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        Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Products and Services             102nd issue - 15 April 2017 015


73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publisher their data

Combining results from bibliometric analyses, a global sample of researcher opinions and case-study interviews, a new report  reveals that although the benefits of open research data are well known, in practice, confusion remains within the researcher community around when and how to share research data.

Research evaluation and data science for libraries

EIFL’s partner library consortium, Electronic Information for Libraries in Thailand, and Mahidol University, will host a two-day workshop on research evaluation and data science for libraries, 16-17 May 2017. The topics to be addressed in two sessions, over the two days are: Research evaluation for research administrators/managers and librarians, and Data science for libraries.


Initiative for Open Citation (I4OC) launches with early success    

Six organizations recently announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). They are  OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Until recently, the vast majority of citation data were not openly available, even though all major publishers freely share their metadata through the foundational infrastructure provided by Crossref. Before I4OC started, only about 1% of the publications with reference data deposited in Crossref made their references freely available. Now, that figure will jump to 40%.


Ruth's Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education Japan: New ranking - Same universities at the top

Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success.  This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings. Japan’s elite National Seven Universities are joined by the Tokyo Institute of Technology at the top of the rankings. After the top eight, rankings do change based on the different methodologies for the rankings.

Survey shows author sharing via scholarly collaboration networks is widespread

Kudos has announced headline results from a recent survey of authors’ current sharing behaviours, carried out in partnership with 10 publishers including Cambridge University Press, The IET, De Gruyter and SAGE Publishing. The survey, which had over 7,500 researcher respondents, shows that usage of scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs, such as ResearchGate and, for uploading articles is widespread, and that accessing full text content is the primary reason, ahead of finding and connecting with other researchers.


Outcomes from Wikipedia's #1Lib1Ref campaign 2017

What role does Wikipedia have in higher education, and how do research libraries contribute? Fiona Bradley, Deputy Executive Director, RLUK  has blogged that several RLUK member libraries participated in Wikimedia’s flagship #1lib1ref campaign from 15 January-3 February 2017 to increase the number of citations on its articles; and others have hosted Wikimedians-in-residence in recent years. In the US, OCLC’s Research Libraries Partnership will also be implementing library partnerships with Wikimedia. So, what has the experience of RLUK members been, and what happens next?

How many tree species are there in the world?

It may surprise you to learn that before today we didn’t know how many tree species there were in the world. Of all countries Brazil has the most tree species, with 8,715 species, followed by Colombia (5,776) and then Indonesia (5,142). The database comprises of over 375,500 records, which took over two years to compile. GlobalTreeSearch represents a huge scientific effort encompassing the discovery, collection and describing of tens of thousands of plant species. This is ‘big science’ involving the work of thousands of botanists over a period of centuries.

What are Hongkongers reading? City's most popular library books revealed

What library books are Hongkongers reading the most? It turns out that inspirational fiction, chivalrous Chinese novels and travel guidebooks are among the most well-loved among public library users.


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