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NewsNet Issue 685 | U.S. Copyright Office

From the US Copyright Copyright Office:

The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress reporting the results of the Office’s public inquiry on establishing a pilot program to facilitate the mass digitization of books and other copyrighted works.

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Source: NewsNet Issue 685 | U.S. Copyright Office

Introduction to Open Education | edX

This MOOC started this week from David Wiley and George Siemens, and it’s been very interesting so far! A good introduction to all the issues surrounding open education:

Learn about open education and how it can significantly reduce costs, increase agency and transparency, and improve learning outcomes.

Register here:

Source: Introduction to Open Education | edX

ARL National Digital Stewardship Residency Concludes with Release of OSF Toolkit – Association of Research Libraries

From Megan Potterbusch and Judy Ruttenberg via Association of Research Libraries:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a toolkit to support the deep engagement of librarians in the creation and management of digital scholarship. Developed by Megan Potterbusch, the toolkit is the outcome of Potterbusch’s yearlong National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) hosted by ARL and administered by the Library of Congress.

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Source: ARL National Digital Stewardship Residency Concludes with Release of OSF Toolkit | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Bibliometric Ratings, Identifiers & Indicators – Primary Research Group

A new report with some interesting findings about faculty use of bibliometrics:

Google Scholar was the most frequently used tool for bibliometrics, with 85% of the respondents reporting its use. All faculty age 30 or under reported using Google Scholar with this percentage declining to 77% of faculty 60 years and over.

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Source: International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Bibliometric Ratings, Identifiers & Indicators – Primary Research Group

Altmetrics and Archives – Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies via The Idealis

Author: Elizabeth Joan Kelly

Abstract: Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional measurement of the impact of published resources. While altmetrics are primarily used by researchers and institutions to measure the impact of scholarly publications online, they can also be used by archives to measure the impact of their diverse online holdings, including digitized and born-digital collections, digital exhibits, repository websites, and online finding aids. Furthermore, altmetrics may fill a need for user engagement assessments for cultural heritage organizations. This article introduces the concept of altmetrics for archives and discusses barriers to adoption, best practices for collection, and potential further areas of study.

Citation: Kelly, Elizabeth Joan (2017) “Altmetrics and Archives,” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 4 , Article 1. Available at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol4/iss1/1

Source: Altmetrics and Archives

Community Calls – OpenCon

From OpenCon, a great opportunity for connection and professional development:

Community calls for people interested in learning, educating and advocating for Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Join us once a month for calls to leave you better connected to the global community advocating for these causes with new knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm. 

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Source: Community Calls – OpenCon

Tune in to the 4:AM altmetrics conference live! + Conference Digest – Altmetric

From Catherine Williams of Altmetric, via the SCHOLCOMM listserv:

Tune in to all of the sessions via the links below to hear about the latest
altmetrics developments and research, plus practical case studies of
institutions, publishers and others using these data in their day-to-day
workflows:
Wednesday, September 27: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/12/Live/1695.aspx

Thursday, September 28th: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/12/Live/1696.aspx

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Source: scholcomm – [SCHOLCOMM] Tune in to the 4:AM altmetrics conference live! – arc

And here:

4:AM Toronto, Canada – September 26-29 2017

Conference digest here:
http://altmetricsconference.com/category/blog/

The Affordable College Textbook Act – SPARC

From SPARC, legislation introduced today:

The Affordable College Textbook Act seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other Open Educational Resources) that everyone can use, adapt and share freely. The legislation was introduced on September 26, 2017 by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Sinema (D-AZ) in the House and  Senators Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), and King (I-ME) in the Senate.

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Source: The Affordable College Textbook Act – SPARC

Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling – NYTimes.com

From Matthew Haag of the New York Times, a settlement has been reached in this famous copyright case:

The selfie of his bucktooth smile and wide amber eyes made Naruto an internet celebrity. But the widely shared image became embroiled in a novel and lengthy lawsuit over whether the monkey owned the rights to it. Naruto lost the first round in federal court in California in 2016, but won a victory of sorts in a settlement on Monday for himself and his friends.

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Source: Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling – NYTimes.com