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May 12, 2015 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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LinkedIn Now Offers Analytics for Publishing

LinkedIn introduced analytics for publishing on its platform that provide insights into who reads and engages with users’ posts. Users can evaluate the audience they’re reaching, which posts resonate with readers, and other information about content they share on LinkedIn.

Statistics such as views, likes, comments, and shares are available for past posts. The demographics element shows information on logged-in LinkedIn members who viewed posts, including their industry, location, and job title.

For more information, read the blog post.

Thomson Reuters Studies Institutional Reputations

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters released its 2015 “Academic Reputation Survey” and “Exploring Scholarly Trends and Shifts Impacting the Academic Reputation of the World’s Leading Universities” report, which analyzes the key trends and shifts in global research influencing institutions’ academic standings. The survey, which is offered in nine languages, covers 65,000 academics from 6,500 universities in 105 areas of study.

Key findings include the following:

  • New York University (NYU) and King’s College London experienced the greatest upswing in academic reputation
  • Multidisciplinary universities tend to have a stronger general reputation than specialty institutions, but a granular approach to a subject can lead to reputational excellence within that discipline
  • Regional perspectives often contrast with global perception

For more information, read the press release.

Open Library of Humanities Gains Participants

Three universities joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy (LPS) system: Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Exeter, and the University of Sussex. LPS aims to help secure open access (OA) practices—unlimited online dissemination and reuse—for the humanities disciplines.

U.K.-based libraries can join LPS through Jisc, and U.S.-based libraries can join through LYRASIS. Libraries outside these countries can contact Martin Paul Eve, a founder of and academic project director at the Open Library of Humanities.

For more information, read the press releases.

ProQuest Digitizes Harperís Bazaar

ProQuest will create the first digital archive of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, covering issues from its launch in 1867 to the present. The collection, which will be available later in 2015, is designed to improve research in subjects such as fashion, design, women’s studies, and marketing.

Users will be able to search text and images in the issues and cross-search them with the Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily archives, as well as with scholarly journals, conference proceedings, ebooks, newspapers, and other sources.

For more information, read the press release.

Gale Helps Middle School Students With Information Literacy

Gale launched Research In Context, an online, multimedia (images, audio, video, and primary sources, etc.) research tool for middle school students. It is aligned to national and state curriculum standards and was built based on feedback from librarians and students. Subjects covered include literature, science, social studies, and history.

“Information literacy skills are important for a student’s academic and career success, and middle school is a critical time for developing these skills,” says Paul Gazzolo, Gale’s SVP and general manager. “Research In Context fills an important market need for modern, engaging research tools for the curious middle school student.”

For more information, read the press release.

HathiTrust Premieres New Dataset

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) released the HTRC Extracted Features Dataset, which was sourced from 4.8 million public domain volumes from the HathiTrust Digital Library collection. These volumes contain more than 734 billion words in dozens of languages, as well as works from multiple centuries.

The dataset’s features include volume-level metadata, part-of-speech-tagged token counts, header and footer identification, sentence and line count, and algorithmic language detection. Researchers can use these and other page- and line-level features to analyze large worksets of volumes at previously difficult-to-implement scales.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Rolls Out Newsletter Builder

EBSCO Information Services launched Newsletter Builder, a tool that helps corporate librarians and information professionals customize enewsletters for sharing information across their organizations. It imports research results from EBSCO Discovery Service as well as from EBSCOhost databases and external sources to facilitate the creation of article lists and links to resources and the addition of commentary. Users can then disseminate their enewsletters via email to colleagues.

Designed to simplify workflows by increasing research efficiency, the tool allows librarians and info pros to focus on content creation and analysis instead of on compiling and formatting articles and citations.

For more information, read the press release.

NPG Announces Spinal Cord Journal

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) introduced a quarterly, online-only journal, Spinal Cord Series and Cases, in collaboration with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS). As an official journal of ISCoS, it publishes research articles and case reports that address spinal anatomy, physiology, and lesions (injury and disease).

With NPG’s online submission system, the journal aims to publish content within 25 days of acceptance into production. Published content is free online throughout 2015.

For more information, read the press release.

Cisco Intends to Acquire Tropo

Cisco aims to enhance its real-time embedded communications offerings with the acquisition of Tropo, a cloud API platform provider, by the end of 4Q 2015. The companies will provide a collaboration platform-as-a-service to help customers and developers easily create new communications services. With Tropo’s APIs and developer network, Cisco can extend its collaboration technologies to third-party applications and endpoints.

Tropo’s team will join Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, led by its SVP and general manager Rowan Trollope.

For more information, read the blog post.

CERN and U.S. Strengthen Partnership

CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) made an agreement with the U.S. to renew their collaboration in particle physics and advanced computing. The U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and CERN signed the agreement during a ceremony at the White House.

“Today’s agreement not only enables U.S. scientists to continue their vital contribution to the important work at CERN, but it also opens the way to CERN’s participation in experiments hosted in the United States,” says Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN’s director-general, says, “It allows us to look forward to a fruitful long term collaboration with the United States, in particular in guiding the Large Hadron Collider to its full potential over many years through a series of planned upgrades. This agreement is also historic since it formalizes CERN’s participation in US-based programs such as prospective future neutrino facilities for the first time.”

For more information, read the press release.



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