Technology

RA21 and libraries

(16 May 2018) Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) is a joint STM  and NISO initiative aimed at optimizing protocols across key stakeholder groups, with a goal of facilitating a seamless user experience for consumers of scientific communication. In addition, this comprehensive initiative is working to solve long standing, complex, and broadly distributed challenges in […]

May 16, 2017 - 11:04 am
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Can we assess library electronic resource usage with citations, altmetrics & more ?

(12 May 2017) The question is posed by, Aaron Tay, Library Analytics Manager at Singapore Management University. Writing in his musingsinlibrarianship blog he posits that  while bibliometrics and altmetrics tend to be used to measure the impact of articles/items produced by users in terms of cites or altmetrics, is it possible to flip this around to […]

May 12, 2017 - 9:40 pm
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Launch of OA repositories in Myanmar

(8 May 2017) Two leading universities in Myanmar, University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, will launch open access (OA) institutional repositories on 8 May (in Mandalay) and on 11 May (in Yangon). The two repositories were set up with support from EIFL. Visit the University of Mandalay Open Access Repository. Visit the University of […]

May 9, 2017 - 9:00 am
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Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow

(4 May 2017)  The 2017 edition of the annual industry report produced by Marshall Breeding since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The report is available online and in the May 2017 print issue. The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to […]

May 4, 2017 - 3:11 pm
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Announcing the OpenJPEG Improvement Project

(27 April 2017) Several institutions in the IIIF community (International Image Interoperability Framework)  have come together to launch the first phase of a collaborative effort to facilitate improvement of OpenJPEG, an open source JPEG 2000 codec, freely available under a BSD license. OpenJPEG has achieved a great deal of success, and has been adopted for […]

April 30, 2017 - 4:50 pm
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JULAC shared ILS in Hong Kong

(19 April 2017) The Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) is implementing a new shared integrated library system (ILS) to manage the print and electronic collections of 8 individual university libraries, with increasing strategic emphasis on electronic resources and digital collections. The shared system will hold a conglomerate of over 18 million bibliographic records serving […]

April 20, 2017 - 3:56 pm
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Imagining libraries of the future

(27 March 2017, Singapore)  From the use of data analytics, to possibly even virtual reality in the future – public libraries in Singapore are undergoing a transformation in a bid to remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. Singapore’s public libraries are changing fast, keeping step with technology that helps libraries offer the modern services […]

March 30, 2017 - 1:05 pm
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海外に輸出される携帯電話の5台に1台は偽物

OECD-パリ、2017年3月28日 OECDの新報告書、「偽造品取引(Trade in Counterfeit Goods)」によると、海外に送られる携帯電話の5台に1台、またビデオゲーム機の4台に1台は偽物で、ITや通信用ハードウェアの偽造品取引の増加で消費者、製造業者の負担が重くなり、公的資金が圧迫されています。 本報告書によると、スマートフォンのバッテリー、充電器、メモリーカード、磁気ストライプ・カード、半導体ドライブ、音楽プレーヤーなども、偽造被害に遭うケースが増えています。2013年の通関データの分析によると、情報通信(ICT)財の世界全体の取引の平均6.5%は偽造品です。2016年の報告書によると、あらゆる財の取引に占める模倣品の割合は2.5%ですが、ICT財に占める模倣品の割合はこれを上回っていることになります。 3月30~31日に開催される2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum に先だって発表された本報告書では、スマートフォンとICT付属品が高価で、それらに対する需要が高まる一方であることから、それらの偽造は採算が取れるため、その悪影響を受ける商品の数も幅も広がる一方であることが懸念されます。 ICTの偽造品は、健康や安全面のリスク、サービス停止、企業と政府の収入喪失などを引き起こします。ICTの模倣品の主な製造元は中国で、収入の喪失やブランド価値の低下による最大の被害者は米国の製造業者です。摘発されたICT模倣品のうち、ほぼ42%が米国企業の、次いで25%がフィンランド企業、12%が日本企業の知的財産権を侵害しています。 <データをエクセルファイルでダウンロードするにはこちらをクリックしてください> 偽造品とは、商標を侵害する財のことです。知的所有権に大きく依存している産業では、ICT財の偽造は確立されたブランドに対する消費者の信頼を損ねる他、その健康、安全、プライバシーをも危険に晒します。偽造電話機には鉛やカドミウムなどの有害物質を純正品よりも多く含んでいる場合がある一方、模倣電話機の充電器は発火したり感電したりする恐れがあります。トランジスタ、プリント配線、ラジオ塔といったICT媒介装置の模倣品と部品も輸出されています。 本書では、ICT偽造品の世界全体の取引額は、2011~13年に通関で差し押さえられたほぼ50万件の押収品のデータを元に推計したところ、2013年までに1430億米ドルに達していると述べています。ICT偽造品のほぼ3分の2は速達郵便で送られており、そのことが検出を非常に複雑にしています。 ICT部門は、2013年のOECD地域全体の送付か価値の5.5%を占めており、2.4兆米ドルに相当します。世界全体のICT製品の輸出額は2001年以降年率6%上昇して、2013年には1.6兆円に達していますが、そのうち3分の1が中国からの輸出です。 The announcement is here.

March 29, 2017 - 8:46 pm
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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake

(28 March 2017) Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a new OECD report. Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods finds that smartphone batteries, chargers, memory cards, […]

March 29, 2017 - 3:42 pm
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The new English website of Peking University Library

(21 March 2017, Peking University)  On 20 March 2017 the English version of Peking University Library homepage (http://www.lib.pku.edu.cn/portal/en) was formally launched and ready to provide services for readers. Through carrying out extensive research on English portal sites of prestigious universities in non-English speaking countries, Peking University Library primarily targeted at ‘aesthetically pleasing design, comprehensive content, […]

March 28, 2017 - 11:35 am
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Karger Publishers partners with UNSILO machine learning for content enrichment

(23 March 2017, Aarhus, Denmark) UNSILO and Karger Publishers signed an agreement to create a number of artificial intelligence-based content enrichment solutions for its growing range of digital biomedical content services. The new solutions will be based on UNSILO’s unique concept extraction engine, which uses machine learning to identify core concepts in scientific book chapters […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:53 am
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Submissions invited for proposals to receive funding for projects to advance understanding of alternative research metrics

(22 March 2017, London, UK and Boston, USA) Data Science company Altmetric today announced that applications for its annual research grant are now open. First launched in 2016, the grant provides up to £1,500 ($1,900 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:45 am
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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm
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Koha ILS installation and consultancy for library setup at A.A.Ukulhahu School Library

(16 March 2017)  The Maldives Library Association, MLA, is carrying out Library automation project by installing Koha Integrated Library System in libraries throughout Maldives.  A team from MLA visited A.A Ukulhahu school to install Koha and provide training. The team included Fathimath Nashath, the President of MLA,  Ahmed Shareef, Koha Technician and Aishath Zukhra, Hiriya School […]

March 20, 2017 - 9:06 am
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Curtin University trades Digitool for DSpace

(23 February 2017) Atmire migrated Curtin’s institutional repository espace from Digitool to DSpace 5. Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population. The migration of Curtin University’s espace repository to a customized version of DSpace 5 brought a ton of new features to the repository’s […]

March 17, 2017 - 11:11 am
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