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Monday, March 26, 2012

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Open Access Meeting Reflections—SPARC 2012
by Abby Clobridge
Ten years after the movement was launched through the Budapest Open Access Initiative, open acess (OA) is thriving, flourishing, and becoming a core element in the broader "Open Knowledge" movement that includes Open Educational Resources (OER), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Open Data, and Open Science among others, all of which share the common goals of providing free, unrestricted access to different types of information and knowledge. This year's Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access Meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the progress of OA over the past 10 years, discuss recent battles over proposed legislation that would undermine and set back OA, and most importantly, focus on current and emerging issues. The SPARC Open Access Meeting was held March 12-13, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. More than 200 people attended to discuss a host of OA themes including policy issues, author rights, OA publishing, and repositories.

Weekly News Digests
New Agreement Adds Britannica Content to EBSCO Discovery Service
Encyclopaedia Britannica agreed to join the list of content providers for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The agreement between EBSCO Publishing and Britannica Digital Learning adds metadata to the EDS Base Index and allows full-text searching of Britannica Online School, PreK-8, Public Library, 21st Century Explorer, and Academic Editions.
ebrary Announces New Strategic Approach to Ebook Acquisition
To help libraries meet the research needs of their entire institutions and maximize their budgets, ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced a strategic new approach to ebook acquisition based on three steps: transition, diversify and streamline. Libraries that transition a greater percentage of their budgets from print to electronic, diversify acquisition models, and streamline ordering processes will see a much greater and faster return on their ebook investments.
Ex Libris and Bibliotheca Collaborate to Provide RFID Solutions to Libraries
Ex Libris Group announced its partnership with Bibliotheca, a developer of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for libraries. The agreement enables Ex Libris to provide seamless integration between Ex Libris solutions and Bibliotheca's circulation, security, and material-handling products.

NewsLink Spotlight
Update on Political Fact-Check Websites
by Paula J. Hane
As I write this, the U.S. is in the midst of a hotly contested GOP presidential primary. The countdown to "Super Tuesday" is 6 days, and the countdown to the election is 251 days. Some days, I think I've just had enough election news. It's exhausting for a voting individual to examine all the claims and statements made by the candidates. How do we keep up with who said what and check to see if it contradicts their earlier statements or twists the facts/statistics? Hardly a day goes by that I don't see an article that questions or outright refutes something said in a speech or debate. But which sites can we believe?


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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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