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Thursday, August 16, 2012

 

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NewsBreaks
OCLC Recommends ODC-BY for WorldCat Data
by Karen Coyle
In another step toward increased openness and in recognition of the growing developments in linked data in libraries, OCLC announced on Aug. 6, 2012 that it is recommending use of the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) for member libraries that are making their bibliographic data available for use by others. ODC-BY is designed to "allow users to freely share, modify, and use" a database while giving attribution to the source of the data. The license does not place any restrictions on use, including commercial use, beyond the attribution requirement.

Weekly News Digests
Serials Solutions Announces Agreement With National Research Council of Canada
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, announced an agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada to index the NRC Publications Archive in the Summon service to expand access to valuable scientific research information. This web-based archive provides open and seamless access to the NRC's record of science and serves as a comprehensive gateway to all NRC-authored publications, including a wide range of peer-reviewed publications (articles, proceedings, books, book chapters) and technical reports from all NRC Institutes, Branches, Programs, and Centres.
Alexander Street Press Expands Its Film Collections
Alexander Street Press expanded its visual arts offerings with the release of two streaming video collections, Silent Film Online and New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present. Both collections are currently for sale in North America.
LexisNexis Offers Cloud-Based E-Discovery Option
LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced the release of Hosted Concordance Evolution, which will give firms the option of moving client's e-discovery data to a hosted environment instead of storing on its own servers. The advancement will offer greater speed, flexibility, and easier access to client information on an on-demand basis.

NewsLink Spotlight
Expand Your Search Engine Options
by Paula J. Hane
One of the most popular bylined pieces in our NewsBreaks/NewsLink Spotlight collection has been my April 1, 2010 article, "Alternative Search Engines Offer Rich Options." Since things have changed considerably in the last 2-plus years, I decided it was time to look at what some of the most useful options now are for search engines. While Google continues its domination of the search market, some enterprising folks continue to seek out alternatives—for additional features, interface preferences, spam avoidance, or privacy and security reasons.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

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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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
Website: http://www.infotoday.com/NewsLink
Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com