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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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NewsBreaks
IBM’s Watson Defeats Humans in Jeopardy! Battle
by Erik Arnold
IBM's supercomputer named Watson completed its conquest for Jeopardy! domination by defeating two of the best contestants on Earth: Ken Jennings, the longest consecutive winner in Jeopardy history, and Brad Rutter, the all-time earnings leader. Time will tell if the Jeopardy! victory is a Truman/Dewey moment. The Jeopardy! competition was a total score over two games (aired in three episodes Feb. 14-16), with the highest total score at the end of the two games claiming victory. Watson won the $1 million prize, and it was not even close until the last round when Ken Jennings seemed determined to put in a good showing for humans before bowing out by writing "it's time to welcome our new artificial intelligence overlords" on his Final Jeopardy question. This delighted the IBM heavy studio audience.

Weekly News Digests
Springer eBooks Now Available in the Google eBookstore
Springer ebooks are now available in the Google eBookstore. Google currently holds the largest collection of Springer ebooks with more than 52,000, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year. This service will initially only be available for international customers. A platform for the German-speaking markets will follow in due course.
ScienceCinema Offers Searchable Videos from U.S. DOE
Scientific videos highlighting the most exciting research and development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are now available through ScienceCinema. The multimedia search tool was launched Feb. 8 as part of a 1-day workshop, "Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science," jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Wash.
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store
Apple, Inc. announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, and more. This is the same digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.'s The Daily app.

NewsLink Spotlight
Update on Gale—Mobile, Global, and In Context
by Paula J. Hane
At the recent ALA Midwinter meeting, I caught up with Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing at Cengage Learning, to talk about recent developments at Gale and get a peek at some forthcoming products. Gale continues to be excited about the streamlined company structure implemented last summer—the integration of Gale and Cengage. Qaimari says it lets the company make content connections and help libraries serve as the conduit to information and textbooks. Other news he was eager to discuss included the company's mobile initiatives, its new Gale World Scholar product line, enhancements to PowerSearch, new administrative tools, and ongoing work on the In Context products.

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Bookshelf

The Future Scholar

The Future Scholar
Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information Literacy
Edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy

In The Future Scholar—third in an award-winning series from editors Randall McClure and James P. Purdy—two dozen teachers, librarians, administrators, and writing center professionals share their expertise and insights on successfully utilizing the frameworks for writing and information literacy. The result is an important book for any educator who wants to better understand, evaluate, and teach the literacies critical to equipping our students as effective consumers and producers of information.

2016/368 pp/hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-530-1
Regular Price: $59.50 | Web Order Price: $53.55

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Dec. 6, How to Make Content More Discoverable Through SEO (ALPSP Training Course)
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Events-Training/How-to-Make-Content-More-Discoverable-Through-SEO/30585

Dec. 6–8, Research Applications, Information and Library Studies (RAILS) 2016
Place: Wellington, New Zealand
Sponsor/Organizer: School of Information Management at the Victoria University of Wellington
URL: railsconference.com/rails-2016

Dec. 7, Making Certain Digital Content is Preserved: Archiving Digital Resources (NISO Virtual Conference)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2016/virtual_conference/dec7_virtualconf

Dec. 11–14, The 2016 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2016)
Place: Dublin
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems (AIS)
URL: icis2016.aisnet.org

Dec. 12–15, IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2016)
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icdm2016.eurecat.org

Dec. 13–16, International Conference on Digital Libraries 2016 (ICDL 2016)
Place: New Delhi
Sponsor/Organizer: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
URL: teriin.org/events/icdl

Dec. 14–16, The 6th World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies (WICT'16)
Place: Porto, Portugal
Sponsor/Organizer: Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs)
URL: mirlabs.org/wict16

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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