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Free educational resources provided to learners affected by coronavirus outbreak

(updated 8 Apr 2020)  While schools in COVID-19 affected areas including China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea are still closing, many publishers or service providers are giving free, or nearly free solutions to help students and learners to study remotely. Here are a few of them: Higher education and subject-specific collections: ACS: Resources for teaching […]

March 10, 2020 - 11:05 am

Free resources for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(updated 8 Apr 2020)  To fight against the epidemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, researchers around the world are working hard to bring pieces together for a clearer picture of the virus and possible solutions. To support this, academic publishers provide open access to related researches from their collections, including: AAAS ACS AIP Publishing Annual Reviews […]

February 15, 2020 - 9:05 am

Coronavirus outbreak: school opening postponed in several countries (updating)

(updated 7 Apr 2020)  Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, several countries have made the decision to postpone school openings or hold activities. has collected the latest news here. Australia: Australian states and capital declare state of emergency, as govt mulls second stimulus (16 Mar) Uni of Queensland suspends classes for a week […]

February 7, 2020 - 1:50 pm

List of Ruth’s Rankings

Here’s the complete list of Ruth’s Ranking on Introduction: Unwinding the Web of International Research Rankings A Brief History of Rankings and Higher Education Policy Bibliometrics: What We Count and How We Count The Big Two: Thomson Reuters and Scopus Comparing Times Higher Education (THE) and QS Rankings Scholarly Rankings from the Asian Perspective […]

April 8, 2020 - 1:19 pm

Museums and libraries across the world release free coloring pages

(25 Mar 2020) With museums and galleries closing in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, cultural institutions are trying to be innovative to offer activities in line with the “social distancing” guidelines. While 2,500 world-class museums are offering virtual tours on Google’s Arts & Culture pages, the New York Academy of Medicine has invited libraries and […]

April 8, 2020 - 12:55 pm

New Zealand: Arlington Public Library publishes online collection with local artists

(6 Apr 2020) Liz Laribee, the programs and partnerships librarian at Arlington Public Library, says she thinks in puns. So, when the word “quaranzine” popped into her head a little over a week ago, it gave her an idea. On April 3, the library published the first issue of Quaranzine, a weekly online collection of works by […]

April 8, 2020 - 11:09 am

New Zealand: thousands sign up to borrow ebooks, audiobooks during lockdown

(4 Apr 2020) The day before New Zealand entered a four-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Auckland Libraries recorded its highest number of online memberships seen in a single day since the service began in October. The libraries normally averages 64 new eMemberships a day, but last Wednesday 200 Aucklanders joined to access eBooks, audiobooks, streaming files and online databases, […]

April 8, 2020 - 11:03 am

QS, THE, and new bibliometric findings: Ruth’s Rankings first quarter 2020 updates

By Ruth A. Pagell* (7 Apr 2020) The first quarter of the year is a slow time for updated rankings.  Three new updates are QS’ subject rankings and THE’s Japan Universities and Emerging Economies.  Two articles in the Nature Index blog are of bibliometric interest. How do subject rankings in QS compare with those in THE, […]

April 7, 2020 - 1:00 pm

SPIE Photonics Europe 2020 to run in digital format with over 700 presentations

(6 Apr 2020)  In response to the global COVID-19 situation, SPIE has developed an interactive conference space using its SPIE Digital Library platform. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will be holding its inaugural Digital Forum during the week of 6-10 April. SPIE Photonics Europe 2020, which was set to run in Strasbourg, France, […]

April 7, 2020 - 10:05 am

Australian library Coronavirus innovation: story time video streaming for babies and youngsters

(31 Mar 2020) If this was normal life in Australia every week parents and grandparents would be walking their young children and pushing their baby strollers to Library Story Time and Rhyme time sessions. Unfortunately because of Coronavirus, Libraries are shut to the general public and only open to staff so there won’t be any Library […]

March 31, 2020 - 4:07 pm

An opportunity for East Asia? Global student flows to suffer ‘massive hit’ for years

(26 Mar 2020) International student mobility will take at least five years to return to normal levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while East Asia will emerge as a regional hub in the intervening period, a leading global higher education scholar has predicted. Simon Marginson, director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of […]

March 30, 2020 - 11:02 am

SAGE waives article processing charges for research related to COVID-19

(26 Mar 2020) SAGE Publishing announces that it will publish open access any accepted research that is relevant to the treatment, transmission, cure, or social impact of COVID-19 without requiring article processing charges (APCs). Additionally, SAGE will fast track these papers for rapid publication and dissemination. “SAGE aims to support the medical community in its efforts […]

March 30, 2020 - 10:53 am

Macmillan abandons library e-book embargo

(17 Mar 2020) In a surprise announcement today, Macmillan abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, effective this week. “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” reads a brief memo from Macmillan CEO John Sargent addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents. “Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect […]

March 30, 2020 - 10:49 am

Researchers are tracking coronavirus misinformation

(24 Mar 2020) When five researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, launched the new Center for an Informed Public back in December 2019, they had no idea what was coming. The center aims to study how misinformation propagates and use the findings to “promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse.” Now, just a few months later, […]

March 30, 2020 - 10:43 am

COVID-19 highlights the wisdom of the academic crowd

(13 Mar 2020)  With the rapid growth of COVID-19 upon the world, the number of research papers on the virus is also increasing. See how the trend grows in Google search by matching the dates of related scientific activities, and see how researches around this new topic evolve through citation and change of keywords via […]

March 30, 2020 - 9:31 am

Five things you (maybe) didn’t know about AI

(20 Mar 2020) While there’s plenty of information out there on artificial intelligence, it’s not always easy to distinguish fact from fiction or find explanations that are easy to understand. That’s why we (Oxford Internet Institute) have teamed up with Google to create The A to Z of AI. It’s a series of simple, bite-sized […]

March 30, 2020 - 8:58 am

Virtual plenary meeting and poster session for RDA 15th plenary meeting

(26 Mar 2020)  The 15th RDA Plenary Meeting, which was scheduled to take place from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne Australia, has been canceled due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. However, from 18th March to 10th April 2020 RDA will be facilitating the organisation of a virtual Plenary (VP 15) meeting, offering session convenors […]

March 27, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Information apocalypse: all about deepfakes

VIDEO: Doctored images, fake videos and computer-generated news are easier than ever to create and distribute. Here’s why you should worry and what you can do. (17 Mar 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  Today, computing power and artificial intelligence have democratized the creation of faked media. Images can be synthesized, videos manipulated, audio mimicked and text written, […]

March 26, 2020 - 5:02 pm