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Open-access index delists thousands of journals

Baker, M. (2016). Open-access index delists thousands of journals Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature. Van Noorden, R. (2014). Open-access website gets tough Nature, 512 (7512), 17-17 DOI: 10.1038/512017a Morrison, Heather, 2014-03, “Dramatic Growth of Open Access”, http://hdl.handle.net/10864/10660 Morrison, Heather; V11.

“A leading index of open-access journals is set to shrink by more than one-quarter after delisting around 3,300 titles as part of an effort to exclude questionable and inactive publishers. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which at the beginning of the year listed more than 11,000 open-access academic journals, announced two years ago that it would be tightening its standards for inclusion. It asked every journal in its index to provide more details about their operations so it could ensure that they adhere to basic publishing standards.”

Microsoft Academic: intelligent bots at your service

Microsoft Research Blog: “Progress in AI research and applications is exploding, and that explosion extends to our own team working on academic services. Continuing our work supercharging Bing and Cortana, we are also applying new technologies to Microsoft Academic, which serves the research community. If you’re not familiar with Microsoft Academic, this online destination helpsContinue Reading

Bell Museum launches online Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas

“The Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas is an online digital resource offering public access to hundreds of thousands of plant and animal specimens, from algae to zebras. The Atlas houses over 5 terabytes of data from the museum’s botanical and zoological collections, with more than 16,000 species from Minnesota and around the world are represented. The mapContinue Reading

Free Seminar – What Happens When Laws Become Open Data?

Center for Data Innovation – “Since President Obama’s first day in office, open data has been a major priority for the administration, and the United States has established itself as a world leader in open data. But until recently, legislative data—information about legislative activities, including bills and their status, lawmaker votes, committee meetings, public communicationsContinue Reading

Top 10 DOI referrals from websites in 2015

Via Crossref (a not-for-profit membership organization for scholarly publishing working to make content easy to find, cite, link, and assess) – “As part of our Event Data work we’ve been investigating where DOI resolutions come from. A resolution could be someone clicking a DOI hyperlink, or a search engine spider gathering data or a publisher’sContinue Reading

Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections

Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections – This Webinar will be of interest to catalogers, metadata librarians and curators of digitized special collections seeking models for making their digital collections more visible to Linked Open Data services and better connected to related resources on the Semantic Web. Today digitized specialContinue Reading

SSRN Acquired by Elsevier

SSRN announced today that the company is joining Mendeley as part of Elsevier: “Specifically, we joined Elsevier, to be further developed alongside Mendeley today, a leading innovator in scholarly communication and author collaboration. Our goal is to enhance engagement within and around an author’s academic work. Mendeley’s data and analytical tools will help us support our authors and,Continue Reading

Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators

New York Times – Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators – “As more tech firms employ their own editing staffs, they are being viewed as something less than news organizations, but more than simple reflections of their growing audiences.”

California’s Legislature Wants to Copyright All Government Works

Via Ernesto Falcon – EFF: “AB 2880 will give state and local governments dramatic powers to chill speech, stifle open government, and harm the public domain. The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill (AB 2880) to grant local and state governments’ copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. At its core,Continue Reading

New Video and App Help to Identify Online Learning Preferences

Via OCLC: “How do you engage with and use technology? With which services and applications are you a visitor, someone who uses an application to accomplish a task, and which are you a resident, someone who leaves purposeful traces with an expectation of being involved with others there in the future? Watch this video andContinue Reading

WUD customised search engine for DPLA and Europeana

“WUD is a customised search engine helping you to pull, link and organise data from two major cultural heritage repositories: Europeana.eu and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). It was developed as part of the research and outreach activities of the Medicine and Society chair at University of Fribourg. This project was initially intendedContinue Reading

ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered. Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All ofContinue Reading