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Wellcome Trust Gets Tough on Open Access

March 29, 2012 by

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via Times Higher Education: The Wellcome Trust has reacted to Research Councils UK’s beefed-up open-access proposals by indicating that it will get “much tougher” on compliance with its own mandate. The giant biomedical charity already requires papers produced with Wellcome funding to be made open access within six months of publication, which is the period […]

Roundup: News from OCLC, Washington University Libraries, EBSCO, & PLOS

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Gene Oliver promoted to Vice President, OCLC Global Systems and Information Technology Washington University Libraries introduce Open Scholarship repository EBSCO Discovery Service Expands German Content with WTI – Frankfurt Agreement  Announcing PLoS Currents: Disasters

Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US

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From Nielsen: Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012. According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.  This growth is driven by increasing smartphone adoption, as more than two-thirds of those who […]

Arizona: Melinda Cervantes Named New Director of Pima County (Tucson) Public Library

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From the Announcement: Melinda Cervantes, County Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District in California since 2002, has been selected to become director of Pima County Public Library. Her first day on the job is May 14. “Ms. Cervantes has excellent experience in both public libraries and in education, including three years of service […]

New Statistics: Online Gaming: Number of US Mobile Gamers Jumps 35% to 100 Million

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New numbers from online gaming market research firm, NewZoo. From the News Release: Newzoo’s latest Trend Report on Mobile Games shows that the total number of Americans that play games on their smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch has now surpassed the 100 million mark, a year-on-year increase of 35%. Europe shows a growth of 15%, […]

Roundup: U.S. Government Rolls Out a Number of “Big Data” Initiatives, Projects

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Many of these projects and so many others will need data curators, archivists, and others to help organize the massive data sets. A bunch of announcements and a discussion are taking place now (2:30pm). Live/Archive stream here. Overview from the Office of Science and Technology Policy Big Data is a Big Deal See Also: Big […]

France Passes New Laws on the “Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books”

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The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]