News & Announcements 11/29/13

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CC’s next generation licenses — welcome version 4.0; University of Pittsburgh releases online database containing 125 years of disease surveillance data; Bay Psalm Book is most expensive printed work at $14.2m; 62% of young adults in the UK prefer print to ebooks; Release of FDLP Forecast Study Preservation Working Paper; Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rules; American College of Emergency Physicians to publish with Wiley.

creative_commons2 - CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0!

Creative Commons has announced that 4.0 licenses, are “now available for adoption worldwide…  We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable …”

InfoDOCKET reports that “after four years of data digitization and processing, the Project Tycho Web site provides open access to newly digitized and integrated data from the entire 125 years history of United States weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance data since 1888…”

BBC News reports that  “a tiny book of psalms from 1640 has become the world’s most expensive printed book as it was auctioned in New York for $14.2m (£8.8m). The Bay Psalm Book is the first known book to be printed in what is now the United States.  It was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony…”

Referencing an article in the Guardian, GalleyCat notes that “the majority (62 percent) of 16-to-24 year-olds in the UK prefer print books to eBooks, according to a new report from Voxburner.  The report included responses from 1,420 participants who were surveyed them between September 25th and October 18th 2013…”

The Preservation Working Paperfrom the FDLP Forecast Study has been released. The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Library and State Forecast Study Questionnaires requested responses related to the following themes: Affiliations & Community Marketing, Collection Management, Education, Future Roles & Opportunities, Library Services and Content Management Projects, and Preservation…  

Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rulesWikimedia_Foundation -

PC World reports that  “the Wikimedia Foundation is liable for the contents of Wikipedia articles but does not have to fact check the contents before they are published, the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart ruled, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The appeals court ruled against Wikimedia in a libel case in early October but the detailed verdict was only published recently on the court’s website…

While Wikimedia does not have to check beforehand whether the contents of a Wikipedia article are true, it has a duty to check if somebody complains about the article, the court ruled. If someone complains about statements in an article, Wikimedia has to check them and if necessary remove the passages, the court said…

“John Wiley & Sons, Inc., … announced a new publishing partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). From January 2014, Wiley will publish the society’s newsmagazine, ACEP News, which provides the latest in clinical and industry news for emergency physicians throughout the United States.

As the society’s official newsmagazine, ACEP News enjoys the largest circulation of any emergency medicine publication. The title’s breaking news stories, coverage of medical meetings and expert perspectives are read by more than 37,000 emergency physicians, including 32,000 ACEP members…”

















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