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Cambridge University Press To Reissue Rare Books With POD
The Cambridge Library Collection is a new collaboration between the Cambridge University Library and Cambridge University Press, the world's oldest publisher. Already a pioneer in the republishing of titles from its own backlist, Cambridge University Press is extending its reach to include other books of enduring scholarly value that are still of interest to researchers, students, and the general reader. Examples include a book on Darwinism by the other great theorist of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace; two preliminary essays to On the Origin of Species; family reminiscences of Jane Austen gathered by her nephew; the correspondence between Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt; a study of the health of the rowers in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race between 1829 and 1869; and a 19th-century Englishwoman's impressions of America.
The Cambridge Library Collection uses state-of-the-art scanning and print-on-demand technology to make accessible in new ways works that, until now, would have been available only in libraries. The Press's unique relationship with Cambridge University Library allows access to a vast range of out-of-print and out-of-copyright titles.
The Press takes advice from experts worldwide on which books in their subject areas should be included in the program. Each book is carefully scanned, and the resulting files undergo a rigorous process of cleaning, in which any blemishes are removed to obtain a crisp and legible text. Each book has a new cover design and a specially written blurb that highlights the relevance of the book to today's readers.
The Cambridge Library Collection launched on July 20 with 475 titles, to celebrate the 475 years since the Press was granted permission to print "all manner of books" by the Letters Patent of Henry VIII. By the end of 2009, this number will have grown to more than 1,000. Visit the Cambridge Library Collection Website at www.cambridge.org/clc and watch this video clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-oA4sZ9nNQ.
Source: Cambridge University Press
Fuente Académica Premier Now Available From EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) has expanded its non-English full-text scholarly content with the release of Fuente Académica Premier. This database represents a rapidly growing collection of Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish-language periodicals. It includes full text for more than 650 scholarly publications and a collection of academic books from 18 countries that will grow to more than 75.
Researchers looking for more international full-text coverage will find all major subject areas covered, with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology. Search functionality is enhanced through the incorporation of author-supplied keywords in Spanish.
This new resource builds on the coverage of EBSCO's well-received Fuente Académica database. Fuente Académica Premier provides additional academic books, scholarly journals, and a deep backfile that goes back to the very first issue for some titles. Much like other EBSCOhost databases, Fuente Académica Premier makes it possible for institutions to access expanded coverage as their needs and budgets warrant.
Source: EBSCO Publishing
MapQuest Introduces Premium Data Sets
MapQuest, Inc. (www.mapquest.com) announced the availability of new Premium Data Sets for its MapQuest Platform Enterprise Edition. The new offering provides access to boundary and point data such as neighborhoods, parcels, zip codes, public school districts, business locations, and U.S. census demographics. This information will enable businesses to add this content to MapQuest maps to provide valuable insights that help companies and consumers make better decisions.
The demographic data features more than 400 categories from the U.S. census. Also available are more than 13 million U.S. and 2 million Canadian business listings, more than 100,000 U.S. public school locations, and U.S. traffic incident and flow data. These data are available for map display, search, and analysis, and the MapQuest Platform offers an extensible API as well as data hosting and data updates.
MapQuest also released new Asian mapping and point-of-interest data for the MapQuest Platform in China and Japan. For added flexibility and customization, the map display data support English and native characters.
MapQuest Premium Data Sets and the new map coverage in Asia are available as additional license options for existing MapQuest Platform Enterprise Edition customers as well as to new customers. More information about the new offerings can be found at: http://platform.mapquest.com. MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL, LLC, is based in Denver, Colo.
Source: MapQuest, Inc.
ebrary Announces Publisher Half-Off Sale
ebrary, Inc., a provider of digital content products and technologies, announced a first-of-its-kind program that brings libraries, corporations, and other organizations the best cost savings of the year on full-text ebooks from the world's leading publishers. Under the Publisher Half-Off Sale, institutions around the globe can save 50% off list price when they purchase as few as 15 to 25 backlist titles from a single participating publisher through Dec. 15, 2009. The vast majority of these titles are unavailable in Academic Complete or other ebrary subscription products. To date, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, IGI Global, Springer, Taylor & Francis Group, University of North Carolina Press, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. have joined the program, with additional publishers expected to participate shortly.
"In these tough economic times, ebrary is proud to offer a unique opportunity for libraries, corporations, and other organizations to purchase and own authoritative content at discounted rates from such an esteemed group of renowned publishers," says Leslie Lees, vice president of content development at ebrary. "At the same time, we are pleased to provide participating publishers with new revenue opportunities for their backlist selections."
For a real-time listing of participating publishers and additional information, visit www.ebrary.com/corp/promos.jsp#publisher.
Source: ebrary, Inc.
X1 Technologies Launches eDiscovery Search Suite
X1 Technologies, Inc. (www.x1.com), a provider of enterprise and desktop search solutions, announced the X1 eDiscovery Search Suite, a simple, cost-effective solution for information management and identification of data for e-discovery. Developed on the patented, scalable X1 enterprise search platform, the X1 eDiscovery Search Suite provides law firms and the legal departments of organizations with the ability to quickly find and tag data relevant to legal matters. Some of the features of the new eDiscovery Search Suite include binary deduplication of data, dynamic and static faceted search, tagging and annotating, reporting and logging, exporting, and full-content indexing.
The X1 eDiscovery Search Suite gives law firms and legal departments a simple, scalable solution for finding data, whether it is for early case assessment or a formal legal procedure. The intuitive, rich client interface allows users to search data that resides in more than 500 file types and applications, including email solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Outlook as well as Microsoft SharePoint, Symantec Enterprise Vault, and IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.
X1 Technologies was founded in 2003 with the vision of providing a single user interface capable of previewing and acting upon data anywhere in the enterprise. X1's patented search technology scales from a single server to tens of thousands of desktops. X1 is a technology partner with companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, and Symantec. Headquartered in Pasadena Calif., X1 is an operating company of Idealab.
Source: X1 Technologies, Inc.
Science Magazine and JoVE Announce Scientific Video Partnership
Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; www.aaas.org), and JoVE (www.jove.com), the scientific video journal, announced that they have entered into a partnership for joint production and publication of scientific videos online. The purpose of the partnership is to enhance scientific articles published in Science through video demonstrations of experimental techniques. The Science/JoVE pilot project received support from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation at AAAS.
Under the partnership, which is currently in its pilot phase, Science will select papers suitable for the video enhancement and will identify author groups willing to help shape the video demonstrations. JoVE will then work with the authors to create the actual demonstrations using the company's platform for geographically distributed video-production. According to Stewart Wills, online editor at Science, direct, in-article video demonstrations should increase the value of Science research to its main audience, working scientists and students.
The first video in the program documents an innovative method for visualizing and mapping the success or failure of immune control in viral infections, work published by Qingsheng Li, Pamela J. Skinner, et al. in Science's March 27, 2009 issue. The paper and associated video can be found at www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5922/1726; access is free of charge for users who register with the site. The video and detailed protocol notes are also available at the JoVE site, at www.jove.com/index/Details.stp?ID=1561.
Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science
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