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Weekly News Digest

July 7, 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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Jisc Sets Up ORCID Consortium for U.K. Universities

A national consortium arrangement negotiated by Jisc Collections now allows ORCID to be available to higher education institutions in the U.K. at reduced membership costs and with enhanced technical support. By making ORCID more accessible, U.K. research output will become more efficient as well as better managed and reused. So far, more than 50 universities have expressed interest in joining an ORCID consortium this year.

For more information, read the press release.

NFAIS Webinar Series Now Accepting Submissions

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced a Lunch & Learn virtual education series of webinars that will launch in September 2015. It will cover emerging technologies, innovative business models, and new ideas in the scholarly research and publishing fields.

Information professionals can submit their presentations for consideration by Aug. 7. Suggested topics include open access (OA), information discovery and mobility, research data management and publication, and the globalization of content. NFAIS members can attend the series for free; nonmembers must pay a small fee.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Teams Up With SirsiDynix for Econtent Management

Thomson Reuters integrated its ProView e-reading platform with SirsiDynix’s eResource Central (eRC) econtent distribution and management system. This collaboration offers SirsiDynix discovery tool users faster and more convenient access to titles from ProView (they can see ebooks and physical titles together as well as real-time availability) and gives ProView library managers an automated enterprise solution for quickly and cost-effectively managing their collection (e.g., syncing titles across their library and automatically downloading updated ProView title information).

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Makes 100 Documents Free for July

Adam Matthew is offering free access to 100 hand-selected documents (with analyses of their importance) from its American History, 1493-1945 collection until July 31, 2015. These primary sources cover topics such as African-American, women’s, Native American, and military history, as well as religion, reform movements, and migration.

The full collection features more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, books, newspapers, photographs, and other materials in two modules: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform, 1493-1859 and Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era, 1860-1945.

For more information, read the press release.

Adis Rolls Out Drug Treatment Information Platform

Springer’s Adis, a drug information provider, introduced the AdisInsight platform for current evidence on worldwide drug treatments, such as how well they work, their safety, and how soon they’ll be released. A team of scientific editors curates the material in the platform from international journals, conference proceedings, government websites, and other sources. The platform also brings together content from Adis databases R&D Insight, Clinical Trials Insight, and Pharmacovigilance Insight.

For more information, read the press release.

CILIP Releases Impact Toolkit

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) rolled out the Impact Toolkit, a resource to help CILIP members demonstrate their impact in their careers. It is available on CILIP’s Virtual Learning Environment, with practical resources, information, and support about how to demonstrate the value of the services CILIP members manage and provide to decision makers and stakeholders, including excerpts from Facet publications, videos, websites, and discussion forums.

For more information, read the press release.

Google Introduces Material Design Lite for Website Designers

Google launched Material Design Lite (MDL), a solution that helps website designers add a “material design” look and feel to their sites by using vanilla CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. It is optimized for content-heavy sites such as marketing pages, text-based articles, and blogs. All modern browsers are compatible with it.

MDL is easy to install and use and can be used with any of the front-end tool chains. It has a low code size and focuses narrowly on material design styling.

For more information, read the article.

Yahoo Tests Use of Google Search Results

According to a Search Engine Land article, Yahoo is testing the use of Google’s results for its own search engine. Since renegotiating its deal with Microsoft, Yahoo does not have to depend exclusively on Microsoft’s Bing for its search results.

The company told Search Engine Land, “As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers. There is nothing further to share at this time.”

For more information, read the article.

SAGE Acquires Law and Criminology Journals

SAGE Publications purchased three journals from Federal Legal Publications, Inc.: Contemporary Drug Problems (CDX), The Antitrust Bulletin (ABX), and The Journal of Psychiatry & Law (PLX). They join SAGE’s collection of law and criminology journals.

CDX, for policy influencers and practitioners in healthcare, law, and criminal justice, covers research on alcohol and drugs (both the legal and illegal use) and how they affect brain functions. ABX has research on industrial economics, competition policy, and antitrust law in the U.S. and abroad. PLX focuses on research that relates to the academic and professional ventures of psychiatrists and lawyers. PLX will no longer publish new issues, but CDX and ABX are still accepting submissions.

For more information, read the press release.

The BMJ Requires Patient-Level Data for Publication

The BMJ is now applying its data-sharing policy to all clinical trials. According to the press release, “trials will be considered for publication only if the authors agree to make the relevant anonymized patient level data available on reasonable request.” It is the first general medical journal to implement this policy. So far, all of the journal’s authors have agreed to comply.

“Making anonymised patient level data from clinical trials available for independent scrutiny allows other researchers to replicate key analyses, reduces the possibility that studies will be unnecessarily duplicated, and maximises use of the information from trials—an important moral obligation to trial participants,” notes Elizabeth Loder, The BMJ’s acting head of research.

For more information, read the press release.

LinkedIn Study Reveals Professionals' Attitudes and Opinions

LinkedIn recently shared the results of its study, “New Norms @Work,” which gathers feedback from more than 15,000 professionals in 19 countries on how they shape their professional brands in today’s workplace.

Key findings include:

  • Almost half of all professionals globally keep separate wardrobes for work and play
  • 25% of professionals across the world believe that women get judged more than men for what they wear at work
  • One in five full-time workers globally would hide the fact that they were fired from a job

For more information, read the blog post.

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