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September 8, 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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JISC Offers Free Cloud Computing and the Law Toolkit

JISC Legal's Cloud Computing and the Law toolkit  sets out to support educational professionals in the implementation of cloud computing initiatives. Compiled by JISC’s team of ICT law experts, the toolkit contains accessible, up-to-date information about cloud computing in an FE (further education or continuing education in the U.S.) and HE (higher education) context. It will provide an overview of the key legal areas of copyright, data protection, and contract law. The five publications in the toolkit are:
  • Report on Cloud Computing and the Law for UK Further and Higher Education - An Overview (Access in Word, PDF and HTML)
  • User Guide: Cloud Computing and the Law for IT (Access in Word, PDF and HTML)
  • User Guide: Cloud Computing and the Law for Senior Management and Policy Makers (Access in Word, PDF and HTML)
  • User Guide: Cloud Computing and the Law for Users (Access in Word, PDF and HTML)
  • User Guide: Cloud Computing Contracts, SLAs and Terms & Conditions of Use (Access in Word, PDF and HTML)

JISC Legal, a JISC Advance service, works to ensure that legal issues do not become a barrier to the adoption and use of new information and communications technologies in further education, higher education, and specialist colleges. It is funded by JISC and is hosted by the University of Strathclyde, a charitable body, registered in Scotland.

Source: JISC

Ingram Announces Global CONNECT

Ingram Content Group Inc. announced the launch of Global CONNECT, a new worldwide program combining Ingram’s print and distribution services and a network of book manufacturers around the world, with state-of-the-art print-on-demand technology and connectivity to local networks of retailers. Singular Digital, a leading book manufacturer in Brazil with extensive regional distribution, will launch Ingram’s South American expansion.

“Today’s marketplace is no longer bound by national borders or languages. Global access offers publishers an untapped opportunity, and Ingram is reshaping the content distribution model to help them realize their full business potential,” said David Skip Prichard, president and CEO, Ingram Content Group. ‘The pairing of Ingram’s distribution strength and proven print-on-demand solutions with leading providers in key territories creates a comprehensive solution that is truly unmatched in the industry today.”

Prichard continued, “Making the right content available, in the right format, to the right audience is key to success. Ingram’s Global Connect program was built to accomplish this for our customers on a worldwide scale.”  

Ingram’s Global Connect program is more than just a printer network. It expands the reach of publishers’ physical content beyond Ingram’s current channels, which include Ingram-owned facilities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and France, to new markets through a network of selected book manufacturing and distribution partners. What differentiates Ingram’s Global Connect program from other printer network solutions is the unique combination of print-on-demand alliances with established local retail channel relationships. Publishers will gain access to new sales channels without the worry of inventory in market, importation and customs issues, and shipping and warehousing costs. No matter where their readers are, publishers can now reach them and never miss a sale.

Ingram’s alliance with Singular Digital, owned by Ediouro Holding, one of the largest media publishing groups in the country, offers publishers access to high-quality printed books and established relationships with the leaders in online, chain, and independent booksellers and distributors in the South American region.

Source: Ingram Content Group

HighWire Introduces Five-Star Article Rating Feature on SAGE Open

With the recent launch of the peer-reviewed research journal, SAGE Open, and its new, interactive article rating feature, HighWire Press once again demonstrates its support of independent scholarly publishers with a tool designed for open access (OA) publications. This new feature, five-star article rating, gives readers the opportunity to weigh in on the quality and impact of a particular article in a transparent open community forum.

As a supplement to the basic peer review that is practiced by the rapid publication process for open access journals, article-level comments and ratings offer real-time feedback from readers, allowing them to contribute publicly in the scholarly journal discussion. Over time, as the article accrues comments and ratings, the combined scores will become more and more meaningful as a metric to evaluate its importance and quality.

SAGE Open, a new publication created to support OA publishing in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities, allows colleagues to share their insights about the quality of papers online. In order to rate an article, contributors must be a registered user of SAGE Journals Online.

“The HighWire platform provides a series of enhanced features to give readers greater power to determine the significance of articles published,” said Tom Rump, HighWire’s managing director. “Along with usage metrics, commenting, subject categories, and recommendation services, article ranking is a means to leverage the insights of the larger community, connecting the outside world with the content inside the paper.”

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Source: HighWire Press

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