News & Announcements 8/22/13

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NCSU shares open-source solution for crowdsourcing photos; Emory creates unified center for digital scholarship; Yahoo! tops Google in web traffic; BBC reports on the popularity of self-publishing; FDLP and C&I Metrics available for July 2013; an update to BioMed Central’s Copyright and License Agreement; a SciELO blog to discuss open access and scholarly communication issues; and Nielsen to acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solution product

Hunt Library - NCSU Shares Open-Source Solution for Crowdsourcing Photos

According to Digital Shift, North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries) in Raleigh released lentil, open-source software that supports the harvesting of images and image metadata from Instagram. It enables organizations “to build special collections based around a topic or event, or to invite participation in evaluating a library program,” according to a release.

The program was initially developed to help collect photos of NCSU’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which opened in January 2013 and will be profiled in LJ’s upcoming Library by Design supplement. Since the new library was designed with an emphasis on “visually inspiring” work areas and collaborative spaces, NCSU wanted to encourage students, researchers, and community members to collaborate and tell the story of the new facility…”

Library Journal reports that “Emory University is consolidating four existing digital technology services located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library into the newly created Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), in a process which began in June and is expected to take several months.

The center is led by Wayne Morse Jr., interim-co-director and director of Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT), and Allen Tullos, faculty co-director.

Of the component parts of the new center, the Digital Scholarship Commons (DISC), the Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections, and the Electronic Data Center were formerly under library leadership, while the ECIT fell under the domain of information technology.  When Rich Mendola assumed the role of enterprise CIO and senior vice provost for library services and digital scholarship earlier this year, combining them became practical…”

InfoDOCKET notes “two reports from the BBC that will likely be of interest to many of you as the rise of self-publishing is very closely tied to the growth of the ebook marketplace.

  1. Video: Online publishing firms grow as writers turn to e-books
    Report features the founder of BiblioCrunch, Miral Sattar.
  2. E-book revolution: Breaking through in the digital age
    The article and two statistical charts and profiles three authors who have been successful at self-publishing.  A BBC News video report is also part of the package…”

Citing Bloomberg, ResourceShelf reports that Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) attracted more U.S. visitors than Google Inc. (GOOG) during July for the first time since May 2011, indicating that turnaround efforts by Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer are gaining traction.

More than 196 million Web users spent time on the largest U.S. Web portal’s sites during the month, up 21 percent from a year earlier, ComScore Inc. said in a statement yesterday. That’s 4.3 million more than Google, operator of the world’s most-popular search engine, up less than 1 percent. The report doesn’t include Tumblr, which Yahoo bought earlier this year, or mobile users, ComScore said.

GPO logo FDLP and C&I Metrics – July 2013

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released statistics for July 2013 regarding the activites of the FDLP and the Cataloging and Indexing (C&I) Program.

“The Creative Commons CC0 waiver will become part of the BioMed Central Copyright and License Agreement on Tuesday 3rd September. For articles submitted from this date, CC0 will apply to data in all articles published by BioMed Central or Chemistry Central journals…

Open data relates to the fact that the open communication of scientific research involves more than just the final results of research being published in an article in an open access journal. Sharing the underlying data is an increasingly important part of the research and publication process. BioMed Central aims to provide leadership in supporting scientific communities in the sharing of underlying scientific data, publishing it in standard formats, and supporting re-use and further analysis, which helps facilitate the discovery of new knowledge…”

No Shelf Required reports that “SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective.  The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication.  The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine.  SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Global information and measurement company Nielsen, US, and ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information and management solutions, have signed a definitive agreement for Nielsen to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products. This acquisition will build on Nielsen’s existing global book intelligence by adding enhanced offerings in transaction services and sales measurement and analysis.


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