E-lert / Cyberavis is a weekly alerting service commissioned for CARL Directors. Coverage is principally: research, innovation, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, scholarly journals, electronic journals, copyright and access to published government information.
E-lert / Cyberavis est un service de signalement hebdomadaire à l'intention des membres de l'ABRC. Il porte principalement sur les domaines suivants: recherche, innovation, édition savante, communication savante, périodiques savants, périodiques électroniques, droit d’auteur et accès aux informations gouvernementales rendues publiques.
CARL COMMUNIQUE / COMMUNIQUÉ DE L’ABRC
The CARL Data Management Working Group’s working paper Survey of Canadian and International Data Management Initiatives is available on the website.
Le document de travail Enquête sur les initiatives canadiennes et internationales en matière de la gestion des données, préparé par le Groupe de travail sur la gestion des données de l’ABRC, est disponible sur le site web.
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) elected Leslie Weir, University Librarian, University of Ottawa, as Vice Chair & Chair Elect of the OCUL Executive Committee at its recent Spring meeting. She joins incoming Chair Margaret Grove, University Librarian, Brock University; Past Chair Cynthia Archer, University Librarian, York University; Treasurer Joyce Garnett, University Librarian, University of Western Ontario; and Secretary Jill Patrick, Director of Library Services, Ontario College of Art & Design, on the Executive Committee.
l’Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) a élu Leslie Weir, Bibliothécaire en chef, Bibliothèque de l'Université d'Ottawa, Vice-présidente / Présidente désignée au Comité exécutif à la réunion de printemps du 2008. Elle s’intègre au groupe qui comprend la nouvelle Présidente Margaret Grove, University Librarian, Brock University; l’ancienne Présidente Cynthia Archer, University Librarian, York University; Trésorière Joyce Garnett, University Librarian, University of Western Ontario; et Secrétaire Jill Patrick, Director of Library Services, Ontario College of Art & Design, sur le Comité exécutif.
NEWS / NOUVELLES
Government buffing Prentice's Wikipedia entry
CBC News, June 4, 2008
The government has been editing Minister of Industry Jim Prentice's Wikipedia entry, removing mentions of the recent copyright-reform controversy and hailing the minister as personifying "experience, confidence and competence, ability and capability." The edits, discovered by University of Ottawa internet law professor Michael Geist — a vocal opponent of Prentice's pending copyright legislation — have been anonymously made over the past week with several attempts to remove criticisms of a bill the minister is expected to table before Parliament breaks for its summer session some time over the next few weeks.
$500 fine eyed for illegal file downloads
National Post, June 3, 2008
The federal Conservatives are set to introduce new copyright legislation that will include provisions to target users with a $500 fine for all illegal files transferred online, a move that legal experts say could see Canadians sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars if found guilty of infringement. Sources have told the National Post that one of the provisions in the updated Copyright Act of Canada will include a fine for each "personal use download" found to be shared online through peer-to-peer software programs.
Canada launches privacy probe into Facebook
Associated Press, June 2, 2008
Canada's federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into Facebook after four students complained that the popular Web site violates Canadian law by disclosing personal information to advertisers without proper consent. The University of Ottawa law students, some of whom are dedicated Facebook users, allege in a complaint lodged Friday that the social networking Web site has committed 22 violations of the law.
State library goes digital
The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2, 2008
The State Library of NSW's catalogue system might be mistaken for a carefully preserved antique. Every other library in Australia has an electronic catalogue, but the State Library keeps most of its records in large wooden drawers and filing cabinets, with details of 5 million items handwritten or typed on catalogue cards. The Iemma Government will dedicate $10 million towards an electronic catalogue for the library - decades after the technology was introduced.
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines - Tout ciblage thématique « compromet en fin de compte la qualité de la recherche fondamentale au Canada
Le Devoir, 31 mai 2008
La Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines (FCSH) fait la promotion de la recherche en sciences humaines au Canada, veille à sa diffusion et favorise les échanges interdisciplinaires, indique la présidente élue de l'organisme, Nathalie Des Rosiers. Dans le budget 2008, le gouvernement fédéral a annoncé qu'il accorderait des fonds supplémentaires aux conseils subventionnaires fédéraux pour soutenir la recherche dans des domaines jugés prioritaires. La présidente de la FCSH, Noreen Golfman, s'est réjouie de l'augmentation de 12 millions du budget du CRSH, tout en disant craindre que «ce type de ciblage thématique compromette en fin de compte la qualité de la recherche fondamentale au Canada».
