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Library Associations Oppose Repealing Public Access Bill, Urge Action
The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, H.R. 801 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.801:), recently introduced by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., would repeal the NIH Public Access Policy and prevent other federal agencies from enacting similar open access policies. In response, 10 library associations and advocacy groups, including AALL (American Association of Law Libraries), ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), ALA (American Library Association), ARL (Association of Research Libraries), and GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance), have sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee members opposing the bill (www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/oawg_to_judiciary-09-feb-_3_x.pdf) and expressing their long-standing and strong support for the NIH Open Access Policy. A SPARC-sponsored analysis that outlines why the NIH Public Access policy does not affect copyright law was attached to the letter.
The library groups say that the bill would amend the U.S. Copyright Code, prohibiting federal agencies from requiring, as a condition of funding agreements, public access to the products of the research they fund. "This will significantly inhibit our ability to advance scientific discovery and to stimulate innovation in all scientific disciplines. Most critically, H.R. 801 would reverse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, prohibit American taxpayers from accessing the results of the crucial biomedical research funded by their taxpayer dollars, and stifle critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery."
The groups are calling all supporters of public access—including librarians and libraries, researchers, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, and others—to please contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives House Judiciary Committee no later than Feb. 28, 2009, to express their support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and to ask the members to oppose H.R. 801. (See the ALA call to action, http://capwiz.com/ala/issues/alert/?alertid=12715186.)
Source: American Library Association
Royal Society Journals Launched on HighWire Platform
The Royal Society of London (www.royalsociety.org) announced the launch of its new, online journal delivery platform hosted by HighWire Press (http://highwire.stanford.edu) and a new domain at http://royalsocietypublishing.org, replacing the site on MetaPress (a division of EBSCO). The platform delivers the Royal Society’s internationally renowned science journals, including the longest scientific journal archive, dating from 1665. It provides dramatically enhanced Web 2.0 functionality and library-friendly features.
Until the end of April, title-level redirects will be in place on the old MetaPress site to take users automatically to the relevant journal homepage on HighWire, where all journal content, 1665 to the present, is now loaded. To give libraries enough time to check their e-access accounts and make necessary changes, all content is open to all visitors until March 31. After that date, only subscribers will be able to access current content for Royal Society journals.
The society is writing to all subscribers with guidance on how to manage their accounts or to view and change access account details. Existing access account details, including IP addresses, were transferred from MetaPress and set up on HighWire’s subscription management and reporting system. MetaPress Usage Statistics for the period up to the redirection of users on Feb. 18 are available to download from www.metapress.com until April 30, 2009.
Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in science. The Royal Society publishes seven peer-reviewed journals and one annual.
HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, provides online site development and hosting solutions to the scholarly publishing community. HighWire produces the definitive online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content in many disciplines. Since 1995, HighWire has partnered with influential societies, university presses, and other publishers to create a vast database of fully searchable research, medical, and social science literature.
Source: Royal Society Publishing
Government Intel Visualization Tool Now Available: Starlight VIS
In the world of information, there aren’t many organizations with greater needs for clarity and insight than U.S. government intelligence agencies. At the cutting edge of research, these groups specialize in bringing meaning to millions of pieces of seemingly disconnected data. Accordingly, their tools are second to none. After more than 10 years of R&D at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL; www.pnl.gov), one of those tools is now available to the public. Future Point Systems, Inc., a provider of visual information systems (VIS), has licensed the exclusive rights to market Starlight VIS to corporations, law enforcement agencies, military organizations, and others who have a need to extract new value from very large quantities of heterogeneous data.
The Starlight system comprises the Starlight Server, Starlight Client, and Starlight XML Engineering Environment (XEE). It enables users to comprehend information and solve problems by generating pictures of relationships among items in large data repositories. Containing multiple integrated visualization tools, the system can integrate text documents, database records, webpages, geospatial data, video and photos, and other types of information to create awareness in situations of high complexity or uncertainty.
Among the many features at Starlight’s disposal are free-text topic clustering, network analysis, hierarchical organizations, geospatial relationships, temporal relationships category memberships, and multidimensional correlations of structured data. The software platform also features project collaboration, advanced workflow management, and native XML support, as well as an integrated XML data warehouse. The modular design of XEE allows it to be easily integrated with legacy databases and SOA (service-oriented architecture) implementations. It also has a powerful graphical programming interface simple enough for even nonprogrammers to use.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in Washington state, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., Future Point Systems, Inc. was founded in 2006 in partnership with PNNL. As a private commercial enterprise, Future Point Systems has been granted exclusive rights to develop and market Starlight VIS. Future Point Systems and Starlight VIS are supported by a network of highly qualified resellers including Battelle; Cormine Intelligent Data; CYTECH Services; MicroLink, LLC; Respond BV; and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). For more information about Starlight, visit www.futurepointsystems.com.
