EKSMO-AST enlarges its library
The largest Russian publishing holding group, EKSMO-AST keeps buying up domains of independent book online-retailers. Following the recent deal with Read.ru, the holding group purchased Kniga.ru domain including the Internet book store of the top 10. The former owner’s suppliers had made claims for 43 mln rubles and filed a bankruptcy case.
The EKSMO-AST publishing holding purchased Kniga.ru domain from the Internet-store founders, as "Ъ" was informed. Mr. Oleg Novikov, EKSMO-AST President, cleared it up that the deal didn’t include any equity purchase. “We were interested in the domain Kniga.ru alone. It is a “speaking out”, simple domain relevant to our profile. Though, the price was rather high”, —he said while avoiding to disclose the sum of transaction. Mr. Novikov added that the former managing company was indebted to EKSMO-AST group and other publishers’, however the holding group could not assume any liabilities on them and had nothing to do with them.
The Internet bookstore Kniga.ru was founded in 2008. In February, 2016, it offered 513, 000 titles and was among the top 10, according to ROSPECHAT (Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication) report. In 2011, Kniga.ru was co-owned by Eduard Mordukhovich and Minas Yerznkyan though later they withdrew from the company, according to Kartoteka.ru. Like Peter Shulenkov, today’s owner of Kniga.ru, TK Kniga.Ru and Kniga.ru Logistics companies, they headed Infotel, a communications provider, at varying times, while Mr. Mordukhovich has been still its Director General.
The RF Ministry of Culture and Mail.Ru Group signed memorandum of cooperation
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and Mail.Ru Group signed memorandum of cooperation to develop information and communication technologies in culture, build favorable environment for personal improvement in the Internet environment, expand Internet-users’ access to the cultural content, and support dissemination of such content.
«We are interested in developing and supporting domestic leading in such a challenging business segment. On our part, we are open to ideas and proposals”, -- Minister Vladimir Medinsky said.
He added that joint work had already started. Over 2 million Internet users watched broadcastings from the Tretyakov gallery organized through Odnoklassniki social network (Russian Classmates analogue]. Thus culture and arts go far beyond the walls.
Within the framework of the memo, joint projects to promote cultural heritage and traditions of Russia’s nations and the coverage of the all-Russian movements, like Biblionight, Night in Museums, Movie Night, Night of Arts, and online broadcastings from theatres and museums, are planned.
Mail.Ru Group is the largest Russian Internet company with vast experience in designing popular user services. “We are happy to offer expert support in information and communication technologies for the sphere of culture”, – Boris Dobrodeev, Mail.Ru Group Director General, said
Access to the international database
Russian academic and education organizations are to get access to the international Web of Science database since April 1, RF Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva said. Connecting to the database will enable Russian universities and research organizations to cooperate as an equal with world science leaders.
"This year, the Ministry will open the access to the international Web of Science database for all state scientific and education organizations independently of their departmental subordination. Today, we have been acquiring data necessary for connecting them, and beginning on April 1, the operator — Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology — will start to provide the access. We also hope to take a decision on providing access to full-text collections in the nearest future ”, — Olga Vasilyeva says.
She reminds that last year the Ministry tested centralized subscription to digital information resources when about 500 scientific and education organizations got access to 22 full-text collections of world leading scientific publishers. Besides, 270 organizations had access to the Web of Science database, and 120 organizations — to Scopus database. According to the Minister, the state sector of science comprises about 1.6 thousand scientific, research, and education organizations.
“To keep connected a limited number of organizations means information inequality which puts the barrier to flexibility and cooperation in science”, — the Minister noted. Connecting to the international database will enable Russian universities and research organizations to cooperate as an equal with world science leaders and to observe the whole landscape of research findings, to orient in their Russian and foreign colleagues’ current work.
Vasilyeva adds that the Ministry of Education and Science together with the Federal Institute of Industrial Property, opened access for Russian scientists, researchers and engineers to over 120 mln. entries of patent information. From now, they will get the opportunity to access this resource from their tablets or cell phones.
International abstract databases Web of Science and Scopus comprise data on scientific and research publications and patents. They include cross citation, search options and options for bibliographic information analysis and exchange. The databases cover publications in natural and social sciences, technologies, and the humanities.
Kids today would rather be spectators, than readers…
Modern schoolchildren value classical as high as in previous epochs. Meanwhile, they often get acquainted with it though screen versions. The study conducted by the Higher School of Economics reveals what and why schoolchildren read.
Lyubov Borusyak, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics Integrated Communications Department, analyzes the young generation’s reading patterns. The study reveals that reading is still of great value to modern schoolchildren. However, in their learning they often show formal attitude and inability to analyze the content. One of the reasons is 150200 year gap between the period when the book was written and the life of today students. For the study, over 700 high school students in several Russian cities were surveyed to reveal their attitude towards literary works in mandatory school curriculum. Half of them consider Russian classical literature still relevant and useful for their personal development. However, they find movies [based on literary works] helpful for this purpose, too. The options also include stage versions, audiobooks and book summaries kids can find on many Internet-sites.
Over 20,000 wifi access points to be switched at Moscow secondary schools, increasing up to 60,000 hot spots by the year 2018.
Moscow city is to get one of the largest Wifi network in the world. By the end of the year, 646 Moscow secondary schools will get Wifi access to the Internet, and by the year 2018, 1125 more buildings will be switched to Wifi.
