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Weekly News Digest

September 27, 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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Funds for Learning Provides Information on the E-rate Program

Funds for Learning, a consulting and support services firm for E-rate program participants, published the “2016 E-rate Trends Report.” Composed of funding data and information from a nationwide survey, it is designed to help policymakers, administrators, and other stakeholders “shape the future of the program.” Topics include the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goals, the application process, technology needs, outside resources, and self-provisioned networks.

For more information, read the report.

W3C Meeting Prepares for the Future of the Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) hosted its annual Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) Meeting for 550 web technology experts Sept. 19–23 in Lisbon, Portugal. They discussed the challenges and opportunities surrounding the future of the web. Nearly 40 sessions focused on web standards, and 40 breakout sessions focused on emerging technologies that could benefit from W3C’s standardization work. These included virtual reality, micropayments, and Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC) for the web. Alongside the meetings of formal working groups, for the first time, W3C facilitated the meetings of more than 20 W3C Community Groups, which are incubating ideas for future web technologies.

For more information, read the press release.

IMLS Helps Libraries and Museums Provide Veteran and Military Family Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) joined forces with nonprofit consulting firm FSG to launch Community-Based Solutions for Veterans and Military Families, an initiative designed to help libraries and museums fulfill the needs of those populations. IMLS will do research on current needs and services by speaking with library, museum, and military communities and use it to identify opportunities for enhancing services and develop frameworks, tools, and resources for institutions.

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC and Internet Archive Preserve Persistent URLs

OCLC and the Internet Archive have cooperated on a yearlong project to sustain the Internet Archive’s PURL service. They built “a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for,, and,” according to the press release. OCLC introduced in 1995. It provides persistent URLs “that redirect users to the correct hosting location for documents, data and websites as they change over time.”

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Predicts 2016 Nobel Prize Winners

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters released its 2016 list of Citation Laureates prior to the announcement of Nobel Prize winners, which begins on Oct. 3. Since 2002, Thomson Reuters has predicted which scientists have a good chance of winning using data from the Web of Science. It then adds them to the elite Hall of Citation Laureates.

For more information, visit the website.

Cengage Learning Acquires Online Education Company

Cengage Learning acquired WebAssign, an online instructional company, for an undisclosed sum. This purchase strengthens Cengage’s market-leading position in the STM fields thanks to WebAssign’s flagship product of the same name, which is an assessment and homework solution for STEM disciplines. Cengage already uses Enhanced WebAssign as the core platform for its math, statistics, and physics offerings.

For more information, read the press release.

Credo Upgrades Its InfoLit Modules

Credo updated its InfoLit Modules with new content and a redesigned platform that allows for instructional customization. These modules consist of videos, tutorials, and assessments that help librarians teach information literacy and research skills. Students can access them through their online classroom using learning management system integration, LibGuides, a library website, or a Credo-hosted platform.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Peer Reviewers Will Help Provide Safe Water

Springer Nature’s Environmental Earth Sciences journal started an initiative to help people in developing countries access clean drinking water. For every peer review completed for a paper in this journal in 2017, Springer Nature will donate one household water filter on the reviewers’ behalf to the Filter of Hope, a nonprofit organization that works with funders to help provide safe water around the world.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Gives Libraries More Control Over Their Websites

EBSCO Information Services and Stacks, Inc. announced the release of Stacks, a web content management system for libraries. EBSCO is an exclusive reseller of this platform, which allows libraries to change the look and feel of their websites by choosing customizable themes, drag-and-drop layouts, social media integrations, support for 60-plus languages, and other features. They can also market their programs and services, manage event registrations, conduct surveys, and create research guides.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Invests in the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Thomson Reuters partnered with Canada’s University of Waterloo to “fuel breakthroughs in data science and develop the next generation of global entrepreneurial leaders,” according to the press release. During the next 5 years, these organizations will provide a variety of initiatives, including establishing a Thomson Reuters-funded Research Chair in Data Cleaning From Theory to Practice (filled initially by Ihab F. Ilyas, a computer science professor at Waterloo, who researches new methods of storing, cleaning, and curating data), allowing students and researchers at the Faculty of Mathematics and the School of Accounting and Finance at Waterloo to access Thomson Reuters Eikon (so they can use financial data in real-world markets), and collaborating on the Problem Lab (a new program that helps students find and understand problems, preparing them for entrepreneurship).

For more information, read the press release.

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