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Exciting Times for arXiv: Grants from the Sloan Foundation and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Usher the Next-Gen arXiv Initiative

We are pleased to receive a $450,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation and $200,000 from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) to start establishing a new technical infrastructure for arXiv. The funds from the Sloan Foundation will initiate the design of a modern, scalable, cost-efficient, and reliable technical infrastructure for arXiv. The additional support […]

Scholarly Communication Working Group Sprint to Develop Author Rights Resources

Outreach to promote effective author rights management was identified as a high priority project for members of the Scholarly Communication Working Group (SCWG), and the Library Directors Leadership Team also raised this as an important issue in their introductory meetings with Director of Copyright Services Amy Dygert and Scholarly Communication Librarian Gail Steinhart. The SCWG […]

Invitation to Apply for Digital Scholarship Fellowships

We are pleased to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit since 2012, the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

RepoExec, or The CUL Repository Executive Group

The Cornell University Library’s Repository Executive Group, colloquially known as RepoExec, has been meeting since the beginning of the year to explore and address the issues surrounding digital repositories at CUL. A digital repository is a system for managing and storing digital items, potentially including a wide range of content (visual images, digital images, research […]

Project Euclid Launches New Website

Project Euclid launched a new website in early January. Planning, design, and development of the site took place over 18 months, and included discussions with numerous researchers, publishers, and librarians. The new site maintains what people liked about the previous site, its performance and clean appearance, while incorporating many new tools and features. Project Euclid […]

Invitation to Apply for DSPS Fellowship

We are getting ready to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

MOOCs, Copyright, and the Library

(by Peter Hirtle) As MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) have become of interest to higher education, so too have they drawn the attention of libraries.  Now that Cornell has joined the EdX partnership, MOOCs are of particular interest to CUL.  The article “Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries” is a good […]

Expanding Access to Research Results – Announcement from the White House

This is relatively old news now, but still worth sharing. On February 22, the Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that federal agencies with more than $100 million in research expenditures will be required to develop policies that ensure free, public access to publications and data resulting from the research they fund. Both the […]

Implications of Research Funders’ Policies for Scholarly Communication

US Federal funders of research have been developing policies to ensure public access to the products of tax-payer funded research, and two of the major funding agencies have recently announced some changes to their policies with implications for scholarly communication. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has had in place since 2008 a policy requiring […]

Sustainability: Scholarly Repository as an Enterprise

Increasing emphasis on open science and the burgeoning data management mandates usher a complex suite of technology, policy and service needs. It is essential to consider the sustainability requirements upstream and remember that the services we are experimenting and creating now have long-term implications. As we explore a range of issues related to research data […]

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