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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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NewsBreaks
Opening Up the World Bank's Data
by Marydee Ojala
In its ongoing trajectory toward transparency, the World Bank announced on April 10, 2012, that it would make its publications open access (OA) under Creative Commons licenses. Its OA policy becomes effective on July 1, 2012. The World Bank, an international financial institution dedicated to lending money to developing nations and eradicating poverty, is also a fervent gatherer of information. Librarians and other information professionals are much more interested in the World Bank as a data source than as a lending agency. The World Bank collects data not only on economies, debt, finance, and poverty but also on health, education, urban planning, agriculture, mining, energy, and rural areas.

Weekly News Digests
Baker & Taylor and Findaway World to Launch Audiobook Platform
Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, and Findaway World, LLC (Findaway), the creators of Playaway, Playaway View, and Catalist Digital, announced plans to launch a robust digital audiobook platform for public libraries and retailers later this year. The partnership leverages Findaway's extensive digital audiobook catalog and existing Catalist Digital platform with Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 digital media platform to create a seamless mobile listening experience available for libraries, patrons, and consumers—from audiobook selection to download.
OAPEN Launches Beta Version of Directory of Open Access Books
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) announced the launch of the beta version of Directory of Open Access Books, a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an open access (OA) license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher's website or repository.
New Multimedia Tools Help Museums, Libraries Support 21st Century Skills
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) revamped the webpage for its Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative. Museums and libraries visiting the page will now be able to access practitioner videos, a PowerPoint presentation, an updated resource list, and a toolkit that will help them organize 21st-century skills workshops in their communities. These new resources join IMLS's 2009 report and self-assessment tool already in wide use.

NewsLink Spotlight
Expanding Options for Ebooks
by Paula J. Hane
The market for ebooks continues to evolve so quickly that it's a challenge just keeping up with announcements—new book-related startups, ebookstores, ebook production technology, subscription platforms, and etextbook platforms. Publishers, distributors, and readers all have their share of challenges in dealing with the new technologies, tools, and formats. Here are some of the recently launched services that are aiming to redefine the book experience.

Bookshelf
The Acidental Data Scientist
 
 
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The Accidental Data Scientist
Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals
by Amy Affelt
foreword by Thomas H. Davenport

Librarians and information professionals have always worked with data in order to meet the information needs of their constituents, thus "Big Data" is not a new concept for them though it is spawning new approaches along with a language all its own.

In The Accidental Data Scientist, Amy Affelt shows information professionals how to leverage their skills and training to master emerging tools, techniques, and vocabulary by embracing their inner Data Scientist.

2015/240 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-511-0
Regular Price: $39.50 | Web Order Price: $35.55
Ebook versions also available

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

May 6–9, write-edit-index: The 2015 Australian Conference for Editors, Indexers, and Publishing Professionals
Place: Canberra, Australia
Sponsor/Organizer: Canberra Society of Editors, on behalf of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), and ACT Region Branch of ANZSI, on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI)
URL: writeeditindex.net.au

May 11, Content Delivery Summit
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: contentdeliverysummit.com/2015

May 11–13, Data Summit
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: dbta.com/DataSummit/2015

May 12–13, Streaming Media East
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/East2015

May 13–15, The IEEE Ninth International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (IEEE RCIS 2015)
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: Harokopio University, IEEE Greece Section, IEEE Computer Society Greece Chapter, and Greek Computer Society
URL: rcis-conf.com/rcis2015

May 18–20, Conf-IRM 2015 (International Conference on Information Resources Management)
Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems
URL: www.conf-irm.org/joomla/

May 18–21, The 11th Annual International Conference on Information Technology & Computer Science
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: The Computer Research Unit of theAthens Institute for Education and Research
URL: www.atiner.gr/2015/CALL-COM.htm

May 18–22, The 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015)
Place: Florence, Italy
Sponsor/Organizer: Local Organizing Committee
URL: www2015.wwwconference.org

May 19, ALPSP Training Course: Project Management for Publishing
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=430

May 20–22, The 11th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST)
Place: Lisbon, Portugal
Sponsor/Organizer: INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication)
URL: webist.org

May 26–29, The 7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2015)
Place: Paris
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: isast.org

May 26–29, The 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2015)
Place: Münster, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems
URL: ecis2015.eu

May 27–29, The 4th International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-4)
Place: Legon, Ghana
Sponsor/Organizer: Ghana Library Association, University of Ghana Department of Informaiton Studies, and Ghana Library Authority
URL: blogs.ifla.org/acd/2014/10/14/icadla-4-conference-announcement-and-call-for-papers

May 27–29, The 2015 SSP 37th Annual Meeting
Place: Arlington, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
URL: sspnet.org/events/annual-meeting/event-home

May 27–29, BookExpo America (BEA)
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Exhibitions
URL: bookexpoamerica.com

May 27–30, The NASIG 30th Annual Conference
Place: Arlington, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer:  NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group)
URL: www.nasig.org/site_page.cfm?pk_association_webpage_menu=700

May 28–29, The 5th International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ICIME 2015)
Place: Xi'an, China
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd.
URL: academic-conferences.org/icime/icime2015/icime15-home.htm

May 28–29, The 3rd International Open Data Conference
Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Sponsor/Organizer: Government of Canada,Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank
URL: opendatacon.org

May 31–June 4, ESWC 2015 (The 12th European Semantic Web Conference)
Place: Portorož, Slovenia
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: 2015.eswc-conferences.org

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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