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November 17, 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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TLC Highlights Newest Developments

The Library Corp. (TLC) introduced enhancements to its Library•Solution, CARL•X, and CARL•Connect products. Library•Solution gained new cataloging functionality so that it can move beyond the MARC record system. A major upgrade, Release 40 of Library•Solution, added LS2 Staff, a web-based circulation interface. The CARL products are continuing to be developed with a focus on mobile services and strategies and on web-scale clients for all CARL•Connect staff applications.

For more information, read the press release.

SIIA Changes Division Name to Reflect Current Global Economy

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) rebranded its joint ABM-Content and Information Services Division (CISD) as Connectiv, the Business Information Association. The new name comes from the idea that the state of today’s global economy has fundamentally changed how business information companies and their customers make money, use information and data, and encourage employees to work and learn. SIIA is also emphasizing a new mission to serve as an active, connected community in which people can share, partner, learn, network, and collaborate.

“More than just a new name, this relaunch represents a more forward-looking approach that will be highly responsive to changing technologies and business trends,” says Mike Marchesano, Connectiv’s managing director. “Our evolved mission is centered around helping companies innovate and embrace the opportunities presented by rapid change, while doing so in ways that appeal to young leaders. And, as our new name suggests, we will launch new activities and programs that allow Connectiv to serve as a vibrant and connecting force in the industry.”

For more information, read the press release.

Thieme Updates Science of Synthesis

Thieme Chemistry rolled out Science of Synthesis version 4.2, which has about 2,400 printed pages of new content, including the latest Knowledge Updates and additions to the Science of Synthesis Reference Library. The Knowledge Updates feature new and revised chapters, and the digital version will get continual updates. The Reference Library added volumes 1–3 of Biocatalysis in Organic Synthesis, featuring contributions from 121 authors. Additionally, Thieme implemented a digital object identifier (DOI) operator for easier searching.

For more information, read the press release.

FastMail Acquires Email Services

FastMail acquired IC Group, Inc., which owns email services Pobox and Listbox. By joining forces, the companies will be able to drive new R&D in email hosting and related resources. FastMail does not plan to change the operation of Pobox and Listbox in the near future; email forwarding, filtering, and domain services will continue uninterrupted. 

According to Helen Horstmann-Allen, IC Group’s president, “We’ll be adding our expertise in email forwarding and personal domains. Together, we’ll be pooling our knowledge on deliverability, security and the robust and speedy email delivery we’re both known for.”

For more information, read the press release.

The British Library Plans to Digitize Indian Texts

The British Library (BL) announced Two Centuries of Indian Print, a pilot project for the major digitization program of its Indian books dating from 1714 to 1914. By digitizing these books, which are written in at least 22 South Asian languages, the BL will preserve the content of their fragile pages and make them widely available to a global audience. During the pilot, the library will digitize 1,000 Bengali titles and enhance the catalog records of more than 2,000 titles.

The project is a partnership with Indian institutions such as Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the National Library of India.

For more information, read the press release.

CQ Press Publishes Civil War Compendium

CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications, released A Guide to Intra-State Wars: An Examination of Civil, Regional, and Intercommunal Wars, 1816–2014. This book uses data to show how civil war is defined as well as how the number, severity, and location of and participation in nearly 300 civil wars have changed through the years. It also includes data and analyses from the Correlates of War Project (COW), which collects scientific knowledge about war. The target audience is political scientists and social scientists interested in economic, social, political, and cultural evolution.

For more information, read the press release.

Paperpile Introduces Google Docs Integration

The Paperpile reference manager released a free, standalone, fully featured citation manager that works with Google Docs so users can collaborate on papers and grants. After installing Paperpile’s Google Docs add-on, they can add citations and bibliographies to a Google Doc for free using their Google account. Everyone can add, view, and edit the citations simultaneously.

Other key features of the add-on include online searching for journal articles and books while writing a paper; options for using APA, Chicago, MLA, and other major citation styles; and customizable citations (for length, type, and use of superscript, etc.).

For more information, read the blog post.

Thomson Reuters Names the 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced its list of the 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators, which is based on overall patent volume, patent-grant success rates, and global reach and invention influence (determined using citation analysis). For this year, Thomson Reuters expanded its analysis to include a closer examination of innovators in the San Francisco Bay Area by comparing their activities with the rest of the organizations on the list.

Amazon made the list for the first time this year, thanks to its new inventions in areas such as data centers, devices, and electronic methods and systems. Oil and gas companies such as Exxon Mobil joined the list for advancements in the hydraulic fracking of natural gas and for uses of alternative energy. Asia continues to be the country with those of the most innovators on the list (44). Europe has 20 organizations represented, and North America has 36.

For more information, read the press release.

Royal Society of Chemistry Commits to Training African Scientists

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) entered into a new 5-year partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to help African scientists gain analytical skills. They will work with RSC’s Pan Africa Chemistry Network to launch training programs in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ghana for using the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analytical technique. In the past 5 years, this network has trained more than 100 African scientists. Now the goal is to reach 400-plus scientists across the four countries.

For more information, read the press release.

USGS Provides Mapping Tool for Field Photographs

The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) made part of its collection of field photographs publicly available in the Land Cover Trends Field Photo Map portal. The full collection has more than 33,000 geographically referenced field photos and associated keywords describing the land-use and land-cover change processes happening. Nearly 13,000 of these will be free online, with more being added as processed photos become available.

“This is a treasure trove of royalty and copyright-free photography collected using consistent procedures,” says Chris Soulard, project leader and USGS research geographer. “We envision that these photos will captivate general audiences and fulfill a myriad of scientific needs.”

For more information, read the press release.



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