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July 7, 2011 — 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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W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group Calls for Public Comment

The W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group has been chartered from May 2010 through August 2011 to prepare a series of reports on the existing and potential use of linked data technology for publishing library data. The group (LLD XG) invites comments from interested members of the public.

The group is currently preparing a report that consists of the following:

  • Benefits
  • Vocabularies and Datasets
  • Relevant Technologies
  • Implementation challenges
  • Recommendations

Use Cases” is a survey report describes existing projects

Vocabularies and Datasets” is a survey report

Feedback can sent as comments to individual sections posted on the dedicated blog or by email to a public mailing list (, archived at using descriptive subject lines such as [COMMENTS] “Benefits” section.

Comments will be especially welcome in the next 4 weeks (through 22 July). Reviewers should note that as with Wikipedia, the text may be revised and corrected by its editors in response to comments at any time, but that earlier versions of a document may be viewed by clicking on the History tab. LLD XG anticipates that the three reports will be published in final form by Aug. 31.

Source: W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group

SirsiDynix Announces SirsiDynix Portfolio 4.1 Digital Asset Management

SirsiDynix has announced the release of version 4.1 of its SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management solution. The Portfolio solution builds upon SirsiDynix Enterprise search and discovery, adding digital asset management capabilities, optical character recognition (OCR) technology, Open Archives Initiative compatibility for web harvesting, and classified security capabilities for restricting visibility of confidential materials by user or group.

The Portfolio solution is designed for a broad swath of libraries, and it has the toolset to reflect that. State and public libraries utilize Portfolio digital asset management to make unique local collections available to their community and beyond, while academic and special libraries utilize the Portfolio toolset to centralize digital information and tools for simplified search and content management.

With the Portfolio solution, libraries of varying types and missions are empowered to do the following:

  • Gain relevance beyond the library community by exposing digital content to web crawlers through OAI-PMH compliance
  • Provide full-spectrum search results and enable access to previously unsearchable items through in-text (OCR) search and optional harvesting of library-selected websites or external resource
  • Localize record-keeping with customizable metadata fields, and ability to cross-link an unlimited number of records for easy reference
  • Organize and share multimedia collections including PDFs, video, audio, web pages and more, and preserve historical collections with support for major standards for the archivist
  • Restrict or limit access to protected assets, item-by-item or batch, through the Portfolio platform’s accountability control settings. Optional access control and authentication management features can also accommodate different viewing privileges by individual user, group, or location.

Source: SirsiDynix

Bloomberg Law Releases Next Evolution of Its Legal Research Platform

Bloomberg Law has released the next evolution of its legal research platform. The latest version of Bloomberg Law adds new and enhanced features designed to make the system even faster and easier to use, including the following:
  • Redesigned interface for even more intuitive navigation
  • Enriched search capabilities for faster information retrieval so users spend less time searching and more time analyzing and applying their findings
  • New practice centers offer practice specific resources to quickly and easily access primary and secondary sources, news and analysis
  • Enhanced collaboration and workflow features that build on Bloomberg Law’s innovative workspace tools to help users research faster, stay organized and share securely

Bloomberg Law says it is the first system that integrates comprehensive legal content, company and client information, and proprietary news all in one place. Bloomberg Law’s all-inclusive, transparent, and predictable pricing means that every user has the same unrestricted, unlimited access to the content in its databases.

Source: Bloomberg

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