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NewsBreaks
Presto Makes Inmagic With 3.5 Release
by Theresa Cramer
Social. Social. Social. It seems that no matter where you turn these days someone is trying to make social media tools work for them. Enterprises are no different. As employees get more and more familiar with these tools in their personal lives, they expect to put them to use for business purposes And many companies are jumping at the chance to fill the void and provide tools for these companies. One such company is Inmagic (www.inmagic.com). With the recent 3.5 release of Presto—its application that enables nontechnical business users to create and manage what it calls KnowledgeNets—the company hopes to bring more functionality to the place where content meets people in enterprises.

Weekly News Digests
BNA Releases the First of Its New Resource Centers
BNA (The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) launched the first of a series of new practice area platforms, integrating the full breadth of its industry leading news, analysis, and reference content in one place. BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center is available now and serves as an easy-to-use, single point of access for BNA's exclusive content.
IBM and the EU Collaborate on Digitization of Historic European Texts
IBM and the EU unveiled a new initiative called IMPACT (IMProving ACcess to Text). The project is designed to provide technology that will enable highly accurate digitization of rare and culturally significant historical texts on a massive scale. It will use "crowd computing" to verify and correct OCRed text.
SAGE Competes Migration to Next Generation SAGE Journals Online
SAGE announced that, with the support of HighWire 2.0 (H20) technology, it has completed the migration of its 560-plus journals to the next generation of SAGE Journals Online. To mark the successful migration, SAGE is offering a 6-week free trial to SAGE Journals Online from Sept. 1 until Oct. 15. Some enhancements included with this latest iteration of SAGE Journals Online include advanced search across more than 50 disciplines, pop-up previews of article abstracts, and the ability to hide certain features (such as author affiliations and related links) from view.

NewsLink Spotlight
Free Collaborative Learning Tools for Science—Spotlight on Scitable
by Paula J. Hane
As Scott Merrill wrote on CrunchGear, "Social networks are a dime a dozen." He pointed out that many fail and many are just for specific niche audiences (though I don't think niches are a bad thing). So, he was as skeptical as I was about Scitable, a social network for science research and education from Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature and Scientific American. I was especially leery given the recent turmoil over licensing discussions between NPG and the University of California. (They recently issued a joint statement agreeing to work together to address the "mutual short- and long-term challenges.") Scitable is an educational website offered by Nature Education (a division of NPG) for biology and genetics educators and undergraduate students, and it provides a free library of high-quality, vetted content and tools. The company just announced the launch of the mobile version of Scitable.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

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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