|Weekly News Digest
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NFAIS Offers Webinar on Blockchain Technology
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) is hosting a webinar, The Best of Blockchain, on June 21, 2018, at 10 a.m. The organization says, “Based on an overwhelming response and requests for virtual participation, NFAIS brings you an encore of the top presenters from the Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference. You’ll hear from five expert speakers at a fraction of the usual price—three hours of programming for the cost of a standard 90-minute webinar. … [Y]ou’ll hear about practical applications [of blockchain technology], where the scientific and scholarly publishing community may be headed, as well as arguments for why blockchain may not live up to the hype.”
Registration closes today, June 19.
For more information and the list of speakers, visit the event page.
W3C Rolls Out Strategic Highlights Report
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published “W3C Strategic Highlights—May 2018,” “a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people,” according to its website. “A strong emphasis in this report is how progress in many areas demonstrates both the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technology coming to the Web.”
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Nature Research to Help Develop Conference on NASA's Microbiology Research Goals
Nature Research joined forces with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create a new Nature Conference on the Microbiome of the Built Environment (MoBE). It is “designed to guide NASA’s approach to interaction with and control of the [MoBE] of future spacecraft including transports, habitats, landers, rovers and spacesuits,” according to the press release. “Taking place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in the summer of 2019, this three-day event will help to shape NASA’s microbiological research goals. Information for people interested in participating will be provided soon. … Findings from this event will be made available to the public later that year.”
For more information, read the press release.
AALL Quarrels With LexisNexis
Jean O’Grady writes on the Dewey B Strategic blog, “For the past few years LexisNexis has been taking an increasingly combative stance in contract negotiations with their customers by tying a growing number of products together. … The American Association of Law Libraries sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to Mike Walsh, CEO of Lexis Nexis objecting to the Lexis bundling of unrelated products. This practice has the effect of requiring law firms to purchase products which they don’t need or don’t want in order to be able to purchase products they do want.”
For more information, read the blog post.
MIT Libraries and Royal Society of Chemistry Promote OA
“The MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a groundbreaking license agreement that incorporates elements of a traditional subscription purchase and open access to scholarly articles. The experimental two-year agreement is seen as an important step on the path toward making more research freely and openly available to the world,” according to the MIT Libraries. “The new agreement combines traditional subscription-based access to Royal Society of Chemistry articles for the MIT community with immediate open access to MIT-authored articles, making them freely available to all audiences at the time of publication. It is the first of its kind among North American institutions.”
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