While you were working (27 June 2017)

A round-up of all the news you may have missed including: Elsevier launches Biology Research Network; T&F partner with The Conversation Africa; new case study collection from Emerald; JoVE adds physics; Webcomics and Webcultures archives from the Library of Congress; UK's national sculpture collection to be catalogued - and more.

Elsevier launches Biology Research Network

Elsevier has announced that SSRN, which it acquired in May 2016, is to launch the Biology Research Network (BioRN). On BioRN, biology researchers can post preprints and working papers, share early stage research, and collaborate. The Network allows users to upload and read abstracts and full text papers, free of charge.

BioRN already has almost 4,500 papers live from 6,500 authors.


Taylor & Francis partner with The Conversation Africa

Taylor & Francis and The Conversation Africa have announced a new partnership to facilitate African researchers increase public engagement with their work and expertise. Taylor & Francis will work with The Conversation Africa to highlight essential African research and offer T&F authors, journal editors, and publishing partners closer links with the African news website.

The Conversation is an international network of news websites, addressing the news agenda from an academic perspective. The Conversation Africa was established in 2015, alongside Conversation websites in Australia, the UK, France and the USA.


New case study collection from Emerald

Emerald Publishing has launched the Emerald eCase collection, designed for business schools. eCase Collection provides unlimited access to a digital library of over 1,500 real-life case studies from a range of business schools and contributing partners.

eCase Collection provides unlimited access to a growing digital library of over 1,500 real life business situation case studies from world-leading business schools as well as content from The CASE Journal and Emerging Markets Case Studies.


JoVE Science Education adds physics series

JoVE has added a new physics series to its catalogue of video resources for scientific research and education. More than 400 videos are designed to enhance learning for both students and faculty. The company has also updated the clinical skills and psychology series.


Irish archaeological excavations now available online

Details of more than 1,500 Irish archaeological excavations are now freely available online as part of a new collaboration between Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the Discovery Programme. The Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Digital Heritage Collections project makes it possible for anyone to explore Ireland’s archaeological heritage from every time period and region, with sites ranging from a Bronze Age village in County Cork to a Tudor burial discovered outside Trinity College, Dublin. The data can be accessed through www.dri.ie, www.heritagemaps.ie and https://data.gov.ie.


Library of Congress launch Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives

The US Library of Congress has announced that the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive are now available on the Library of Congress website

The Webcomics Web Archive focuses on comics created specifically for the web. Webcomics selected for the collection include award-winning comics as well as webcomics that are significant for their longevity, reputation or subject matter, including sites such as Dinosaur Comics, Hyperbole and a Half, and XKCD. Works by artists and subjects not traditionally represented in mainstream comics are also included, such as women artists and characters, artists and characters of colour, LGBTQ+ artists and characters, and subjects such as politics, health and autobiography.

The Web Cultures Web Archive is a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web such as GIFs, memes and emoji. The project is part of the American Folklife Center, established by Congress to document traditional cultural forms and practices.


New project to catalogue UK’s national sculpture collection

A new project from Art UK aims to catalogue the UK’s national sculpture collection, with around 170,000 sculptures being freely accessible on the artuk.org website by 2020. The first photographic records will appear on the Art UK website in early 2018. Art UK say that no other country has attempted such a comprehensive digitisation of its national sculpture collection. The project will include sculpture in public collections as well as those outdoors. All objects will be recorded and most will be photographed, some in 3D.