News & Announcements 7/30/14

by | Jul 30, 2014 | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAAUP Supports Net Neutrality Principles; ALA calls for immediate passage of USA Freedom Act of 2014;  Brill Announces New Suite of Open Access Journals; Innovative’s Vital 6.1 in General Release; World’s leading ICT standards organisations collaborate on emerging technologies; and  TISP launches policy recommendations: the first operational guidelines to boost innovation in book publishing and ICT

…AAUP supports the “Net Neutrality Principles” issued by eleven library and higher education groups on July 10, 2014, in the interest of protecting the foundational freedoms of thought and expression on which our culture and society rests.

Read the full Net Neutrality Principles here:

A statement from the eleven groups, including AAUP member the Modern Language Association, issuing the principles is here:

This post from ALA News has a “statement on behalf of the American Library Association (ALA), concerning the introduction earlier today of the USA Freedom Act of 2014 by Sen. Patrick Leahy…

“…Brill is now announcing the launch of four new full Open Access journals in the following disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline.

Each of the four new Brill Open journals will have a dedicated editorial board and undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. In addition, once accepted, papers will be published online in just one month…”

According to Library Technology GuidesInnovative announced that Vital 6.1 is now in general release. Vital is a digital and institutional repository solution that is simple to use yet highly customizable. Version 6.1 includes additional metadata schema support, expanded API and administrator functionality, and additional image conversion options.

KnowledgeSpeak reports “the 18th meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC), a senior-level gathering of the world’s leading information and communication technologies (ICT) standards organisations, took place on July 22 – 23, 2014, hosted by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) in Sophia Antipolis, France…

The GSC meeting focused on three topics where standards play a major role in the development of technologies that bring benefits to consumers and businesses: critical communications, machine to machine communications and software defined networking…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organisations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time…”


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