ATG News & Announcements 3/7/18

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Digital Science and Katalysis lead initiative to explore blockchain technologies for peer review; *ORCID Releases 2017 Annual Report; More than 4.5 Million iDs Now Registered ; *Five Newly Digitized Milton Friedman Lectures Now Available;  *Research4Life (Access to Research in the Developing World) Launches Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI);  *ACRL Board to Establish New Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative; *EBSCO eBooks to soon make 70,000 titles available DRM-free to libraries;  and *Knowledge Unlatched and Luminos announce partnership; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Library Technology Guides reports that “Digital Science and Katalysis announced the launch of a pilot project to test blockchain technologies to support the peer review process. They are joined in this pilot project by founding partner Springer Nature…”

Citing an Introductory Blog Post,infoDOCKET reports that ORCID has “achieved several adoption and usage milestones, including ORCID Pi Day (to celebrate the 3,141,593rd ORCID registrant) in March; 4 million registrants in time for our 5th anniversary; 1.5 million records with at least one connection, and 10 million unique DOIs connected to ORCID records.  The Registry continues to garner strong global usage. You can find all the latest ORCID stats on our new, improved page…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the Hoover Archives has recently digitized and made available five lectures delivered by former Hoover fellow and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.

The lectures, which span from the late 1970s to the 1980s, were delivered at Stanford and are part of the records of the Hoover Institution…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “this week on March 6, 2018, the global information gap in legal research will shrink dramatically. That is when Global Online Access to Legal Information launches. GOALI aims to change the world landscape of legal research and practice by providing low- and middle-income countries affordable access to scholarly and professional legal research materials…”

ACRL Insider reports that “at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ACRL Board of Directors voted to add to the ACRL Plan for Excellence a new signature initiative focused on the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The creation of a signature initiative is distinct from the goal areas currently highlighted in the Plan for Excellence, which are meant to be re-examined for continuance every 3-5 years…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakEBSCO is making more than 70,000 EBSCO eBooksTM Digital Rights Management (DRM) free. The DRM-free initiative reinforces EBSCO’s commitment to working with publishers to increase e-book options for libraries. With thousands of DRM-free titles available, libraries can now purchase both DRM-free and DRM-protected e-books from EBSCO...”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for the sustainable funding of Open Access (OA) models, has announced a partnership with Luminos, the OA initiative from the University of California Press (UC Press). The Luminos initiative publishes around 40 books per year in OA…”

 More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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