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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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Digital Culture 2015

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on January 28th, 2016

Nesta, the Arts Council England, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council have released Digital Culture 2015.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The 2015 report provides analysis on the period 2013-2015, giving a detailed sense of how the picture is changing for arts and cultural organisations. This year's report shows that while the positive impact of technology on organisations remains high, there is a gap between the ambition of arts and cultural organisations in relation to digital technology and their ability to execute on those ambitions.

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Amazon and Empty Storefronts

Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 27th, 2016

The American Booksellers Association and Civic Economics have released Amazon and Empty Storefronts.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2014, Amazon sold $44.1 billion worth of retail goods nationwide, all while avoiding $625 million in state and local sales taxes.

That is the equivalent of 3,215 retail storefronts. . . which might have paid $420 million in property taxes.

A total of more than $1 billion in revenue lost to state and local governments, $8.48 for every household in America.

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Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future

Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on December 2nd, 2015

The United States Copyright Office has released Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released the Copyright Office's Strategic Plan, setting forth the Office's performance objectives for the next five years. This release follows a thirty-day comment period, during which the Office solicited feedback from stakeholders and the public on a draft of the plan. The Register is grateful for the comments received by the Office, which are reflected in the final Strategic Plan.

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Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on November 20th, 2015

Ithaka S+R has released Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

The project was designed to gather basic information about these issues at some of the largest research-intensive university libraries. It finds categorical differences in the vision for the scholarly communications unit and its organizational placement, as well as associated differences in staffing and budget.

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The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on November 13th, 2015

Michael Elliott has self-archived The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the course of six months, our working group endeavored to consider whether a model of university-funded monograph publication could improve the publishing landscape for scholars in the humanities and facilitate the "digital transition" that Berkery foresees. Under such a model, a university would bear a high percentage of the publication costs through an initial contract. The university press would produce a high quality, open-access digital publication, as well as make the book available in print form—possibly through print-on-demand.

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Social Media Usage: 2005-2015

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 9th, 2015

The Pew Research Center has released Social Media Usage: 2005-2015.

Here's an excerpt:

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics and political deliberation, communications patterns around the globe, as well as the way people get and share information about health, civic life, news consumption, communities, teenage life, parenting, dating and even people's level of stress.

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Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Reports and White Papers on October 8th, 2015

International Rights Statements Working Group has released Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

The purpose of these rights statements is to provide end users of our platforms with easy to understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items that they encounter via these platforms. Having standardized interoperable rights statements will also make it easier for application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be re-used.

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Making Open Science a Reality

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on September 30th, 2015

The OECD has released Making Open Science a Reality.

Here's an excerpt:

This report, Making open science a reality reviews the progress in OECD countries in making the results of publicly funded research, namely scientific publications and research data openly accessible to researchers and innovators alike. The report i) reviews the policy rationale behind open science and open data; ii) discusses and presents evidence on the impacts of policies to promote open science and open data; iii) explores the legal barriers and solutions to greater access to research data; iv) provides a description of the key actors involved in open science and their roles; and finally v) assesses progress in OECD and selected non-member countries based a survey of recent policy trends.

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A Selection of Research Data Management Tools Throughout the Data Lifecycle

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on September 22nd, 2015

Jan Krause has self-archived "A Selection of Research Data Management Tools Throughout the Data Lifecycle."

Here's an excerpt:

In this document, several useful research data management tools are listed and described for each step of their research throughout the data lifecyle management.

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Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on September 21st, 2015

The Universities UK's Open Access Co-ordination Group has released Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group.

Here's an excerpt:

This study was commissioned in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented here are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:

  • OA options available to authors . . . .
  • Accessibility. . . .
  • Usage. . . .
  • Financial sustainability for universities . . . .
  • Financial sustainability for learned societies

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Libraries at the Crossroads

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on September 16th, 2015

The Pew Research Center has released Libraries at the Crossroads.

Here's an excerpt:

A new survey from Pew Research Center brings this complex situation into stark relief. Many Americans say they want public libraries to:

  • support local education;
  • serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants;
  • help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;
  • embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.

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