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October 4, 2016 — 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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UNESCO Hosts Access to Information Event

UNESCO sponsored the first International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on Sept. 28, 2016. The organization had adopted a resolution in November 2015 that established the annual event. Its aim is to call attention to the importance of the freedom of information, OA, and adopting right-to-information laws, in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More than 20 countries participated in IDUAI by organizing conferences and other public activities.

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eLife Will Begin Charging for Publication

eLife announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2017, it will start charging a $2,500 fee for publication in order to cover a portion of its costs. All papers submitted after this date and accepted for publication will be subject to the fee, although authors can apply for a fee waiver. Charging for publication is part of the journal’s long-term financial strategy. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust will continue to provide support.

For more information, read the blog post.

Thomson Reuters Closes Sale of Its Intellectual Property & Science Business

Thomson Reuters closed the sale of its Intellectual Property & Science business to Onex and Baring Private Equity Asia. They paid $3.55 billion in cash, about $1 billion of which Thomson Reuters plans to use to buy back shares and pay off some debt. This closing means the company is currently organized into three business units—Financial & Risk, Legal, and Tax & Accounting—in addition to Reuters

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Plans Archive of Advertising-Related Resources

Adam Matthew will work with Duke University to digitize a selection of Duke’s J. Walter Thompson Company archive for publication in 2018. This archive, to be titled J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America, contains documents tracing the history, operations, policies, and accomplishments of one of the world’s oldest advertising firms. Its content will help researchers who are looking into the history of American business and corporate culture, consumer culture, and the advertising industry.

For more information, read the press release.

HighWire Press Enables Video Integration for Publisher Partners

HighWire Press chose Glencoe Software, Inc.’s Data InPress video injection service as its preferred partner for delivering video content for its publisher partners. The service converts video data from any file type into standardized formats for streaming, meaning that any journal on HighWire’s JCore platform can integrate videos into its text that are viewable on computers, phones, and tablets.

For more information, read the press release.

NoveList and Zepheira Unveil New Linked Data Tool

NoveList launched NoveList Select for Linked Data, a new product that enriches the access points to libraries’ linked data by combining metadata (author, series, genre information, etc.) with read-alike recommendations, appeal terms, and reviews. The result of a partnership between NoveList and Zepheira, it builds on linked data resources such as Linked Library Service from both companies, which helps libraries make content visible in web search engines.

For more information, read the blog post.

OCLC Facilitates Virtual Reference Services for U.K. Students

OCLC and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) joined forces to provide after-hours virtual reference services in the U.K. and Ireland, meaning SCONUL members will deliver these services to students when their libraries are closed. OCLC is offering its QuestionPoint software—which provides a complete virtual reference management system—for this project. Students will have access to chats and emails with librarians, and librarians will get reports and analytics tools to view reference activity.

For more information, read the press release.

RATE MY MEDIA Showcases Nonbiased Media Sources

RATE MY MEDIA, the first crowdsourced rating app, was designed by Brendesha Tynes (associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California) to combat racism, sexism, stereotyping, and misrepresentation in the media. Users can report on biased media, including textbooks, video games, news articles, advertisements, films, social media sites, and blogs. This will allow educators and consumers to make informed choices about the media they access—by avoiding biased media or searching the site for inclusive, well-rated content.

For more information, view the website.

Paxata Debuts New Facet of Its Data Preparation Platform

Paxata introduced Paxata Connect, part of the next major release of its data preparation platform. It adds a connectivity framework to the platform that makes it easier for information architects and developers to acquire, shape, and publish data. They can access out-of-the-box connectors, build out repeatable data services and pipelines, and maintain transparency and oversight.

For more information, read the press release.

ProQuest Makes English Book Archive Available for Japanese Researchers

The National Institute of Informatics (NII) and the Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources (JUSTICE) chose ProQuest’s Early English Books Online (EEBO) as a joint consortium product for researchers in Japan. EEBO features works printed in English from 1473 to 1700. JUSTICE was looking to enhance its e-resources in the arts and humanities. This partnership allows JUSTICE and NII to broaden the scope of their available materials for researchers.

For more information, read the press release.



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