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Weekly News Digest

October 20, 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.

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Dimensions for Publishers Provides Research Funding Information

ÜberResearch launched Dimensions for Publishers, a global grants database that helps scholarly publishers track research trends and compare activities in research funding with publication trends. It allows them to make informed, strategic decisions about their product development based on current and future research activities, as well as find speakers for conferences and events and potential manuscript reviewers.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Labs Opens New Location in Cape Town

Thomson Reuters set up a new innovation lab in Cape Town, South Africa. Thomson Reuters Labs—Cape Town will “engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic startup community to fuel growth and empower success for Thomson Reuters customers worldwide,” according to the press release. Located at Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town’s technology center for startups, it will provide customers and partners with rapid prototyping, collaboration options with startups to put new technologies into practice, and data science and analysis tools. Cities with other Thomson Reuters Labs include Boston, London, and Zurich.

For more information, read the press release.

Baker & Taylor Signs Publishers to New Service

Baker & Taylor’s Global Publishers Services, which launched in August 2016, signed its first group of publishers. Starting Jan. 2, 2017, it will distribute titles from Sourcebooks; Glitterati, Inc.; Arcadia Publishing and The History Press; and Sellers Publishing. These publishers will get tailored services that allow them to reach multiple, international sales channels (traditional and online retailers, schools, libraries, etc.).

For more information, read the press release.

Kudos Highlights Its Successful Summaries Project

Kudos announced the results of its pilot project with ScholarOne from Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters). The companies partnered to collect plain-language summaries from authors when they submitted their articles (to six participating publishers), and the summaries were automatically distributed to Kudos’ platform to help the authors’ works be more easily found, read, and cited. Kudos deemed the pilot a success—42% of authors whose manuscripts were accepted chose to add explanatory text. The quality of these summaries was high, Kudos notes.

For more information, read the blog post.

DISYS Provides Expertise for TechHire Initiative Participants

Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC (DISYS) joined the TechHire initiative, which President Barack Obama created in March 2015 to “expand local technology sectors through community-based talent pipelines,” according to the press release. Candidates for the initiative include anyone experiencing long-term unemployment, people who attended college but did not graduate, and veterans. They are paired with employers and IT industry experts (such as those from DISYS) who can help them prepare for the job market.

For more information, read the press release.

ReadCube Adds Taylor & Francis Content

Taylor & Francis partnered with ReadCube to introduce more than 4 million of its journal articles and book chapters to the ReadCube Discover service. The content will be viewable using ReadCube’s web, desktop, or mobile app and be in ReadCube’s signature Enhanced PDF mode. It features clickable author names, hyperlinked in-line citations, and access to supplemental content and figures, along with other reference management tools.

For more information, read the press release.

The British Library and the BnF Will Digitize Illuminated Manuscripts

The British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) are working to digitize 800 illuminated manuscripts that were produced in Europe from 700 to 1200. During this period, scribes were able to move among England, France, and Normandy and wrote in Latin and French. The manuscript collections will be freely available via two websites starting in November 2018. There will be a bilingual site that will facilitate side-by-side comparison of 400 manuscripts from each of the collections.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Opens Up Content for Sharing

Springer Nature completed the integration of its free content-sharing initiative, SharedIt, with its portfolio of 1,300-plus journals and more than 1,000 additional co- and partner-owned journals. Authors and subscribers can now post links to free-to-read versions of articles on their social media platform, repositories, website, and other places. The initiative was originally for articles in Nature-branded journals, which saw more than 2.2 million additional article views for these titles since December 2014.

For more information, read the press release.

bepress Starts Archiving on Amazon S3

bepress Archive is a new service that supports the preservation of content that is hosted on bepress platforms. Customers will receive a real-time, cloud-based archive of all of their content on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which they can control directly and access at all times. bepress platforms already use Amazon Glacier for long-term storage, as well as other systems for secure backups.

For more information, read the press release.

CCC Debuts RightFind Music

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) rolled out RightFind Music, a new website that helps customers find, download, share, and manage music from APM Music’s collection of 500,000-plus tracks for an annual license fee. With RightFind Music’s Music Use License, they can add high-quality music to their training, marketing, and sales presentations and videos without having to go through the time-consuming process of getting the rights for each individual track they need.

For more information, read the press release.

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