News & Announcements 2/14/13

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In the News: Random House-Penguin merger cleared by DOJ; PeerJ publishes its first articles; Creative Commons license applies to all De Gruyter open access content; Impelsys announces the release of iPublishCentral 4.1; Bowker and Vook partner ; SCOPE wins the most innovative program award at the NASSCOM; a new OCLC Research and RLUK Report; Summon receives innovative technology award; and EOS.Web integrated with Google Analytics.

Department of Justice clears Random House-Penguin merger

According to PaidContent, “Random House parent company Bertelsmann and Penguin parent company Pearson announced Thursday that the Department of Justice has approved the proposed merger between Random House and Penguin ”without conditions…”

The merger, which remains under review by other antitrust authorities including the European Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau, would create the world’s largest publisher…”

 PeerJ Publishes its First Articles

PeerJ, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles today.

PeerJ, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLOS ONE), has been shaped from the premise that ‘if society can set a goal to sequence a human genome for just $99 then why shouldn’t academics be given the opportunity to openly publish their research for a similar amount?’. By publishing its first 30 peer-reviewed articles today, PeerJ moves one step closer to realizing that vision…”

Creative Commons License to Apply to All Open Access Content Published by De Gruyter

“Effective immediately De Gruyter and Versita will be publishing all Open Access content under the uniform application of Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. This means that publications may be copied, disseminated, and otherwise made public by users under the following conditions:

  • The name of the author/copyright owner must be mentioned in the manner requested by the author/copyright owner.
  • The publication and its content may not be used in its Open Access format for commercial purposes.
  • The publication and its content may not be edited, modified, or otherwise changed.

Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND is already the basis for the publishing contract concluded just days ago between De Gruyter and the Max Planck Society for the publication of Open Access books…

iPublishCentral 4.1 Offers Enhanced Features for Reading eBooks on Mobile Devices

“Impelsys… announced the release of iPublishCentral 4.1, the latest version of its award-winning digital publishing software for publishers.

iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own. This means that publishers are able to quickly monetize their digital assets by selling eBooks to institutions, retail partners and directly to consumers…”

 Bowker and Vook partner to offer e-book creation and distribution services

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “Bowker …  has announced a partnership with Vook to enrich the offerings available on Bowker’s acclaimed site. In addition to accessing Bowker’s ISBN and metadata services on, authors will now be able to purchase Vook’s ebook production and distribution solutions, all from one location. Vook’s distribution network includes major e-retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Scope eKnowledge Center (Scope)…  has been honoured as the winner of the Most Innovative Program Award at the NASSCOM Corporate Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion – 2012. The jury, comprising eminent members from NASSCOM and the Industry, followed an extremely rigorous process for evaluating the participants across categories and selecting the final winners…”

OCLC Research and RLUK Report Calls for Transformation of Special Collections in UK and Ireland

“…Significant challenges face institutions that wish to capitalize on that value, however, if they are to fully leverage and make available the rich content in special collections in order to support research, teaching, and community engagement. To help address these concerns, OCLC Research and RLUK collaborated to survey the special collections practices of RLUK members and OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions in the UK and Ireland. The findings from this survey as well as the resulting recommendations have just been published in the report, Survey of Special Collections and Archives in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

This report provides institutional leaders, curators, special collections staff, and archivists both evidence and inspiration to plan for much needed and deserved transformation of special collections…”

“Serials Solutions’ Summon discovery service was awarded the Most Innovative Technology of the Year at the Asia Digital Publishing Summit and Awards (ADPSA)  organized by the Consultancy. The award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have continually set standards of excellence…”

 EOS International offers Google Analytics integration with EOS.Web

According to Library Technology Guides “EOS International… announced that Google Analytics integration is now available in EOS.Web. When libraries enable Google Analytics integration with EOS.Web, they can utilize Google Analytics web analysis tools and reporting for their OPAC Discovery.

Google Analytics Integration with EOS.Web provides an insight to libraries into how visitors use their OPAC, how they arrived, and how they can keep patrons coming back…”

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