Tools

OpenAthens is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks’ fifth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs)

(11 January 2019)  The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application and then posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups […]

January 14, 2019 - 10:24 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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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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SAGE Publishing invests in Thusly to bring crowd annotation software to social scientists

(5 December 2018)  SAGE Publishing, a leading global academic publisher, today announces that it has made a major seed investment in Thusly Inc. – a technology start-up creating research tools for big data analysis of document archives. The investment is the first for SAGE as part of its SAGE Ocean initiative, and will support the […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:49 pm
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Kudos raises £2.2 million to help optimize research communication and accelerate impact

(5 December 2018)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research, will develop and launch a new communications management system for researchers, after securing £2.2m investment in a round led by Mobeus Equity Partners. The global research sector is undergoing significant and accelerating change, with mechanisms for evaluation, publication and reward being […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:51 am
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Chatbots – now is the time

(16 November 2018) With chatbots active in some institutions and minimal investment required to get them up and running, now really is the time to explore this technology. Jisc has the article in full and a link to the report by  Paul Hopkins and Richard Maccabee.

November 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
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Is it a scientific breakthrough?

(19 November 2018) Only a small minority of all scientific publications contain genuine scientific breakthroughs. It takes, in general, a considerable amount of time before a scientific discovery is recognized as a breakthrough. The  authors show that combining decision heuristics with algorithms that analyse the response of the scientific community to a research publication enables […]

November 21, 2018 - 10:52 am
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Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

(13 November 2018) Some people like to characterize science as a religion. In this formulation, scientists are the modern equivalent of medieval theologians. They hand down precepts and dogmas that we take on faith, because there’s no way for laypeople to keep track of all the exciting study results flooding out of laboratories every day. But […]

November 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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Get The Research: Impactstory Announces a New Science-Finding Tool for the General Public

(12 November 2018) Impactstory recently announced a new tool in development. Called, “Get The Research” and aimed at serving the general public rather than an audience of scholars and specialists, it promises to provide a new level of accessibility (in multiple senses of the term) to published scholarship. Scholarly Kitchen chef Rick Anderson asked Impactstory cofounder Jason […]

November 13, 2018 - 10:51 am
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ProQuest announces the development of Rialto

(6 November 2018, Ann Arbor, MI.) ProQuest is commencing the development of the Rialto service, a ground-breaking approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries. Through benchmark analytics, recommendations, and a comprehensive marketplace with content of all types – books, ebooks, video and more — from many sources, libraries will have the tools to […]

November 7, 2018 - 8:24 pm
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The University of New England in Armidale, Australia is hiring a Digital Experience librarian

(5 November 2018) The Digital Experience Librarian will provide leadership in actively identifying, evaluating and, as necessary, deploying new learning technologies and tools related to library services to improve and respond to user needs. This role creates and supports the development processes and innovations that lead to high-quality learning environments and ensures cross-platform navigation for […]

November 6, 2018 - 8:33 am
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Library of Congress launches a new transcription crowdsourcing tool

(26 October 2018) The Library of Congress launched this week a new crowdsourcing tool that enables the transcription of digitised documents from their historic collections. This tool will improve the services provided by the library and the usability of their data making the documents more readable and searchable. The application can be accessed at crowd.loc.gov, […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:19 pm
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New partnership between AIP Publishing and Overleaf provides an enhanced authoring experience

(22 October 2018) Overleaf, a collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool, and AIP Publishing announce a new partnership to provide AIP Publishing authors with a new, enhanced authoring template and simplified submission process. Through this partnership, authors submitting to 22 AIP Publishing Journals and the AIP Conference Proceedings will have access to AIP Publishing’s LaTeX […]

October 24, 2018 - 7:20 am
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European Commission launches online tool to measure how well Europe and Asia are connected

(19 October 2018) Today, as a deliverable of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Brussels, the European Commission has presented the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal – an online tool offering a wealth of data on the political, economic and social relationship between the two continents. The ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal, together with an accompanying […]

October 21, 2018 - 7:18 am
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The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab launch the Knowledge Futures Group

(25 September 2018) The MIT Press announced today the launch of the Knowledge Futures Group (KFG), a first-of-its kind collaboration between a leading publisher and a world-class academic lab to transform how research information is created and shared. This joint initiative of the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab seeks to redefine research publishing […]

October 3, 2018 - 10:46 am
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