NISO Releases Draft Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources for Public Comment | NISO website

“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new Recommended Practice draft for improved access to institutionally-provided information resources. This document details the findings from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative and provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and for improving the federated authentication user experience.

For several years, scholars have expressed increasing frustration with obtaining access to institutionally-provided information resources against a background of changing work habits and the expectation of always-on connectivity from any location, at any time, from any device….

The NISO Recommended Practices for Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources is available for public comment between April 17 and May 17, 2019. To download the draft document or to submit comments, visit the NISO Project page at:  All input is welcome and encouraged….”

Response to the UK IPO’s call for views on the Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

From Copyright for Knowledge: “Whilst we understand the intention of this measure in the draft Directive in terms of supporting a diversity of press publications within the European Union, it is not clear to Copyright for Knowledge that an ancillary right for press publications is either necessary or advantageous. We fear that it may result in an unnecessary complication of the overall rights landscape. At the same time we welcome the fact that Article 11 contains wording which appears to protect the rights of authors in relation to the new right for press publications. We have a specific concern that the publishers of scholarly and scientific journals may see the new right in Article 11 as the basis for a campaign for the same publication right to be extended to scholarly and scientific journals. We see this as a possible threat to the widely shared and accepted Open Access agenda to promote the availability of the results of publicly funded research in freely available web-based sources. If the publication right were to be extended, it would be a seriously retrogressive development, which would endanger the widely accepted policy of making the results of research as available as possible as promptly as possible for use by the wider research community throughout the EU….”