News You Need to Start the Week

by | Jul 13, 2015 | 0 comments

start-the-week  *Fair Use in Text and Data Mining:  *ARL Publishes Issue Brief; Community-based Collections;  *New from ACRLNavigating the Future with Scenario Planning;  *SPEC Kit 347, Published by ARL;  *ALA Council resolutions respond to racism and gun violence;  *The Wikipedia Library Project Announces Visiting Scholar Positions at Five Research Libraries;  *Library of Congress Twitter Archive Project in “Limbo”;  *Free Access to More Than 22,000 Images of Collection Materials via Ransom Center Initiative;  *Wiley partners with the University of Delaware to support extension of graduate education to new student markets;  *AAAS acquires Peer Review Evaluation service to help promote transparency and public trust in science;  *Hindawi concludes in-depth investigation into peer review fraud; and even  more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources

ARL has released an “Issue Brief: Text and Data Mining and Fair Use in the United States” (PDF), which describes the role and usefulness of text and data mining, provides a short background of fair use, and presents an analysis of fair use in text and data mining, including eight cases that support fair use in this context.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication ofNavigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians.” Edited by noted scenario planning expert Joan Giesecke with Jon Cawthorne and Debra Pearson, “Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning” also features contributions from Tyler Walters and introduces and describes the use of scenario planning in libraries…”

ARL has released Community-based Collections, SPEC Kit 347, an exploration of collections that have been amassed not by one individual but by a collective, which may take the form of a museum, ethnic or cultural organization, or other diaspora group active in the documentation of its past…

This study covers ARL member library activities that support community groups in the collection, documentation, and stewardship of their shared heritage, including public outreach and educational initiatives relating to the collection…”

At the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council passed three resolutions relating to the June 17, 2015 shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina

The full text of these resolutions can be found on the ALA website.

According to InfoDOCKET “The Wikipedia Library is pleased to announce five new Wikipedia Visiting Scholars positions with US and Canadian universities and research organizations as part of an program expansion.

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svgVisiting Scholars are remote, unpaid Wikipedia editors who become affiliated with top research libraries. They receive full access to the partner library’s e-resources to expand topics of institutional interest which also need development on Wikipedia. This marks the second successful round of institutions participating in the program…

The five libraries involved are at: DePaul University; McMaster University; Smithsonian Institution; University of Pittsburgh; and the University of Washington…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that more than five years after the project was announced the Library of Congress’ effort to  acquire Twitter’s entire archive of tweets and make it all available to researchers is in limbo.

“The library is still grappling with how to manage an archive that amounts to something like half a trillion tweets. And the researchers are still waiting. “At this time, no date has been set for it to be opened,” library spokeswoman Gayle Osterberg said by email…”

In addition InfoDOCKET reports that “to lower barriers to use of its collections, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has adopted an open access policy, removing the requirement for permission and use fees for a significant portion of its online collections believed to be in the public domain.

In conjunction with the release of the policy, the Ransom Center launches Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), a year-long initiative to digitize and make available 25 of its manuscript collections of some of the best-known names from American and British literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced a new partnership with the University of Delaware that will support the extension of the University’s graduate education to new student markets. The partnership will help grow the current online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program, and bring the current Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Master of Science in Cybersecurity degrees fully online…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the Science family of journals, has announced the acquisition of ‘Peer Review Evaluation’ (PRE), a web-based service that promotes public trust in science by making the review of original research more transparent and verifiable. Offering benefits to readers, publishers, and authors, PRE can be customised to display details about how research articles have been assessed…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that as a result of an internal verification process, Hindawi’s staff has identified three editors who appear to have subverted the peer review process by creating fraudulent reviewer accounts and using these accounts to submit favourable review reports. In total, Hindawi identified 32 articles that were recommended for publication on the basis of review reports from these fraudulent reviewer accounts. After consulting with COPE in order to determine the appropriate course of action for the 32 articles, Hindawi is now moving ahead with a re-review process, and will be working with COPE to ensure that any articles that need to be retracted are handled in accordance with COPE guidelines…”


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