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IBM, Vivísimo, and the ‘Big Data’ Buzz
by Theresa Cramer
It may be too early to declare "big data" the buzzword—or phrase, as the case may be—of 2012, but that has not stopped companies from trying to conquer the challenges posed by this trendy phrase. On April 25, 2012, when IBM announced an agreement to acquire Vivísimo, a provider of federated discovery and navigation software, the company said, "Today's news accelerates IBM's big data analytics initiatives with advanced federated capabilities allowing organizations to access, navigate, and analyze the full variety, velocity, and volume of structured and unstructured data without having to move it." But not everyone was so sure this move positioned IBM any better when it comes to handling massive amounts of unstructured information—or are even entirely sure that the idea of big data isn't a boondoggle.
ProQuest for Everyone: The Udini Service Officially Launches
by Barbara Quint
Expert commentators have remarked for years (all right, ME) how difficult, nigh impossible, it can be for "real people" to access the major database collections from leading library vendors. Marketing strategies focused on licensing content to libraries can leave people not served by large academic or public libraries without any way of reaching major database aggregations. Now one of the largest database aggregators, ProQuest has officially launched an end-user service that is open to all web users. Udini (pronounced You-dee-nee) currently carries about 150 million full-text articles and dissertations representing 12,000 publications supplied by 3,800 publishers.

Weekly News Digests
CrossRef Announces FundRef Pilot
CrossRef announced FundRef, a pilot collaboration between scholarly publishers and funding agencies that will standardize the names of research funders and add grant numbers attributed in journal articles or other scholarly documents. The collaboration would allow researchers, publishers, and funding agencies to track the published research that results from specific funding bodies.
MIT and Harvard Launch a ‘Revolution in Education’
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) joined forces to offer free online courses in a project aimed at attracting millions of online learners around the world, the universities announced. Beginning this fall, a variety of courses developed by faculty at both institutions will be available online through the new $60 million partnership, known as "edX." Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.
Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset Now Available via EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Publishing made the newly released Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset available through EBSCO Discovery Service. The dataset contains 12 million open-access catalog records from Harvard's 73 libraries.

NewsLink Spotlight
Online Consumer Privacy in the Spotlight
by Paula J. Hane
Choose Privacy Week is a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. This year, Choose Privacy Week is being held May 1-7, 2012. The timing for this public awareness campaign couldn't have been better. Within the past week, we've seen controversial cybersecurity legislation highlighted in the news and high-profile media coverage of Google's latest investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

More Library Mashups More Library Mashups
Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Edited by Nicole C. Engard

Nicole Engard follows up her highly-regarded 2009 book with a fresh collection of mashup projects that virtually any library can emulate, customize, and build upon. In More Library Mashups, Engard and 24 creative library professionals describe how they are mashing up free and inexpensive digital tools and techniques to improve library services and meet everyday (and unexpected) challenges.

Examples from libraries of all types are designed to help even non-programmers share and add value to digital content.

2015/376 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-498-4
Regular Price: $45.00 | Web Orders: $40.50 | Ebook versions available

Conference Connection


Oct. 7–9, The Fifth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2015)
Place: Sierre, Switzerland
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/icdipc2015

Oct. 11–15, The 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015)
Place: Bethlehem, Pa.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: iswc2015.semanticweb.org

Oct. 14–15, The Third International Conference on Enterprise Systems (ES 2015)
Place: Basel, Switzerland
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE Technical Committees Enterprise Architecture and Engineering and Enterprise Information Systems
URL: es2015.org

Oct. 14–16, The 2nd International Conference on Children's Librarianship
Place: Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Sponsor/Organizer: National Library of the Philippines and Association of Librarians in the Public Sector (ALPS), Inc.
URL: web.nlp.gov.ph/nlp/?q=node/8583

Oct. 14–18, The 67th Frankfurt Book Fair
Place: Frankfurt, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Frankfurt Book Fair
URL: book-fair.com/en/fbf

Oct. 19–21, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2015)
Place: Dublin
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
URL: worldcis.org

Oct. 19–22, ECIL (European Conference on Information Literacy) 2015
Place: Tallinn, Estonia
Sponsor/Organizer: Institute of Information Studies, Tallinn University
URL: ecil2015.ilconf.org

Oct. 20–21, Enterprise Search Europe 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearcheurope.com/2015

Oct. 20–21, Internet Librarian International (ILI) 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: internet-librarian.com/2015

Oct. 21–23, The 10th International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2015)
Place: Jeju Island, South Korea
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icdim.org

Oct. 26–27, Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit 2015
Place: Monterey, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: librarysummit.com/2015

Oct. 26–28, Internet Librarian (IL) 2015
Place: Monterey, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2015

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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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