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        Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Products and Services             101st issue - 1 April 2017 015


Ruth's Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education - "Soaring Upward" or Not?

Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. Among the takeaways are: The Malaysian Higher Education System ranks higher than its individual institutions; The rankings for the Malaysian higher education system have improved since 2012 (U21); and More Malaysian universities joined global rankings since the MEB 2014 benchmark data.


Unpaywall due for release 4th April

Get full-text of research papers as you browse, using Unpaywall’s index of ten million legal, open-access articles. Scholars upload their papers to free, legal servers online but getting links to them can be onerous. By using a browser extension, Unpaywall searches the web for the papers you want, bringing open access direct to you.


One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake    

Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a new OECD report. Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods finds that smartphone batteries, chargers, memory cards, magnetic stripe cards, solid state drives and music players are also increasingly falling prey to counterfeiters. On average, 6.5% of global trade in information and communication technology (ICT) goods is in counterfeit products, according to analysis of 2013 customs data. 


Copyright Issues in Libraries, Education and Open Access: A Joint Session by Singapore Management University (SMU) Libraries and The Library Association of Singapore (LAS)

Copyright law and intellectual property rights continue to remain hotly debated and discussed as educators, libraries and open access proponents rally towards a more open and less restrictive copyright legislation.  The SMU Libraries–LAS Copyright Seminar is one attempt to bring library and education professionals together, to discuss best practices pertaining to copyright. The event was organized in keeping with trending interests in Singapore, on the issue of copyright, and the corresponding restrictions, user obligations and user rights.


British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition is part of the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, taking place in Kyoto, Japan this November. The winners will be announced at a special event during the conference.


A (born digital) health check in New Zealand

Collecting, managing, and preserving born digital collections creates new challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s cultural heritage organisations. This work often requires learning new and different technology skills, and the use of specialised computer hardware and software. The National Library has had a digital collecting program for over fifteen years. In 2016 it undertook an environmental scan of the current state of born digital archival and special collections material across the country. Read  highlights of the survey.

Ruth's Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2017

The number of Indian and Malaysian universities in the new rankings has more than doubled. The biggest gainer in terms of number of universities is Japan at  69.  Almost 50% of Japanese universities are in the bottom third with less than 20% in the top 100.   In 2009, 33 Japanese universities were in the top 100 list. 24 of the top 100 are Chinese. All six Hong Kong universities are in the top 50.



-Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science


-Japanese science stalls over past decade, threatening position among world's elite
-Job Opportunity at Hong Kong Baptist University Library for Assistant Librarian

-Business Analyst - Library Management Systems 12 months - $600 a day

-University of Adelaide hiring Associate University Librarians

-Nanyang Polytechnic Library hiring Librarian

-Parliament of Tasmania hiring Parliamentary Librarian

-Official opening of the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library at Singapore Management University

-Modern public library prepared for East Jakarta

-New Sha Tin library to open in Hong Kong

-Imagining libraries of the future in Singapore

-Christine Mackenzie elected as IFLA President-elect 2017-2019

-Koha ILS installation and consultancy for library setup at A.A.Ukulhahu School Library in the Maldives

-Amendments to Australian copyright a welcome step towards fair, affordable and open access to knowledge

-Curtin University trades Digitool for DSpace

-The new English website of Peking University Library

-Bound for China: Shakespeare, Sherlock and Charlotte Bronte

-Bodleian First Folio on display in Singapore

-New Kindai University library aims to lure manga lovers to academic works

-Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

-Clarivate Analytics honors Dr. Eugene Garfield's legacy to Information Sciences with a Memorial Scholarship

-ARL Statistics 2014-2015 and Updated Trends Graphs Published

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