Monthly Archives: August 2016

Federal prosecutors join fight against predatory journals

(30 August 2016) The rising number of predatory journals has become a major blight on academic publishing, deceiving authors, their institutions, and the wider scientific community. And now the federal government is fighting back, writes Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in its first such foray into academic […]

August 31, 2016 5:59 pm

CAS announces complimentary beta version of Chemistry Class AdvantageTM®

(19 August 2016, Columbus, OH) CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), announces a complimentary beta version of Chemistry Class Advantage, a new learning solution for undergraduate organic chemistry students. Organized by topics taught in the classroom, Chemistry Class Advantage harnesses the power of SciFinder and research published in journal articles to help […]

August 31, 2016 7:53 am

DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works, NVIDIA, and Amazon Web Services team up to launch SpaceNet Open Data Initiative

Public corpus of satellite imagery and training data will advance research in technology to automate mapping and image analysis (25 August 2016, Westminster, Colo) DigitalGlobe, Inc. the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced the launch of SpaceNet, an online repository of satellite imagery and labeled training data that […]

August 29, 2016 4:11 pm

Singapore delegation welcomed at the ALIA National 2016 Conference

(29 August 2016,  Adelaide) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes a delegation of senior Singapore librarians to the ALIA National 2016 Conference being held in Adelaide, with six representatives from the National Library Board. Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Office of ALIA, said: We invited colleagues from the National Library of Singapore with the […]

August 29, 2016 4:01 pm

The ASEAN group nearly doubled its share of the world’s research papers since 2006

(25 August 2016, Singapore) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN collectively almost doubled its share of the world’s research papers (scientific literature), and increased its patenting activity, a common industry measure of innovation, by more than 40% in the last three years. These are just some of the key findings from the “ASEAN […]

August 27, 2016 2:56 pm

India launches online library for persons with print disabilities

(25 August 2016) Reading has become easier for persons with print disabilities. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has recently announced Sugamaya Pustakalaya, an online library where books are made available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities. The library has over 200,000 books in diverse languages and multiple […]

August 27, 2016 2:46 pm

OpenTrials launch date

(25 August 2016) OpenTrials, a project in which Open Knowledge is developing an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials, will officially launch its beta on Monday 10th October 2016 at the World Health Summit in Berlin. As the workshop’s theme is public health emergencies, also being demoed is Ebola Trials Tracker, […]

August 27, 2016 2:29 pm

Central Library IIT Bombay celebrates Librarian’s Day

(25 August 2016) Librarian’s Day 2016 was celebrated on 12th August 2016 to coincide with the 124th birth anniversary of Dr. S. R. Ranganathan, the father of Library Science in India. Along with the Library staff and library professionals, several other invited dignitaries from the Institute participated in this celebration and encouraged the library professionals […]

August 27, 2016 2:20 pm

Artstor’s K-12 LibGuides announced

(25 August 2016) Artstor has announced its new K-12 LibGuides. These guides will help students, faculty, and school librarians get started–or become experts–using the Artstor Digital Library. Find them side by side with the higher education LibGuides at As with all Artstor guides you are encouraged to reuse them! The K-12 faculty guide covers […]

August 27, 2016 7:51 am

Updated CAB Thesaurus approaches 2.5 million terms

(24 August 2016) The 2016 edition of CAB Thesaurus – the largest source of terminology covering the applied life sciences – was published today. It provides a controlled vocabulary resource of nearly 2.5 million descriptive terms. CAB Thesaurus is an essential tool for academic, corporate and government librarians, who need to navigate, retrieve and index […]

August 27, 2016 7:41 am

Annual Reviews special article collection: Sustainable Food Options

Complimentary online access now through 31 October 2016 (24 August 2016) This collection of highly cited articles written by invited experts provides perspectives on environmental, health, and socioeconomic issues and their interactions relating to food sustainability. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge is necessary to feed our world while maintaining ethical standards in the treatment of animals, […]

August 24, 2016 11:37 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Three Asian Universities Join ARWU’s Top 100

(24 August 2016) Tsinghua University, Peking University and National University of Singapore join Japanese universities Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and Osaka in the top 100 of Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 (ARWU), released on 19 August  2016. Note a change in branding as well. ARWU examines more than 1,000 universities who meet the […]

August 24, 2016 10:35 am

CAS announces SciFindern, a new research experience that elevates scientific discovery

(21 August 2016, Columbus, OH)  CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), announced today that SciFindern will be available Spring 2017. This powerful solution will provide new and unique authoritative content, superior functionality and enhanced workflow features to help researchers be exponentially more productive. SciFindern is made possible by the global network of […]

August 23, 2016 11:13 am

New library to open in Hong Kong

(22 August 2016) A new library at Dawning Views Shopping Plaza on 23 Yat Ming Road, Fanling will open tomorrow to serve the public and district residents. Occupying 550 sq m, Fanling South Public Library has a collection of 50,000 items, including Chinese and English books, reference materials and compact discs. About 100 local and […]

August 23, 2016 7:17 am

Orphan works to open access: Harvard Library publishes report on digitizing orphan collections

(12 August 2016) The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive literature review on strategies for digitizing orphan works for open access. An orphan work is any original work of authorship for which a good faith, prospective user cannot readily identify and/or locate the copyright owner—especially […]

August 22, 2016 9:49 am