Monthly Archives: July 2018

Indian Railways to digitise its archival records of about 25 million pages

(26 July 2018) The Indian Railways has kick-started a massive effort to digitise its archives across the country that will cover about 25 million pages of railway history. As an initial step, 2.2 million pages of the archival material of the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi and Rail Museum at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil […]

July 29, 2018 7:56 am

New international investigation tackles ‘fake science’ and its poisonous effects

(20 July 2018) Hundreds of thousands of scientists worldwide have published studies in self-described scientific journals that don’t provide traditional checks for accuracy and quality, according to a new journalistic investigation. Dozens of reporters from media outlets in Europe, Asia and the United States have analysed 175,000 scientific articles published by five of the world’s […]

July 27, 2018 9:59 am

Haruki Murakami’s new novel declared ‘indecent’ by Hong Kong censors

(25 July 2018) The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair. Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language edition of Murakami’s Kishidancho […]

July 27, 2018 7:33 am

SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging announces public availability of largest multi-lesion medical imaging dataset

(20 July 2018, Bellingham, Washington, USA and Cardiff, UK)  A paper published today in the Journal of Medical Imaging – “DeepLesion: Automated mining of large-scale lesion annotations and universal lesion detection with deep learning,” – announced the open availability of the largest CT lesion-image database accessible to the public. Such data are the foundations for […]

July 26, 2018 5:14 pm

Three OA repositories launched in Myanmar

(24 July 2018) Three more universities in Myanmar – Yadanabon University, Yangon University of Economics and Yezin Agricultural University – have launched institutional open access (OA) repositories, which will make their research more visible and freely available to scholars worldwide. The repositories have been set up with support from EIFL through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar […]

July 26, 2018 4:57 pm

Preparing for copyright term changes in 2019 in Australia

(25 July 2018) This discussion paper identifies the major library policies, systems and staff activities that will be affected by changes to the copyright duration provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), due to come into effect on 1 January 2019. It focuses on the changes to copyright term for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical […]

July 26, 2018 4:53 pm

Results of the Survey of Digital Legal Deposit Policies and Practices at National Libraries

(25 July 2018) In 2014 seventeen National Libraries were surveyed about their born digital news content, legal deposit policies and practices. The results of the survey were presented at the 2015 International News Media Conference hosted by the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden. Three years later, the authors expanded their team and the […]

July 26, 2018 9:54 am

Open access opportunities for China through NSTL and IGI Global

(21 July 2018) Since 2008, IGI Global has partnered with the Chinese National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) to provide scholarly journals to prestigious Chinese institutions through its award-winning InfoSci-Journals database. With NSTL’s renewal of this content for the 2019 copyright year, the consortia is taking advantage of IGI Global’s new open access fee waiver initiative to […]

July 21, 2018 3:53 pm

Inside India’s fake research paper shops: pay, publish, profit

Despite UGC blacklist, hundreds of ‘predatory journals’ thrive, cast shadow on quality of faculty and research nationwide  (19 July 2018, Indian Express) In the world of academia, getting published in an international research journal is almost the holy grail, it helps bump up the CV for hiring and helps in the competition for tenure or […]

July 20, 2018 11:13 am

International librarianship as professional development

(19 July 2018, Chicago) Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing […]

July 20, 2018 10:47 am

Beijing subsidizes brick-and-mortar bookstores in digital era

(19 July 2018) Beijing municipal government will hand out 50 million yuan (7.46 million U.S. dollars) in subsidies every year to help brick-and-mortar bookstores survive in downtown areas. The government’s information office said on Tuesday that from 2018, the yearly budget will be appropriated to support 150 brick-and-mortar bookstores. According to the subsidy plan, each […]

July 20, 2018 10:39 am

And the winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is…

(17 July 2018) The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission “Foshan Library’s Green Practice”, located in Foshan new city, which is a key area for the construction of a sponge city [cities designed to soak up floodwater] in the province of Guangdong, China. One reviewer found: “The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in […]

July 20, 2018 10:29 am

Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

(17 July 2018) Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan. The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City. The ambitious project will transform […]

July 19, 2018 9:45 am

Science journals end open-access trial with Gates Foundation

Pilot experiment has seen 26 papers published under open-access terms so far and should yield a report by the end of the year.   (13 July 2018) The publisher of Science last month ended a pilot partnership that allowed open-access (OA) publishing for researchers funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The trial was an […]

July 18, 2018 11:09 am

China SARA launches Digital Religious Library

(18 July 2018) On July 10, 2018,  China Religious Culture Publisher, subordinate to the State Administration for Religious Affairs, held a launching ceremony of its religious professional repository and digital library in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. The publisher has constructed an authoritative and professional religious resource pool where content is presented through the Internet and new media […]

July 18, 2018 11:03 am