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Weekly News Digest

January 21, 2016 — 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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The White House Awards National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation

President Barack Obama will honor the nine winners of the National Medal of Science and the eight winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 22. The medals recognize scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.

For more information, read the press release.

Wiley Releases Results of Peer-Review Study

Wiley announced the results of its recent study exploring how the peer-review process could be improved to better support reviewers. It found, for example, that there is a need for additional training (expressed by 77% of respondents) and increased recognition for reviewers (generally, reviewers would prefer to be recognized rather than receive payment for their work).

The results appear in a Learned Publishing article, which is freely available on Wiley’s website. Nearly 3,000 people from 115 countries and all major subject areas participated in the study.

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Research Center Publishes Privacy and Information Sharing Report

Pew Research Center’s Internet, Science & Tech division released a new report, “Privacy and Information Sharing.” It is based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people, which found that many respondents would share personal information or allow surveillance if they felt they were getting value from it. For example, 47% of respondents said retail loyalty cards that give discounts are acceptable, although they know stores track their purchases.

Additionally, the majority of respondents feel it would be acceptable for a workplace to install security cameras after a series of thefts. However, many expressed concerns about the security of their personal data in the wake of data breaches and shared their frustrations with unsolicited attention such as emails, phone calls, and customized ads.

For more information, read the report’s summary.

ACS Backs Upcoming Science-Related Legislation

The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced its 2016 advocacy agenda in response to the 114th Congress’ legislative agenda. It expects several measures to pass in Congress, such as strong funding for federal scientific agencies, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, comprehensive legislation surrounding critical energy issues, and continued funding for career and technical education.

“On behalf of the ACS’ more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers, I urge our nation’s leadership to prioritize predictable and strong investment in scientific research to identify and enable new opportunities for innovation,” says Thomas M. Connelly Jr., the ACS’s executive director and CEO.

For more information, read the press release.

ProQuest Promotes Library Holdings With Summon-SIPX Integration

ProQuest added the option to integrate its Summon Service discovery solution with the SIPX course materials solution, which it acquired in 2015, to enhance the relevance, visibility, and value of libraries across campuses. Instructors will be able to discover and assign readings for traditional and online classes, thus showcasing a library’s holdings and open content. They can share course readings by adding content to SIPX from Summon’s search results using a single sign-on.

Libraries can access the integration as an additional purchase option, and it is turned on with a single click in the Summon administrative module.

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE Throws Its Weight Behind Peer-Review Company

SAGE Publishing led an investment round for a minority stake in Publons, an organization dedicated to making peer review faster, more efficient, and more effective. It works with publishers and other institutions to formally recognize the value of reviews and give credit to reviewers by showing their measurable research output.

Publons will remain independent and publisher-neutral, which means other parties can continue to make investments. SAGE’s investment will provide the company with resources to expand its team and improve its product.

For more information, read the press release.

Udacity Rolls Out Job-Guarantee Program for Eligible Students

Udacity introduced Nanodegree Plus, which promises graduating students that they’ll be able to get a job within 6 months or they’ll receive 100% of their tuition back. Students enroll in one of four Udacity nanodegree programs to be eligible for this option: Senior Web Developer, Android Developer, iOS Developer, or Machine Learning Engineer. They cost $299 per month and come with access to Udacity’s Career Services team, Career Advisor program, and Career Concierge services.

Udacity has been actively placing its students into jobs at the company or at its partner companies such as Google and Amazon. It plans to expand Nanodegree Plus to other countries beyond the U.S. and to other nanodegree tracks in the future.

For more information, read the blog post.

Thomson Reuters Updates Eikon Messenger

FX Monitor is now part of Thomson Reuters Eikon Messenger to help corporate treasurers keep up with rapidly changing and time-sensitive foreign exchange markets. They can use the updated product to access their bank counterparties, create bank sales desk groups, and distribute communications to banks, as well as access The Dealing Room, a chat room for getting insight on individual currencies and the macroeconomic outlook from Thomson Reuters’ analysts and editors.

According to the press release, “Treasury departments at most major corporations are spread across multiple locations and time zones, as are their banking and financial intermediaries. While most non-financial corporates are not regular or high-volume FX traders, they still require quick access to real-time currency pricing data and market news to effectively manage their cash flow on both a regional and global level. This gives corporate treasurers unique requirements which the launch of FX Monitor in Eikon Messenger helps satisfy.”

For more information, read the press release.

ProQuest Sheds Light on Women's History

ProQuest digitized the archives of six magazines—Ladies’ Home Journal (1883–2005), Good Housekeeping (1885–2005), Redbook (1903–2005), Better Homes and Gardens (1922–2005), Parents (1926–2005), and Chatelaine (1928–2005)—in Women’s Magazine Archive, which provides insight into women’s history and culture from the 19th and 20th centuries. All of the content was scanned cover-to-cover as high-resolution color images. Article-level indexing allows for searching and navigation.

By the middle of 2016, ProQuest expects to load the remainder of the archive’s content, bringing it to 850,000 pages. A second collection, with titles such as Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day, is planned for the second half of 2016.

For more information, read the press release.

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