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An Analytical Review of Text and Data Mining Practices and Approaches in Europe

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Reports and White Papers on May 5th, 2016

OpenForum Europe has released An Analytical Review of Text and Data Mining Practices and Approaches in Europe: Policy Recommendations in View of the Upcoming Copyright Legislative Proposal.

Here's an excerpt:

Europe needs a regime which enables any researcher, citizen, company or other entity to engage in TDM activities, using material to which they have lawful access, wherever they feel there is a good idea. The exact commercial rewards can be managed at subsequent stages, depending on the implementation of the mining outcome. The protection could be considered at the point at which some clearly commercially beneficial project, product, service, business or company has emerged.

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    State of America’s Libraries 2016

    Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on April 12th, 2016

    ALA has released the State of America's Libraries 2016.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Academic, school, and public libraries continue to face an uncertain economy as they shift resources and services to meet the needs of the 21st-century digital world. The American Library Association launched a new public awareness campaign, "Libraries Transform," to help shift the mindset that "libraries are obsolete or nice to have" to "libraries are essential." This and other library trends of the past year, including the Top Ten Most Challenges Books of 2015, are detailed in the American Library Association's 2016 State of America's Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 10- 16, 2016

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      Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015

      Posted in ERM/Discovery Systems, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 5th, 2016

      Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015 .

      Here's an excerpt:

      Ithaka S+R's survey of US faculty members has been fielded regularly since 2000. This project provides a periodic snapshot of practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage. The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly.

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        How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

        Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Research Tools, Scholarly Journals on March 30th, 2016

        Simon Inger Consulting Ltd has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This report is the output of a large-scale survey of readers of scholarly publications (n=40439) and their behaviour in the discovery of journal articles and online books. The survey was conducted during October, November, and December of 2015. While usage statistics and analytics gathered by publishers, libraries and intermediaries can give us a partial view of discovery behaviour, there are many gaps in the knowledge that these can provide which we have endeavoured to fill by aski ng readers what tools they use in discovery.

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          Web Archiving Environmental Scan

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on March 18th, 2016

          The Harvard Library has released the Web Archiving Environmental Scan.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The purpose of the environmental scan was to explore and document current web archiving programs (and institutions desiring a similar capacity) to identify common concerns, needs, and expectations in the collection and provision of web archives to users; the provision and maintenance of web archiving infrastructure and services; and the use of web archives by researchers.

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            Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on March 17th, 2016

            The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication has released a draft of Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences for comment.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report identifies ways through which subscription-based scholarly journals have converted their publishing models to open access (OA). The major goal was to identify specific scenarios that have been used or proposed for transitioning subscription journals to OA so that these scenarios can provide options for others seeking to "flip" their journals to OA.

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              A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on March 9th, 2016

              Ithaka S+R has released A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library .

              Here's an excerpt:

              Beyond this, the library is not even the best starting point for envisioning the library. A better starting point is to develop an understanding about the lives and information practices of the scholars and students who depend on the library in all its shapes and forms. Therefore, in this Cornell project, we looked at what academic researchers do day-to-day and how they acquire, use, and share information in the course of their daily activities. From our interpretations of these data we imagined new models.

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                Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on February 11th, 2016

                Jenny Mitcham et al. have released Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Phase 1 of the project investigated the need for digital preservation as part of a wider infrastructure for research data management and looked specifically at how the open source digital preservation system Archivematica could fulfil this function. . . .

                Work in phase 2 had the following aims:

                • Work with Artefactual Systems to develop Archivematica in a number of areas (highlighted in our phase 1 report) in order to make the system more suitable for fitting into our infrastructures for research data management
                • Develop our own detailed implementation plans for Hull and York to establish how Archivematica will be incorporated into our local infrastructures for research data
                • Consider how Archivematica could work as an above campus installation
                • Consider how digital preservation is addressed by the projects in phase 2 of Research Data Spring

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                  The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology

                  Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on February 10th, 2016

                  Ithaka S+R has released The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology .

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  While there have been numerous efforts to understand the costs of publishing a scholarly monograph, this study is unique in that we worked with an advisory group of university press publishers to identify all of the cost components in scholarly monographic publishing and to work with a wide variety of university presses to calculate their costs of each of those components in a bottom-up fashion.

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                    NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition

                    Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 5th, 2016

                    The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    The report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology across three adoption horizons spanning over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders, educational technologists, and faculty a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report provides higher education leaders with in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.

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                      White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

                      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers on February 1st, 2016

                      The Department Of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force has released White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The U.S. Department of Commerce has played a key role in addressing Internet policy-related issues since it launched the Internet Policy Task Force in April 2010. Two years ago, the Task Force published a Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy—the most comprehensive assessment of digital copyright policy issued by any Administration since 1995. The review process that culminated in this White Paper serves as a testament to the importance the Administration has placed on the development of updated and balanced copyright law in the digital environment.

                      Read more about it at "The Commerce Department Has Good Recommendations for Fixing Copyright Law —But More Is Needed."

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                        OAPEN-UK Final Report: A Five-Year Study into Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

                        Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on February 1st, 2016

                        OAPEN-UK has released OAPEN-UK Final Report: A Five-Year Study into Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences .

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Examining the attitudes and perceptions of funders, researchers, publishers, learned societies, universities and libraries, our study reiterated the deep strength of feeling and connectedness that each group has with the monograph, especially in terms of identity and reputation. It also found that while many think open access is a good idea in principle, there is uncertainty about how easy it would be to implement the necessary policies and systems to support OA monographs.

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