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February 1, 2010 — 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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ProQuest Launches AtmosPeer—New Social Network for Atmospheric Scientists

A new online community designed specifically for researchers, scholars, librarians, and students in the atmospheric science community leverages the collaborative power of social networking across discipline-specific information to create a research workflow tool. AtmosPeer (, which was launched by ProQuest (, connects atmospheric scientists to not only their colleagues but also to emerging research trends, current news feeds, conference information, and funding opportunities.

Created in close cooperation with the atmospheric science community, AtmosPeer offers a tailored research environment for scientists in the field. It allows scholars to identify peers doing similar research and creates a simple method for document sharing and collaboration. Users can create discussion topics and share ideas and best practices in a community forum. To help users stay current on the latest developments in the field, AtmosPeer acts as a central source of community news from such websites as American Meteorological Society (AMS), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Royal Meteorological Society, Scientific American, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Background on current and upcoming conferences is easily accessible for quick reference, and abstracts from emerging research can be searched and explored. Further, relevant articles from AMS publications can be quickly surfaced with a unique deep-indexing tool that uncovers data and findings not only in the text but also in the tables and figures. The site also allows a quick, simple search of material that has been presented at conferences in the atmospheric sciences, specifically by linking to the content stored at The Conference Exchange, an AtmosPeer partner.

AtmosPeer was designed with an advisory group that includes AMS, Environment Canada, Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is a free service from ProQuest that was developed in partnership with AMS, the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI), and The Conference Exchange. 

Source: ProQuest

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