Heritage Daily: The Digital Corpus Of Literary Papyri (DCLP), A New Digital Tool For Researching Ancient Literature, Is Now Available.. “Scholars from Heidelberg University and New York University (USA) spearheaded the development of the newly released open-access database, which offers information about and transcripts of Greek and Latin texts preserved on fragments of papyri, but also, for example, on ceramic shards or wooden tablets…. The database is accessible to anyone and currently has information on nearly 15,000 fragments of ancient works. Approximately 1,000 of these entries include the corresponding Greek or Latin texts.”
The Star: Federal department tells researcher his document request will be ready in … 80 years. “Library and Archives Canada is promising to fulfill an Ottawa researcher’s access to information request. It just needs until 2098. In correspondence reviewed by the Star, the federal department said it needed at minimum eight decades to review 780,000 records related to a mysterious RCMP investigation called Project Anecdote.”
University of Hawaii: UH Press awarded $100K to publish open-access books. “University of Hawaiʻi has received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitization and open-access distribution of 22 out-of-print University of Hawaiʻi Press books.”
ProPublica: Here’s How You Can Use Trump Town. “Trump Town is a searchable database of 2,684 Trump administration political appointees, including their jobs and offices, employment history, lobbying records, government ethics documents and financial disclosures.”
Techdirt: Hated Science Publisher Elsevier To Help EU Monitor Open Science – Including Open Access. “Techdirt has written many stories about the publisher Elsevier. They have all been pretty negative: the company seems determined to represent the worst of academic publishing. It’s no surprise, then, that many academics loathe the company. Against that background, news that the EU ‘Open science Monitor’ will use Elsevier as a subcontractor is surprising, to say the least.”
Quartz: Michigan’s students and teachers are using public data to challenge university spending. “One of the most active student clubs at Michigan State University meets every other Wednesday in a room above a buzzing cafeteria. This club doesn’t organize intramural sports or plan keg parties or produce the yearbook. It pores over dense financial documents to examine how the university handles its money. One kind of risky deal they unearthed, the students in the group say, cost the school more than $130 million at a time when tuition was increasing much faster than the national average.”
A big thanks to David D. on Twitter for hipping me to this. From Demand Progress: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports To Become Publicly Available. “The Library of Congress will begin publishing Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online within 90 days of enactment of the Omnibus, which passed the House this afternoon. The non-confidential non-partisan reports, issued by Congress’s think tank, provide an even-handed discussion of topical policy matters being considered by legislators. This will apply to approximately 3,000 reports annually.” I had mentioned this briefly last August but I hadn’t seen a progress report since.