Monthly Archives: December 2018

Launching of Parliament Digital Library (PDL), India

Parliament Digital Library (PDL) provides various parliamentary documents. As of now the portal has 387,957 pdf files.  (27 December 2018) The Parliament Digital Library provides information about various parliamentary documents of Lok Sabha, the House of People. The debates of Lok Sabha, from the First Lok Sabha to the Sixteenth Lok Sabha are placed in […]

December 30, 2018 7:39 am
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Top 3 copyright ‘owners’ sent Google a billion takedown requests

(25 December 2018) The three most active ‘copyright owners’ have asked Google to remove more than a billion allegedly infringing links from its search engine results. While more than 160,000 rightsholders have asked Google to remove content, 0.0001% are responsible for the majority of the flagged links. Day in and day out copyright holders are […]

December 26, 2018 2:21 pm
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The National Diet Library releases a one-click search tool: The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections

(26 December 2018) The National Diet Library has released The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections (よりすぐり国立国会図書館). This web page provides patrons with a simple way to search through more than a hundred digital images of rare books, old materials, modern Japanese political history materials, and other examples of the best items available […]

December 26, 2018 2:16 pm
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The Wellcome Trust funds OpenCitations

The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus funded by the Wellcome Trust (23 December 2018) The Wellcome Trust, which funds research in big health challenges and campaigns for better science, has agreed to fund The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus, a new project to enhance the OpenCitations Corpus, as part of the Open Research Fund […]

December 26, 2018 11:04 am
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Elsevier Acquires Science-Metrix Inc., Provider of Research Analytics Services and Data

(19 December 2018)  Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has acquired Science-Metrix Inc., a research evaluation firm that provides science research evaluation and analytics to assess science and technology activities. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Science-Metrix is known for high-quality and independent bibliometric analysis and research evaluation. “Science-Metrix was an early adopter of Elsevier’s abstract […]

December 24, 2018 10:09 am
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Radical Collaboration in Research Data Management Explored in Research Library Issues

(20 December 2018)   The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), gathers reflections by six archivists and librarians on the practice of radical collaboration applied to research data management (RDM). Archivist Nancy McGovern describes radical collaboration as “inclusive, involving commitment and effort by most or all members that are broadly representative of the various aspects of the common […]

December 24, 2018 9:29 am
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How digital age has forced Hong Kong’s libraries and librarians to change ways they get us to read

(21 December 2018) Various initiatives include increasing access and range of e-books, holding outdoor pop-up libraries around the city and loaning books to pre-schools; and use of printed books is down as surveys show e-books are read by only 12 per cent of internet users while just 36 per cent of primary school pupils ‘love […]

December 24, 2018 7:29 am
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Popularity of Japanese libraries hitting publishers’ bottom line

(21 December 2018) Statistics on libraries in Japan released by the Japan Library Association show that the collections at public libraries in 2017 totaled 442.82 million books, and that there were 691.47 million loans of books over the course of the year. Although the 2010 to 2013 level of around 710 million loans has not […]

December 21, 2018 6:44 pm
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Public building or public space? New underground Sydney Library provides both

(20 December 2018) A visionary civic project by Sydney architects Stewart Hollenstein (in association with Stewart Architecture) delivered for the City of Sydney Council is now open in the new city district of Green Square. Consisting of a subterranean main library and a series of jewel-like above-ground sculptural building forms, the project creates a highly […]

December 21, 2018 6:31 pm
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New toolkit guides libraries in enhancing their support of entrepreneurs

(19 December 2018, Washington, DC.) Public libraries are uniquely positioned to support individuals in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams by offering free access to technology, meeting spaces, skills training, information and networking opportunities. However, there is no set model for how libraries can best leverage those assets, and there are opportunities for all libraries to elevate […]

December 20, 2018 2:31 pm
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Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research

(19 December 2018)  A survey carried out by the Think. Check. Submit. initiative has revealed a strong demand from both researchers and librarians for guidance about where to publish and an appreciation of the services that the initiative offers. However, it also revealed a need for further educational resources and wider reach for the initiative. […]

December 20, 2018 2:19 pm
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cOAlition S, Plan S and accelerating OA

(17 December 2018) The recent announcements emanating from Europe around open access (OA) have resonated throughout the globe. In this post we examine the origin and aim of Plan S, briefly outline reactions to the Plan from researchers, funders, and publishers, and provide links to further information for interested readers including to a feedback survey […]

December 20, 2018 2:12 pm
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BMJ partners with ScienceOpen to promote open science

(17 December 2018) BMJ Open Science, a new, open access journal published by healthcare knowledge provider BMJ, joins ScienceOpen to promote best practices in preclinical and basic biomedical research with an interactive featured collection on the platform. To increase rigor, transparency and reproducibility in biomedical research, BMJ Open Science fosters a range of open science practices from […]

December 20, 2018 9:28 am
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DOAJ’s new governance model

(18 December 2018) DOAJ will implement a new governance model in 2019 which will see DOAJ financers having a role in the organisation’s Board and Council. All organisations funding DOAJ with €1500 or more will be eligible for nomination. In January 2019 DOAJ will inaugurate a new governance model providing the structure and transparency that […]

December 19, 2018 4:18 pm
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Tasmania University hiring Associate Director (Collections)

(17 December 2018) As the successful applicant, you will have exceptional communication skills, political acumen and be a confident collaborator, in order to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the University and community, working closely with donors and galleries, libraries, archives and museum organisations in Tasmania. You will have significant experience in […]

December 18, 2018 2:40 pm
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