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Weekly News Digest

June 6, 2017 — 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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Wolters Kluwer Keeps an Eye on the President and the 115th Congress

Wolters Kluwer created a Federal Developments Knowledge Center for attorneys, law librarians, and legal and tax professionals looking for guidance on the current administration’s policies and the actions of the 115th Congress. This one-stop information solution features daily updates on presidential and legislative actions; breaking news with analyses; enacted laws; impact analyses of executive orders, memos, and proposed legislation; and more. It is now available for a free trial and will have its main release later in 2017.

For more information, read the webpage.

Companies to Protest Net Neutrality Rollback

CNET reports that companies are instituting “a day of action July 12 to protest the potential rollback of net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].” Participants, including Amazon, Etsy, Vimeo, and reddit, will encourage people to contact Congress and the FCC.

Vimeo says, “Net neutrality made it possible for Vimeo, along with countless other startups, to innovate and thrive. The FCC’s proposed rollback of the 2015 open internet rules threatens to impede that innovation and allow a handful of incumbent ISPs to determine winners and losers.” 

For more information, read the article.

Moscow Librarian Found Guilty of 'Inciting Ethnic Hatred'

According to ABC News, “A Moscow court on Monday convicted the director of a Ukrainian library of inciting ethnic hatred to Russians and imposed a four-year suspended sentence.” The case of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature director, Natalya Sharina, covered here, began in 2015 when she was put under house arrest for providing books by Ukrainian activist Dmytro Korchynsky, “which are banned in Russia. Sharina had pleaded not guilty and said the books had been planted in the library. The Ukrainian government dismissed the trial as a political witch-hunt.”

For more information, read the article.

Elsevier Enhances CiteScore

Elsevier updated its CiteScore metrics with the 2016 annual values. It also made various improvements to the service, including the addition of complete transparency to the metrics, allowing users to validate any CiteScore value by reading the citations and documents used for the calculation. Users can access CiteScore metrics and this underlying data whether or not they are Scopus subscribers.

For more information, read the press release.

Chrome Combats 'Annoying' Ads

According to Advertising Age, “Google’s Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience. …” Google created “The Ad Experience Report” to score publishers on the annoyance level of their ads. “At the same time, Chrome will give publishers the option to force a choice on people running their own ad blocking software: whitelist the site so its non-annoying ads can display or pay a small fee to access the content ad-free.”

For more information, read the article.

Globalscape Introduces Business Intelligence Resource

Globalscape launched EFT Insight, a reporting platform for providing near-real-time visibility into business-critical data flows and exchanges. According to the press release, “EFT Insight uses business and operational intelligence to ensure information exchanges are functioning properly and securely, alerting network administrators to any conditions that could compromise security or violate service level agreements (SLAs).” Users can access analytics to view trends over time, view consolidated data from multiple enhanced file transfer nodes, track the health of data exchange architecture, manage SLAs, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

European Commission Chooses Ex Libris Group for Library Needs

Ex Libris Group signed an inter-institutional framework agreement with the European Commission (EC) to supply the Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery and deliver solution to libraries from 10 European institutions, including the EC, the Council of the European Union, and the European Parliament.

According to the press release, “The expiration of the current library-system agreement this year gave the European Commission the opportunity to evaluate ways to improve library services for all of its users. After an extensive tendering process, Alma and Primo were selected for their ability to enable librarians to increase their efficiency in managing print resources and e-resources and to provide library users with a powerful and customizable search and discovery experience.”

For more information, read the press release.

The Getty Helps Bring Disparate Collections Together

The Getty is offering researchers more than 30,000 images of objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). This allows them to bring together images and metadata from various institutional websites to compare, manipulate, annotate, and otherwise analyze them side by side.

“The release of these images is just the first step for the Getty as we move toward universal adoption of IIIF for images from both the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute collections,” says Rich Fagen, the Getty’s VP and chief digital officer.

For more information, read the press release.

Copyright Office Submits Practices Document for Public Comment

The U.S. Copyright Office published a revised draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, which is the administrative manual for the Register of Copyrights on the mandate and duties of the Copyright Office. This draft, which is open for public comment until June 30, will take effect on July 3, 2017. It has the first proposed updates to the compendium since its December 2014 release. According to the press release, “The draft revisions to the registration chapters clarify how and when the Office communicates with applicants and how it handles duplicate claims, deposit requirements, and claims involving multiple works, among other improvements.”

For more information, read the press release.

Thieme Editor Aims to Improve Peer Review

Benjamin List, editor-in-chief of Thieme’s SYNLETT, is working to enhance the journal “and potentially the wider scientific community, combining a modern crowd-based concept on a new technology platform.” For his project, a group of chemists joined a protected environment and anonymously reviewed research papers within 72 hours and other short time frames. Thieme notes that “initial tests have delivered both fast and high quality reviews.”

For more information, read the press release.

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