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Wikis Go Printable
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (http://wikimediafoundation.org) announced a partnership that will make it possible to obtain high quality print and word processor copies of articles from Wikipedia and other wiki educational resources. The development of the underlying open source software is supported by the Open Society Institute (www.soros.org) and the Commonwealth of Learning (www.col.org). It is led by PediaPress.com, a start-up company based in Germany.
Deployment of the technology will happen in three stages. The first stage, currently underway, is a public beta test running on WikiEducator.org of functionality for remixing collections of wiki pages and downloading them in PDF. WikiEducator is a project hosted by the Commonwealth of Learning and uses the same wiki technology as Wikipedia.
The second stage, planned for early 2008, will be the deployment of the technology on the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, including Wikipedia. At this point, users will also be given the option to order printed copies of wiki content directly from PediaPress.com.
The third stage, planned for mid-2008, will be the addition of the OpenDocument format for word processors to the list of export formats. This will make it easy for educators to customize and remix content before printing and distributing it from any desktop computer. This work is funded through a $40,000 grant by the Open Society Institute.
The technology developed through this cooperation will be available under an open source license, free for anyone to use for any purpose. It ties into the MediaWiki platform, the open source technology that runs Wikipedia. As a result, thousands of wiki platforms around the world will have the option of providing the same services to their users.Source: The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
IGI Global to Double InfoSci-Journals
IGI Global (www.igi-global.com), a publisher in computer science and information technology management, announced plans to double the content of its InfoSci-Journals full-text database to 60 specialized, peer-reviewed titles by the end of 2008. The new titles are the result of an active journal acquisition and development program to keep pace with emerging technological research areas. The collection will expand even further to 100 titles by 2009.
Among the titles to be added to InfoSci-Journals are International Journal of E-Services & Mobile Applications, International Journal of Decision Support System Technology, and International Journal of Cyber-Risks and Disruptive Technologies. To make it easier for librarians who do not yet license InfoSci-Journals to enrich their collections with this expanding resource, IGI Global has announced a special introductory discount for new subscribers of 15% off the first-year license fee. To learn more about InfoSci-Journals and the introductory offer, or to obtain a free, 30-day trial for your library, please visit www.infosci-journals.com.
IGI Global (formerly Idea Group, Inc.) is a multimedia publisher of books, reference titles, journals, encyclopedias, teaching cases, proceedings, and databases covering the areas of education, social science, library science, healthcare, business management, public administration, and computer science. IGI Global’s main office is in Hershey, Pa., with editorial offices in New York City.Source: IGI Global
Newscom and Reuters to Offer Video Content
The Reuters Video Resource Center on Newscom (www.newscom.com/nc/resourcecenters/Reuters_video) is a new searchable database of video content from Reuters (www.reuters.com). Coverage will include breaking news, human interest, sports, and entertainment from around the globe, plus regional stories from Europe, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Up to 60 new stories each day will be available at Newscom, each supported with a complete script and shot-list.
Users can search for any subject with full text, topic, and date-range search options. Search results are delivered with instant access that allows users to view video content before purchasing. Broadcast video is available as full-resolution MPEG2 files, and video for use on the internet is available in three formats, including Windows Media, Flash, and Real Player. Users need a Newscom account to access the Reuters Video content.
Reuters Video Current is available by subscription only. Reuters Video Archive is older than 30 days and is an ever-growing collection. It is available for pay-per-use licensing. Newscom offers flexible pricing options, based on broadcast market rankings or monthly website traffic. As this new venture evolves, Newscom customers will also have access to the Reuters Desktop Library, which contains more than 6,000 top stories from the past 110 years.
In addition to expanding its sales operations by opening a New York City office, Newscom moved its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Reston, Va., in the fall following the acquisition of the company in June by Mainstream Data, a global content delivery solutions provider.Source: Newscom
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