An update from CNI; Chinese e-reader sales down; a Chem Abstracts collaboration; a jump in magazine launches; and OCLC releases FAST.
According to Clifford Lynch at the Coalition for Networked Information, this policy brief from the European Science Foundation’s Standing Committee on the Humanities “offers an excellent survey of many large-scale European digital humanities efforts.” Further details are available at the ESF website under Research Infrastructures in the Humanities.
“Though the e-book phenomenon is now taking off around the world, Chinese e-reader sales actually fell 5.1 percent, according to Analysys International’s Enfodesk. The fall is blamed on problems at market-leading e-reader maker Hanvon, whose own sales dropped “because of insufficient content and internal system problems”
“Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced a longterm collaboration with InfoChem, GmbH (InfoChem), a provider of chemical structure and reaction technology as well as datamining in chemical science documents. Under the new collaboration, research teams at CAS and InfoChem will work together to explore the technology frontiers in the field of cheminformatics.”
According to this article in Folio “The number of magazines launched in 2011 jumped 23.8 percent, from 193 to 239, compared to 2010, according to magazine database Mediafinder.com. Meanwhile, the number of closures fell 13.6 percent, from 176 in 2010 to 152 this year.”
In a recent news release OCLC reports that “FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), an enumerative, faceted subject heading schema derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), is now available as an experimental Linked Data service (http://id.worldcat.org/fast/) and is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.