|Weekly News Digest
September 6, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.
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OCLC Member Libraries Can Contribute Metadata to Europeana.eu Portal
OCLC and Europeana, the provider of Europe’s digital library, have worked together on an approach that will enable OCLC member institutions to contribute metadata derived from OCLC’s WorldCat database to the Europeana.eu portal in a manner that is consistent with OCLC’s WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative.
This agreement aims to dispel concerns that OCLC’s policies around metadata in its WorldCat database are an obstacle to complying with the terms of the Europeana Data Exchange Agreement (DEA), which places all metadata contributed to Europeana.eu in the public domain, using the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication license. While OCLC makes no intellectual property claims to individual metadata records in WorldCat, it asserts a copyright claim over the WorldCat database as a whole—which created uncertainty over contributions to Europeana.eu by members of the cooperative. Nevertheless, OCLC wishes to support participation in Europeana by its member libraries given the significance of Europeana.
In response to these concerns, OCLC requested and Europeana agreed to ask subsequent users of the metadata to give attribution to both OCLC and to the contributing institution as the source, and to make them aware of the OCLC cooperative’s community norms around data. This attribution and awareness are consistent with the expectations that OCLC member institutions have of one another with respect to data use. It is also consistent with Europeana’s Usage Guidelines for Metadata, particularly the principle of “giving credit where credit is due.”
OCLC will continue to publicize its cooperative norms and provide advice and support to members of the cooperative who contribute metadata, while Europeana will actively encourage re-users of the metadata to uphold the aforementioned Usage Guidelines for Metadata.
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Acquires BSI
Global tax authority Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting announced that it acquired the assets of BSI, a provider of international tax, legal, business, and investment information. The acquisition further advances Wolters Kluwer’s portfolio of international information supporting its continued expansion of global tax offerings in the growing corporate market.
BSI will become part of CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. As part of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, CCH offers tax and accounting professionals in corporations around the world market-leading solutions to help them be more accurate, productive, and profitable.
The acquisition secures Wolters Kluwer’s international content leadership, with BSI’s portfolio of online news, analysis, and expertise. BSI’s highly skilled professionals provide tax expertise in more than 114 countries, enabling real-time updates based on new developments, and immediate answers to global queries from professionals. More than 60,000 users rely on BSI’s network of websites, monitoring the latest international tax developments and updates for timely, authoritative, and specific international content in countries worldwide.
CCH will continue to deliver BSI’s services as distinct offerings under the CCH brand name and as part of CCH Integrator. CCH Integrator, launched in February 2012, delivers CCH’s software and comprehensive international content to provide one centralized solution to streamline tax data collection, provision, research, and compliance activity.
CCH also plans to enhance current BSI offerings, creating new products, and building out integration between CCH and BSI content. BSI has been a Wolters Kluwer business partner since 2008.
Source: Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting
ZoomInfo Expands Coverage, Develops New Technologies
Business information provider ZoomInfo reached a new milestone, expanding to include detailed, just-verified profiles of 65 million businesspeople and 6 million businesses. The new totals represent annual growth of more than 20% in the company’s comprehensive coverage. The increase in its B2B data gives ZoomInfo’s customers—marketers, sales professionals, and recruiters at companies such as Google, Oracle, and Ranstad—a constant source of up-to-date, deep information about prospects, including middle managers and other decision makers and small- to medium-sized companies, both public and private.
Yonatan Stern, ZoomInfo’s founder, CEO, and chief scientist, said the company has been extending its web crawling and data extraction platform by running millions of real-time queries of major search engines and integrating the results into its data streams.
The company’s popular ZoomInfo Community Edition product also supported the increase in profiles. It provides free access to ZoomInfo in exchange for a user’s automatic contribution of current business contacts. Each week, 50,000 users contribute more than 200,000 new contacts and updates, helping ZoomInfo constantly improve its coverage.
ZoomInfo’s detailed profiles include:
- Email addresses that are automatically validated every 90 days
- Complete and accurate contact information, including direct phone numbers
- Education and employment histories
- More than 10 years’ worth of web articles, including items no longer available elsewhere
- Industry, company revenues, staff size, SIC codes, and NAICS codes
Paula J. Hane
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