La recherche scientifique doit profiter à tous
Le Devoir, 31 mai 2008
La recherche? On est «pour». Le design d'une nouvelle aile d'avion? Et voici les millions pour mettre en forme un nouveau profilé qui fera économiser une centaine de litres d'essence lors d'une traversée transatlantique. Le malaise d'un patient en attente d'une chirurgie? On verra: n'y a-t-il pas des services qui s'occupent déjà de tels cas? Les sciences humaines, dont un congrès universitaire se tient présentement à Vancouver, font toujours leur un vieux slogan bien connu au Québec: «La personne avant toute chose».
Le programme SPAR de la BnF
30 mai 2008
La Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) annonce le lancement de son programme SPAR (Système de Préservation et d’Archivage Réparti), destiné à assurer la pérennité de ses collections numériques. Sa conception s’appuie sur des normes internationales, en particulier, la norme OAIS qui est un modèle de référence pour un système ouvert d’archivage d’information. La mise en exploitation de la première étape de SPAR est prévu pour début 2009.
Ken Roberts, City Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library, Commences His Term as President of the Canadian Library Association
May 29, 2008
Ken Roberts, City Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library, assumed his presidency of the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques at the 2008 CLA/ACB National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24. As City Librarian of HPL, Ken Roberts brings vast experience to his new role at CLA/ACB. HPL serves the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton and the new library system is the recipient of numerous awards for the way it has handled its amalgamation.
John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick to Serve as Vice-President/President Elect of the Canadian Library Association
May 29, 2008
John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick, began his one-year term as Vice-President/President Elect of the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques at the 2008 CLA/ACB National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24. He will assume the presidency in June 2009 at the end of the CLA/ACB Conference in Montreal. John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role as Vice-President/President Elect of the CLA.
'Fair use' stipulation planned for intellectual property
The Asahi Shimbun, May 28, 2008
The government will ease its stringent restrictions on using copyrighted works, a development that will affect activities ranging from posting personal pictures on websites to developing Internet search engines, sources said. The Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, led by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, has decided to make a Japanese version of a U.S. copyright law stipulation that allows for the "fair use" of copyrighted works for criticism, analyses, media reporting and research.
Journals Find Fakery in Many Images Submitted to Support Research
Jeffrey R. Young
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2008
Kristin Roovers was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with a bright career ahead of her—a trusted member of a research laboratory at the medical school studying the role of cell growth in diabetes. But when an editor of The Journal of Clinical Investigation did a spot-check of one of her images for an article in 2005, Roovers's research proved a little too perfect.
The siege of science
Michael Taylor et al
Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Volume 8, May 27, 2008
Science is in a state of siege. The traditional stage for scientific ideas through peer reviewed
academic journals has been hijacked by an overpriced journal monopoly. After a wave of mergers and take-overs, big business publishing houses now exercise economic control over access to knowledge and free scientific discourse. Their ‘all is number’ rationale, made possible and perpetuated by single-parameter bibliometric indices like the Impact Factor and the h-index has led to a measurement of scientists, science and science communication with quality being reduced to quantity and with careers hanging in the balance of column totals.
Validating research performance metrics against peer rankings
Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Volume 8, May 23, 2008
A rich and diverse set of potential bibliometric and scientometric predictors of research performance quality and importance are emerging today—from the classic metrics (publication counts, journal impact factors and individual article/author citation counts) to promising new online metrics such as download counts, hub/authority scores and growth/decay chronometrics. In and of themselves, however, metrics are circular: They need to be jointly tested and validated against what it is that they purport to measure and predict, with each metric weighted according to its contribution to their joint predictive power.
Off the Shelf: E-book Aggregators
Booklist, May 15, 2008
Like many librarians, you’re beginning to purchase e-books from a variety of publishers, and you’re confused by all the different licensing agreements, platforms, and pricing models. A solution to this madness? Use an e-book aggregator. Aggregators partner with multiple publishers to supply content (e-books, audio books, other media) and provide a platform for libraries and end users to search, order, access, and download the content on the Web.
