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Elsevier Acquires Quosa: What Does This Mean?
by Cindy Shamel
Here is the headline from Elsevier's press release: "Elsevier acquires QUOSA, provider of life sciences content management and work flow productivity solutions." At first glance, that's a pretty jargon-heavy statement, but in a nutshell, Elsevier sits on an abundance of content while QUOSA has developed software to help manage content. It seems like a good match, but where the company will go with it remains a bit hazy at this point. It appears that the two companies intend to combine the technical innovations developed at QUOSA with the financial backing and content collections at Elsevier to improve literature management capabilities for the user.

Weekly News Digests
Gale Signs Agreement for National Geographic Magazine Archive
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, signed an agreement with the National Geographic Society to archive more than 100 years of National Geographic Magazine. Available to libraries this spring, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 will include all issues of the magazine in a fully searchable and intuitive interface.
Deep Web Technologies Releases WorldWideScience.org Application for SciVerse Hub
Deep Web Technologies, a provider of federated search technologies, announced that working in close cooperation with OSTI, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information and the operating agent for WorldWideScience.org (WWS), and Elsevier, it released a WWS application for SciVerse Applications. Elsevier's Application Marketplace & Developer Network features a marketplace that allows researchers to select and create applications that enhance research and search results obtained from the new SciVerse Hub.
Internet2 Partners With McGraw Hill and Courseload to Test eText Program
Internet2, McGraw-Hill, and Courseload announced implementation of an eText Pilot Trial Pack to students and faculty at five universities for the Spring 2012 semester. The five institutions, also Internet2 members, include the following: University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; University of Minnesota; University of Virginia; and the University of Wisconsin.

NewsLink Spotlight
Review of 2011 and Trends Watch 2012
by Paula J. Hane
What will you remember from 2011? Techies will no doubt focus on the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, the Kindle Fire, and the rest of the new Kindle family, and all the new apps for smartphones. Folks in the information industry will likely remember 2011 as one of adapting new technologies and testing viable business models for the new emerging information landscape. Librarians will likely remember it as a year of intense pressure to squeeze more eresources and services from their (shrinking) budgets.

Conference Connection


Dec. 1, STM Digital Publishing 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: STM
URL: stm-assoc.org/events/digital-publishing-seminar-2015

Dec. 1–3, Gilbane Conference 2015
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: gilbaneconference.com/2015

Dec. 2, NFAIS/NISO Virtual Conference: Semantic Web: What’s New and Cool
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and NISO (National Information Standards Organization)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/sem_web

Dec. 11–13, The 17th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS2015)
Place: Brussels
Sponsor/Organizer: International Organization for Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services
URL: iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2015/home

Dec. 11–13, The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Data Intensive Systems (DSDIS 2015)
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: The 2015 Sydney Congress Organizing Committee
URL: swinflow.org/confs/dsdis2015

Dec. 13–16, The 2015 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015)
Place: Fort Worth, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems (AIS)
URL: icis2015.aisnet.org/en

Dec. 16–18, The Second International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC2015)
Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dipdmwc15

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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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