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Publishing For Digital Minds pursues global audience with multilingual social media backchannel
- 15 Dec 2014

The London Book Fair, in association with The Publishers Association, has announced plans to put international social media at the heart of the next edition of Publishing for Digital Minds. It will recruit a team of social media experts to live-tweet and blog the 2015 conference in multiple languages.

Publishing for Digital Minds' 'polyglots' will be drawn from the markets most widely represented in the conference's international audience, which welcomes large delegations from China, India and Latin America as well as Europe and North America. These specially recruited industry experts will ensure that Publishing for Digital Mind's social media represents the global reach of its audience. They will do this by using popular social networks to report on the conference with followers in their home territories.

To date The London Book Fair has recruited expert tweeters to live-tweet Publishing for Digital Minds in Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish; a Chinese microblogging professional to live-blog proceedings via Weibo; and a German-speaker to report on the conference on Google Plus and Xing, the two most widely-used social networks by professionals. Yet more experts are still needed to reflect the full diversity of Publishing for Digital Minds audience. The London Book Fair is appealing for publishing polyglots to come forward to cover the conference in the native languages of major European and Asian publishing markets, including Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, French, Hindi and Malay.

To bid for a place as one of Publishing for Digital Minds' social media polyglots, applicants should email chloe.modaberi@reedexpo.co.uk, stating which language they would like to cover for the conference and setting out their qualifications for the role. Successful applicants will receive free admission to Publishing for Digital Minds.
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London Book Fair announces Mexico Market Focus Professional Programme for LBF 2015
- 11 Dec 2014

The London Book Fair (LBF), in partnership with The Publishers Association (PA), and CONACULTA and CANIEM in Mexico, has announced the Mexico Market Focus Professional Programme for LBF 2015. The programme was announced in London at the Mexico Market Focus: Rights Forum hosted by The London Book Fair, British Council and The Publishers Association.

LBF Mexico's Market Focus is the twelfth Market Focus programme. It encompasses almost 16 months of planned activity, centring on activity at The London Book Fair itself on April 14-16, 2015. The Professional Programme will hear from the cream of Mexican publishing community in a series of business-to-business events, and it will include many more matchmaking opportunities for international and Mexican publishers. Confirmed speakers from Mexico include representatives of Caniem, Conaculta, FCE, Planeta and Sexto Piso.

Alongside the Professional Programme, Market Focus Mexico will also enjoy a rich Cultural Programme, featuring contemporary writers from Mexico, which will be curated for LBF by The British Council, in partnership with CONACULTA, CANIEM and other partners in Mexico.

The London Book Fair Market Focus programme has been very successful for previous countries and regions who have participated, leaving a long legacy of success and increased publisher links across the world. When Turkey was Market Focus in 2013, Bloomsbury acquired two novels from a Turkish author, Hasan Ali Toptaş, and a leading Turkish agency, Kalem Agency, sold rights to several authors including Hakan Gunday and Çiler İlhan. In 2012, China's Bi Feiyu sold rights to his work Massage to Penguin and Tie Ning, sold The Bathing Girls to Macmillan.
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Tackling textbook costs through open educational resources: a primer at ALA midwinter
- 03 Dec 2014

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC) in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication is offering an institute on open educational resources at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting 2015 in Chicago, on January 29, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and January 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is a tremendous problem on campus, and academic libraries have a growing opportunity to advance a solution through open educational resources (OERs). OERs include digital textbooks and other academic materials that carry open licenses permitting their free use and repurposing by others.

Participants will learn from national experts, be inspired by successful projects, brainstorm with peers, and develop action plans. All experience levels are welcome.

Speakers include: Nicole Allen, SPARC; Steven Bell, Temple University; Marilyn Billings, University of Massachusetts Amherst; David Ernst, University of Minnesota; Kristi Jensen, University of Minnesota; Quill West, Pierce College; David Wiley, Lumen Learning; and Stacy Zemke, University of Oklahoma.

Individuals from ARL member institutions will receive a significant discount on the non-member registration fee. Complete details and registration materials are on the OER institute webpage.

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Jisc Digital Festival 2015 opens for registration
- 25 Nov 2014

Jisc has announced that registration for the Jisc Digital Festival 2015 is now open. The festival, scheduled for March 9-10, 2015 at the ICC in Birmingham, will showcase the very best in UK digital talent.

Simon Nelson, chief executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform set up by The Open University as the first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), is confirmed as one of four keynote speakers at the festival.

Celebrating the theme of 'connect more', the event will bring people together through digital technology across UK education, research, skills and enterprise, to position the UK at the forefront of international practice.

A number of leading organisations in the learning technologies space have already confirmed as exhibiting, including software and technology company Digital Science, media streaming and archive solution service, Planet eStream, and Figshare, a cloud repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

Also at the festival will be the Jisc Fab Lab, which will showcase the latest advancements in digital technologies for education and research through a series of live talks and demonstrations.

The Jisc Digital Festival opened for registrations on November 24 at www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest. Early bird tickets are available until January 5, 2015.
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Digital Science and Boston Library Consortium workshop to address emerging needs of the research ecosystem
- 20 Nov 2014

Digital Science, a technology company with a focus on the sciences, and the Boston Library Consortium are organising a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university.

Today's research ecosystem is increasingly complex and includes players from many different departments and groups within the academy: research and sponsored program staff, the CIO and IT staff, library deans/directors and their scholarly communications and research data management librarians, university marketing and communications staff and, of course, the researchers themselves.

Meeting the diverse requirements of these varied groups in efficient and cost-effective ways requires that quality data are able to flow in and out of university information systems, often populating such diverse technologies as grants management systems, researcher profiles, institutional repositories, and enterprise data warehouses. Non-traditional measures of research impact such as Altmetrics and the increasingly prevalent funder mandates create new challenges for universities as they look to ensure a robust research information management environment.

The workshop, scheduled for November 21, will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus).
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