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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sponsored by Dialog

Sponsored by Dialog

The long awaited unification of DataStar® and Dialog® is now a reality with the launch of the ProQuest Dialog™ service. Presenting an intuitive end-user search interface combined with a new approach to precision searching based on relevancy, transparency, control and completeness, this first release is intended for pharmaceutical and biomedical researchers in corporate and government organizations. Future releases will round out the entire collection of intellectual property and business intelligence content currently available on Dialog.

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President Obama Signs the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
by George H. Pike
Expanded access to smartphone and digital video programming is the goal of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, recently passed by Congress. The act outlines several steps to ensure that people with vision and hearing impairments have full access to the video, voice, text, and other capabilities of smartphones, digital television, and internet-based video programming. President Obama signed the act into law on Friday, Oct. 8, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

Weekly News Digests
OCLC Integrates WorldCat Knowledgebase With WorldCat to Expand Library Content Connections
WorldCat knowledgebase functionality has been integrated into WorldCat services to help library users connect to full-text electronic content and help libraries to better manage workflows associated with electronic materials. The WorldCat knowledgebase combines data about libraries' electronic content with linking features that enable access to the content. A license management tool allows a library to indicate which journal titles and collections it has the rights to share through interlibrary loan. Together, these enhancements help library staff more efficiently process incoming requests for electronic articles. The new feature is included as part of an OCLC cataloging subscription at no additional charge.
EBSCO Discovery Service Adding Oxford University Press Metadata
Oxford University Press (OUP) agreed to make its content available through EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. EDS customers will be able to search their institution's collection of OUP resources from the EDS single search box, expanding access to library collections and improving search results.
Springer and Ex Libris Partner to Offer Content via Primo Central
Ex Libris Group signed an agreement with Springer to make Springer's leading academic journals and ebooks directly accessible via the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly econtent. Springer, a premier global scientific publisher, is the latest to join the rapidly expanding group of publishers and aggregators who have chosen to make their content accessible to library users via Primo Central, a centralized index of data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.

NewsLink Spotlight
Getting the Complete Picture With Attivio’s Active Dashboards
by Paula J. Hane
There are a few technologies for which I'm particularly grateful as an online information professional: embedded links, faceted search, and dashboards. All of them are designed to make a researcher's life easier, getting to the right information faster and easier. None of these are new tools, but I want to reflect on the growing importance of dashboards as a user interface in the information management field today. A dashboard pulls information from diverse sources and presents it in an interface designed to be easy to read, similar to an automobile's dashboard. The key difference is that users can interact with the information. The interactive nature of a dashboard lets a user move quickly from a summary view to drill down to various levels of detail and usually in easy-to-comprehend visuals and graphics. And that is just what Attivio offers with its Active Dashboard but with another key difference. The system is indeed "active." You don't have to search for information—the system pushes it to you. And, as you click on a piece of information in a window, other windows on the dashboard are automatically updated.

ITI Blogs

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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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