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Ebook Collections Coming to Project MUSE Platform
Project MUSE, a provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, announced a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Beginning fall 2011, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that allows for browsing and searching journal and book content side-by-side.
MUSE, a collaborative project which currently publishes online over 450 journals from more than 100 not-for-profit scholarly presses, will partner with many of the same publishers to offer high quality, peer-reviewed academic books electronically. Project MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, which also operates Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) as a distribution arm for many distinguished university presses. HFS client presses are also among the first group of publishers committed to participating in the new book initiative.
The e-books program, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with the following publishers to include in the new offering books from their upcoming scholarly monograph frontlists: Baylor University Press, Brookings Institution Press, ELT Press, Indiana University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Kent State University Press, Penn State University Press, Purdue University Press, and University of Illinois Press. Talks are ongoing with several other MUSE and HFS client publishers, with more participants expected to be announced before the end of this year.
Publishers participating in the program will select and set prices for the frontlist books they offer through MUSE e-book collections. The initiative is focused on scholarly monographs, and is not expected to include textbooks, reference books, trade titles, or other books outside the project scope. Project MUSE will reserve the right to reject books that do fit within its collection parameters.
Book content on MUSE will be offered via a purchase model, on a twice-yearly seasonal (Spring/Fall) basis. Libraries will “pre-purchase” access to a collection of the frontlist monograph titles included in the upcoming season’s publishing schedule from the participating publishers. Details on the books included in the collection will be available prior to the purchase. Books will be released electronically simultaneous with the print publication, and libraries that have purchased a collection including the title will have immediate access on the MUSE platform.
MUSE expects to offer its first e-book collection for the fall 2011 season, with between 250-500 frontlist monograph titles anticipated for inclusion in the collection. If there is a critical mass of titles in one or more academic disciplines, subject-based book collections may also be made available for the fall 2011 season. Beginning with spring 2012, MUSE expects to consistently offer both comprehensive and subject-based e-book collections for purchase.
Pricing for book collections on MUSE will be based upon the sum of the list prices of the included titles, as set by the books' publishers, with tiered discounting of the collection price modeled upon MUSE's Carnegie Classification-based tiered pricing for its journal collections. Consortium purchase programs will also be available.
Books on MUSE will be in PDF format, and will be searchable and retrievable to the chapter level. COUNTER-compliant usage statistics will be available to libraries purchasing book collections on MUSE. MARC records for the e-books will be provided to purchasing libraries at no charge. Users will be able to search across combined book and journal content in MUSE, or limit searches by content type.
Source: Project MUSE
New Web Accessibility Tool Free to Developers
Deque Systems announced the global launch of Worldspace FireEyes, a next generation web accessibility tool that ensures that both static and dynamic content within a web portfolio are compliant with accessibility standards, such as Section 508, WGAG 1.0, and WGAG 2.0. FireEyes is an easy-to-use plug-in that is fully integrated with one of the most popular and powerful web development tools, FireBug, a Firefox extension.
FireEyes solves the problem of error reproducibility by allowing developers to record scripts that show the exact sequence of steps required to trigger a problem and share it with others so they can see exactly how the problem happened.
It is also the only tool that automatically builds a single report that covers multiple pages or entire use cases. This automatic analysis feature provides developers a comprehensive list of issues to fix by providing a transcript of the entire session viewed in a single, drillable report. FireEyes can be used for general debugging, as well. It does all of this, in real time, during development activities, functional testing, and even active deployment.
For more information, or to download Worldspace FireEyes, visit http://www.deque.com/products/worldspace-fireeyes/download-worldspace-fireeyes.
Source: Deque Systems
McGraw-Hill Professional Launches AccessEngineering 2.0
McGraw-Hill Professional’s AccessEngineering 2.0 is now available. It’s a redesign of the resource formerly known as McGraw-Hill’s Digital Engineering Library. First launched in 2009, AccessEngineering is a comprehensive collection of the complete contents of McGraw-Hill’s engineering and technical books, supporting all levels of scientific and technical research and innovation in the academic, corporate, industrial, and government sectors.
AccessEngineering 2.0 features a number of customer-requested enhancements:
- A new user interface offering a streamlined, easy-to-navigate design and superior functionality.
