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February 16, 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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EBSCO Digitizes Architectural Digest

EBSCO Information Services announced the digital Architectural Digest Magazine Archive of full issues from the 1920s to 2011. Each issue in the archive includes the front and back covers as well as its photo spreads, articles, and advertisements. They have also been indexed with subject terms to help users find relevant results quickly. Users can research and analyze trends in topics from the magazine as well as in advertisements.

For more information, read the press release.

W3C Works on Web Authentication

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) launched a new standards initiative, led by the Web Authentication Working Group, to provide a more secure and flexible alternative to logging in with a password on the web. The group will work on authentication via cryptographic operations that is based on the member submission of FIDO 2.0 Web APIs from the FIDO Alliance. This initiative complements W3C’s previous work on a web cryptography API and its ongoing work with the Web Application Security Working Group.

For more information, read the press release.

Summon Discovery Service Adds Altmetrics

ProQuest and Altmetric partnered to integrate altmetrics into the Summon Service. Libraries that activate the integration will be able to display altmetric badges showing the broader impacts and popularity of articles in Summon results. Users can click on the badges to view the online shares, comments, and discussions surrounding individual research outputs, which are gathered from sources such as Wikipedia, blogs, social networks, reference managers, and online communities.

For more information, read the press release.

Alexander Street Introduces Public Library Collection

Alexander Street launched Public Library Video Online: Premium, a new database for public libraries that features 42,800 cross-disciplinary videos. These include documentaries, interviews, news programs and newsreels, commercials, and award-winning films from more than 1,500 distributors, producers, and filmmakers. Topics such as history, news and current events, anthropology, business and economics, and science are covered.

For more information, read the press release.

EDP Sciences Offers New OA Model

EDP Sciences introduced the Liberty APC (article processing charge) model, which allows authors to choose their own price to publish an open access (OA) article. Authors are expected to investigate all funding options (e.g., from their institution), but they can decide what they feel is a fair APC.

“With Liberty APCs, we want to learn whether authors are willing to be involved in the development of Open Access publishing and whether cost is an obstacle. We also aim, through this model, to give more opportunities for publishing in Open Access as we know not all authors have access to the same levels of funding,” says Jean-Marc Quilbé, EDP Sciences’ president.

For more information, read the press release.

IEEE Rolls Out Patent-Focused Discovery Solution

IEEE partnered with to release InnovationQ Plus, a discovery and analytics platform that combines IEEE’s engineering knowledge and’s global patent (and nonpatent) literature into a single, integrated solution. Users can find information from more than 70 million patents, applications, and invention disclosures, as well as more than 3 million documents from IEEE’s journals, conferences, and standards, to determine patent strengths and weaknesses, evaluate competitors, and make legal assessments. The platform also includes information from PubMed Central and’s Prior Art Database.

For more information, read the press release.

Innovative Updates Sierra

Innovative rolled out the latest release of the Sierra Services Platform (version 2.1). More than 150 library systems of all types from 16-plus countries are now using it. This release introduces the Sierra Web Application, which provides circulation features via a browser, with no software installation required. Sierra 2.1 also includes secure cloud services deployment, mobile solutions, and additional partner integrations.

For more information, read the press release.

RSI Content Solutions Debuts RSuite 5

RSI Content Solutions released RSuite 5, the next generation of its publishing solution, which is based on the MarkLogic platform. It was enhanced with a more tightly integrated user experience for managing all types of digital content as well as improved navigation and workflow features. Other features that build on the product’s core publishing capabilities include Word-to-XML transformations, multiple integrated authoring and editing tools, and support for Adobe InDesign.

For more information, read the press release.

Wolters Kluwer Debuts New Healthcare Tool

Wolters Kluwer’s Health division rolled out the Health Language Enterprise Terminology Management Platform to help healthcare organizations maximize investments made in data warehouses, analytics engines, and population health management tools by standardizing and normalizing data from disparate systems. Health information technology vendors can use it to enhance and expand their product offerings.

Additionally, the press release notes, “The Health Language Enterprise Terminology Management Platform includes the LEAP Map Manager module, a tool that supports advanced clinical decision support, predictive analytics and quality reporting by allowing healthcare organizations to leverage clinical and claims data for more accurate and robust analysis and reporting.”

For more information, read the press release.

Coursera Goes for Real-World Results

Coursera now has 12 project-based courses on topics such as persuasive writing and computer construction. Project-based means students will be able to master content by applying concepts to a real-world project with help from the instructor and community of learners who have similar goals. When the course is complete, students will have a finished project they’ll be able to use and share. Courses now open include Design and Make Infographics, Build Your First Android App, and Script Writing: Write a TV or Web Series Pilot Episode. Other courses are coming soon.

For more information, read the blog post.

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