Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform | JHU Press

Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform

More searchable and discoverable than PDFs, the improved new format represents the “next chapter” in OA publishing in the humanities and social sciences

Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform | JHU Press

The press release offers no details on the platform though it doesn’t appear to be Pressbooks, already a leader in the OER space.

How we know what we know: The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) helps unlock millions of connections between scholarly research – Wikimedia Blog

The Wikimedia Foundation, in collaboration with 29 publishers and a network of organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the Internet Archive, Mozilla, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and many others, announced the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), which aims to make citation data freely available for anyone to access.

Scholarly publishers deposit the bibliographic record and raw metadata for their publications to Crossref. Thanks to a growing list of publishers participating in I4OC, reference metadata for nearly 15 million scholarly papers in Crossref’s database will become available to the public without copyright restriction.1 This data includes bibliographic information (like the title of a paper, its author(s), and publication date), machine readable identifiers like DOIs (Digital Object Identifier, a common way to identify scholarly works), as well as data on how papers reference one another. It will help draw connections within scientific research, find and surface relevant information, and enrich knowledge in places like Wikipedia and Wikidata.

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/04/06/initiative-for-open-citations/

Social Science Research Network confusion leads to calls for boycott

Social Science Research Network confusion leads to calls for boycott https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/19/social-science-research-network-confusion-leads-calls-boycott

University of Florida, Elsevier explore interoperability in the publishing space | Inside Higher Ed

University of Florida, Elsevier explore interoperability in the publishing space | Inside Higher Ed  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/25/university-florida-elsevier-explore-interoperability-publishing-space

Nice to know my problem has a name. Meet Extract-Transform-Load.

From ETL for America https://civicquarterly.com/article/etl-for-america/

Many of the problems governments confront with technology are fundamentally about data integration: taking the disparate data sets living in a variety of locations and formats (SQL Server databases, exports from ancient ERP systems and Excel spreadsheets on people’s desktops, for example) and getting them into a place and shape where they’re actually usable.

Among backend software engineers, these are generically referred to as ETL problems, or extract-transform-load operations.

In the case of court opinions the ETL problem is complicated by the fact that the data that comes from the courts is in PDF format and the courts do little beyond dumping it on websites and declaring it sort of published. I’m going to be taking a long look at the handling of the ETL problem in the other branches of government to see what’s going on there.

Are Open Access and Traditional Publishers in the Same Business?