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NewsBreaks
New Search Engine Promises Relevance, Now
by Avi Rappoport
The new search engine, NowRelevant.com, says that it will find, "everything about your subject for the past two weeks." The name promises relevance, but what does that even mean? Information science researchers have been trying to understand it for over fifty years, and it's become clear that relevance is in the eye of the beholder. Some beholders may love NowRelevant.com—others may not.

Weekly News Digests
LexisNexis to Enrich Content with SRA’s NetOwl
LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com) announced that it has signed an agreement with SRA International, Inc. (www.sra.com) to implement SRA's text analytics product NetOwl as its enterprise tool to deliver enhanced search and discovery capabilities for legal and business professionals. By integrating NetOwl's entity, link, and event extraction capabilities into its solutions, LexisNexis will create a richer set of metadata for each piece of text-based content it offers. This enrichment will deliver a more sophisticated semantic search capability, answer filtering, and analytics to LexisNexis customers—enhancing their ability to quickly find and analyze the information they need from across large enterprise databases.
EOS International Enters Digital Library Market
Library automation vendor EOS International (www.eosintl.com) has announced EOS.Web Digital, designed for libraries whose collections are stored in digital, electronic formats. The application and digital content may be stored on a local network server or accessed remotely from one of the company's global data centers.
Google Announces Additions to Biking Information in Google Maps
Google began adding added U.S. biking directions to Google Maps in March 2010 (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/biking-directions-added-to-google-maps.html) and said it was eager to see the response from the cycling community. (Select "Bicycling" from the "more" dropdown menu on the map or click on the bicycle icon when asking for directions.) Through its partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, it had detailed bike lane and trail information for 150 cities; and for the rest of the country, it recommended routes based on other data such as the size of the road, speed of traffic, and hill steepness. Through its "Report a problem" tool, any user can send corrections or recommend improvements, and receive notifications from Google when their report has been resolved.

NewsLink Spotlight
Digital Lending Goes into OverDrive
by Paula J. Hane
I'd been hearing some buzz this summer about various improvements made by OverDrive to its services for libraries—more content, mobile apps, simplified procedures, etc. OverDrive is a full-service digital distributor of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video that first launched its online digital warehouse in 2000. So, I caught up with the company's vice president of marketing, David Burleigh, for an extended conversation on what's new and what's coming. While OverDrive offers publishers a secure, web-based, wholesale distribution service for the sale and delivery of digital media, I didn't get into the details of that side of the business. Our discussion focused on what OverDrive offers libraries and their patrons.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Jan. 5–8, 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Place: Koloa, Hawaii
Sponsor/Organizer: University of Hawaii–Manoa’s Shidler College of Business
URL: hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_48/apahome48.htm

Jan. 6–8, 4th IEEE International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS 2015)
Place: Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology’s Learning Resource Centre
URL: jiit.ac.in/lrcjiit/ettlis-2015

Jan. 7, CurateGear 2015: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections
Place: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science
URL: ils.unc.edu/digccurr/curategear2015.html

Jan. 11–13, 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Place: Richmond, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: INFORMS Computing Society
URL: sites.google.com/site/2015icsconference

Jan. 13–15, Digital Book World Conference + Expo
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: F+W and Publishers Launch Conferences
URL: conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=90839&tabid=195530&

Jan. 15, Data Visualization: How to Do It and Do It Well
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: NEASIST (New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology) and Simmons College Student Chapter
URL: neasist.org/2014/12/10/january-event-2015-data-visualization

Jan. 15–16, 4th International Open Access Conference@EKT
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: RECODE project and the National Documentation Centre
URL: recodeproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Conference_RECODE_ONLINE-PROGRAMME_1410.pdf

Jan. 19, ICSTI 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting
Place: Berlin
Sponsor/Organizer:  ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information)
URL: www.icsti.org

Jan. 21–23, International Library Conference on "What’s Next in Libraries?"
Place: Silchar, Assam, India
Sponsor/Organizer: National Institute of Technology–Silchar and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign’s Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
URL: whatsnextinlibraries.blogspot.in

Jan. 21–23, 2015 SLA Leadership Summit
Place: Baltimore
Sponsor/Organizer: Special Libraries Association (SLA)
URL: sla.org/attend

Jan. 22, Buying & Selling Content
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
URL: siia.net/buysell/2015

Jan. 23–24, Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS) 2015: Transforming Dimension of IPR: Challenges for the New Age Libraries
Place: New Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Society for Library Professionals (SLP) and National Law University, Delhi
URL: api.ning.com/files/LB6l9Yyl8LA1O2gS1TWtY37cETMfbBNLoxcXow7*l6PaF8a49jX6al8zp3hkHn98-Aehmh7B8sVCLwg8t0QV*tEtTk-7SvBt/LIPS2015.pdf

Jan. 25–30, 29th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 15)
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
URL: aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai15.php

Jan. 27–28, Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production
Place: Whistler, BC
Sponsor/Organizer: Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) 
URL: inke.ca/projects/whistler-gathering-2015

Jan. 27–30, ALISE 2015 Annual Conference: Mirrors & Windows: Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education)
URL: alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=853:alise-2015-conference&catid=21:alise-confrences

Jan. 28–30, International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC 2015)
Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dipdmwc2015

Jan. 28–30, BOBCATSSS 2015
Place: Brno, Czech Republic
Sponsor/Organizer: EUCLID (European Association for Library & Information Education and Research) and university students
URL: bobcatsss2015.com/wp

Jan. 29–30, Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication
URL: sparc.arl.org/events/tackling-textbook-costs-through-open-educational-resources-primer

Jan. 30–31, International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Future of Libraries: Issues and Challenges
Place: Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Karnataka State SC/ST Library Professionals Association
URL: scstlib.net

Jan. 30–31, ACP 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting
Place: Toronto
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
URL: publishers.ca/index.php/news-a-events/meetings

Jan. 30–Feb. 3, ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/ala-upcoming-annual-conferences-midwinter-meetings

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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