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September 18, 2018 — 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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Europe Votes in Favor of New Copyright Law

According to CNBC’s Ryan Browne, “European parliamentarians have passed a controversial overhaul of copyright law that could force tech giants to install filters that prevent copyright-protected content from being uploaded.” However, critics are worried that “such a law would normalize censorship and restrict internet freedom, preventing users from being able to post content. …” The controversial sections are Articles 11 and 13:
  • Article 11 would grant press publications copyright over the sharing of their content online, meaning they would be able to charge services like Google News for aggregating their stories. Critics have dubbed this as an effective ‘link tax,’ but proponents say hyperlinks will be exempt.
  • Meanwhile, Article 13 calls for ‘effective content recognition’ technology to filter out copyright-protected content. Detractors hold that this part of the law could threaten social media users’ ability to share anything from internet memes to snippets of music and film.

For more information, read the article.

SAGE Acquires Lean Library

SAGE acquired the Lean Library technology startup to help academic libraries promote themselves to patrons and showcase their services where patrons already are. Lean Library’s products are:
  • Library Access: ... the company’s flagship product providing a browser extension that allows users to browse the internet as normal and seamlessly access library content [both on and off campus]
  • Library Assist: Enables the library to send tailored messages to their users, in context, on the platform
  • Library Alternatives: Presents the reader with alternative [legal] routes to full text, should an article not be accessible at the website the user currently is visiting

For more information, read the press release.

Wiley and Clarivate Analytics Redesign the Peer Review Process

Wiley and Clarivate Analytics teamed up to develop a scalable and open peer review workflow using Clarivate Analytics’ Publons peer review platform and its ScholarOne manuscript submission system. It will first be in use with Wiley’s journal Clinical Genetics and will align with best-practice data privacy regulation to meet the individual preferences of authors, peer reviewers, and journals. An article’s complete peer review process will be transparent—readers will be able to view a comprehensive peer review history—and each element of the process will have its own DOI for easy citation.

For more information, read the blog post.

Open Road Integrated Media Starts Women's Book Club

Open Road Integrated Media’s Early Bird Books partnered with the Fab Over Fifty women’s online community to create a free monthly book club called Spread the Words. Each month, Early Bird Books and Fab Over Fifty will pick a book (fiction, history, etc.) and post discussion questions and other material about it on the club’s Facebook page. Early Bird Books will offer ebook versions of the choices at a special member discount.

The first book is Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. Jong will host a Facebook Live discussion of the book on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. To join the club, sign up here.

For more information, read the press release.

Gale's Digital Scholar Lab Is Now Live

Gale launched its Digital Scholar Lab, a cloud-based research environment that helps students, librarians, and researchers at any level apply natural language processing tools to raw text data from Gale Primary Sources archives. Doing this textual analysis allows for the discovery of new research insights. According to the press release, the Digital Scholar Lab “combines analysis-ready raw text data with digital tools and algorithms to generate visualizations and discoveries that are the hallmark of data mining and digital scholarship.” Users can do the following:
  • Search and create robust content/data sets from their library’s Gale Primary Sources
  • Use analysis tools and visualize results.
  • Organize research and manage long-term projects.
  • Download and share visualizations and statistical data.

For more information, read the press release.



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