Check out Elsevier’s SciVerse Hub in Information Today’s Newsbreaks. Another example of content integration at it’s finest, and what opportunities they bring to the table opening content to developers.
Elsevier is launching it’s SciVerse Hub on August 28th. This new platform combines the searching of Science Direct, Scopus, Scirus and SciTopics.
From their website: Elsevier is launching SciVerse to bring together solutions like ScienceDirect, Scopus, the web content from Scirus, and SciTopics into one point of access, enabling more efficient search and discovery for our users. Beginning in 2008, Elsevier interviewed over 3,000 researchers, research librarians and application developers to discern the obstacles the scientific community is encountering most. We found that researchers need a better way to search, discover, store, share and reuse the data that is most important to their individual research. Developers need access to research data to be able to develop the applications that will best assist them. Librarians are under pressure to maximize the content they already have in their collections, and prove a return on investment for the services they purchase. The launch of the SciVerse platform aims to fulfill all these needs by providing a new single-point of access that will enable collaboration across these three groups.
More information, including a video is available on Elsevier’s Accelerated Science website.
Brought to my attention by @xplanarob. I first saw the enTourage eDGe at the O’Reilly TOC conference last February. I was so intrigued with it I put it in my list of top 10 takeaways from the conference. It appears the appeal is widespread, as enTourage Systems™ and Cengage Learning just announced a partnership to bring e-Textbooks together on the platform. Some bits and pieces of the press release are below, highlights: coming this fall, higher education, dual screen, wi-fi enabled, e-reader/tablet/notepad/AV player. Of note, Britannica, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, O’Reilly Media, F.A. Davis, and the Univ. of Chicago Press have also partnered with the eDGe. Continue reading
On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing. Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion.
The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the University of Akron, and Tony Horava at OCUL. Michael began the event with general slides about eBook and print book availability and sales. He also offered a few anonymous comments from librarians. I’ll try to get copies of his slides to post. Continue reading
Very interesting post in SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen from June 14th – “The Latest Library As Purchaser Crisis: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle?” by Kent Anderson. Anderson discusses the site licensing issues between libraries and publishers, using examples from Nature, Elsevier, and Univ. of California system. He says, ” The fatal flaw of site licensing is that it pits traditional allies against each other, effectively putting libraries and publishers on opposing teams. This flaw points out how non-strategic site licensing has been for libraries and publishers.”
Here is a link to the University of California letter to faculty concerning this issue.
Site licensing appears to be the preferred business model for eBooks in academic libraries. Are we making a mistake?
Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.
Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource. The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSource’s “MathSpeak” program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags. With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content. Windows, Macintosh®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad™ releases in August. Continue reading
Glad to see (press release below) that the patron driven model is going well for another e-book aggregator. Librarians – please take a look at the PDA survey from ebrary. It’s extensive, detailed, and asks very specific questions about workflow. The results should be really interesting. Continue reading
New from ebrary, a subscription database on food science. According to the press release, “With more than 110 current and essential reference works, handbooks, manuals, and e-books from the industry’s top publishers such as CRC Press, Elsevier, Marcel Dekker, and Woodhead Publishing, the subscription database covers such topics as food manufacturing and processing, safety, quality assurance, nutrition, ingredients, storage and preservation, and government regulations. To preview the selection visit http://site.ebrary.com/lib/foodscience.