KNAW, UvA, VU and IBM are developing a long-term strategic partnership to be operationalized as the Center for Humanities and Technology (CHAT). The members and partners of CHAT will create new analytical methods, practices, data and instruments to enhance significantly the performance and impact of humanities, information science and computer science research.

This White Paper outlines the research mission of CHAT. CHAT intends to become a landmark of frontline research in Europa, a magnet for further public-private research partnerships, and a source of economic and societal benefits.

source: dh+lib


The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a Federal advisory committee to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government.

source: INFODocket

Learned Society attitudes towards Open Access

Learned societies are “a critical part of the research environment”,
and many rely
largely on subscription income from their journals publishing programme to support
the other services they offer to their members in the promotion of their academic
discipline. As a result, they are facing enormous challenges as the journals
publishing landscape becomes more complex and established revenues are
Following the publication of the UK Finch Group’s report2
on expanding access to
research publications, there is genuine concern that learned societies could
potentially stand to lose out significantly if Open Access is widely adopted3
. They
are understandably worried about the future sustainability of their organizations and
the knock-on effect on the subject research communities they support and serve.
Questions are being asked about how societies, especially those that are small with
limited resources, can remain viable in an Open Access world? How should
publishing partners be helping to support societies with their journal publishing
programmes to allow them to continue their mission on behalf of their members?
With these issues in mind TBI Communications, on behalf of EDP Sciences,
undertook a programme of research to help understand more fully the attitudes of
professional and learned societies towards Open Access (OA), their evolving
needs; and how a publishing partner can effectively support them in an OA
environment. There were two steps to the research, 1) an online survey to
professional and learned societies and to supplement these findings, 2) a focus
group to a wider range of representatives from the academic publishing industry

source: DigitalKoans


Introducing Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy

Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy.

According to the editors, Ergo responds to “a need for general philosophy journals that are efficient, open access, inclusive, and transparent.” While maintaining very high standards for acceptance (since the journal began accepting submissions in July 2013, the editors and reviewers have rejected 93% of 170 submissions), Ergo also hopes to begin to address the imbalance in gender and race representation among published authors that is particularly prevalent in philosophy journals.

Inspired in part by Michigan Publishing’s long-running and highly respected Philosophers’ Imprint, Ergo is freely available for everyone to read on the web under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. Volume I launched with four original articles, as well as a note from the editors reflecting on their goals when establishing this journal and on their experience with recruiting and managing review of submissions over the last nine months.

Ergo will continue to publish on a rolling basis. The editors welcome submissions to Ergo; authors should consult the submission guidelines before submitting a paper for consideration.

source: KnowledgeSpeak

Presentations from WILU 2014


Evaluating and managing Libguides: how can we better reach our users?

Developing Online Learning Tools: Strategies for Creating a Set of Best Practices

Beyond the one-minute paper: Reflective exercises in library instruction

source: Information Literacy Weblog

Translating Research For Health Policy: Researchers’ Perceptions And Use Of Social Media

As the United States moves forward with health reform, the communication gap between researchers and policy makers will need to be narrowed to promote policies informed by evidence. Social media represent an expanding channel for communication. Academic journals, public health agencies, and health care organizations are increasingly using social media to communicate health information. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now regularly tweets to 290,000 followers. We conducted a survey of health policy researchers about using social media and two traditional channels (traditional media and direct outreach) to disseminate research findings to policy makers. Researchers rated the efficacy of the three dissemination methods similarly but rated social media lower than the other two in three domains: researchers’ confidence in their ability to use the method, peers’ respect for its use, and how it is perceived in academic promotion. Just 14 percent of our participants reported tweeting, and 21 percent reported blogging about their research or related health policy in the past year. Researchers described social media as being incompatible with research, of high risk professionally, of uncertain efficacy, and an unfamiliar technology that they did not know how to use. Researchers will need evidence-based strategies, training, and institutional resources to use social media to communicate evidence.

Source: INFODOcket

European Clinical Respiratory Journal

The overall purpose of the European Clinical Respiratory Journal is to be a forum for the presentation of clinical and experimental studies, case reports, expert opinions and reviews within the area of respiratory diseases in children, adults and the elderly.

According to a recent annual report of the World Health Organization (WHO), respiratory disease including lower respiratory infections, COPD and lung cancers accounted for the death of 7 million people worldwide. Presently, several hundreds of millions are suffering of chronic respiratory diseases imposing a large burden on both the society and healthcare.

Apart from genetic factors, the increasing number of patients with respiratory disorders is a direct result of exposure to pollutants and irritants, i.e., environmental factors, which present a major challenge for our immune defense system.  Research into the immunology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system will enable us to understand disease mechanisms and provide a broader understanding on how the body combats these diseases.

The following societies are affiliated with the European Clinical Respiratory

Journal: Swedish Society of Respiratory Medicine, Danish Society of Respiratory Medicine, Norwegian Respiratory Society and Finnish Respiratory Society.

Research Data Sharing: Developing a Stakeholder-Driven Model for Journal Policies

The conclusions of research articles generally depend on bodies of data that cannot be included in
the articles themselves. The sharing of this data is important for reasons of both transparency and
possible reuse. Science, Technology and Medicine journals have an obvious role in facilitating
sharing, but how they might do that is not yet clear. The Journal Research Data (JoRD) Project was a
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) funded feasibility study on the possible shape of a
central service on journal research data policies. The objectives of the study included, amongst other
considerations: to identify the current state of journal data sharing policies and to investigate the
views and practices of stakeholders to data sharing. The project confirmed that a large percentage of
journals do not have a policy on data sharing, and that there are inconsistencies between the
traceable journal data sharing policies. Such a state leaves authors unsure of whether they should
deposit data relating to articles and where and how to share that data. In the absence of a
consolidated infrastructure for the easy sharing of data, a journal data sharing model policy was
developed. The model policy was developed from comparing the quantitative information gathered
from analysing existing journal data policies with qualitative data collected from the stakeholders
concerned. This article summarises the information gathered, outlines the process by which the
model was developed and presents the model journal data sharing policy in full.

source: DigitalKoans

Partnership vol. 9. no.1 (2014)

contents include:

Developing a Research Data Management Service – a Case Study

Stories of Informal Mentorship: Recognizing the Voices of Mentees in Academic Libraries

Mapping Information Literacy Outcomes and Learning Experiences of Health Sciences Undergraduate Students

117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) presents this exhibit of 117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.

Films are arranged based on subject, and may also be browsed by item.

source: INFODocket