

October 20, 2015 11:56 am

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (India)

A review of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (བོད་ཀྱི་དཔེ་མཛོད་ཁང་།) (Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India). (19 October 2015) The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is in Dharamshala, India. It welcomes scholars, offering its own vegetarian café and rooms for researchers. LTWA was founded in 1970 by the 14th Dalai Lama to preserve various […]

October 20, 2015 11:45 am

New website makes finding open access information at ANU easy

(19 October 2015) A new Open Research at ANU website launched today, coinciding with International Open Access Week, delivering a comprehensive guide to the benefits and policy requirements of open access publishing for researchers and academics at The Australian National University. The new website has been designed to: Enable the world to access the great research […]

October 20, 2015 10:05 am