Monthly Archives: August 2013

Illustrations of the Reports of General MacArthur added to the NDL Digitized Contents

(30 August 2013)  Illustrations of the Reports of General MacArthur have been added to the NDL Digitized Contents. They consist of maps, photographs and paintings from the Reports of General MacArthur. The original materials are owned by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Five items (about 500 images) of digitized contents from the Illustrations […]

August 31, 2013 7:22 am

Publishing Technology and CNPIEC launch CNP eReading platform

(28 August) Publishing Technology and CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation have unveiled the CNP eReading platform at the Beijing International Book Fair this week. At launch, the site carries over 200,000 individual book titles from more than 300 international publishers, extending their reach into the rapidly growing Chinese market and […]

August 31, 2013 7:07 am

BASE hits the 50 million records mark

BASE, the multi-disciplinary search engine for academically relevant OAI-Sources worldwide, which was created and developed by Bielefeld University Library, has hit the 50 million records mark. The records are provided by about 2,700 repositories worldwide. In this year alone, about 10,000,000 records have been indexed. BASE makes it possible to search for more than 50,000,000 […]

August 28, 2013 9:33 am

MIT Press Scholarship Online launches on UPSO

 (27 August 2013)  The MIT Press has become the 14th press to join the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform since its launch in September 2011. The launch of MIT Press Scholarship Online has added over 300 titles to the UPSO platform, bringing together the best of The MIT Press’s scholarly publishing. Available in 14 […]

August 28, 2013 9:22 am

HathiTrust awarded grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for scholarly workset

(23 August 2013) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of USD437,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Indiana University for an exciting new project in the HathiTrust Research Center. The “Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project” (WCSA) project will be directed by HTRC Co-director […]

August 27, 2013 8:33 am

Springer launches full book download feature

Springer has introduced the ‘full book download functionality’ on SpringerLink and Springer for R and D in response to the high demand for this feature by our authors, researchers and library customers. This new functionality allows users to download all chapters of a book in one go. Next to this feature, users can view an […]

August 27, 2013 8:24 am

AL3 conference presentations

PowerPoint presentations and videos are now available from the Academic Librarian 3: The Yin-Yang of Future Consortial Collaboration and Competition website. The conference took place in Hong Kong, 30-31 May 2013.

August 24, 2013 2:04 pm

Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe’s innovation capacity

(Brussels, 17 July 2013) The European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. This will boost Europe’s innovation capacity and give citizens quicker […]

August 24, 2013 7:42 am

Singapore announces Open Data initiative

(15 August 2013) Singapore announced the release of more data and its intension to make all datasets on and OneMap machine-readable by the end of 2013, with an eye on driving social innovation and co-creation, reports futuregov. is a one-stop data portal with 8600 datasets from 60 public agencies, currently. Since its launch in […]

August 23, 2013 2:16 pm

Research Material “Japan-US Relations Reconsidered” published by NDL

(22 August 2013) The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau of Japan’s  National Diet Library conducts cross-sectoral research on important political issues. Research Material “Japan-US Relations Reconsidered” is the result of the research conducted from 2012 to 2013 to analyze Japan-US relations in the context of the international situation in the Asia Pacific region which faces […]

August 23, 2013 10:43 am

NLB uses analytics to forecast demand

(22 August 2013) Futuregov reports that The National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore used analytics to improve accuracy in forecasting patrons’ demand by 60 per cent, reducing waiting time for popular books and frequency of patrons not being able to find the book they want. The story is here.

August 23, 2013 10:37 am

The world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection

(22 August 2013) The British Geological Survey (BGS) is today launching the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection to the public. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free on a computer, tablet or phone. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by […]

August 23, 2013 9:55 am

Harvard offers open access to Tibetan literature

(20 August 2013)    Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) and recently appointed director of the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), in conjunction with the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) – headquartered in Harvard Square has been working  to provide global access to more than 17,000 volumes of Tibetan literature. […]

August 23, 2013 9:48 am

Do-it-yourself GIS: 20 free tools & data sources for creating data maps

(21 August 2013) The world of mapping and presenting data sets through geographical representations is no longer relegated to GIS librarians and highly trained technologists. New free and open source applications now make it possible to create complex and robust data visualizations in the form of maps that display statistics and poll results. Ellyssa Kroski […]

August 22, 2013 12:07 pm

OCLC names five librarians to participate in 2014 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

(Dublin, Ohio, 20 August 2013)   OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians chosen to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2014. The 2014 Jordan IFLA/OCLC Fellows were announced today by Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, at a news conference […]

August 21, 2013 9:45 am