Learned Society Attitudes Towards Open Access

EDP Open, the Open Access publishing arm of EDP Sciences, has released the results of a survey to appraise attitudes toward Open Access amongst learned society publishers. The survey was answered by 33 learned societies and the results were further supplemented by a focus group held at the annual UKSG meeting in Harrogate in April.

Key findings include:

  • Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy.
  • Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also considered a significant challenge for learned societies.
  • Gold Open Access is the Open Access method that is least offered by learned society journals, however nearly two-thirds of learned societies indicated that they would like to be offering this option.
  • More than ever before, with so many journals being published Open Access of dubious origin, learned societies should look to endorse content with a stamp of quality and authority.
  • Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks.
  • Two-thirds of all learned societies are also looking for support on best approach to OA, and compliance with funder mandates.
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Rachel Carson, May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964

In honor of Rachel Carson’s birthday, here is a short list of books by and about Rachel Carson available from the University Library.

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Neotoma Paleoecology Database

Just released: Neotoma Explorer 2.0, a new interface for searching, exploring, and obtaining paleoecological data stored in the Neotoma Paleoecology Database. Neotoma is an international database collaborative which covers the Pliocene-Quaternary time period. All data stored in Neotoma are publicly available and free to use. Explore this resource to learn more about finding, downloading, and contributing data.

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RFP from Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers (ETPBR) Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is seeking project ideas for potential funding in 2014. The ETPBR LCC is responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and supporting projects that will address the scientific uncertainties and needs that can inform better conservation. The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative is dedicated to addressing the conservation challenges of a heavily agricultural landscape that stretches across the nation¿s heartland from southwest Ohio westward across to parts of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and northward into segments of Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.Climate change, shifts in land-use, urban expansion, agricultural changes, are all contributing stressors affecting the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers landscape.

Public institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.  Maximum award is $100,000, and the total allocation for the program is $200,000.  Application deadline is June 13, 2014.

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Wetlands Mapper

The Wetlands Mapper, developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory, integrates digital map data with other resource information to produce timely and relevant management and decision support tools. It allows users to:

  • View wetlands information using a map interface
  • Print a snapshot or download map data

For more information, see the following:

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ISTC hosts Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week

With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Three documentaries will be screened at the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium on the evenings of April 22, 23, and 24th from 6-7:30 PM:

Admission is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 5:30 PM. After each film, a Q&A/discussion will be held with ISTC staff and other relevant experts.

The Prairie Research Institute Library has developed a LibGuide for the film series, which includes resources relating to the three films. After the screenings, the documentary DVDs will be available for loan at the Prairie Research Institute Library. UIUC students, faculty, and staff will be able to borrow the videos via the University Library’s online catalog.

The general public will have access to materials either from their local public library via inter-library loan through the University’s participation in the Illinois Heartland Library System or directly from the Institute library if they have a UIUC Library courtesy card. The DVDs will have downloadable activities and resource lists associated with them to enhance the educational impact of the films.

A flyer for the film festival is available at http://istc.illinois.edu/docs/SustainabilityFilmFestFlyer.pdf. The Spurlock Museum is at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801. The Institute Library is in the Forbes Building, at 1816 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL, 61820.   For more information on the series, contact Joy Scrogum at 217-333-8948 or jscrogum@illinois.edu.

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New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as the planet warms.

For information about precipitation and climate in the Midwest, visit the Midwestern Regional Climate Center web site. The Center is is a cooperative program between the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, Illinois. It is a partner in a national climate service program that includes NCDC, five other Regional Climate Centers, and State Climate Offices. The NCDC is part of the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Their services and research help to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, provide practical solutions to specific climate problems, and allow them to develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.

Resources include Midwest Climate Watch, maps and data, and resources and links, including real-time climate monitoring and other tools.


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USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

On April 30th at 9 am Mountain Time, the U.S. Geological Survey will host a 30-minute webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts.” The webinar will provide a brief overview of geospatial services and data that are publicly available to assist the development of web and mobile mapping applications.

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Prairie Research Institute Anniversary Lecture Series: Nunavut: Canada’s Frozen Territory on April 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. Lecture
Beckman Auditorium of the Beckman Institute
405 N. Mathews, Urbana
Free and open to the public
Directions and Parking Information
RSVP on the facebook event page.

Speaker: Bill Shilts, Founding Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute

Nunavut, created in 1999, is one of the most remote, sparsely populated regions in the world with only 32,000 residents in an area larger than Mexico. Nearly all of Nunavut is in the zone of continuous permafrost, and glaciers and ice caps abound in its northernmost plateaux and highlands. In his 30-year career with the Geological Survey of Canada, Dr. Shilts carried out major research projects that provided a unique understanding of the permafrost, periglacial features, and glaciers of this arctic region. The modern world he experienced in Canada’s arctic is virtually identical to the world we would inhabit in Champaign County, if we had lived here 19,000 years ago.

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ISTC releases five new case studies

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center recently published five new case studies. They are:

Governor’s Sustainability Award Case Studies

E3 Case Study

Zero Waste Case Studies

Browse ISTC’s complete collection of case studies and other publications on the web and in the ISTC community on IDEALS, the University of Illinois’ institutional repository.

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