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March 31, 2022 — 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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Gale Rolls Out Six Archives Dedicated to Underrepresented Communities

Gale announced that it “is supporting academic initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with the release of six new archives on the Gale Primary Sources (GPS) platform” that focus on communities that are underrepresented in research, including the LGBTQ+ community, women, and Native Americans.

The titles are Archives of Sexuality and Gender: L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the fifth installment of Gale’s Archives of Sexuality and Gender series), China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West Part II, 1865–1905 (featuring files from the British Foreign Office), Declassified Documents Online: Twentieth-Century British Intelligence, Monitoring the World (files from the Government Communications Headquarters in the U.K.), Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part II: The Indian Rights Association, 1882–1986 (the nearly complete papers of the first organization supporting the rights and interests of Native Americans), The Making of the Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Part II, 1891–1950 (legal works that Gale calls “nearly impossible-to-access records”), and Women’s Studies Archive: Female Forerunners Worldwide (the fourth installment of Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive program).

Gale notes, “With the steady increase in misinformation on campus about diversity, social justice and political issues, these archives change the conversation by providing access to original historical primary sources that enable researchers and students to compare resources and make key connections.”

For more information, read the press release.

'Progressives Are Resisting Rightwing Book Banning Campaigns Ö' by Adam Gabbatt

Adam Gabbatt writes the following for The Guardian:

The right wing in America has spent the past 18 months waging an increasingly vocal war on education, banning books and restricting the discussions teachers can have in classrooms, usually when it comes to issues like racism or sexuality.

That could be starting to change, however, as progressives have won a series of victories in some states, suggesting a backlash against education censorship could be on the way.

So far in 2022 the left has forced Republicans in Indiana to abandon legislation that would have placed severe restrictions on what teachers can say in classrooms, while in New Hampshire liberal candidates won sweeping victories against conservative ‘anti-critical race theory’ candidates in school board elections. …

The progressive wins are a development that looked unlikely as the right wing, often through organizations with connections to wealthy Republican donors, has introduced bill after bill in states across the country. The campaign has successfully banned books, predominantly pertaining to issues of race or sexuality, from school districts, while some states have already banned discussion of the modern-day impact of historical racism in the US.

For more information, read the article.

Kyndi Natural Language Search Improves Efficiency of Finding Accurate Business Insights

Natural language processing (NLP) company Kyndi “announced the immediate availability of the Kyndi Natural Language Search [s]olution, the first end-to-end offering designed to maximize the relevancy and speed of finding answers in unstructured, text-based data. Due to limited NLP expertise and the cost of tuning and deploying state-of-the-art language models, organizations of all sizes often overlook natural language search as both a top- and bottom-line business driver. Kyndi has proven that its customers derive significant business value from their investments in natural language search, from simplifying website content discovery to driving engagement and conversion, to empowering employees to self-serve and find the knowledge that drives productivity and operational efficiency.”

Kyndi goes on to explain that “individuals still spend at least 400 hours each year searching for information, resulting in millions of dollars in operational costs and lost business opportunities. [Kyndi] Natural Language Search … cuts down search time by half while delivering twice the information accuracy. This means your customers and employees can use accurate business insights immediately to enhance customer engagement, reduce risk, and identify future business opportunities.”

For more information and a list of Kyndi Natural Language Search’s capabilities, read the press release.

Kyndi’s Natural Language Solution Architecture

Kyndi's Natural Language Solution Architecture layers: Application Layer, Kyndi APIs, Intelligence Repositories, Kyndi Natural Language Services, Institutional Knowledge Layer, Natural Language Understanding Layer

Image courtesy of McCoin & Smith Communications, Inc.

Clarivate Introduces Dedicated Online Resource Center for Displaced Ukraine Researchers

Clarivate “launched a package of valuable Clarivate resources of software tools, information and insights to support displaced researchers from Ukraine. The resource center also contains news and content to help raise the profile, knowledge and understanding of Ukraine across the world. The launch of these resources follows the statement made by Clarivate, that it will cease all commercial activities in Russia, issued March 11.”

The package comes in the form of a “dedicated online resource center [that] will provide immediate access” to solutions such as ProQuest Books (200-plus titles on Ukraine, available with unlimited access on Ebook Central); a displaced researcher program that ensures “continued access to the Web of Science for researchers and students affiliated to Ukrainian institutions, who do not have their usual IP range access to the citation index;” and RapidILL from Ex Libris (free access for all higher education institutions in Ukraine).

For more information, read the press release.

GPO Seeks Public Comment on Its Draft Strategic Plan

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is encouraging stakeholders and members of the public to comment on its draft strategic plan for FY2023–2027 by emailing comments@gpo.gov by April 29, 2022. GPO expects to finalize the plan in summer 2022.

The strategic plan revolves around four strategic imperatives: Achieve Operational Excellence, Modernize and Innovate, Ensure Financial Stability, and Develop the Workforce.

Director Hugh Nathaniel Halpern says, “Our intention was to create a plan that recognizes GPO’s digital present and focuses on future growth. We welcome your comments and appreciate your continued support for GPO as we work toward our vision of an America Informed.”

For more information, read the press release.



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