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July 5, 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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collectionHQ Teams Up With Collection Management Solution

collectionHQ partnered with SOLUS so mutual customers can use the SOLUS Library App with collectionHQ, giving them a more streamlined workflow process for collection management. Libraries can automatically update their ILS with changes to their collection while using collectionHQ Action Plans, which help with selections, weeding, and transferring items, among other tasks.

For more information, read the press release.

Overleaf Helps Royal Society Authors

Overleaf partnered with The Royal Society to give authors submitting to Proceedings of the Royal Society A access to Overleaf’s collaborative, cloud-based writing and reviewing tool. They can also access one-click submission via the journal’s ScholarOne submission system as well as use the journal authoring template from the Overleaf platform.

For more information, read the blog post.

U.S. Open Data Declares Victory and Shutters

On July 31, 2016, the U.S. Open Data project will end. According to the press release, the project’s initial vision, “to improve the state of open data and to help ensure that government wouldn’t let open data become a passing fad,” has been largely successful, as evidenced by the improved federal government capacity to develop data platforms and the local approach supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities project. Some government agencies and workers have not fully embraced the open data culture, seeing the release of data as a liability and risk, but efforts to codify the principle (e.g., the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act) would make “open” the norm to which compliance is expected.

—Barbie E. Keiser

For more information, read the press release.

NTIS Announces Joint Venture for Data Innovation Support

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is looking for joint venture partners to create products or services based on federal data. The agency wants to understand how businesses, government agencies, and other groups use government data, combining it with nonfederal data and how data is shared (e.g., visualization); interpret data in new ways (e.g., predictive analytics); and learn how the data might be used to develop new technologies (e.g., machine learning and artificial intelligence). Proposals are due by Aug. 1, 2016.

—Barbie E. Keiser

For more information, read the notice.

Precise Biometrics Enters New Agreement for Software Sales

Precise Biometrics signed an agreement with Betterlife to license Precise BioMatch Mobile (for use with smartphones and tablets) and Precise BioMatch Embedded (for use with smart cards, wearables, and other products with small sensors), the company’s fingerprint recognition algorithm solutions. Betterlife will provide royalty revenue from its sales of fingerprint sensors that use Precise Biometrics’ software.

For more information, read the press release.

ELO Digital Office Enters U.S. ECM Market

ELO Digital Office, which is based in Germany, expanded into the U.S. market for enterprise content management (ECM) software by opening an office in Boston. President and CEO Szilvia Horvath will move from Germany to head this office. “As a hub for technology and innovation, particularly in the areas of healthcare and life sciences, Boston is an ideal location to base our U.S. operations," she says. ELO Digital Office has existing business partnerships in the U.S.

The company’s free Speed Up Your Business event on July 14, 2016, in Boston will show how its ECM solutions can help with business processes.

For more information, read the press release.

With 20th Signature, Marrakesh Treaty Prepares for Enforcement

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) announced that Canada has ratified the Marrakesh Treaty for facilitating access to published works for blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled readers, bringing it one step closer to becoming globally enforced. The member states of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) signed the treaty in 2013, committing them to the creation of a copyright exception that would allow authorized entities such as libraries to reproduce works in formats that are accessible. These entities may also share works with other countries that have ratified the treaty. Now that Canada, the 20th country, has signed, the treaty enters into force in 3 months, on Sept. 30, 2016.

For more information, read the press release.

Blackboard Affiliate Enters Agreement to Purchase Higher One, Inc.

A Blackboard affiliate plans to acquire Higher One, Inc., allowing for collaboration between the Blackboard Transact business line and Higher One’s CASHNet platform for secure online tuition and fee payments, as well as for the creation of online storefronts for campus commerce. They will work together to produce solutions for institutions, students, and parents.

For more information, read the press release.

BREXIT ANALYSIS: More on Brexit and Info Pros

cellular-news reports, “Brexit Cuts UK 2016 IT Spending Forecast by 10%.”

InformationWeek reports, “Brexit Threatens London’s Data Center Market.” reports, “Brexit Is an Opportunity for European Markets, Euronext CEO Says.”

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