ATG News You Need to Start the Week 4/15/19

by | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 comments


According to infoDOCKETIndiana University has completed work to make publicly available its collection of more than 160,000 preserved plant specimens, including over 72,000 specimens representing Indiana flora.The project, launched in 2014, provides online access to the complete collection of the IU Herbarium. This information is valuable to the global plant research community, as well as backyard gardeners and nature enthusiasts who wish to learn more about the plants in their environment…”

Publishing Perspectives reports that “today’s announcement of the Wolfson History Prize 2019 shortlist includes biographical treatments of Wilde and Victoria, and studies in archeology, cultural ornithology, seagoing wartime commerce, and ‘legacies of Nazi persecution’ in Germany…”

(The post The UK’s Wolfson History Prize Announces its 2019 Shortlist appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.)

Good eReader notes that “audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of digital publishing and the United States is the market that drives the vast majority of sales. In 2017 $2.5 billion was spent on audiobooks and every year 46,000 titles are produced and there is around 375,000 in circulation. 54% of American audiobook users being under the age of 45, and 74% of listeners preferring their smartphones as a leading device. Meanwhile Europe generated $500 million in revenue and in Chinese users spent $470 million on the format…”

Citing UNESCO, infoDOCKET notes that “… At a session organized by UNESCO on 8th April at the WSIS Forum 2019 in Geneva,  coordinators of six platforms – AmeliCAAJOLÉruditJ-STAGEOpenEdition, and SciELO Network agreed to join forces to democratize scientific knowledge following a multicultural, multi-thematic and multi-lingual approach. The Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms (GLOALL) was launched with a recognition of the principle that scientific and scholarly knowledge is a global public good essential for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “academic publisher Cambridge University Press and the University of California have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research. The agreement is designed to maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s journals, while also supporting open access publishing for UC authors. The partnership is UC’s first open access agreement with a major publisher, and Cambridge’s first such deal in the Americas…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the Hispanic Digital Library has a new outstanding collection that already offers about 250 circus photographs, from the Fernández Ardavín – Leonard Parish fund…. In July 2018 the systematic cataloging and digitization of this collection began, consisting of about 8,300 photographs (mostly portraits) that artists and agents from multiple points of the world geography sent to Circo Price in order to promote their numbers…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published an updated version of the Transfer Code of Practice, NISO RP-24-2019, Transfer. This NISO Recommended Practice provides voluntary guidelines for publishers to follow when transferring journal titles between parties to ensure that the journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers. The Transfer initiative aims to promote a set of standards that apply under transferring conditions, and to encourage the industry to embrace these as a baseline level of quality and performance…”




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