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March 15, 2012 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Ex Libris Adds New bX Services Based on Scholarly Usage Data

Ex Libris Group announced the addition of three new services to the suite of bX usage-based services. Released in 2009, the first member of the bX suite—the bX Recommender—is deployed in more than 1,000 institutions worldwide.

Using data-mining techniques to analyze scholarly usage data from multiple information systems, the bX technology identifies topics that are currently in the spotlight of academic discourse and assesses the popularity of specific publications. Data analyzed by bX also reveals subtle usage patterns and associations between articles and journals, themes, and authors. By providing analytics and trending information based on the usage patterns of many millions of users, bX services enable librarians to evaluate objectively both the electronic resources that they license and their institutions’ collection strategies.

The bX service suite includes the following new services in addition to the original bX Recommender service, all available at no charge:

  • bX Hot Articles, which identifies the most popular articles in major subject areas in the current month. A number of institutions are now using a pilot version of this service. Hot Articles will be available as a mobile application in addition to the web service.
  • bX Most Popular Articles, which lists the articles that users selected the most times in the previous year
  • bX Journal Popularity Report, which lists the journals that users selected the most times in the previous quarter

These new services are available to the scholarly community from the Ex Libris website and are free for noncommercial use. Enhanced functionality enabling users to access the archives of the bX Most Popular Articles and bX Journal Popularity Report services will be available later this year.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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