|Weekly News Digest
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IDC Raises Shipment Forecast for Media Tablets
Worldwide media tablet shipments rose by 88.9% on a sequential basis and 303.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) to 13.6 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker. Based on this strong performance in the 2Q and an improved outlook for the second half of the year, IDC raised its shipment forecast for 2011 to 62.5 million units, up from a previous projection of 53.5 million units
Worldwide media tablet shipments in the second quarter were driven by continued robust demand for Apple's iPad 2, which saw shipments reach 9.3 million units, representing a 68.3% share of the worldwide market (up from 65.7% the previous quarter). Research in Motion entered the media tablet market in 2Q11 with its PlayBook product, grabbing a 4.9% share of the market. Apple’s strength and RIM’s entrance meant bad news for Android-based media tablets, which saw its collective share slip to 26.8%, down from 34.0% the previous quarter.
Looking forward to the second half of 2011, IDC expects Android to cede additional market share in 3Q11 (dropping to 23%) before it starts growing its share again in 4Q11 (increasing to 25.9%) and beyond. In addition to continued demand for Apple iPads, IDC expects many consumers who were on the fence about buying a media tablet to scoop up $99 TouchPads as a result of HP’s decision to end production of its tablet product. IDC expects close to 1 million TouchPads to ship into the channel before the end of the year. As a result, WebOS’s worldwide market share is forecast to reach 4.7% in 3Q11. However, with no clear plan to license or sell the OS to other vendors, IDC expects the WebOS market share to shrink back to zero by 1Q12.
Turning to e-readers, 2Q experienced a seasonal dip, down 9% sequentially to 5.4 million units, while year-over-year growth was 167%. Amazon led the market with a 51.7% share, followed by Barnes & Noble with 21.2%. With product refreshes and following strong 2Q11 sales, IDC expects ereader shipments to grow significantly through the holiday season, reaching a total of 27.0 million units for the year, up from a previous projection of 16.2 million units.
De Gruyter Acquires bepress Journal Porfolio
The academic publisher De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepress’s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of law, business/economics, humanities, and natural sciences. bepress says it “is exiting the subscription-based journal publishing business because we believe we can have the greatest impact on scholarly communications by dedicating ourselves to enabling library-led publishing and research dissemination programs with Digital Commons.”
Berkeley Electronic Press was founded in 1999 by scholars as an alternative to existing academic publishers, and in particular their pricing policies. Since then, the press has succeeded in creating high-quality content, primarily as a result of founding their own journals and by attracting top-notch scholars.
De Gruyter will take on the journals with immediate effect. They will be integrated into the existing editorial offices, and personnel will be added as needed. The subject area business/economics, which was previously not part of the De Gruyter portfolio, will be under the publishing supervision of the Law Department.
Source: De Gruyter
Gale Debuts Enhanced Career Transitions Resource
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced major enhancements to Career Transitions, its online career service tool. The features include a new user interface, reporting tools for gauging user activity, and additional job-seeking and career exploration activities. These enhancements, which allow for easier and faster user access and career assessment, were implemented based on extensive customer and user feedback. These new features have been added to Career Transitions at no additional cost to customers.
In addition to the new interface, the following features were added to Career Transitions:
- Interactive Interview Practice: A custom interview simulation to help users get over interview intimidation and prepare in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. In addition, users will find targeted tips and advice in the form of articles and videos on job searching and applying to networking and career strategies, among other topics.
- Match Experience to New Careers: This unique feature enables users to identify a job or military occupation they’ve held, and explore related new career opportunities based on their experiences. Match Experience helps users translate their experiences into new opportunities they may not have considered.
- Trends, Activities, Outcomes & Reporting: Provides detailed insight into the activities users are engaged in and what they are accomplishing. Helps librarians deliver measurable results to their institution, community and funding partners with:
- Visual, easy-to-generate reports detailing what users are accomplishing
- Optional user survey mechanism to identify transformative value (jobs, progress) and success
The new activities reporting feature added to Career Transitions will give librarians access to useful information and metrics that will demonstrate the success of their job and career resources in a visual, detailed report. Reports can be generated at any time, and cover every activity—including job searching and tracking, resumes, cover letters, assessments and more—that users can experience within Career Transitions. Librarians can also gather valuable user data on career search trends, such as ranked information on the top careers users are targeting and what specific advice they are seeking.
