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 sci.pe Endeavour

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

 
 
 

Endeavour complements sci.pe 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 sci.pe or integrating services with the platform….”