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April 22, 2014 — 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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LIBLICENSE Draft Open for Public Comment

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) announced that its North American working group will revise the LIBLICENSE Standard Licensing Agreement model license with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The working group, led by Ann Okerson, CRL’s senior advisor on electronic strategies, published a discussion draft that is open for public comment until May 14.

LIBLICENSE’s model license, which was last revised in 2008, is used by U.S. libraries and consortia as a negotiating framework that helps libraries identify and incorporate license terms to provide patrons with the widest possible access to resources. This year’s revision is designed to strengthen libraries’ negotiating positions with regard to e-resources.

CRL plans to release the revised model license in summer 2014.

Source: Center for Research Libraries

New Context and Chef Partner for Enhanced IT Infrastructures

New Context, a systems architecture firm, partnered with Chef, a web-scale IT automation provider, to work toward greater flexibility and adaptability in enterprise IT infrastructures that will be customizable to each company’s needs.

Using Chef, companies can continue automating their infrastructure systems through application deployment. Chef’s products and solutions help systems administrators manage increasingly large data volumes and others in management positions service their company and customers.

“New Context was originally founded to help companies achieve effective cloud orchestration, data assurance and continuous deployment and integration of their systems architecture,” says Daniel Riedel, New Context’s founder and CEO. “Our relationship with Chef aligns with our mission for architecting technology services that scale, optimize and secure enterprises’ data—their most valuable asset.”

Source: New Context

OCLC and Ingram Automate WorldCat Ebook Holdings

OCLC and Ingram Content Group collaborated on a new program that automatically maintains Ingram’s MyiLibrary ebook holdings in OCLC’s WorldCat. Libraries that have an OCLC cataloging subscription as well as an account with the MyiLibrary platform can request integration with the WorldCat knowledge base by contacting their representatives from both organizations.

“Our work with Ingram will help library staff save time by reducing manual effort in updating their holdings information so that library users can access the popular MyiLibrary titles quickly and easily,” says Chip Nilges, OCLC’s VP of business development.

Source: OCLC

Alexander Street Press Introduces Database of Business Ebooks

Alexander Street Press launched Business E-books Online, a database that makes 500 business etextbooks and reference materials available without digital rights restrictions to worldwide academic, public, and school libraries. Alexander Street Press’ editors curated the collection to be relevant for any business program, ranging from community colleges to M.B.A. degree programs.

Business E-books Online is the newest module within the Business Education Complete Online learning solution for business students and faculty.

“By providing hundreds of e-books for every course on one interface, libraries can spare students the growing cost of purchasing hard copies and at the same time give faculty flexibility to incorporate the best resources into classrooms and online learning communities in new and creative ways,” says David Parker, Alexander Street Press’ business products publisher.

Source: Alexander Street Press 

Thomson Reuters and Cornell Institute Create Research Portal

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters partnered with Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to power an academic research portal using the Web of Science platform.

EMI corporate partners will be able to view open access (OA) content from developing research centers using the portal, which hosts 50 academic journals with information on 43 emerging economies from the past 5 years. The portal also offers access to blogs about recent publications and academic publishing trends related to emerging markets.

“When first establishing the institute, we recognized that our partners needed a means to access this broad body of academic knowledge, and sought to find a solution,” says Javier Perez, EMI’s acting executive director. “We developed a portal to provide our corporate partners with the same valuable resources which we have here in the university.”

Source: Thomson Reuters

D&B Boosts Database Functionality With Social Data

D&B acquired Fliptop’s social data matching business unit, allowing the integration of Fliptop’s aggregated public web and social data with D&B’s proprietary data and analytics. Now D&B can associate social profiles with businesses in its database so customers have a more comprehensive view of people and businesses and are able to prioritize leads and targets in order to expand relationships.

“Introducing rich social data that matches people with public profiles to the 230 million businesses in our database will offer our customers an edge in an increasingly digital sales and marketing environment,” says Bob Carrigan, D&B’s president, CEO, and director.

Fliptop will continue to be an independent, nonaffiliated company.

Source: Dun & Bradstreet

ISI Emerging Markets Is Now EMIS

ISI Emerging Markets, which provides business information on emerging markets, changed its name to EMIS. Its flagship products EMIS and EMISPRO are now called EMIS Intelligence and EMIS Professional, offering the same features as before for helping customers make investment decisions.

The new name grew out of the desire to avoid customer confusion regarding EMIS’ brand, says Guy Dunn, CEO. “[T]his is an opportunity to bring a clear and fresh brand to the marketplace.” The name change is for branding purposes only; EMIS’ services, management, and ownership remain intact.

The company’s new website is emis.com, where clients can log in to access its products.

Source: EMIS



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