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NewsBreaks
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).

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 4–5, The 5th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICOLIS 2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and University of Malaya Library
URL: umconference.um.edu.my/ICOLIS2014

Nov. 4–5, Taxonomy Boot Camp
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: taxonomybootcamp.com/2014

Nov. 4–7, KMWorld 2014
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: kmworld.com/Conference/2014

Nov. 5–7, Enterprise Search and Discovery
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearchsummit.com/DC2014

Nov. 5–8, The 34th Annual Charleston Conference
Place: Charleston, S.C.
Sponsor/Organizer:  Charleston Conference
URL: katina.info/conference

Nov. 5–8, Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA Forum)
Place: Albuquerque, N.M.
Sponsor/Organizer: LITA
URL: litablog.org/2013/11/call-for-proposals-2014-lita-forum

Nov. 6–7, The 11th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning—ICICKM 2014
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2014/icickm14-home.htm

Nov. 6–7, SharePoint Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: sharepointsymposium.com/2014

Nov. 11, ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=381

Nov. 13–14, 2014 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
Place: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Journal
URL: lj.libraryjournal.com/directors-summit/#_

Nov. 14–16, The 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
URL: yalitsymposium12.ning.com

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2014

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media Producer Live
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: producerlive.streamingmedia.com/2014

 ... 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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