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Weekly News Digest

April 7, 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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Inspec Is Now Available via ProQuest

ProQuest added the IET’s (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Inspec database of specialized scientific and technical literature to its platform. Universities can now offer their researchers access to Inspec’s more than 16 million abstracting-and-indexing records, which are cross-searchable with hundreds of other ProQuest databases. Subject areas covered include physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computing, and mechanical engineering.

For more information, read the press release.

Publishing Technology, PLC Rebrands as Ingenta

Publishing Technology, PLC changed its name to Ingenta. This serves to unify its business under the Ingenta brand of scholarly publishing products and services. It also gives the company a clear identity as it extends its reach to additional parts of the world and broadens its market beyond scholarly publishing.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Creates Special OA Collection

Springer launched Change the World, One Article at a Time, an online initiative that features 100-plus Springer journal articles from 2015 that deal with global challenges in fields such as energy, food, water, climate, social equality, and health. The existing open access (OA) articles are freely available permanently, and all other articles are freely available until July 15, 2016.

For more information, read the press release.

Boopsie Integrates EBSCO's Digital Magazine Solution

EBSCO Information Services extended its partnership with Boopsie to integrate EBSCO’s Flipster digital magazine service into the Boopsie mobile platform. Users of library apps on the Boopsie platform will have access to all of the content and features of Flipster. EBSCO and Boopsie first joined forces in April 2014, when Boopsie became one of EBSCO’s official Mobile Technology Partners.

For more information, read the press release.

Rosen Publishing Takes Over Gale Imprints

Rosen Publishing signed an exclusive agreement for the rights to Gale’s Greenhaven Press, Lucent Books, and KidHaven Press. The publisher will create and sell new titles under these imprints and will become the exclusive publisher of all existing books and ebooks, as well as the Opposing Viewpoints print series. Gale will remain the owner of the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database. Additionally, Gale will add more Rosen titles to GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library).

For more information, read the press release.

New Report Offers Best Practices for Transparency Reporting

Harvard University’s Berkman Center and New America’s Open Technology Institute released “The Transparency Reporting Toolkit,” which aims to identify best practices for reporting on U.S. government requests for user information, offer a transparency report template, and establish reporting guidelines. The document is meant to be shared publicly as a way to encourage standardization for reporting and give companies an easy-to-use set of reporting tools. It also contains eight memos that each survey “a different topic related to how U.S. Internet and telecommunications companies report on requests for user and customer information.”

For more information, read the press release.

DocuTicker Shuts Down

DocuTicker announced that it stopped publishing content as of 2016. Since its launch in 2004, the site has posted 35,754 items related to grey literature published by government agencies, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes, and interest groups. The team running the site notes that it “can no longer give DocuTicker the attention it needs” and that there are many other resources that perform its same function.

For more information, visit the website.

BiblioCommons Rebrands Its CMS Product

BiblioCommons changed the name of BiblioCMS to BiblioWeb because it found the “CMS” descriptor too limiting for all of the functionality the platform actually provides. Beyond a CMS, BiblioWeb offers library-specific workflows and a Curation console that helps libraries organize and curate their content. The platform now features a new format for customizable browse pages, which can be built from custom carousels with optional image banners. Libraries can use it to promote their collections, services, and events to various audiences.

For more information, read the blog post.

Cognitive Computing Consortium Debuts

The Cognitive Computing Consortium, an independent resource hub for cognitive computing professionals, had its official launch. This group of private and public organizations and individuals will focus on advancing the field of cognitive computing by providing an interactive forum for researchers, developers, and practitioners to exchange ideas, share insights for conducting research, and educate buyers, users, and the public on this technology.

For more information, read the press release. Boosts Professional Skills introduced 50 career-focused learning paths designed to help professionals improve and expand on current or potential job skills. These paths include step-by-step, structured courses on becoming a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, or digital marketer. Users can access quizzes, practice what they’ve learned, and set up reminders to keep them on task and making progress.

For more information, read the press release.

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