Sneak preview of new free history of science collection | Jisc

“The digital archive is still in development, but all Jisc HE, FE and affiliate members will be able to preview an initial proportion of the content that’s being digitised ahead of the full launch later this year….

On completion, the collection will consist of a million pages of documents drawn from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) and complementary materials from UK libraries and archives. Collections from the universities of Leeds and Liverpool, University College London and Senate House Libraries have already been selected for inclusion and free digitisation following an open call for expression of interest, and more collections from other university libraries and archives will be included over the next few weeks….”

Jisc and Universities UK call for publishers to reduce their fees to maintain access to essential teaching and learning materials | Jisc

“The Universities UK Jisc content negotiation strategy group is calling on major academic publishers to seek reductions of 25% on all agreements in light of the severe financial impact institutions are facing because of the pandemic.

In a joint letter on behalf of the sector, the strategy group recognises the tremendous support publishers have offered to institutions and colleges as they responded by opening up their content and collections during the start of the crisis. The focus of institutions is now on preparing for online delivery in September and examining what digital content they can afford to maintain access against the budgetary efficiencies they will need to deliver….”

Jisc and Universities UK call for publishers to reduce their fees to maintain access to essential teaching and learning materials | Jisc

“The Universities UK Jisc content negotiation strategy group is calling on major academic publishers to seek reductions of 25% on all agreements in light of the severe financial impact institutions are facing because of the pandemic.

In a joint letter on behalf of the sector, the strategy group recognises the tremendous support publishers have offered to institutions and colleges as they responded by opening up their content and collections during the start of the crisis. The focus of institutions is now on preparing for online delivery in September and examining what digital content they can afford to maintain access against the budgetary efficiencies they will need to deliver….”

Covid-19 Pulse Check  Survey

“As we all know the global Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented change to businesses around the world at a pace that has been unimaginable.  Businesses have had to adapt quickly to address the immediacy of the challenge and now need to assess longer term impacts and plan for the future.

For the publishing industry, the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 comes in the midst of digital disruption and changing trends in consumerism.

Business is anything but usual.

Maverick Publishing Specialists are conducting research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK publishing industry.  This research will explore impacts on customers, staff, supply chains, operations and product roadmaps and will result in research that will be freely available to members of UK publishing trade associations….”

Covid-19 Pulse Check  Survey

“As we all know the global Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented change to businesses around the world at a pace that has been unimaginable.  Businesses have had to adapt quickly to address the immediacy of the challenge and now need to assess longer term impacts and plan for the future.

For the publishing industry, the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 comes in the midst of digital disruption and changing trends in consumerism.

Business is anything but usual.

Maverick Publishing Specialists are conducting research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK publishing industry.  This research will explore impacts on customers, staff, supply chains, operations and product roadmaps and will result in research that will be freely available to members of UK publishing trade associations….”

Publications Router is now integrated with Pure – Jisc scholarly communications

“Jisc’s Publications Router service is now fully integrated with Pure, the research information management system provided by Elsevier. This means that institutions that use Pure to manage the open access exposure of their researchers’ articles can now benefit from the automated supply of content and alerts that Router provides.

The integration now means Router is available to the 40-50 Pure-using UK HEIs for the first time….”

Quarterly OA Digest – June 2020 – Jisc scholarly communications

“As we move towards what we hope will be a loosening of lockdown and a reduction in the risk from the coronavirus itself, we are starting to see the wider damage that has been done to our HE sector and our economy as a whole. We do not know what the new normal will be, or when that stability will arise. Institutions have different ideas as to how they might work over the next year, but prominent amongst all of them is an increased reliance on remote access, remote presence, and serious and sustained cost saving. There will be increased pressure on libraries to show enhanced support at reduced cost. Open access is at the heart of all of these issues. We will continue to work hard to give our members the best value we can in our services to save them time and money in dealing with open access issues. As reported here, Jisc is returning to renegotiate national publisher contracts in line with the changed environment. We have completed the first round of supplier evaluations for the repository dynamic purchasing system to try and identify the best value for members. We are working across services to help members in policy compliance and improve system efficiency and workflows. As ever, contact us if we can assist you through our services, advice, relationships or information and we will do our best to help….”

IRUS-UK Newsletter, June 2020

“IRUS-UK collects raw usage data from UK Institutional Repositories (IRs) and processes these data into COUNTERconformant statistics. This provides repositories with comparable, authoritative, standards-based data and opportunities for profiling at a national level. The IRUS-UK service is a community-driven development, responding to user needs….

In response to your feedback, the current Shibboleth authorisation mechanism will be removed so that the IRUS web portal is fully open and supports easier access to data and tools….”

Database launched to share early-stage UK Covid-19 research – Research Professional News

“The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched a database for tracking early-stage UK Covid-19 research.

Announced on 1 June, the Covid-19 preclinical drug development database aims to help researchers identify collaborations, share expertise, materials and methods, as well as prioritise research and avoid duplicating effort.

The academy is calling on researchers from across academia and industry to submit projects to the database through an optional survey….”

Unforgotten: the people, lost and found, in receipt of social care – Future Care Capital

“Our own work has made extensive use of publicly available data and, to help others, we have produced a Social Care Data Finder which comprises of a timeline with links to social care datasets that have been openly published in the UK since January 1st 2020. The aim is to maintain a data finder that can be used as a resource for social care research, so the timeline will be updated at regular intervals to capture the publication of new datasets and we welcome suggestions for inclusion. At present, our Social Care Data Finder serves as a portal to data published by pertinent national bodies, but we will move to incorporate local datasets and others in due course….”