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Thursday, August 23, 2012

 

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NewsBreaks
Internet Archive Turns Up the Speed With BitTorrent
by Nancy K. Herther
On Aug. 7, 2012, the Internet Archive gave peer-to-peer file sharing a major boost by making more than 1 million books, movies, and other media immediately available as "torrents" from BitTorrent instead of solely relying on HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) for downloading content. Using two of the Internet Archive's servers in addition to connecting distribution of content to others requesting the same material guarantees a faster delivery regardless of the users' mode of internet connection.

Weekly News Digests
Access Innovations Teams With AIP for Semantic Enrichment
Access Innovations, Inc. is working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to semantically enrich AIP's online full-text collection comprising more than 800,000 scholarly articles published in its academic journals since the 1930s. The enriched database allows users to easily search the extensive electronic collection of published articles with greater specificity and discoverability across physics.
Reproducibility Initiative to Increase the Value of Biomedical Research
Science Exchange, in partnership with open access publisher PLOS and open data repository figshare, announced the launch of the Reproducibility Initiative. The new program aims to encourage independent replication of valuable research and thereby help scientists, institutions, and funding agencies validate their critical research findings. The Reproducibility Initiative will potentially provide a mechanism for industry to identify robust drug targets for developing effective new therapies.
OCLC and Europeana Work to Improve ‘Similar Object’ Browsing
OCLC and Europeana are collaborating to investigate ways of creating semantic links among the millions of digital objects that are accessible online through Europeana.eu in order to improve "similar object" browsing.

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.

IT MastheadSubscribe to Information Today (IT) and read great stories such as "How Massachusetts Libraries are Disrupting the Ebook System" and "Sci-Hub, Elsevier, Piracy, and the Future of Scholarly Publishing."

And don't forget to check out the sample Digital Edition of IT, which features bonus online-only content!

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Aug. 9–10, The 17th Annual Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) World Conference 2016
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA)
URL: gitma.org/2016-gitma/gitma-2016-call-for-papers

Aug. 10–13, The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16)
Place: Los Angeles
Sponsor/Organizer: University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
URL: arl.org/news/arl-news/3790-national-diversity-in-libraries-conference-2016-call-for-presentation-proposals-deadline-november-30-2015

Aug. 13–19, IFLA World Library and Information Congress
Place: Columbus, Ohio
Sponsor/Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
URL: 2016.ifla.org/congress-information

Aug. 22–24, The 2nd International Conference on Open and Big Data (OBD 2016)
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE-CS TCI: Technical Committee on the Internet of the IEEE Computer Society
URL: ficloud.org/obd2016

Aug. 22–26, The Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL 2016)
Place: Tokyo
Sponsor/Organizer: International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
URL: iasl2016.org

Aug. 31, NISO Virtual Conference: Data Curation—Cultivating Past Research Data for Future Consumption
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2016/virtual_conference/aug31_virtualconf

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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