|Weekly News Digest
August 19, 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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Google Debuts Paperless Classroom Feature
Google’s Classroom launched and is available to users of Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools for teachers. Classroom helps teachers create and collect assignments, automatically copy documents to distribute to students, and facilitate the use of Drive for each student, all via Google. Its goal is to let “teachers spend more time teaching and less time shuffling papers,” according to the Google Official Enterprise Blog.
Teachers can also view and comment on students’ in-progress assignments, track their work, and distribute grades. Classroom is available for 42 languages including Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian.
Source: Google Official Enterprise Blog
eLife's Research Advance Augments Published Articles
eLife introduced Research Advance, a new type of article that allows authors to publish results that add to their original research papers. With this article, authors can explain new developments and implications for their work by using about 1,500 words (not including methods) and up to four main figures, tables, or videos. Research Advance articles will be linked to the original papers, although they will be indexed and citable separately.
The editors and reviewers who worked on the research papers will typically review the corresponding Research Advance articles. The first articles are available here and here on eLife’s website.
Ingram Takes On Kendall Hunt's Supply Management
Ingram Content Group and Kendall Hunt, a provider of educational products and services, entered into a third-party logistics agreement that integrates Kendall Hunt’s academic course content with Ingram’s inventory management, logistics, and print solutions.
Ingram’s third-party logistics services for publishers help with supply chain management functions such as integrated warehousing, inventory management, and print and digital distribution solutions. Ingram will manage Kendall Hunt’s warehousing, fulfillment, and print-on-demand content management solutions, and Kendall Hunt will continue to manage its client relationships.
“Our collaborative work with a leader in content distribution like Ingram gives us the freedom to focus more of our resources on what we do best, custom content solutions for our higher ed customers and innovative content for pre K-12, and leave global logistics to experienced and proven experts,” says Chad Chandlee, Kendall Hunt’s president and COO.
Source: Ingram Content Group
ProQuest's Flow Gets Collaborative Writing Add-On
ProQuest introduced a Google Docs add-on for its Flow research management solution that increases the collaborative writing functions in Docs. Flow’s document management tools can be integrated with Docs during the writing phase of research, allowing users to find, annotate, and share documents in the cloud, as well as work in a common virtual space with team members. The add-on also has a selection of 3,000 output styles that are designed to simplify the creation of bibliographies and citations.
“We’ve turned separate steps in the research workflow into a more streamlined process that saves time, reduces the potential for errors and eliminates confusion,” says Michael Hirsch, ProQuest’s VP of product management.
Portico and CHORUS Team Up to Preserve Federally Funded Research
Portico and the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) banded together to support the preservation requirements in the February 2013 memorandum from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The memorandum directs U.S. federal agencies to develop plans for federally funded research to become immediately available to the public or available after an embargo period, and it requires long-term access to the research through proper preservation.
“Making sure that articles reporting on federally funded research are preserved and will always be freely available to the public is a key CHORUS objective,” according to Howard Ratner, the executive director of CHORUS.
Portico agreed to provide CHORUS with the preservation status of articles reporting on federally funded research from publishers that belong to both organizations.
collectionHQ Rolls Out Updated Interface
collectionHQ revamped its interface to support users through each step of the collection management and development process. It is now operating as version 4.0.
According to the press release, key updates include the following:
- Ability to create highly-customizable action plans which can be easily manipulated to display evidence in a variety of ways
- Efficient navigation throughout the site, based on customer feedback
- New “drag and drop” functionality
- Enhanced user experience
“This release incorporates the very latest in Web technology, providing our customers the opportunity to customize their collectionHQ experience in a way which fits in with their workflow,” says Scott Crawford, collectionHQ’s VP and general manager. “As with all collectionHQ releases, the features of v4.0 are a direct result of customer feedback on how to enhance the user experience, while at the same time optimizing the workflow for collection management supported by our product.”
LexisNexis Will Update Concordance Evolution
LexisNexis will license CAAT (Content Analyst Analytics Technology) from Content Analyst Co., an analytics provider. CAAT will enable LexisNexis to engage in predictive coding, which will be built into the next release of the company’s Concordance Evolution enterprise discovery management software platform. With predictive coding, LexisNexis can automatically replicate human decisions to apply them to a large dataset.
LexisNexis and Content Analyst Co. are currently working on technology integration. Concordance Evolution’s next version will launch in 2015.
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