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May 23, 2017 — 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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The Library of Congress Releases 25 Million Records for Free Downloading

The Library of Congress (LC) made 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download. This is the biggest release of digital records the LC has ever done, and these records have previously only been accessible individually or through a paid subscription. The records—for books, serials, maps, music, etc.—date from 1968 to 2014 and include information about an item, such as title, author, publication date, and subject headings.

For more information, read the press release.

Atypon Establishes Department of Information Security and Privacy

Atypon created a Department of Information Security and Privacy to oversee the company’s security and privacy environment. It will use next-generation controls to protect publishers’ content, data, and other sensitive corporate information. The department’s director, Michael Goodman, will help develop and implement global information policies that are well-documented and transparent and that every level of the Atypon organization is in compliance with.

“My priority is to ensure that Atypon publishers will continue to have the information privacy and independence that they require to successfully compete and grow their business on the Literatum platform,” says Goodman. “In the face of increasingly sophisticated adversaries, enterprises need next-generation cybersecurity countermeasures in order to uncover vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.”

For more information, read the press release.

LiveStories Introduces Civic Data Library

LiveStories updated its cloud-based story-development platform with a civic data library that has data on more than 40,000 cities and counties in the U.S., as well as exploration (for generating a data catalog for any U.S. location), benchmarking (for comparing data across various metrics), and social collaboration functions. This will help governments, nonprofits, and other content creators streamline their data-sourcing and cleansing processes, giving them more time to explore, analyze, and visualize their data.

For more information, read the press release.

Digital Science Expands Into Russian Market

Digital Science opened a subsidiary company in Moscow. The new Digital Science & Research, LLC’s CEO is Igor Osipov, VP of academic and government for Digital Science. He will drive the company’s growth in Russia and surrounding countries such as Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Armenia by deepening relationships with universities, funders, and government organizations and focusing on products such as Dimensions from ÜberResearch and the Altmetric platform. Digital Science will also introduce laboratory software products and other tools to the Russian and surrounding markets.

For more information, read the press release.

Reuters Connect Makes It Easy to Find Content From Multiple Sources

Reuters Connect is a new marketplace for all of Reuters’ multimedia content along with content from other leading media organizations from around the world. According to the press release, “Reuters Connect is designed to be a faster, more intelligent way for Reuters News Agency customers to source all the content they need via a single destination.” Customers can access Reuters Connect via subscription, and it has a points-based spending model option called Reuters Points that allows them to get content across multiple topics and multimedia formats.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Releases Report on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thomson Reuters published “Global 100 Greenhouse Gas Performance: New Pathways for Growth and Leadership,” a report on the latest greenhouse gas emissions data from the world’s 100-largest publicly traded emitters and how these companies can reduce emissions while growing their earnings. According to the press release, “This information is critical as analysts and investors consider long term financial performance and as regulators continue pressing for increased transparency.”

For more information, read the press release.

Legal Research Preprints Archive Debuts

The Center for Open Science (COS) announced the launch of LawArXiv, which it is hosting as part of its open source preprints service, OSF (Open Science Framework) Preprints. LawArXiv is an archive of free, OA sources for legal research. It joins the current roster of archives such as SocArXiv, PsyArXiv, and AgriXiv.

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Research Center Studies Older Americans' Internet Usage

Pew Research Center’s Internet & Technology division rolled out a new report, “Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults.” It finds that 42% of Americans age 65 and older own smartphones, up from 18% in 2013; 67% use the internet; and about half have broadband at home. Usage varies depending on factors such as age (44% of Americans age 80 and older go online), income level, and education level. About one-third have “little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks,” and 48% say they need help setting up a device and learning how to use it.

For more information, read the report’s summary.

IGI Global Discusses Biometric Technology Pros and Cons

IGI Global posted an article (“The ‘New’ Type of Identity Theft: Are You Secure?”) to its newsroom that explores the controversy surrounding biometric technology. “Ever since 9/11, the subject of security has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds and biometrics took its place in the spotlight. The idea of being able to identify a person based on physical or behavioral characteristics is leading the way to better national security and, in the medical field, providing more accurate and secure health records,” IGI Global notes. However, “Once biometric data is compromised and a hacker has the information, they can access valuable items or information. Additionally, the person who has the information can sell the data in open markets enabling others to use that data for fraudulent purposes.”

In the case of health information, IGI Global says that “citizens need to question the security measures of the medical institutions, find out what their plan is if biometric data is compromised and adversely ask more about the new technology that is emerging to protect patients.”

For more information, read the article.



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