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New U.S. Government Resource: Open Innovation Toolkit

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The toolkit might be of special interest to infotech, business, government researchers. However, the resources featured will likely be of value to many others. From the Open Government Initiative Blog: On his last day in office, then-U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra released the Open Innovator’s Practitioner’s Toolbox.  It contains 20 of the best disruptive […]

New Podcast/Report from JISC: How Important Are Open eBook Standards to Universities?

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New from UK’s JISC. For universities and colleges looking to bring their teaching resources online, many are using the new ePub3 standard, which is what underpins Apple’s new iBooks and is become the defacto standard for ebooks. Linking to a JISC report to help universities understand the benefits of ePub3, JISC programme manager Ben Showers […]

Video Search: Vimeo Adds Options to Browse and Limit Search Results to Search Creative Commons Licensed Content

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From a CC Blog Post by Jane Park: We were thrilled when Vimeo enabled the CC license suite in July of 2010; we are even more thrilled that the Vimeo team has since recognized the community’s needs to easily discover high quality CC-licensed videos. Blake Whitman, Vimeo’s VP of Creative Development, says, “We know the […]

9 Library, Publishing, and Research Organizations Send Letter to Congress in Support of FRPAA

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Direct to Full Text Letter (3 pages; PDF) The letter is signed by: AALL ALA ACRL ARL Creative Commons Greater Western Library Alliance Public Knowledge Public Library of Science SPARC From the Letter: Timely, barrier-free access to the results of federally funded research is an essential component of our collective investment in science. We fully […]

Europe: Two New National Open Data Portals Set to Launch Soon

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via the ePSIplatform Web Site: 1. Estonian Data Portal At End of Month At a conference organised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on open government data, the data portal was said to be ready at the end of February, and to be made available under the URL opendata.riik.ee. Currently the URL shows […]

Harvard: “University to Offer Some Librarians Early Retirement”

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From the The Harvard Crimson: The University will offer a Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program to library employees 55 years and older with 10 years of service under their belts, according to a University spokesperson. Those who choose to accept the offer will receive six months’ pay, plus two additional weeks’ pay for every year […]

UK: Volume of eBook Purchases Rising But Value of eBook Sales Shrinking

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From a BML/ProQuest News Release: E-book sales are rising to offset a decline in physical book purchases, but only in volume. With the lower price points of e-books versus their print counterparts, the value of book sales is shrinking.” “The Books & Consumers survey shows that in the 48 weeks ending 27th November 2011, compared […]