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Encyclopaedia Britannica to Accept Online Contributions from Scholars and Readers

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Social Media/Web 2.0 on June 6th, 2008

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has announced that it will allow online contributions from scholars and readers. All contributions will be vetted before becoming public.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Britannica Online site will become the hub of a new online community that will welcome and engage thousands of scholars and experts with whom we already have relationships. . . .

To elicit their participation in our new online community of scholars, we will provide our contributors with a reward system and a rich online home that will enable them to promote themselves, their work, and their services; allow them to showcase and publish their various works-in-progress in front of the Britannica audience; and help them find and interact with colleagues around the world. In this way our online community of scholars not only will be able to interact with our editors and content in a more effective manner; they will also be able to share directly with Britannica’s visitors content that they may have created outside Encyclopaedia Britannica and will allow those visitors to suggest changes and additions to that content. . . .

Readers and users will also be invited into an online community where they can work and publish at Britannica’s site under their own names. Interested users will be able to prepare articles, essays, and multimedia presentations on subjects in which they’re interested. Britannica will help them with research and publishing tools and by allowing them to easily use text and non-text material from Encyclopaedia Britannica in their work. We will publish the final products on our site for the benefit of all readers, with all due attribution and credit to the people who created them. The authors will have the option of collaborating with others on their work, but each author will retain control of his or her own work. . . .

Two things we believe distinguish this effort from other projects of online collaboration are (1) the active involvement of the expert contributors with whom we already have relationships; and (2) the fact that all contributions to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s core content will continue to be checked and vetted by our expert editorial staff before they’re published.

Read more about it at "Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes—Gasp!—Wiki."

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    Open Access Directory, a Factual Wiki, Launched

    Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 30th, 2008

    The Open Access Directory, a Wiki for factual information (vs. narrative descriptions) about the open access movement has been launched.

    Here's the press release:

    Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists for one-stop reference and searching.

    The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists—for example, conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open access, and journal "declarations of independence"—and add more over time.

    The goal is to harness the knowledge and energy of the open access community itself to enlarge and correct the lists. A list on a wiki, revised continuously by its users, can be more comprehensive and up to date than the same list maintained by an individual. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD will make it easier for users, especially newcomers, to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about open access.

    The URL for the Open Access Directory is

    The wiki is represented by an editorial board consisting of prominent figures in the open access movement. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at Simmons College hosts and provides technical support to the OAD.

    Editors and administrators

    Robin Peek. Editor, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    Athanasia Pontika. Assistant Editor, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    Terry Plum. Technical Coordinator, Assistant Dean for Technology and Director, Simmons College

    Editorial board members

    Charles Bailey. Publisher, Digital Scholarship
    Leslie Chan. Program Supervisor for New Media Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
    Heather Joseph. Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
    Melissa Hagemann. Open Society Institute
    Peter Suber. Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC
    Alma Swan. Key Perspectives Ltd
    John Wilbanks. Vice President, Creative Commons

    Read more about it at "Launch of the Open Access Directory."

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      E-Book Readers to Go: NCSU Libraries to Check Out Kindles and Sony Readers

      Posted in E-Books, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 23rd, 2008

      Starting next week, the North Carolina State University Libraries will check out Kindles and Sony Reader Digital Books from its Learning Commons. Users will ask library staff to load desired e-books on the readers at check-out.

      Read more about it at "Library to Offer New Reading Options."

      Another interesting development is that the NCSU Libraries are supporting both Weblog (WolfBlogs) and Wiki (WolfWikis) services for NCSU community members.

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        Digital Library Federation and 10 Vendors/Developers Reach Accord about ILS Basic Discovery Interfaces

        Posted in ILS, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, OAI-PMH, OPACs, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 9th, 2008

        Ten vendors and application developers have agreed to support standard ILS interfaces that will permit integration and interoperability with emerging discovery services. These interfaces will be developed by the Digital Library Federation's ILS-Discovery Interface Committee. The participants are AquaBrowser, BiblioCommons, California Digital Library, Ex Libris, LibLime, OCLC, Polaris Library Systems, SirsiDynix, Talis, and VTLS.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        On March 6, representatives of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), academic libraries, and major library application vendors met in Berkeley, California to discuss a draft recommendation from the DLF for standard interfaces for integrating the data and services of the Integrated Library System (ILS) with new applications supporting user discovery. Such standard interfaces will allow libraries to deploy new discovery services to meet ever-growing user expectations in the Web 2.0 era, take full advantage of advanced ILS data management and services, and encourage a strong, innovative community and marketplace in next-generation library management and discovery applications.

        At the meeting, participants agreed to support a set of essential functions through open protocols and technologies by deploying specific recommended standards.

        These functions are:

        1. Harvesting. Functions to harvest data records for library collections, both in full, and incrementally based on recent changes. Harvesting options could include either the core bibliographic records, or those records combined with supplementary information (such as holdings or summary circulation data). Both full and differential harvesting options are expected to be supported through an OAI-PMH interface.
        2. Availability. Real-time querying of the availability of a bibliographic (or circulating) item. This functionality will be implemented through a simple REST interface to be specified by the ILS-DI task group.
        3. Linking. Linking in a stable manner to any item in an OPAC in a way that allows services to be invoked on it; for example, by a stable link to a page displaying the item's catalog record and providing links for requests for that item. This functionality will be implemented through a URL template defined for the OPAC as specified by the ILS-DI task group.
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          Project Reports from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's 2008 Research in Information Technology Retreat

          Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, E-Books, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, OAI-ORE, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 6th, 2008

          Project reports from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's 2008 Research in Information Technology retreat are now available.

          Here are selected project briefing reports:

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            Omeka 0.9.1 Released: Recommended Bug Fix Upgrade for Digital Collection/Exhibition Software

            Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Museums, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 4th, 2008

            Omeka 0.9.1 has been released. This recommended upgrade fixes over 20 bugs. (See "Omeka 0.9.0 Released: Software for Digital Collections and Exhibits" for a description of Omeka.)

            Read more about it at "Omeka 0.9.1 Is Available."

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              National Science Digital Library NCore Team Releases NSDL Search, MediaWiki Extensions, and WordPress MU Plug-Ins

              Posted in Digital Libraries, Google and Other Search Engines, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 2nd, 2008

              The National Science Digital Library NCore team has released three applications:

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                Open Source Multimedia Document Creation and Reading Tool: Sophie Version 1.0 Released

                Posted in Digital Media, E-Books, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 30th, 2008

                The Institute for the Future of the Book has released version 1.0 of Sophie, an open source tool for creating and reading multimedia networked documents.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Sophie is software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment.

                Sophie’s goal is to open up the world of multimedia authoring to a wide range of people and institutions and in so doing to redefine the notion of a book or "academic paper" to include both rich media and mechanisms for reader feedback and conversation in dynamic margins.

                Read more about Sophie at "Sophie Project Gets $1 Million from Macarthur Foundation," the Sophie documentation, and the Sophie tutorials.

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