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Global experiment examines social media for educational content
A global experiment based on the social media technology behind Twitter and Facebook aims to fi nd out how the social activity around online educational content can be captured and fed back to users, creators and publishers. The 10-month experiment will be carried out by the Learning Registry, a project
funded by the US Departments of Education and Defence, along with the UK’s JISC and the HE Academy. The partners are calling for institutions and developers to work with them on the project that they hope will lay the foundations of an infrastructure that will improve the way people choose educational
information online. The project, which is gathering together conversations, ratings, recommendations and usage data around digital content, will look to assess how we can create the technical capabilities to reveal a rich picture of what people are doing with educational content.
SAGE and Hindawi end open-access partnership SAGE and Hindawi Publishing have concluded their open- access partnership that they established in 2007. Three of the SAGE-Hindawi journals will now be owned by SAGE
and the other 33 journals will be solely owned by Hindawi. All of the titles from the SAGE-Hindawi partnership will remain fully open access. According to the publishers,
Report points to publishing services growth for libraries
Publishing services provided by libraries are expanding and professionalising. This is according to a new report released for comment by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, on behalf of researchers from the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah, all in the USA.
In the study, 55 per cent of all respondents indicated
having or developing library publishing services. Most libraries with existing programmes anticipated increasing the programme’s scale or scope in the next year. About three quarters of the programmes publish between one and six journals, the majority of which are only distributed electronically and are less than three years old. About half of the programmes publish conference proceedings, technical reports,
or monographs; most often electronically, but with some print-on-demand distribution. Almost 90 per cent of library publishing programmes were launched in order to contribute to change in the scholarly publishing system, supplemented by a variety of other mission-related motivations.
The report is open for comment until the end of the year and a fi nal version will be issued in early 2012.
Springer begins large-scale digitisation project
Springer has started an extensive digitisation project, Springer Book Archives. The initiative will include nearly all books that have been published since the 1840s and the company expects that the book archives will contain around 65,000 titles. The works in Springer Book Archives will be available on the company’s platform SpringerLink along with all other Springer books. Around 70 per cent of the
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as both the collection and the number of submissions has grown, alongside the companies’ separate business growth, both agreed that it was not possible to expand this collection any further.
Springer acquires Pharma Marketing and Publishing Services from Wolters Kluwer Springer is to acquire Wolters Kluwer’s Pharma Marketing and Publishing Services division. The division, which will become part of the Springer Healthcare unit, provides strategic marketing, publishing and business intelligence products and services to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as to medical libraries and academic and research institutions. It has approximately 450 employees, and its main offi ces are in Auckland, New Zealand, Chester, UK, Yardley, PA, USA and Milan, Italy.
CABI contributes to name ambiguity project Not-for-profi t life sciences publisher CABI has become a founding sponsor of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), the organisation set up to solve the problem of name ambiguity in scholarly research that plans to launch its service in early 2012. In addition to supporting ORCID, CABI will also join other participants in contributing to the development of standard author identifi ers that can be deployed broadly throughout the industry.
ALPSP endorses British Library licensing
books in Springer Book Archives are in English, nearly 30 per cent
are in German and there are some Dutch-language titles.
framework for document supply service ALPSP is recommending that its members sign up to licence agreements with the British Library based on the framework licence agreement agreed with the British Library by the International Association of Scientifi c, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) in consultation with the Publishers Association (PA). The licence framework relates to the soon-to-be launched British Library INCD Service for the supply of copies of articles to non-commercial end users via not- for-profi t libraries outside the UK.
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