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DynamicBooks to Offer College Open Textbooks
DynamicBooks and College Open Textbooks announced an agreement by which College Open Textbooks will facilitate identifying high quality, peer reviewed open textbook titles to be offered on the DynamicBooks online interactive textbook platform. The DynamicBooks platform enables instructors to customize and personalize textbooks that are delivered to the instructor's students using an advanced reader and annotation tool that can be used from most computing devices.
Twenty-seven open textbooks from varied disciplines, including history, science, business, and mathematics, will be available beginning in January 2011 with more titles planned throughout 2011. Students will pay a $20 per term fee that enables them to highlight, annotate, search, print page-by-page, and easily navigate through their customized DynamicBooks.
Using the DynamicBooks editing tool, instructors can revise content, add or delete chapters or sections, and include audio, video, and course notes to make the textbooks more current and more relevant for their students. Students can access DynamicBooks online, download the books to their computers, and print up to ten pages at a time. Printed, bound versions are also available for student purchase. Instead of copyright, all rights reserved, these textbooks are copyrighted with Creative Commons, GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License), and customized open licenses that mean the textbooks can be freely shared and modified.
The Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative (College Open Textbooks) is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This collection of 15 educational nonprofit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2,000 community and other 2-year colleges.
Students can access DynamicBooks using BookShelf from Vital Source Technologies, an Ingram Content Group company. DynamicBooks, which was announced in February 2010, is a subsidiary of Macmillan.
Source: DynamicBooks and College Open Textbooks
ProQuest Digitizes Formerly Secret Korean Documents for Researchers
ProQuest has digitized a National Security Archive collection on U.S.-Korean relations, expanding the Digital National Security Archives (DNSA) database series. The United States and the Two Koreas: 1969-2000 covers diplomatic, security, and economic relations between the U.S. and its ally, South Korea, as well as challenges to the U.S. posed by an adversarial North Korea. Spanning events dating from the Nixon administration’s response to the April 15, 1969 downing of a U.S. reconnaissance plane by North Korea to efforts during the Clinton years to deter Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, The United States and the Two Koreas enables researchers to easily search and access these documents via libraries.
The 34th collection in DNSA, The United States and the Two Koreas contains more than 1,500 records released by the State Department, the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other agencies, as well as historical material compiled through research at the National Archives and the presidential libraries. The many newly-declassified documents in the database reveal a wide range of significant themes and events, including contingency military plans, growing concern over North Korea’s economic instability, various leadership transitions, and political liberalization in South Korea. Researchers can also explore U.S.-South Korea economic relations, a historic summit meeting between the leaders of South and North Korea in 2000, and secret discussions with other powers, including Japan, China, and Russia, aimed at coordinating an international diplomatic response to North Korea’s threat to regional security.
DNSA is the online version of National Security Archive collections, derived from documents on file at the Archive’s office in Washington, D.C. An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It also serves as a repository for government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the U.S.
The Archive obtains its materials through a variety of methods, including use of the Freedom of Information Act and Mandatory Declassification Review processes, and through research in presidential paper collections and congressional and court records. Archive staff members systematically track U.S. government agency and other federal records repositories for documents that have never been released, or that otherwise shed light on the decision-making processes of the U.S. government, and the historical context underlying official decisions. DNSA, its online outlet, is considered by researchers to be the most powerful primary research and teaching tool available for issues related to U.S. foreign policy, intelligence, and security affairs.
Text-Analytics Provider TEMIS Announces Free LuxidBar Download
TEMIS, a provider of text analytics solutions for the enterprise, made available its browser sidebar LuxidBar knowledge discovery service via free public download from its website. LuxidBar is designed to extend the benefits of content enrichment services to the user’s desktop and power an enhanced, more productive navigation experience.
LuxidBar was initially made available to TEMIS’s customers as a new gateway to their Luxid 5.2 Content Enrichment and Information Discovery Platform. The publicly available LuxidBar connects to a Luxid Content Enrichment Platform hosted and maintained by TEMIS in the cloud. The platform performs a broad range of business and scientific entities extractions together with their semantic relationships.
LuxidBar is a lightweight component for Internet Explorer and Firefox that delivers four key features:
- Identifies and highlights key information within any webpage or document, enabling the user quickly to spot, read, and navigate within the most relevant content.
- Inserts smart links on the fly within the text, enabling the user further to navigate and gather additional information in context.
- Displays information analytics dynamically to provide the user with interactive graphical views of the document content.
- Summarizes any webpage or document by displaying only key sentences explicitly referring to the user’s topic of interest.