Moscow City Department of Information Technologies informs that in 2016, Wifi network was deployed at 69 schools as a pilot project with 2.3 thousand hot spots. This enabled to establish high quality Internet connection and to teach classes online. In 2017, 20.5 thousand hot spots are to be added.
It is planned that in 2018, up to 60,000 Wifi access points at 1,840 city schools will be functioning, with average 32 hot spots per a building and up to 30 gadgets connected via one access point.
Source: Moscow www-site
Performances, celebrity stakeouts and discussions at Moscow Culture Forum
Within the Forum framework, master classes, concerts, performances will take place and films will be shown, with the Night of Theatres to crown the event.
On March 24—26, at Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow Culture Forum is to take place. “Together with Muscovites and Moscow guests we are to celebrate the Day of Workers of Culture and the Day of Theatres. For three days, the capital’s museums, theatres, libraries, musical and art schools, parks, clubs, andoncert companies – the whole creativity diversity Moscow is proud of – will feature in exhibitions, galleries, stages and discussion sites,” - says Alexander Kibovsky, head of Moscow Department of Culture.
Moscow Culture Forum program embraces business and entertainment and educational parts. Within the former, panel discussions, lectures and round tables are to be held at 2 lecture-halls. Experts will discuss labor legislation, funding cultural organizations, and other professional issues.
The entertainment is also expected to be eventful. On March 24, the performance “Marina Tsvetaeva. Poet and the epoch” with participation of [actress, singer] Alisa Grebenshchikova and Moscow Chamber Shnitke-Orchestra conducted by Igor Gromov will be shown. The videoproject “Reciting Onegin” will be also presented. The same day the public will also get the chance to meet producers Rimas Tuminas, Andrey Moguchy, Mindaugas Karbauskis, and Evgeny Pisarev.
Source: Moscow Mayor’s www-site
Online-teaching to replace live lectures and seminars
Professional communities think that this would result in faculty staff decrease.
From next year, individual university courses are to be transferred into digital [online] format which will not require students’ and professors’ attendance in person on university premises.
Two models are to be tested during the experiment. Within the first one, the learning course will be completely replaced by the online format, and within the second one – only partial replacement will take place. Tutor support is be provided by the universities.
— The world and national experience proves that students are interested in online learning. Learning efficiency both from the viewpoint of resources being used and number of trained students proves to be higher, - the Ministry of Education and Science representatives say.
Access to scientometric databases
Session of the Interdepartmental Coordination Board for Licensed Access to Information Scientometric Databasesand Fulltext Academic Resources to ok place at the RFMinistry of Educationand Science.
Following the decisions taken at the meeting with Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science, held on December 29, 2016, the Board members reviewed the resources use and relevancy, and formulated tasks for the year 2017.
Besides, Clarivate Analytics (СА) company and Elsevier Publishers presented their proposals for providing access to their resources for Research, academic and education organizations within the framework of centralized (national) subscription.
Based on the results of the discussion, the Board considered the above proposals by database holders and took the decision to subscribe national research, academic and education organizations to the mentioned resources for the yeat 2017.
The Board also approved the project of the Ministry of Education and Science and Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS) to provide approx. 1 mln researchers with free access to patent information in a wide range of Russian and foreign resources (the arrays of the total volume over 120 mln documents).
Source: Ministry of Education and Science
Prosveshchenie-Holding presented its concept of national education integrator at the Russian Investment Forum
Government-business debates on the ways of Russian education modernization and development in the new economic environment took place at the Russian Investment Forum panel session “Education modernization and regions’ potential.” RF Government Deputy Chair Olga Golodets chaired the session.
The panel session “Education modernization and regions’ potential” was held on February 27 and covered the issues of human capital as a key factor of investment process and economic activity in the country, and regional trends in education.
«In our work we are first of all oriented towards individual demands of regional education systems. The eternal mission of Prosveshchenie [Pulbishers’] is to solve vital education problems in each particular region and in the country, on the whole. We are prepared to contribute to complex regional development integrating all levels of education for the benefit of regions, investors, for public welfare. We are ready to share responsibility for investments into education and their results with regional heads”, - Vladimir Uzun, President of Prosveshchenie-Holding, said. Along with publication and delivery of learning aids, the national education integrator built by Prosveshchenie-Holding is to pursue complex regional education programs through increasing educators’ competences, introduction of new methods, improving education infrastructure, holding events for schoolchildren and their parents.
Vladimir Uzun emphasized that Prosveshchenie had over 85-year experience in maintaining education content in the country, 25-year experience of high-tech large-scale publishing for the benefit of the nation on the whole and the regions, in particular.
Ministry of Education and Science plans to open five innovation centers in Tomsk
Five innovation centers are to be established in Tomsk within the framework of a new Ministry’s of Education and Science project “Universities – Centers for Innovation Development Space”, TASS informs.
Segrey Zhvachkin, Tomsk Rgion Governor, confirmed at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, that all six leading universities are to be embraced by the innovation program. This year innovation centers will be established at Tomsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).
It will be recalled that the RF Ministry’s of Education and Science project “Universities – Centers for Innovation Development Space” was approved in 2016 and is meant for the period up to 2015. It assumes to establish no less than 100 university centers for technological, innovative and social advance, and besides, no less than 60 engineering centers.
Source: Politika segodnya