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Weekly News Digest

April 21, 2015 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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DPLA Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) made several announcements during DPLAfest to spread awareness of its new partnerships, initiatives, and milestones. These include the following:
  • DPLA’s exhibitions are now discoverable via the Learning Registry, an educational resource distributor.
  • The new states offering items to DPLA are Indiana, Tennessee, Maine, and Maryland.
  • IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) awarded DPLA, Stanford University, and DuraSpace $2 million for the Hydra-in-a-Box project for fostering a new, national library network through a community-based repository system.
  • DPLA now has more than 10 million items in its collection from 1,600 institutions across the U.S.

For more information, read the blog post.

SirsiDynix and EBSCO Integrate Procurement Solutions

SirsiDynix and EBSCO Information Services are continuing to integrate EBSCO’s tools and services with SirsiDynix’s BLUEcloud LSP (library services platform). They plan to integrate their procurement solutions to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes. YBP Library Services’ GOBI3 interface will automatically push order information to BLUEcloud Acquisitions. After creating an order in GOBI3, librarians can see the resulting data in their LSP, and orders entered in EBSCOhost Collection Manager (for ebooks) or on EBSCONET Subscription Management (for journals) will be available within BLUEcloud Acquisitions.

The companies previously integrated the SirsiDynix Enterprise discovery tool and EBSCO Discovery Service’s search results.

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Report Collects Opinions on Open Government Data

The Pew Research Center’s Internet, Science & Tech division released a new report, “Americans’ Views on Open Government Data,” which is based on the first national survey designed to benchmark public sentiment about federal, state, and local government initiatives’ use of data to “cultivate the public square.” The survey was conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The report includes findings such as:

  • 65% of Americans in the prior 12 months have used the internet to find data or information pertaining to government.
  • 66% of Americans harbor hopes that open data will improve government accountability.
  • 23% of Americans say they trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time.
  • People’s outlooks about open data and open government sort into four distinct groups that depend on their engagement with government data and online applications, as well as their level of optimism about how government data initiatives might impact government: ardent optimists (17% of Americans), committed cynics (20%), buoyant bystanders (27%), and dormant doubters (36%).

For more information, read the report’s summary.

SHARE Notify Shows Research Outputs

The SHARE initiative launched a public beta version of SHARE Notify, its free notification service for funding agencies, institutions, individual researchers, and other stakeholders in the research enterprise. SHARE Notify offers a normalized feed of research-related events—including posting preprints, depositing data in a repository, and publishing a peer-reviewed article—with metadata from 30 providers and more than 615,000 release events.

“The tools and workflows being developed by SHARE will help accelerate the progress of open access and open science,” says Kathleen Shearer, executive director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories). “SHARE Notify will ensure greater transparency and awareness of research outputs, and enable the research community to more easily track compliance with open access policies.”

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Acquires Elearning Solutions Provider

EBSCO Information Services acquired LearningExpress, LLC, an education technology company that delivers online platforms, products, and ebooks for fostering academic and career success.

By joining EBSCO, LearningExpress will be able to bring its 1,500-plus hours of instructional and practice content to more channels, such as schools and libraries around the world, and it will have access to development resources for future products. EBSCO will gain materials to help meet the test-preparation and career-planning needs of its customers.

For more information, read the press release.

NEH Provides Grant to Digitize Local Historical Artifacts

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) launched a new grant program, Common Heritage, for collecting and digitizing historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family homes across the country and making them publicly available.

Historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, colleges, and other institutions can apply for the grant program to subsidize daylong events during which members of the public can share personal or community photographs, letters, and other historical artifacts. They can also use the grant for public programming such as lectures, exhibits, and film screenings that relate to community history.

For more information, read the press release.

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge Fosters Professional Development

Cisco introduced Cisco Collaborative Knowledge, a SaaS solution that gives organizations real-time access to digital tools that facilitate knowledge sharing, continuous learning, social networking, and other educational capabilities to keep businesses at the forefront of their industries.

“In today’s fast-paced digital workforce, knowledge, speed and flexibility are key for any organization to succeed. Teams that are empowered digitally with access to experts, learning and knowledge in real-time are better equipped to solve business challenges anytime, anywhere,” says Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Cisco’s VP and general manager.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Rolls Out Software for Global Trade Management

Thomson Reuters introduced the ONESOURCE Global Trade management solution, which is designed to improve efficiency by automating corporations’ supply chain and trade compliance workflows. It also features real-time information and analysis, and has six modules and multiple country-specific editions, including for Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.

ONESOURCE helps corporations exchange information between their trade team and their logistics, compliance, finance, and strategic planning departments, as well as among customs brokers, freight forwarders, regulators, and other external partners managing the supply chain.

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Will Publish Communist Film Archive

Adam Matthew made an agreement with the BFI (British Film Institute) National Archive to publish its Educational and Television Films (ETV) archive of Stanley Forman, who was a producer and distributor of footage from behind the Iron Curtain and a leading figure in the Communist Party of Great Britain. The majority of this collection of more than 750 hours of footage features previously unseen content.

Adam Matthew will release the collection in three modules in 2017.

For more information, read the press release.

Boopsie Reaches 3 Million App Downloads and Other Milestones

Boopsie for Libraries announced milestones for 1Q 2014. Its app (used as a white label platform by 4,000-plus global libraries) has been downloaded more than 3 million times, achieved a sustained rate of 400,000 unique monthly users, and supported more than 750 million queries to library databases.

“What’s most impressive is that Boopsie, a relatively quiet platform-as-a-service company, is engaging 400,000 app users each month in an industry relatively new to mobile solutions without advertising directly to users,” says Michael Housman, Boopsie advisory board member. “Boopsie’s usage rates surpass that of most mobile apps developed by larger companies with much bigger staff and wallets.”

For more information, read the press release.

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