TK Notice – Local Contexts

“The TK Notice is a proposed digital identifier (mark/symbol) that offers a new option for the identification and recognition of Traditional Knowledge (TK). As a symbol with specific rules of use, it can function as an automatic digital tag that can be attached to information and data that comes from or includes TK. When TK material with an attached TK Notice is added into databases or other digital repositories, there is a visible notification that there is accompanying cultural rights and responsibilities that need further attention for any future sharing and use of this material.

The TK Notice is intended to be a collective notice and an initiative to elevate recognition of the cultural significance, importance and often placed-based nature of TK. In this sense, the TK Notice is identifying the unique nature of material.

The TK Notice is different from the TK Labels. The TK Notice is a singular notification with rules of use. It is not adaptable, unlike the TK Labels. It seeks to address a misperception that all knowledge arises out of, or comes from, a universal and collective ‘commons’. The TK Notice can be applied as a general stand-alone notice or it can indicate that TK Labels are in development and their implementation is being negotiated.

The TK Notice is under collaborative development.”

Plan S, Core Open Access Publishing Standards & Scholastica

Scholastica has released a Product Roadmap detailing new features to help journals comply with Plan S and sustainably meet core publishing standards. The roadmap page also includes answers to Plan S FAQs and a resources section to help publishers stay caught up on Plan S developments and work through the implementation guidelines.

ARL Endorses COAR/SPARC Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services – Association of Research Libraries

“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), through its mission to catalyze the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information, supports the COAR/SPARC Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services. The landscape of tools and infrastructure to support the research enterprise reflects a complex mix of economic models, both commercial and community-owned, both proprietary and open source. With the growing enthusiasm and support in Canadian and US research libraries for academy-owned, community-governed open scholarly communication, these seven principles serve as excellent guideposts for the community as it builds and coordinates components and services for open scholarship….”

Crossing the Borders: Re-Use of Smart Learning Objects in Advanced Content Access Systems

Abstract:  Researchers in many disciplines are developing novel interactive smart learning objects like exercises and visualizations. Meanwhile, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and eTextbook systems are also becoming more sophisticated in their ability to use standard protocols to make use of third party smart learning objects. But at this time, educational tool developers do not always make best use of the interoperability standards and need exemplars to guide and motivate their development efforts. In this paper we present a case study where the two large educational ecosystems use the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard to allow cross-sharing of their educational materials. At the end of our development process, Virginia Tech’s OpenDSA eTextbook system became able to import materials from Aalto University’s ACOS smart learning content server, such as python programming exercises and Parsons problems. Meanwhile, University of Pittsburgh’s Mastery Grids (which already uses the ACOS exercises) was made to support CodeWorkout programming exercises (a system already used within OpenDSA). Thus, four major projects in CS Education became inter-operable. 

RightsStatements in Wikidata

“We are pleased to report that the volunteer community behind Wikidata – the freely licensed structured database of information, sister to Wikipedia, has recently approved the creation of a dedicated metadata Property for RightsStatements. P6426 to be precise. This will increase the chances that accurate, understandable, and precise rights-labelling information about cultural heritage works will be findable by end-users.

Here Liam Wyatt explains how this change came about, and what it means for cultural heritage organisations around the world who contribute items to Wikidata….”

Guest Post – Building Pipes and Fixing Leaks: Demystifying and Decoding Scholarly Information Discovery & Interchange – The Scholarly Kitchen

Stakeholders in the scholarly information content supply chain need to design and build effective content pipelines to find and fix content leaks, breaks and blockages. NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) is a committee of librarians, content providers and discovery service representatives dedicated to enhancing scholarly information discovery through greater collaboration across the community. ODI engages all parties in the discovery chain, for web-scale discovery services like EDS, Primo, Summon and WorldCat Discovery,  to ensure transparency and freedom of choice through rich metadata inclusion, resource interoperability, statistical consistency, and link customization and optimization.

In 2018 ODI published The ODI Implementation Guide for Content Providers, to help content providers conform to the ODI Recommendations issued in 2014. As a checklist developed out of “Should publishers work with library discovery technologies and what can they do?”, the Implementation Guide is a roadmap to help content providers detect and fix discovery-related problems. Although the focus is on web-scale discovery tools, the methodologies can be used for other search channels as well. The following sections summarize recommendations from the Implementation Guide and provide examples on how content providers, discovery service providers and libraries are working together to build better content pipelines and fix leaks….”

Introducing Endeavour

“We are excited to announce that early access to Endeavour – the new self-hosted offering – is now available upon request.


Endeavour complements cloud publishing offerings Explorer and Voyager, by providing an open source solution that enables self-hosting.


Endeavour allows the following uses:

  • For publishers: upgrade technological infrastructure while having strong guarantees on the long-term perennity and control of the of the technology used.
  • For not-for-profit, open-access journals: operate with zero platform costs on open and standard-compliant infrastructure.
  • For journal service providers: build new business opportunities, either offering hosting solutions built on or integrating services with the platform….”