ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020: Shortlist announced!

“The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020, sponsored by Publishers’ Licensing Services.

Applications for the awards were open to any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.

The ALPSP Awards finalists for 2020 are: 

Charlesworth WeChat Gateway
DataSeer
Jus Mundi
Open Library of Humanities
Rigor and Transparency Index powered by SciScore
Scholarcy
Select Crowd Review
WordToEPUB…”

OLH OA Award Kudos, Followed by a Well-Organized CD Rant – Cal schol.com

“What are the key features of this infrastructure of Toll Access Digital Collection Management?

Captive-Consumeristic. Libraries focus on paying for academic publications, more and more through non-OA licensing of electronic content rather than purchasing print books.
Price-Gouging. Libraries are often forced to pay more for access to electronic content than are members of the general public, and vendor offerings and sales platforms are set up in a way that prohibits or preempts price negotiations.
Opaque. Vendors typically disallow negotiations or contracts with libraries to be shared with others or publicly disclosed.
Divided. Purchasing is often done by individual libraries or (somewhat better) institutional or regional consortia.
Legalistic. Digital license terms and related negotiations are absurdly complicated and protecting university interests in such licenses is tremendously difficult.
Redundant. Acquisitions are almost always held by other libraries or consortia, but not as actual downloaded copies that keep the content safer.
Unoriginal. Catalog records are typically copied from other libraries or from vendor supplied records without substantive improvements, and libraries rely on vendors to describe and organize content as vendor-branded items and/or collections.
Insecure. Libraries are typically dependent on the whim of vendors for titles being continued as part of packages.
Restrictive. Acquisitions typically only benefit a limited pool of readers currently affiliated with a university or consortium, and even then often with additional restrictions on the number of simultaneous readers.
High Maintenance. Librarians have to spend a lot of time and energy troubleshooting Electronic Resource Management issues related to vendor systems, links, and proxy servers.

How about the key features of Open Access Digital Collection Management, as being practiced by the OADTL? ….”

News – Winners of the OLH Open Access 2020 Award announced

Earlier this year, the Open Library of Humanities launched the OLH Open Access Award 2020, a fund dedicated to promoting the benefits and impact of open access to humanities scholars and disciplines and to knowledge worldwide. Our open access awards have been awarded to two organisations in recognition for their exceptional open access scholarly projects. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who applied. The winners are announced below:

National Library of Kosovo; Zaide Krapi and Liridon Zekaj…

Open Access Digital Theological Library; Ann Hidalgo….”

SAGE Releases Collection of Free Resources from Their 2020 TAA Award-Winning Titles | SAGE Publications Inc

“SAGE Publishing has opened resources from six titles that received 2020 Textbook Awards from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Materials from the winning texts (see the full list of titles below) support online teaching and learning and include videos, webinars, author interviews, and more. 

A new landing page with the featured resources joins SAGE’s other various initiatives to provide free content for the teaching, learning, and research community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including free-to-access courseware, research, and digital textbooks. …”

Unlocking the Potential for Every High School Library: 2019 Internet Archive Hero Award – Internet Archive Blogs

“Announced today, Phillips Academy has received the Hero Award from the Internet Archive for its leadership in adopting controlled digital lending for school libraries. The Hero Award is presented annually to an organization that exhibits leadership in making its holdings available to digital learners all over the world, and when Phillips Academy was renovating its Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, librarian Michael Barker wanted to update more than the physical space. This was also an opportunity to bring the private preparatory high school up to speed digitally – and in the process, share its vast book collection with others….”

Association of Research Libraries Awards Venture Fund 2020 Grants – Association of Research Libraries

“Northwestern University Libraries’ proposal is titled “Lowering Barriers for Publishing Open Textbooks: A Minimal Computing Toolkit” and is led by Chris Diaz, digital publishing librarian, and Lauren McKeen, open education librarian. The Venture Fund will help with the expansion of Northwestern’s prototypical workflow, into an adaptable toolkit for open textbook creators. The toolkit will consist of learning modules, documentation, and code samples for librarians, faculty, and instructors at ARL institutions to use and adapt, as part of the open textbook publishing process. More broadly, this project will introduce a minimal computing framework for creating open textbooks….”

Caselaw Access Project Nominated for a Webby: Vote for Us! | Library Innovation Lab

“The Caselaw Access Project has been nominated for one of the 24th Annual Webby Awards. We’re honored to be named alongside this year’s other nominees, including friends and leaders in the field like the Knight First Amendment Institute.

CAP makes 6.7 million cases freely available online from the collections of Harvard Law School Library. We’re creating new ways to access the law, such as our case browser, bulk data and downloads for research scholars, and graphs that show how words are used over time….”

Caselaw Access Project Nominated for a Webby: Vote for Us! | Library Innovation Lab

“The Caselaw Access Project has been nominated for one of the 24th Annual Webby Awards. We’re honored to be named alongside this year’s other nominees, including friends and leaders in the field like the Knight First Amendment Institute.

CAP makes 6.7 million cases freely available online from the collections of Harvard Law School Library. We’re creating new ways to access the law, such as our case browser, bulk data and downloads for research scholars, and graphs that show how words are used over time….”

EU Datathon 2020 – EU Datathon – Publications Office of the EU

“The fourth edition of EU Datathon, the open data competition, has been launched on 19 February.

To take part, you should propose the development of an application that links and uses open datasets, of which at least one from the thousands made available by the EU institutions, agencies and bodies. For more detailed information, see the rules of the competition.

Your application should showcase opportunities for concrete business models or social enterprises. It is also expected to find suitable new approaches and solutions to help Europe achieve important goals set by the European Commission through the use of open data.

The current edition of the EU Datathon is the result of merging two separated initiatives: EU Regions hackathon #ideas4EU (main organiser DG REGIO of the European Commission since 2019) and EU Datathon (main organiser Publications Office of the European Union since 2017)….”

Open Data Impact Award | Stifterverband

From Google’s English:  “Innovative ideas from open data and developed with the participation of science, business, administration and citizens – this is where the potential of a sustainable society lies. We find that excellent and worthy of distinction! The Stifterverband therefore awards the Open Data Impact Award as part of the innoSci program.

Application deadline: June 30, 2020.”