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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.

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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