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December 8, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Academic.edu Provides a ‘Tree’ of Academics Around the World

Academia.edu is a recently launched website that enables graduate students and academics to create academic webpages and to find other academics around the world with the same research interests. The new collaborative site (www.academia.edu) does two things: It shows academics around the world structured in a "tree" format, displayed according to their departmental and institutional affiliations, and it enables academics to see news on the latest research in their area—the latest people, papers, and talks. The service is free at this time.

The team behind the new site comprises graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, and Stanford universities and a current student at the Art Institute of California–San Francisco. The team hopes that Academia.edu will eventually list every academic in the world—faculty members, postdocs, graduate students, and independent researchers (http://independent.academia.edu). Academics can add their departments, and themselves, to the tree by clicking on the boxes. Academic librarians are encouraged to participate. Academics are joining the tree rapidly. More than 15,000 academics have added themselves in the last 2 months.

Source: Academic.edu



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