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Campaign for Obama presidential library begins;  ARL Directors talk about fair use; Edinburgh and Oxford University Presses join forces; ACS & Portico reach agreement;  2012 Semantic Web Challenge Winners announced; Vook offers Interactive Ebook Publishing with WeJITs;  and Wikimedia Commons to use the Open Access Media Importer Bot.

  Presidential (Library) Campaign Begins

Inside Higher ED reports that “the campaign for the Obama presidential library (and to raise money for it) has started, Politico reported. The University of Chicago — where Obama taught and where Michelle Obama worked — is considered the favorite. But Politico noted that the University of Hawaii is also making a strong push. Obama was born in Hawaii, his parents met at the university and his sister teaches there.”

Directors of ARL member libraries talking about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

If you are interested in seeing videos with directors of ARL member libraries “talking about how the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries has influenced the way they and their teams approach copyright,” checkout this link to see interviews with:

  • David Carlson, Texas A&M University
  • Susan Gibbons, Yale University
  • Tom Leonard, University Librarian at UC Berkeley
  • Judith Russell, University of Florida, and
  • Gary Strong, University Librarian at UCLA.

These videos are also collected at the ARL YouTube channel, where you’ll also find archived videos of our ARL webcasts about the Code and other hot copyright topics.

Academic publishers join forces to tackle US market

Edinburgh University Press (EUP), Scotland’s leading academic publisher, has signed a distribution deal with Oxford University Press (OUP) to promote its growth in North and South America.”  OUP will serve “as its exclusive agent in the region with effect from August 1, 2013. The agreement includes sales, marketing and distribution of all EUP’s printed books and. from August 2014, its growing online publishing or “ebook” business in the Americas and Canada…”

 American Chemical Society to preserve e-books with Portico

“Portico is pleased to announce that American Chemical Society (ACS) has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve its e-books. Through this agreement, ACS extends its relationship with Portico, which began in 2007 with the publisher’s commitment to deposit its entire list of e-journals in the Portico archive…”

2012 Semantic Web Challenge Winners Announced

According to Science 2.0,  “the winners of the 2012 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC), determined by a jury from both academia and industry, were announced at the International Semantic Web Conference held in Boston. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier…  Semantic Web Challenge contestants competed in any of two challenge categories: ‘Open Track’ and ‘Billion Triples Track’…  The jury selected 4 Open Track Challenge winners and 1 Billion Triples Track winner…”

Vook to Offer Interactive Ebook Publishing with WeJITs

Information Today reports that “Democrasoft, Inc. and VOOK announced that Democrasoft’s WeJIT technology is now available through Vook’s VookMaker program. WeJITs allow an ebook reader to communicate, from within the ebook, directly with the author, with other existing readers, and with new individuals outside the book who are not yet readers, but who can start participating in book-based discussions, expanding a book’s new readership and reach…”

 A New Bot Begins Importing Audio/Video Files From Open Access Scientific Research Papers Into Wikimedia Commons

InfoDOCKET reports that “the Open Access Media Importer Bot was approved on Wikimedia Commons at the end of October. It searches publication databases (such as PubMed Central) for audio and video files that accompany scholarly papers as supplementary material, and uploads them to Wikimedia Commons if they are available under suitable free licenses. It has already imported more than 9000 files…”


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