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November 22, 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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W3C Releases Report on Virtual Reality

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a report based on its web and virtual reality (VR) workshop held Oct. 19–20, 2016. Representatives from more than 70 organizations—including Apple, Dolby, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Mozilla—were in attendance to discuss the VR ecosystem and how it benefits from the open web platform. They identified several features that need better standardization, such as the integration of web content into VR experiences and the support for and optimized transmission of 360-degree videos and audio.

For more information, read the press release.

Accessible Archives Updates Collections

Accessible Archives, Inc. added new titles to its African American Newspapers and Women’s Suffrage collections and created a new database on World War I. African American Newspapers now has titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries—the freed slave publication Freedmen’s Record and The Negro Business League Herald, from the National Negro Business League (NNBL).

Women’s Suffrage Collection now has coverage of the movement for 64 years prior to women getting the right to vote in 1920: The New Citizen for women in Washington state, Western Woman Voter, and The Remonstrance: An Anti-Suffrage Periodical from the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women.

The new collection, America and World War I, features American military camp newspapers.

For more information, read the blog post.

NFAIS Hosts Internet of Things Conference

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) is promoting a 1-day conference on Dec. 9, 2016: The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows. It will be hosted in Washington, D.C., by NFAIS, CENDI, Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). Speakers will touch on policies and standards surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), case studies in various disciplines, the IoT’s impact on information services communities such as libraries and government agencies, and more.

For more information, read the press release. In other news, NFAIS added Ithaka S+R and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) as new members.

NISO Promotes KBART Recommendations Adoption

According to NISO (National Information Standards Organization), Greenleaf Publishing, Harvard University Press, IEEE, Oxford University Press, and Project MUSE have begun supplying metadata that conforms to the second phase of the KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools recommended practice. NISO is encouraging other publishers that follow the KBART recommendations to seek endorsement from the organization. "Endorsement by the Standing Committee is an indicator to librarians and vendors that the provider is serious about making its content work well with library discovery and management products to give libraries the best possible experience," says Kathy Marcaccio, co-chair of the committee.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Applauds U.K.-EU Collaboration in the Wake of Brexit

Springer Nature’s Nature Index announced that collaboration between European Union (EU) and British scientists has increased in the past 4 years, producing 26% more high-quality research in 2015 than in 2012. In 2015, 700 U.K. institutions collaborated with ones from the EU (651 collaborated in 2012). More data is available in the Nature Index 2016 Collaborations supplement.

For more information, read the press release.

Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality

The Internet Archive introduced two features that are designed to improve searching its 20 million items in various collections: faceted filtering and full-text search. With the addition of faceted filtering, each search now features checkboxes on the left-hand side of search results for filters such as media type and topics and subjects. Full-text search, which is currently in beta, allows users to search across and within 9 million text items by checking the option “Search full text of books” underneath the text field of the search bar.

For more information, read the blog post.

Organizations Plan New Subscription Service

Recode reports that News Corp, The New York Times, and Axel Springer invested in Scroll, a monthly subscription service that will provide a selection of stories from a variety of publishers. It is still in the planning stages and is spearheaded by Tony Haile, former CEO of Chartbeat. “The big selling point for readers: Haile says they’ll have a better experience than the one they have now, when they read web pages clogged with crummy ads. The big selling point for publishers Haile wants to recruit: He says they’ll make more money sharing subscription revenue with him than they do with those crummy ads,” according to the article.

For more information, read the article.

Clarivate Analytics Announces 2016 Highly Cited Researchers

Clarivate Analytics unveiled its 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list, which comes from a citation analysis of scientists whose research has been determined by their peers to have a significant global impact on their field. It features more than 3,000 researchers from 21 science and social science fields who produced papers from January 2004 to December 2014. Clarivate Analytics’ bibliometric experts used InCites Essential Science Indicators and citation data from the Web of Science to create the list.

For more information, read the press release.



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