Developing the Capability and Skills to Support eResearch
ARIADNE, Issue 55, April 2008
The growing capacity of ICT to contribute to research of all kinds has excited researchers the world over as they invent new ways of conducting research and enjoy the benefits of bigger and more sophisticated computers and communications systems to support measurement, analysis, collaboration and publishing. Of particular concern to this article is the need for improved levels of data stewardship to enable good data management for long-term sustainability, both at national and institutional levels.
RESOURCES / RESSOURCES
Scholarly Communication Innovations
ARL Bimonthly Report, Number 258, June 6, 2008
The June issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report features new approaches to scholarly communication. In the lead article, Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin L. Smith offers pragmatic strategies authors and their institutions can use to manage authors' copyrights to fulfill the requirements of the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy. Additionally, brief summaries are provided of the recently released SPARC-Science Commons guide to creating institutional open access policies and of ARL's new agenda for developing research library support for e-science.
ThoughtMesh is an unusual model for publishing and discovering scholarly papers online. It gives readers a tag-based navigation system that uses keywords to connect excerpts of essays published on different Web sites.
Research Library International Benchmarks
Primary Research Group, June 1, 2008
Research Library International Benchmarks presents data from a survey of 45 major research libraries from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Spain, the U.K., Japan and others. The 200-page report presents a broad range of data on current and planned materials, salary, info technology and capital spending, hiring plans, spending trends for e-books, journals, books and much, much more. Provides data on trends in discount margins from vendors, relations with consortiums, information literacy efforts, workstation, laptop and learning space development, use of scanners and digital cameras, use of RFID technology, federated search and many other pressing issues for major research libraries, university and otherwise.
Response to On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control
June 1, 2008
On the Record, the report from the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, describes a new technological environment in which libraries have exciting opportunities for making information resources available and useful to new and demanding audiences. It seems fair to say that all libraries understand that the digital environment in which we now work requires changing the way we think about bibliographic control. The experience of working on the Web and seeing how quickly Web resources are adopted by students, faculty, and the general public underscores the desirability of making changes in our conception of bibliographic control.
Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (Sun PASIG)
May 27-29, 2008
Presentations from the San Francisco Sun PASIG meeting are available on the conference website. Some of the topics presenters covered are: research data curation; distributed digital preservation; data migration etc. The Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group is a Sun Microsystems Inc.-sponsored community. There are no fees. Semi-annual meetings are planned.
Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom
Robert Cummings and Matt Barton, Editors
The University of Michigan Press,
When most people think of wikis, the first-and often the only-thing that comes to mind is Wikipedia. Robert E. Cummings and Matt Barton, the editors of Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom, have assembled a collection of essays which challenges this common misconception, providing an engaging and helpful array of perspectives on the many pressing theoretical and practical issues that wikis raise.
EVENTS / ÉVÉNEMENTS
SPARC-ACRL Forum addresses Harvard open access policy
Anaheim, California, June 28, 2008
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce that the SPARC-ACRL Forum during the 2008 American Library Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., will provide a timely look at “Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There.” Co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services—Continuing Resources (ALCTS-CRS, formerly Serials Section), the forum will give an up-close look at the recent vote by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences enabling open access to their scholarly articles in an institutional repository. The Forum will be available via SPARC podcast at a later date.
Red Island Repository Institute: 1st Fedora Summer Institute on Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August 11-15, 2008
The Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island is offering a hands-on course, “Red Island Repository Institute”, which will be led by well-known Fedora “natives” Sandy Payette, Fedora Commons Executive Director; Richard Green, Manager, RIDIR, REMAP and RepoMMan Projects, e-SIG, Academic Services, University of Hull, and; Matt Zumwalt, MediaShelf. The Institute is targeted at individuals from institutions planning or running a repository program and is intended for users with a wide range of experience, from managers to programmers.
Grande Rencontre: dialogue science et société
Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas)
Montréal, Québec, 12 et 13 novembre 2008
La question des relations entre science et société est depuis quelques années à l’ordre du jour dans de nombreux pays. Le développement fulgurant des connaissances et des technologies, et les changements tout aussi accélérés que connaissent les sociétés humaines et les écosystèmes, font de cette question un enjeu fondamental. Au Québec, des études ont été réalisées et de nouvelles pratiques issues, tant du milieu de la recherche que de la société, ont commencé à émerger.
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