Infotrieve Releases Mobile Library iPad App
Infotrieve, Inc., developer of a gateway to STM (scientific, technical, and medical) content announced the release of the Mobile Library iPad app, the newest addition to its suite of software for accessing and organizing enterprise content. With the Mobile Library, users have secure access from anywhere to all corporate licensed electronic content and document repositories, as well as access to a collection of STM content. The Mobile Library is fully integrated with Infotrieve’s Content SCM content and rights management platform, and users can seamlessly switch from the iPad to their PC or Mac, as the user’s workspace is automatically synchronized across platforms. Utilizing Content SCM’s full suite of rights management capabilities, the system ensures that corporate electronic content usage is fully compliant with all content licenses across the enterprise.
Launched in 2008, the Content SCM platform has more than 250,000 users from the corporate, public, and academic sectors in 80 countries, representing 4,500 organizations from nearly every industry.
To facilitate fast and intuitive access to content, users of the Mobile Library can organize personal collections containing virtually any type of content including PDFs, videos, images, and audio. The Mobile Library automatically organizes and cross references files based on user defined tags, and allows users to search against these personalized tags to quickly locate content of interest.
To ensure up-to-the-minute awareness of newly published research, the Mobile Library offers a variety of automatic alerts using Infotrieve’s collection of more than 50 million citations, along with unlimited RSS feeds for monitoring other key content sources. Users can also capture, tag, and organize citations, abstracts, and other items of interest for future research, review, or purchase.
Source: Infotrieve, Inc.
ebrary Announces New Ebook Program for Pharmaceutical Companies
ebrary announced a new ebook program for pharmaceutical companies designed to support their digital content needs throughout the entire product lifecycle. From research and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to marketing and sales, ebrary provides the ebooks and digital content services that can help pharmaceutical companies increase productivity, while extending their information budgets.
Available now, ebrary’s new program includes:
- A choice of models for acquiring ebooks and other authoritative materials from trusted publishers such as CRC Press, Elsevier Health Sciences, Informa Healthcare, Springer, and Wiley. Choose to subscribe with unlimited access, purchase individual titles, and buy based on employee usage. ebrary also offers many Doody’s Core Titles.
- DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), ebrary’s do-it-yourself e-publishing tool.
- InfoTools and other advanced research technologies.
- 24/7 web-based training with a real person, complimentary marketing services, and more.
To enable companies to stretch their budget dollars, ebrary recommends that pharmaceutical organizations subscribe to its affordable new Pharmaceuticals Subscription E-book Database, which provides simultaneous, multi-user access to a growing collection of more than 100 ebooks on topics such as drug delivery, toxicology, clinical trials, drug safety, quality control, pricing, and pharmaceutical marketing. Preview the selection at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pharma/home.action.
Companies may subsidize the subscription by purchasing individual titles in all key areas of the product lifecycle, and by subscribing to additional databases such as Engineering & Industrial Management, Medical Technology, and Sales & Marketing. Preview all content for the pharmaceutical industry at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pharmaceuticals.
Additionally, pharmaceutical companies may use DASH! to upload and enhance their collections with their own digital materials such as e-prints, product information, research reports, patents, proposals, government documents, competitive intelligence, and more.
Lexalytics Unveils Sentiment Analysis of Emoticons, Acronyms for Twitter
Lexalytics, Inc., a software and services company specializing in text and sentiment analysis, announced the availability of richer reporting on the conversations occurring around, about, and between different accounts on Twitter based on the sentiment analysis of commonly used emoticons and acronyms. The company claims to have the first OEM engine to examine short form content for sentiment analysis.
With the use of emoticons, abbreviations, and confusing “social speak” grammar, micro-blog services such as Twitter present a difficult task for natural language processing systems. These improvements come as part of the yearly software license for Salience, Lexalytics’ core text analytics engine.
For acronyms, the Lexalytics team parsed thousands of tweets to get to hundreds of common acronyms and emoticons. The team then made decisions on whether each acronym was sentiment-bearing, needed to be expanded, or should be treated as simply an interjection.
For the @ sign, Salience part-of-speech tags the @ tagged string as a “MENTION” which can be used for further reporting. In particular, @ tagged strings will return as people entities, with the associated sentiment, themes, etc. Additionally, # sign (hashtags) are part-of-speech tagged as @hashtag. These do not report back as any sort of entity type. Hashtags are typically used as a lightweight “tag” for the content of the tweet. This information can be used by Salience for further processing as a tag.
Check out the new capabilities at www.lexalytics.com/demo. Select the “Twitter” radio button. Paste a tweet in and test out what Lexalytics returns.
Lexalytics’ out-of-the-box, business critical text analytics and sentiment solutions allows companies to monitor and react in real-time by making sense of the vast repositories of information from sources as diverse as Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, websites, and in-house content. Lexalytics solutions include entity extraction, theme discovery, and sentiment analysis at the entity-level.
Source: Lexalytics, Inc.
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