- The addition of a new subject category: Software Engineering.
- Multimedia resources are being added to include color images, instructor ancillaries, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, and more on selected new books.
- Articles from McGraw-Hill’s Engineering News-Record (ENR) covering environment, water, power, and infrastructure. New articles will be posted weekly, and approximately 500 articles will be archived and available immediately.
- Full author biographies
- The complete contents of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Science and Technology, offering more than 50,000 terms.
Annual subscriptions to AccessEngineering are available for both institutional and individual customers. Individual users may also purchase Pay-Per-View access to individual titles. The ability to view search results and access tables of contents, abstracts, and sample content is available to view free of charge.
Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
H.W. Wilson Enhances WilsonWeb; Partners With OCLC’s WorldCat Local
H.W. Wilson announced a new round of enhancements for WilsonWeb. The latest improvements include enhancements to the interface, to the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, and to a number of databases—offering more versatile access and expanding the range of research available.
With enhancements to the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, users can now highlight specific sections of text for listening—the most relevant parts of long articles. Listeners can regulate the speed of narration—a boon for users who struggle with English.
Some of the improvements include the following:
- Users can now translate WilsonWeb full-text articles into Swedish—new to the electronic translation options—as well as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Librarians can post a new Embedded Widget on the WilsonWeb search results screen that allows users to discuss subjects related to their search topic.
- A hotlinked e-journal icon now appears in citations to e-journals, highlighting the availability of these journals online.
- New journals have been added to full-text coverage—114 since the start of the year—in OmniFile and other Wilson full-text databases.
In related news, popular databases from H.W. Wilson are now accessible through the OCLC WorldCat Local service. Twenty-one databases have been added to the WorldCat Local central index; eight more are accessible remotely via a Z39.50 search of WilsonWeb.
Source: H.W. Wilson
SYSTRAN Mobile Translator for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Devices
SYSTRAN, a leading provider of language translation technologies, announced the availability of SYSTRAN Mobile Translator English-French for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The company plans to release additional European languages, such as Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Italian. SYSTRAN Mobile Translator for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available as a download for $3.99 from the iTunes store.
Using the same recognized machine translation technology employed by internet portals, multinational corporations, and government agencies, SYSTRAN Mobile Translator provides iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad customers with high quality translations in real-time.
Mobile translation products have historically relied on internet connections to provide translation services. SYSTRAN Mobile Translator is unique because the application is independent, installed directly on the device, and doesn’t require internet connectivity so users are able to instantly translate full sentences, emails, web pages and all texts between English and French. Additional features for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users include the ability to perform reverse translations (back and forth) in just a click, save, view previous translations, align source and translated texts for easy review, and detect and correct typos in the source language prior to translating to prevent mistranslations.
SYSTRAN is headquartered in Paris, France with a North American office located in San Diego, Calif.
Elsevier Launches Geofacets Search and Discovery Tool for Geoscientists
Elsevier announced the launch of Geofacets, a search and discovery tool that provides web-based access to more than 100,000 geological maps and 65,000 articles from Elsevier’s 31 earth sciences journals. Geofacets is designed to help geoscientists in the oil and gas industry spend less time searching and formatting content and more time on analysis and interpretation to identify and characterize potential sources of hydrocarbon resources.
The tool offers direct desktop access to reliable georeferenced maps and the trusted geologic content embedded in Elsevier’s journal articles. It allows geoscientists to:
- Search geographically via an interactive map
- Search textually for relevant content by keyword, geographic location, author, etc.
- View results geographically
- Refine a large number of search results, enabling the user to sort the results according to map type, geographic location, keyword, author, etc.
- Download relevant content as georeferenced maps (GeoTIFF) and other image formats (JPEG or TIFF), facilitating easy integration with the geoscientist’s workflow and software
- Access the full-text article, which provides contextual information that leads to better analysis and interpretation
Geofacets satisfies the geoscientist’s heavy reliance on maps and geographically relevant data in the early stages of exploration by automatically pulling in all of the georeferenced maps and content related to specific geographic areas of interest or subject matter (i.e., gas hydrates, salt dome). Nearly half of the maps are georeferenced and indexed according to geologic basins, enabling geoscientists to use the unique geographic search interface to quickly find maps associated with specific basins and countries.
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