Source: Future Point Systems, Inc.
H.W. Wilson Announces Play Index 2003Ė2007
H.W. Wilson (www.hwwilson.com) announced an all-new edition of Play Index (in print and online), its resource for finding plays by subject, style, setting, staff, and production requirements, as well as by title and author. Play Index 2003–2007 highlights nearly 3,000 plays published individually or in collections in the 5-year span, from classic drama to radio and television plays to puppet performances. All are written in (or have been translated into) English.
The resource is designed to be used by teachers, students, drama coaches, theater groups, directors, performers, playwrights, and other researchers. The main author entry provides details about the play: a summary of the plot, the number of acts and scenes, the size of the cast, genders of cast members, number of sets, and dancing or music requirements, plus all the bibliographic data needed to locate the script. Entries for some 60 monologues offer plays useful for auditions. Plays suitable for children or young adults are indicated with a "c" or "y" throughout the volume.
Wilson offers a database version of Play Index (www.hwwilson.com/databases/playindex_e.htm), with entries for more than 31,500 plays published individually or in collections dating from 1949 to the present.
Source: H.W. Wilson
Clickability Launches Enterprise-Class Web Business Platform
Clickability, Inc. (www.clickability.com), provider of on-demand web content management (WCM), announced the immediate availability of Clickability Corporate Solutions (www.clickability.com/solutions/corporate). Created to meet the needs of global organizations for a reliable, affordable, and easy-to-use web business platform, Clickability Corporate Solutions is designed to bring the advantages of a constantly evolving multitenant platform and a mature software-as-a-service (SaaS), WCM solution to companies eager to serve their customers online.
Corporate Solutions adds new functionality that enables organizations to better build awareness, capture, nurture, and close business, as well as meet customer needs and manage global brands online. Additionally, the company says it is the first SaaS-based WCM offering with the ability to publish content to, and receive content from, any browser-enabled device, including smartphones, mobile phones, PDAs, and ebooks.
The Clickability platform enables multilingual publishing in virtually every language, including those requiring right to left text entry, and adds new ways to associate and manage related content, expediting the translation and localization process. Automated implementation and configuration make it faster and more efficient for marketers and business users to create new sites and microsites and to secure, analyze, and manage multiple domains within a single brand. Single sign-on via security assertion markup language (SAML) enables a seamless user experience for customers, while enhanced management of social media and user-generated content strengthen the relationship between companies and customers.
Clickability Corporate Solutions is available now, with a transparent cost structure that includes a contracted implementation fee and a monthly licensing fee. With no hardware or software ownership involved, Clickability Corporate Solutions is said to cost an estimated 35%–50% less than an installed or open source solution.
Source: Clickability, Inc.
MPS Insight Provides New Usage Reporting Service for Publishers
Nature Publishing Group (NPG; www.nature.com) and Palgrave Macmillan Journals (PMJ; www.palgrave.com) announced that upgraded usage statistics reporting is now available for all online publications. NPG and PMJ statistical reports now include the additional reports and services required by the new COUNTER Release 3, including SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative). The enhanced statistics reporting is provided by MPS Insight, a new service for publishers from Macmillan sister company MPS Technologies (www.mpstechnologies.com).
The move to MPS Insight provides site license customers with a much-improved service including more timely reports and consolidated consortia statistics. Reports are now also available in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), in addition to the familiar CSV (comma separated value) formats that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. XML reports can be automatically harvested into local systems using SUSHI, with timesaving benefits for librarians and library consortium administrators. Reports meet the criteria set by COUNTER Release 3, which publishers must comply with by August 2009 in order to retain their COUNTER-compliant status (www.projectcounter.org).
MPS Insight offers an attractive, easy-to-use interface, allowing customers to make real-time changes to accounts and to create additional user accounts for nonlibrary staff. The service has been very well-received by a group of librarians invited to beta test the new service; more than 96% of the librarians rated MPS Insight as "easy" or "very easy to use."
Source: Nature Publishing Group
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