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De Gruyter buys open- access publisher Versita
De Gruyter has bought Versita in a move that it says makes it the third largest international open-access publisher. ‘Now is a good time to move more into this space,’ Sven Fund, managing director of De Gruyter, explained to Research Information. ‘We believe we need a critical mass for open access and that’s what we’re trying to achieve with this acquisition.’ Versita’s founder Jacek Ciesielski is pleased with the deal too: ‘De Gruyter has an impressive 260-year history, and today publishes over 800 books a year, and over 230 journals and electronic media,’ he said. ‘I look forward to further developing and
230 journal titles to De Gruyter. Integration of the Versita content with both traditional subscription-based and open- access content on a single De Gruyter platform is expected to happen at the end of the first quarter of this year.
internationalising my activities together with De Gruyter.’ Ciesielski will continue to manage Versita, and also becomes vice president, open access at de Gruyter. De Gruyter will retain all
Versita staff; the acquisition adds around 40 people and over
As Fund explained: ‘The purchase of Versita is a logical continuation of our publishing strategy of recent years, which involves giving both our authors and our customers an optimum range of publishing options. For us, the most important issue is that our publications have high-quality content, and not how they are financed.’ l For more information, see page 30
Project aims to ‘spruce up’ community-preservation efforts
Leeds University Library in the UK has launched the Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement (SPRUCE) project. The aims of SPRUCE are ‘to inspire, guide, support and enable higher education, further education and cultural institutions to address digital preservation gaps, and to use the knowledge gathered from
that activity to articulate a compelling business case for digital preservation.’ As part of this, SPRUCE will host mashups to provide support and technical expertise to address specific digital-preservation challenges. The best work from event attendees will secure funding awards to further develop the activity
and embed it within business as usual processes at the home institution. The first SPRUCE mashup will be held in Glasgow in April 2012. SPRUCE is a JISC-funded partnership between Leeds University Library, the British Library, the London School of Economics, the Digital Preservation Coalition, and the Open Planets Foundation.
Elsevier buys life-sciences content-management business
Elsevier has bought QUOSA, a provider of content- management and workflow- productivity solutions for researchers and information managers. QUOSA’s current solutions and platform, including its Information Manager and Virtual Library,
will continue to be supported, says Elsevier.
In addition, QUOSA’s
technological capabilities will be developed into Elsevier-branded solutions, which is expected to raise the efficiency of the search and discovery process. They should also allow researchers
and information professionals to manage information more efficiently at the various stages of the research workflow. Elsevier and QUOSA have collaborated since 2007 when the QUOSA’s PDF Download Manager was incorporated in SciVerse Scopus.
News in Brief
National Library of France picks EBSCO Discovery Service Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF), the National Library of France, has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its library discovery solution. BNF director of the science and technology section Hervé Colinmaire, said: ‘We were pleased with the index solution in EDS and feel that it will work well with our library. What interested us most in the EDS index solution is the capacity of the search engine to retrieve information at the smallest and deepest level of information.’ In addition, the ability to incorporate French-speaking resources into EDS as well as licensed and full text databases was appealing to the library.
Open Repository announces new repository customers The University of Arizona, Virginia Henderson Library and University of Derby have all launched repositories in the last three months based on the Open Repository technology.
American Society for Microbiology picks TEMIS as partner TEMIS has signed a licence and services agreement with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is revamping its online content offering, and aggregating all of its content, including its journal titles dating back to 1916, a growing image library, 240 book titles, its news magazine Microbe, and eventually abstracts of meetings and educational publications. The society has chosen TEMIS as its content enrichment solution provider for the scientific publishing community and licensed its platform Luxid for Content Enrichment and its Biological Entity Relationships Skill Cartridge.
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