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November 6, 2006 — 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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University of Southampton and MIT Collaborate on Web Research

The University of Southampton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced the launch of a long-term research collaboration that aims to produce the fundamental scientific advances necessary to guide the future design and use of the World Wide Web. The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) will generate a research agenda for understanding the scientific, technical, and social challenges underlying the growth of the Web. Of particular interest is the volume of information on the Web that documents more and more aspects of human activity and knowledge.

The joint MIT-Southampton initiative will provide a global forum for scientists and scholars to collaborate on the first multidisciplinary scientific research effort specifically designed to study the Web at all scales of size and complexity and develop a new discipline of Web science for future generations of researchers. WSRI will be headquartered at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and at the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. Initial plans call for joint research projects, workshops, and student/faculty exchanges between the two institutions.

The initiative will have four founding directors: Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, senior research scientist at MIT, and professor at the University of Southampton; Wendy Hall, professor of computer science and head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton; Nigel Shadbolt, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Southampton and director of the Advanced Knowledge Technologies Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration; and Daniel J. Weitzner, technology and society domain leader of the World Wide Web Consortium and principal research scientist at MIT.

Source: University of Southampton

Brightcove Expands Its Video Services

Brightcove, Inc., an online video solutions firm started by Jeremy Allaire, unveiled a new free service. The Brightcove Network lets content owners of all sizes launch their own commercial Internet video channels at no cost and generate revenue through advertising and video download sales. Content owners who use the Brightcove Network give Brightcove the right to sell advertising in their videos, and in turn, they receive 50 percent of the revenue from ads that run in their channels.

Coinciding with the launch of the Brightcove Network, the company announced the availability of several new services designed to generate revenue and increase distribution for Internet TV channels. To make earning money from commercial content easier, Brightcove launched a new video advertising network and the ability to offer high-quality video downloads for purchase or rental. To help online video programmers reach new audiences, the company introduced the beta of a new consumer destination ( for discovering and interacting with Internet TV channels. In addition, Brightcove has partnered with AOL to give content owners the option to easily sell their pay-media downloads through the AOL Video portal ( using the Brightcove platform.

Dow Jones Online announced that it is launching a video channel using Brightcove that will be accessible across Barron's Online,, and The Wall Street Journal Online. Video content will be integrated into search results and company news on all three Dow Jones sites. The videos will also be indexable by search engines and newsreaders.

Source: Brightcove

Socialtext Releases SocialPoint Wiki Service

Socialtext, Inc. ( released its new enterprise wiki service SocialPoint, which integrates with Microsoft SharePoint. It is designed to help IT managers within large enterprises develop a collaborative platform to facilitate work and information sharing across teams.

Socialtext developed SocialPoint using the Wiki Web Services (which the company released in Socialtext 2.0 earlier this month) and a collection of SharePoint Web Parts. Integrated with a SOAP API, SocialPoint enables SharePoint to authenticate to multiple wikis and display recent changes and pages within the portal while offering them up for editing. For example, with SocialPoint, a marketing team working on a product launch can collaborate on product marketing materials within the wiki, and then share those materials with field contacts who link to the SharePoint portal so the field is informed about the launch.

SocialPoint is available immediately and included within Socialtext Professional and Socialtext Enterprise. In addition, SocialPoint will be released under an open source license in the near future. For more information, visit Socialtext also announced incentives for JotSpot wiki customers to migrate to the Socialtext service.

Source: Socialtext, Inc.

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