ATG News & Announcements 11/8/16

by | Nov 8, 2016 | 0 comments

data-electronics-networkThe National Central Library of Rome adds catalog collections to WorldCat;   *A Conversation Between Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library and Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden;   *DPLA Publishes White Paper on Archival Descriptions;  *UNESCO Chair on Language Technologies Plans for the Internet of the Future;   *Jisc Collections and Elsevier sign agreement securing access to research publications and initiating open science collaboration;   *IDPF members approve plan to combine with W3C; and  *These three beautiful and futuristic Nordic libraries are set to become big tourist attractions plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Library Technology Guides reports that “the National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma) has loaded nearly 2 million records into WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections, to increase visibility of these Italian collections around the world.

The National Central Library of Rome holds a large number of special collections and print materials dating back to the 15th century with more than 7,000,000 printed volumes, 1,342,154 brochures, 25,000 cinquecentine (16th century books), 20,000 maps, 10,000 drawings, 8,000 manuscripts and 2,000 incunabula. Following the initial load of 2 million records, the National Central Library of Rome will continue to add records to WorldCat…”

infoDOCKET has posted two video clips featuring Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, and Tony Marx, President of The New York Public Library, come together in celebration “of the reopening of the iconic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalog Room…

Information Today notes that “the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) Archival Description Working Group released a white paper,Aggregating and Representing Collections in the Digital Public Library of America,” which makes recommendations for incorporating records of “aggregate-level archival objects” into DPLA and for “providing context through collection-level metadata for digital objects, whether they originate from archives or not,” such as how the metadata is created, gathered, and displayed, according to the DPLA blog…

For more information, read the blog post.

Also according to Information Today UNESCO has “developed an international consortium to bring together technology experts to prepare for the internet of the future–“the Internet of computers with the power to contemplate and understand human thinking,” according to the press release…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Jisc Collections and STM publisher Elsevier have signed a landmark agreement granting academics access to globally-published, high-quality research at costs lower than the industry average. In addition, Jisc Collections and Elsevier have agreed to cooperate on several Open Science opportunities, leveraging Elsevier’s … technology and analytics capabilities to help make science in the UK more collaborative, transparent, effective, and efficient…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “The member organisations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have approved, by a margin of 72 (88%) in favour to 10 (12%) opposed, a plan proposed by the IDPF Board of Directors to combine IDPF with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The plan will now proceed, with anticipated completion of the combination by January 2017 still subject to finalization of the necessary definitive agreements.

Business Insider reports that “spacious, multi-purpose libraries are in fashion in Europe, and the Nordics haven’t been resting on their laurels in this regard.

The newest Scandinavian library projects are taking place in Helsinki, Oslo and Aarhus. The latter has already been completed, while the two former ones are a couple of years away from their opening… Their attractive design and generous facilities should ensure that tourists will flock to these characteristically Nordic pieces of architecture. Here they are…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources




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