Archive for the 'Reports and White Papers' Category

Altmetric Mentions and the Communication of Medical Research

Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Metrics on March 2nd, 2015

Digital Science has released Altmetric Mentions and the Communication of Medical Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Social and mainstream media mentions of research publications appear much more rapidly than conventional academic citations and are generated by a wider range of users. They therefore offer the potential for early and complementary indicators of research impact. Such indicators could also identify new kinds of economic and social impact.

In this report we explore the relevance of such new indicators to research in medical and health sciences.

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    The Future of Library Resource Discovery

    Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers on February 24th, 2015

    NISO has released The Future of Library Resource Discovery.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

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      Perceptions 2014: An International Survey of Library Automation

      Posted in ILS, Reports and White Papers on February 16th, 2015

      Marshall Breeding. has released Perceptions 2014: An International Survey of Library Automation .

      Here's an excerpt:

      This eighth annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 80 countries describing experiences with 154 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 994 narrative comments providing candid statements—both positive and negative—about the products and companies involved or statements of intent regarding future automation plans. This report analyzes the results of the survey, presents a variety of statistical tables based on the data collected, and provides some initial observations. It aims to provide information to libraries as they evaluate their options for strategic technology products and to the organizations involved in providing these products and services as constructive criticism to help guide improvements.

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        NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition

        Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 11th, 2015

        The NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the 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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          COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2015

          COAR has released COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. In parallel, technical developments, especially in communication and interface technologies facilitate bi-directional data exchange across related applications and systems. The aim of this roadmap is to identify important trends and their associated action points in order for the repository community to determine priorities for further investments in interoperability.

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            Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 28th, 2015

            The Government of the Netherlands has released Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access.

            Here's an excerpt:

            In this text we will primarily focus on the way Open Access (OA from now on) publications are represented in the Web of Science database. We have collected data for this analysis in two different ways, which leads to different perspectives on OA publishing in the Netherlands. We focus on the output of three smaller scientific nations in Europe, next to the Netherlands we focus on Denmark and Switzerland, as these countries do contest the scientific runner up positions globally after the USA, and are more or less of comparable volume in economic terms.

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              Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on January 20th, 2015

              The RECODE project has released Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data.

              Here's an excerpt:

              These policy recommendations are targeted at key stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem, namely research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers. They will assist each of the stakeholders in furthering the goals of open access to research data by providing both over-arching and stakeholder-specific recommendations. These function, as suggestions to address and attend to central issues that RECODE identified through the research work.

              The current report thus comprises:

              • summary of project findings
              • overarching recommendations
              • targeted policy recommendations for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
              • practical guides for developing policies for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
              • resources to expedite the process of policy development and implementation among stakeholders

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                Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on January 19th, 2015

                The Copyright Clearance Center has released Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group's findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.

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                  Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on December 9th, 2014

                  The Strategic Content Alliance has released Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  "Imagine … that much of the UK's publicly held cultural and heritage media assets could be found in a unified online space … connected together, searchable, open, accessible, visible and usable … in a way that allows individuals, institutions and machines to add additional material, meaning and context to each other's media, indexed and tagged to the highest level of detail … This emerging vision of a free-to-everyone, open access environment for learning and creative endeavour has been referred to as a digital public space."

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                    Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on December 5th, 2014

                    The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The project to compare video formats for reformatting is being led by the National Archives and Records Administration with significant input from the Library of Congress. The resulting matrixes offer comparisons of the wrappers AVI, MOV (QuickTime), Matroska, MXF, and MPEG-2 (ad hoc file wrapper), and the following encodings: uncompressed (various types), lossless JPEG 2000, ffv1, and MPEG-2 (encoding). The Working Group's starting point is a useful 2011 report by George Blood for the Library of Congress titled Determining Suitable Digital Video Formats for Medium-term Storage. The inclusion of MXF means that the comparison will complement the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group's active contributions to the finalization of the MXF AS-07 application specification for preservation and archiving, a "pre-version" of which has been adopted by the Library of Congress as their video preservation format. Nevertheless, as the finalization of AS-07 continues, members of the Working Group and others have expressed interest in evaluating alternate digital file formats. These alternate formats may be appropriate to certain classes of content, for use as interim measures, or suitable for organizations in modest technical circumstances.

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                      Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video

                      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Reports and White Papers on December 5th, 2014

                      The Born Digital Video subgroup of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The born digital video exploration is being led by the Library of Congress. The documents that comprise Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video provide practical technical information for both file creators and file archivists to help them make informed decisions when creating or archiving born digital video files and to understand the long term consequences of those decisions. . . .

                      Eight case histories document aspects of the current state of practice in six federal agencies working with born digital video. These case histories not only document deliverables and specifications but also tell the story of each project, and provide background information about the institution and the collection, as well as lessons learned. As the case histories developed, a set of high level recommended practices emerged from the collective project experiences. These recommended practices are intended to support informed decision-making and guide file creators and archivists as they seek out processes, file characteristics, and other practices that will yield files with the greatest preservation potential.

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                        CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies

                        Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on December 3rd, 2014

                        CNI has released CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies .

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        During two separate convenings of this roundtable, we explored questions that these new directions raise for institutions, the strategies that institutions are using to make choices among the available paths, the stakeholders involved, and the new programs and projects that CNI’s members are planning or have implemented. Our emphasis was on breadth rather than deep explorations of very specific issues; often we were most interested in understanding how institutions were shaping the questions and how they were exploring them, since many of these questions are far from resolution. Roundtable participants included representatives from academic libraries and information technology units from research institutions and liberal arts colleges, library associations, publishers, and aggregators/intermediaries.

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