EUA Publishes Big Deals Survey Report, the First European-Level Mapping of Major Scientific Contracts in Europe
A survey focusing on the functions and working process of consortia, as well as on the conditions of contracts for big deals concerning scientific periodicals, databases, and e-books. The results of the survey show that consortia broadly represent the interests of relevant stakeholders from the university and library sectors and are largely driven by researchers’ needs.
Libraries Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract
More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis: the academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis "big deal" will now have to be purchased as a separate package.
With exponential increases that reached 402% over a 20-year span, the spiralling cost of these large bundles rapidly put pressure on available budgets for books and journals from smaller learned societies.
My Look at Some Interesting Discovery Ideas, Trends and Features for Academic Search
What follows are a mix of technologies and actual search systems that I've been looking at that have potential to go beyond what current web scale or index based discovery offers. Some merely offer a new feature or two that might be incorporated fairly easily, others are based on fundamentally different frameworks and paradigms that supplement or might eventually replace current systems.