News and Announcements 6/1/12

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Authors granted class action status in Google Case; a digital recovery of the Livingstone Diary;  Dickens’ exhibition opens at the Bodleian; presentations from the PEER End of Project Conference now online; new “gateways” launched by the Biochemical Society; and  ISNIs to be incorporated into Ringgold Identify database.

 Judge Okays Class Action Lawsuit Against Google over Book Scanning

Time reports on its Techland website that  “A federal judge granted class certification to authors challenging Google Inc. over its plans for the world’s largest digital library Thursday, finding it more sensible to have a single legal action than scores of individual lawsuits. Judge Denny Chin said in a written ruling that class action is “more efficient and effective than requiring thousands of authors to sue individually.” He added that requiring each author to sue Google would risk disparate results in nearly identical lawsuits and exponentially increase the cost of litigation. He also rejected Google’s request to toss from the case The Authors Guild, which had sought class certification. Google already has scanned more than 20 million books for the project…”


Archive Watch: The Words of David Livingstone in Living Color

Jennifer Howard reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education that “for more than two years, scholars and imaging scientists have been using advanced scanning techniques to recover the mostly illegible contents of an 1871 field diary kept by the British explorer David Livingstone in Africa. Low on paper and ink, the explorer had resorted to writing on newspaper sheets, with ink made from berries, and over time the original document had become almost impossible to read”

The “Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary Project” team illuminated the diary with different wavelengths of light—from blue to infrared—creating 6 or 8 different images for each page. That allowed team members to separate or fade out different features—the newspaper text, for instance—and pull out almost all of Livingstone’s handwriting. “I would say we had a 99 percent success rate,” says Adrian S. Wisnicki, the project’s director and lead scholar…”

 ‘Dickens and his World’ Opens at the Bodleian 

“The Bodleian Summer exhibition opens to the public this Saturday, 2 June. Celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, the exhibition illustrates the relationship between the fictional worlds Charles Dickens created in his novels and the historical reality in which he lived…   the Dickens and his World exhibition depicts in a unique way the life and times in which the novel and stories of this great writer were set.

On display will be playbills, advertisements, murder sheets, maps, panoramas, sheet music, playing cards and prints which will aim to recreate Dickens’ world and take the visitors on a journey back in his time. These items will be accompanied by quotations from Dickens’ novels, thus revealing how the historical reality of the Victorian times is mirrored in his writings…”

The PEER Project (, held its final event to present its results on 29 May in Brussels.  More than 100 attendees from the research, university, and STM publishing communities, as well as policy makers attended the conference.  Comments by Vice President Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) from the European Commission opened the meeting … followed by an agenda reflecting the collaborative nature of the PEER project with results and perspectives from various stakeholders presented throughout the day.  The presentations given at this event as well as the PEER Executive Partner statements resulting from this successful project can be found online at:

 Biochemical Society Transactions introduces new ‘Gateways’ 

“Portland Press Limited, the Biochemical Society’s publisher, today launched the redeveloped Biochemical Society Transactions website by introducing Gateways – new themed collections within the online journal:

  • Bioenergetics and Metabolism
  • Cell Biology
  • Development and Disease
  • Genes
  • Molecular Structure and Function
  • Signal Transduction…

 Ringgold becomes the first contracted ISNI Registration Agency for Institutions.

Ringgold will incorporate ISNIs into its Identify database of institutional identifiers and distribute these ISNIs without charge to Ringgold’s Identify clients. For Ringgold’s clients, this will immediately affect over 300,000 institutions worldwide.

Building on several years of experience in providing institutional identification, Ringgold will be working with ISNI on the technical requirements for the addition of ISNI Numbers to Ringgold’s Identify database. It is anticipated that all Ringgold institutional records will have an ISNI attached to them in the latter part of 2012. During the first year of operation, clients using Ringgold’s standard Identify services will receive ISNI Numbers without additional charge, to encourage them to incorporate ISNIs into their workflows and services. Organizations acquiring just ISNIs without Ringgold’s other services will be charged on a sliding scale based on the quantity of ISNIs required…”


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