NFAIS Advances
Mar. 26, 2015

Message from the NFAIS Executive Director:

Marcie Granahan,
NFAIS Executive Director
Big data. It’s more than just a catch-phrase for the information services community. Eefke Smit of the International Association of STM Publishers predicted during a recent NFAIS Webinar that research data discovery will be one of the biggest issues of the coming decade. Still in its infancy, I tend to agree, as the reuse, sharing and publication of research data cuts across government, commercial, nonprofit, and academic research sectors.

If you missed Research Data Publication, Part I: The Current Landscape , you can still order the archived recording of the event. NFAIS members receive one free archived recording annually as part of their membership.

My top three picks from the past year include Research Data Publication, Part I: The Current Landscape; EBSCO’s Kate Lawrence’s excellent presentation on How Content Providers and Libraries Can Fuel Customer Satisfaction; and John Regazzi on Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services. If you missed any of these events, I encourage you to take advantage of the learning materials in our educational archives.

Big data, open data and research data are increasingly in the news, and this week’s issue of NFAIS Advances includes an article on "Feds look to developers to improve big data, open source projects."  Don’t forget to join the discussion in the NFAIS Advances Community Forum. We hope you enjoy this week’s issue of NFAIS Advances! As always, we welcome your feedback.

Marcie Granahan
Executive Director

Distinctions emerge in US government plans for expanding access to research
Information Today, Inc.
Research funded by the U.S. government is finally going to be available for anyone to read and cite, based on plans laid out by the agencies that administer the funding. Recently, several agencies have released plans that are all based on the February 2013 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. That order required the development of new policies to provide expanded access to the research being funded by the U.S. government.More

Preserving progress for future generations
Research Information
Digital preservation remains one of the most critical challenges facing scholarly communities today. From e-journals and e-books to emails, blogs and more, electronic content is proliferating fast and organisations worldwide are racing to preserve information for next generations before technological obsolescence, or even data loss, creep in.More

Feds look to developers to improve big data, open source projects
The vision behind the open source and big data initiatives underway in the federal government is far more ambitious than just a series of technology projects, but aims to further transparency, citizen engagement and achieve a major shift in agency culture. So argues Chris Rasmussen, who heads up open source development at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), an organization that has been a pioneer within the intelligence sector in developing crowd-sourced applications and pushing out data to the development community.More

Discovering data - new models proposed for effective data sharing in epidemiology
Wellcome Trust
The challenge of making datasets ‘discoverable’ is one of the most fundamental barriers to effective data sharing. New research published recently examines how research funders could make it easier for researchers to identify, access and use public health and epidemiological data to accelerate improvements in public health.More

Copyright Clearance Center's Get It Now integrates with OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, announced its award-winning Get It Now academic solution is integrated with OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, the largest ILL network in the world.More

4 Kentucky University libraries select OCLC WorldShare Management Services
Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.More

New online platform allows you to open source your body
An online platform where people can publicly share their own intimate biological data with scientists launched recently. The Open Humans network is a nonprofit project of Personal Genomes, a charitable group working to generate and interpret human biological and trait data.More

Gale revolutionizes middle eastern research with arabic digitization program
Continuing in its mission as a global leader in humanities and social science research, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced plans for a mass digitization program of Arabic primary sources and reference materials, the first-of-its-kind in scale and focus. More

In the age of information, specializing to survive
The New York Times
Jonathan Haber majored in philosophy at Harvard University. And Yale. And Stanford. He explored Kant's “The Critique of Pure Reason” with an Oxford don and Kierkegaard’s insights into “Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity” with a leading light from the University of Copenhagen. In his quest to meet all the standard requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in a single year, the 52-year-old from Lexington, Mass., also took courses in English common law, Shakespeare’s late plays and the science of cooking, which overlapped with the degree in chemistry he earned from Wesleyan in 1985.More

Oklahoma Panhandle State University chooses EBSCO Discovery Service
Oklahoma Panhandle State University has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) as its library discovery tool. The university chose EDS to increase resource usage and improve library visibility at its Marvin E. McKee Library. The university needed a discovery tool that would increase exposure of library resources to users, and EBSCO Discovery Service was the perfect solution.More

Report praises benefits of university research
Research Information
A new analysis of impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research carried out by the UK’s universities has wide and varied benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life – both within the U.K. and overseas.More

The future of big data can only be open source: Scott Yara, president, Pivotal
Last month, fifteen industry leaders including VMware, Splunk, Verizon and Pivotal joined forces to create the Open Data Platform (ODP)- a shared industry inititative to aiming to build a standard platform for data processing around Apache's Hadoop. Scott Yara, president of enterprise software firm Pivotal, explains the ODP's goal to drive collaboration, innovation and standardisation for enterprises building big data applications.More

Unlimited Priorities and NCSU Libraries partner to create model data mining agreement
Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, and The North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries), have collaborated to open up Accessible Archives’ databases for text and data mining for client libraries.More

Virtual Seminar: Making Content Portable, Making It Usable
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

Technology has changed the game of research and information acquisition for the better. Workflow has emerged as one of the most important needs of researchers, libraries and other content providers. In this half-day virtual seminar, we'll explore the latest trends for facilitating access to quality information, improving workflow, and how to optimize presentation, delivery and dissemination across the vast array of portable devices and platforms. Note: you can still register to attend tomorrow’s Virtual Seminar.More

Upcoming events

Making Content Portable, Making It Usable
Friday, March 27, 2015 11:15 a.m. EDT

Research Data Publication, Part II: The Complexities of Implementation
Monday, April 20, 2015 9:15 a.m. EDT

NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 1 p.m. - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 2 p.m.More


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