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May 30, 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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Crusoe App Saves the Connections You Make in Your Notes

A new app called Crusoe launched as “the only mobile app designed to do the hard part [of research]: meaningful recollection of your notes.” According to the press release, “Crusoe is designed to work just like the human mind, using connections and associations to recall information. Utilizing Evernote, users identify important information at the tap of a finger based on how it ties in with something they already know. Later, when a user looks up a note, Crusoe uses these connections to serve up the precise notes the user wants to see, even notes the user had long since forgotten! Let Crusoe remember what notes matter and why.” It is designed for academics, scientists, reporters, marketing professionals, and others who want to organize their notes.

For more information, read the press release.

W3C Publishes Recommendations for the Social Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced two new recommendations from the Social Web Working Group: Micropub and ActivityStreams 2.0. Micropub is a client-to-server protocol for creating, updating, and deleting social networking content. ActivityStreams 2.0 provides a JSON data model and vocabulary to represent online social objects, activities, and the relationships between them. W3C notes that it is anticipated to be the standard for sharing data between social web applications.

For more information, read the blog posts.

Federal FY2018 Budget Looms Large

Various organizations continue to sound off about the president’s proposed FY2018 budget as the Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes the full text available on govinfo and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) releases information on how it will begin closing down if the budget passes. Here is a sampling:
  • The American Chemical Society (ACS) writes that it is “disappointed in the administration’s detailed fiscal year 2018 budget request, as it underinvests in the nation’s research and development (R&D) infrastructure and its science, technology, engineering and mathematics education ecosystem.”
  • American Libraries shares American Library Association (ALA) president Julie Todaro’s statement, which says the administration “is using the wrong math.”
  • The American Psychological Association (APA) says, “The budget proposed by President Donald J. Trump threatens critical health, scientific research and education programs that contribute to the social safety net for millions of Americans. …”

EIFL Rolls Out Annual Report

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) released its 2016 annual report, which shows that the organization helped more than 8.5 million people through its network of libraries in 50-plus developing and transitional countries. “2016 saw intensified discussion on internet inclusion, triggered by the ambitious targets set in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to achieve universal internet access,” it states. EIFL notes that 50% of the world’s population doesn’t have internet access.

For more information, read the report.

OverDrive Unveils New Pricing Model

OverDrive will introduce a cost-per-circulation (CPC) model for ebooks and audiobooks in late 2017. This means that schools and libraries will be able to provide a patron-driven acquisition (PDA) model to certain titles from OverDrive’s catalog. When selecting content under the CPC model, they will be charged only when a reader borrows a title. Current PDA models from OverDrive include Recommend to Library and Demand-Driven Acquisition.

For more information, read the blog post.

Sheridan Takes Over PubFactory

Sheridan acquired the PubFactory online publishing platform from O’Reilly Media. PubFactory will blend into Sheridan’s stable of publisher technology services, allowing it to extend into content hosting from its editorial production and print solutions.

For more information, read the press release.

D&B Releases Findings on International Supply Chains

D&B studied how supply chains are affected by ideological, military, and localized conflicts happening around the world. It writes, “Lack of trust and transparency as a result of ideological and military conflicts are undermining the international supply chains linking the world, according to the Q1 2017 CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet. Prolonged conflict is creating supply chain no-go areas, cutting off local businesses and consumers from global markets and potentially causing a scarcity of goods.”

For more information, read the press release.

CCC Adds Semantic Search Workflow to RightFind

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) updated RightFind XML for Mining, its cloud-based solution for obtaining full-text XML articles. According to the press release, “Building on CCC’s existing partnership with SciBite, a leading provider of semantic solutions for the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, RightFind XML for Mining now provides a powerful new semantic search workflow through a ‘one-click’ integration with SciBite’s DOCstore product, a faceted search repository for semantically enriched text. The integration enables researchers to work efficiently and at scale within a fully hosted, end-to-end solution for scientific literature licensing, access and normalization, semantic enrichment and semantic search.”

For more information, read the press release.

Society for Scholarly Publishing Rolls Out New Logo

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) revealed a new logo as part of an initiative to update its brand. According to the press release, SSP’s logo “has been refreshed to better align with the work its members do to advance scholarly communication around the world.” Melanie Dolechek, SSP’s executive director, says the branding honors the organization’s past while updating to a “new and exciting look” for the future. The original logo was in place for nearly 40 years.

For more information and to see the new logo, read the press release.



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