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July 28, 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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BioMed Central Will Begin Checking Reproducibility

BioMed Central introduced the Minimum Standards of Reporting Checklist pilot program to analyze manuscripts submitted to its journals BMC Biology, BMC Neuroscience, Genome Biology, and GigaScience. The checklist is designed to improve the reproducibility of studies published in these journals by addressing three areas of reporting: experimental design and statistics, resources, and availability of data and materials. 

“Our ability to rely on published data for potential therapeutics is critical, and recently its reliability has been called into question … Funding and time are both increasingly limited, and the waste generated from follow-up work based on irreproducible research is high,” note the editors of GigaScience and Genome Biology and BioMed Central staffers in a joint statement. “Journals clearly have an important part to play in helping to ensure that experimental design and analysis are appropriate, and that reporting standards are met. The new checklist for authors and referees aims to do just that.”

For more information, read the press release.

LexisNexis Acquires Legal Media Company

LexisNexis Legal & Professional acquired MLex, a legal media organization that provides market insight, analysis, and commentary on regulatory risk. MLex’s investigative reporters typically uncover news about regulatory risk before it breaks, giving LexisNexis information before anyone else. In turn, LexisNexis’ technological leadership and global reach will extend MLex’s coverage across more regulatory domains.

“With the addition of MLex, LexisNexis will be able to provide global in-depth coverage of key developments in regulatory risk allowing our clients to keep abreast of the changing regulatory landscape. MLex’s regulatory news offerings will be a great complement to our leading portfolio of news assets including Law360, Nexis and Moreover,” says Mike Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis Legal & Professional.

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC Launches Community Portal for Its Users

OCLC created the OCLC Community Center, a new online resource that helps its users connect, share best practices, learn about OCLC’s products, and submit suggestions for improving OCLC’s services. It features product updates, news, upcoming events, and discussion boards, as well as areas for providing feedback and input.

Library staffers using the following services are now able to sign up (with their existing OCLC credentials) for the community center:

  • WorldCat Discovery Services
  • WorldShare Management Services
  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan
  • WorldShare Collection Manager
  • WorldShare Record Manager
  • WorldShare License Manager

For more information, read the press release.

Amazon Web Services Expands Access to Amazon Aurora

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is making Amazon Aurora (its MySQL-compatible database engine) available to all customers. Currently, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) users in various regions—including northern Virginia, Oregon, and Ireland—have access, with additional regions getting the engine in the coming months. They can convert their existing MySQL databases to Amazon Aurora with one click in the AWS Management Console.

Amazon Aurora provides better performance than the typical MySQL database at a tenth of the cost, and it can run both enterprise-scale and internet-scale applications.

For more information, read the press release.

OverDrive Signs Agreement for Image Comics

OverDrive announced that Image Comics, Inc., publisher of comics and graphic novels (including The Walking Dead and Saga), now offers its content via the OverDrive Marketplace. The company has these types of titles under the Adult Comics/Graphic Novels section of the marketplace.

For more information, read the blog post.

SAGE Brings Together Neuroscience and Education Scholarship

SAGE Publications rolled out a new open access (OA) journal, Educational Neuroscience (EDN), which covers developing brain-behavior relationships and how they impact the science of learning, academic skill acquisition, and educational practices from early childhood to higher education. It is geared to people in the cognitive neurosciences and education fields and helps make connections between the biological and social sciences to create evidence-based discussions and conclusions.

Submissions will soon be open for scientific studies, commentaries, and reviews of existing or new neurological practices.

For more information, read the press release.

Metalogix Evolves Software to Include Content Management

Metalogix updated its recently released software (for increasing content migration speed from platforms to the cloud) with content management tools, including Essentials for Office 365, which is out now, and Essentials for OneDrive, which will be out within the next month. These tools help the company’s clients provision their users, manage their permissions, and track the licensees they have in the cloud environment. 

According to the press release, “Essentials for Office 365 is a unified management suite that provides functionality to perform the lifecycle management for Office 365, from onboarding users to managing the migration, security and backup for content, all from a single management console.”

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Report Delves Into Scientific Attitudes

A new Pew Research Center Internet, Science & Tech division report, “An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views,” explores findings from its January 2015 surveys in more depth by examining American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) scientists’ views on major science-related issues.

“A key strength of this group as a window into the views of the scientific community stems from the breadth of their disciplinary backgrounds and experiences,” the report summary notes. “At the same time, findings among AAAS members as a whole also leave important questions. For instance, do scientists who work in particular disciplines have views on issues that are different from those with other disciplinary backgrounds?”

Pew intends for the AAAS responses to be “the first in a series of avenues for empirically documenting whether there are differences in views among subsets of the scientific community.”

For more information, read the report.



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