Other additions to Career Transitions include updates for more than 1,100 careers; 1,000 videos including “Day in the Life” interviews with people in different fields; spotlights on new and emerging careers, as well as green careers; a career ladder that positions similar opportunities according to education/training level; and an education/training finder to match careers with education and training programs from nearly 9,000 postsecondary institutions across the U.S. and more than 300 online continuing education courses. In addition, the guided resume and cover letter creator helps users who are often intimidated to start this process find a quick and efficient path to presenting their backgrounds and abilities in the best light. It guides users step-by-step through each section of creating a resume and cover letter.
FirstRain Adds Executives and LinkedIn Access to Business Web Monitoring
FirstRain added people to the business intelligence types you can monitor. This means you can now search for and monitor executives, find single-click connections to your LinkedIn network at any company, easily link to an executive’s LinkedIn profile page, and access its rapidly expanding collection of key info on thousands of top executives.
With these new capabilities, users can do the following:
- Find executive information when you mouse-over the People section of the company brief page, on any company you wish to monitor. You'll see a summary of the Business Web intelligence about them, including quick access to their LinkedIn profile pages. It’s early days, so you'll find some executives have more web intelligence than others, but FirstRain be expanding this collection rapidly over the next few months.
- Instantly see your connections at any company from the new LinkedIn “In my network” link, found in the Company Profile section of a Company Brief.
- Search for executives and add an executive to a monitor, so the latest news featuring that person is reported in your FirstRain email briefs.
- Plus, you can now bookmark items of interest and publish them into your company portals, your social enterprise tools, and Outlook using FirstRain’s RSS tools.
USA.gov Hosting National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites
USA.gov announced it is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites Sept. 19-30, 2011. This 2-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day.
The .gov reform effort is part of President Obama's Campaign to Cut Waste, identifying unnecessary websites that can be consolidated into other websites to reduce costs and improve the quality of service to the American public. The President signed Executive Order 13571, “Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service,” April 27, 2011, which requires federal agencies to take specific steps to strengthen customer service, including how they deliver services and information on federal ".gov" websites.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Chief Information Officers Council, and the Federal Web Managers Council are working with agencies to manage this effort. The .gov Task Force is leading this effort.
The list of federal executive branch .gov domains was published July 12, 2011 on Data.gov. The list of domains will be updated weekly and published on Data.gov each Tuesday.
You can join the conversation at http://web-reform-dialogue.ideascale.com/.
To learn more about the overall .gov reform effort, go to www.usa.gov/WebReform.shtml.
Elsevier Enhances SciVal Spotlight With Collaboration Analysis
As a rising number of institutions shift their focus toward collaborative relationships to secure funding in a more competitive research landscape, analyzing current and potential partners has become increasingly important. To address this growing need, Elsevier has now launched a new enhancement to SciVal Spotlight: an integrated collaboration analysis enabling institutional decision makers to identify and evaluate partnerships at an institutional and author level.
This new enhancement allows users to identify and assess existing and potential partner institutions related to the current research competencies. Further, it enables the evaluation of existing partnerships by combined article output among contributing institutions and displays collaboration partners in particular research strengths. Ultimately, institutional decision makers can now find or evaluate existing and potential partners by uncovering with whom they are collaborating, with whom they are sharing and not sharing competencies, and who is active within competencies but is not yet a partner.
The visual presentation of the collaboration landscape based on user selected criteria can be displayed in three ways:
- Map: Geographical distribution of both existing and/or potential collaboration partners plotted on a world map, including an indication of the research intensity with the inquiring institution
- Table : Ranking of both existing and potential collaboration partners based on the research intensity with the inquiring institution
- Details: Provides an overview of publications, authors, and competencies of the partnering or candidate institution
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