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Weekly News Digest

August 8, 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. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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SSRN Branches Out Into Chemistry With ChemRN

SSRN, owned by Elsevier, launched the Chemistry Research Network (ChemRN). It complements the recently released Biology Research Network (BioRN), the organization’s first expansion outside the social sciences. ChemRN users can share ideas and early-stage research, post preprints and working papers, and read full-text papers for free across all of the chemistry fields.

For more information, read the press release.

Nature Index Publishes 2017 Innovation Supplement

Nature Research released the Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement, which examines how research articles are cited in patents owned by third parties (instead of institutions themselves). This shows the impact academic research is having on the development of products and services. The supplement’s tables reveal the academic organizations at the head of the list for their high-quality research and high-impact published work: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), The Rockefeller University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Of the top 50 institutions, 38 are from the U.S.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Spurs Business Expansion in Africa

In October 2017, Thomson Reuters will host the sixth annual Africa Summit, a forum for the continent’s best thinkers, visionaries, and thought leaders to discuss key challenges and opportunities, including how to address disruption and engage in future-proofing businesses.

“As digital technologies continue to transform the economy, many leaders and businesses are struggling to maximise the potential opportunities that lie within such disruption,” says Sneha Shah, Thomson Reuters’ managing director for Thomson Reuters in Africa. “Many businesses feel that technology disruptors are a direct threat to the future of their business; but disruption is not so much about new inventions, rather a change in the customer experience. It is for this reason that we need to bring together regulations/policy, technology and people.”

Those encouraged to attend are members of the financial services industry, investment community, and public- and private-sector industries looking to expand in Africa.

For more information, read the press release.

Exact Editions Digitizes Magazine for the Creative Industries

Exact Editions is offering the complete digital archive of Creative Review, dating back to the first issue in 1980. The magazine has published more than 400 issues, and it will provide its future issues to the digital archive as well. Now available for academic institutions, the archive is fully searchable by terms in a page, issue, or decade or in the complete collection. The British Library conducted the scanning that digitized the magazine, providing high-resolution versions of the print copies.

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Research Center Puts Out More Information on the State of the News Media

Pew Research Center published the last installment of its exploration of the state of the news media in the U.S. with fact sheets on key audience and economic indicators for the public broadcasting, digital, and Hispanic and African-American news sectors. Pew finds that public broadcasters have relative financial stability and have grown their audiences. Digital native news outlets are also increasing their audiences, and digital advertising revenues are on the rise. Hispanic and African-American newspapers are seeing a slow decline in circulation (as are all newspapers). Hispanic news media on television has also seen slowing audience growth.

For more information, read the full “State of the News Media” coverage.

U.K. Introduces Bill for Personal Data Protection Online

According to the BBC, U.K. citizens “could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government.” Under the terms of the new Data Protection Bill from digital minister Matt Hancock, they can ask for the deletion of personal data (which could now include IP addresses, cookies, etc.), withdraw consent for using personal data, more easily access the information organizations hold on them, and more. Firms would incur significant fines if they don’t protect personal data. “The bill will transfer the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation … into UK law.”

For more information, read the article.

bibliotheca's cloudLibrary Adds HarperCollins Audiobooks

bibliotheca announced that audiobooks from HarperCollins Publishers are now available via cloudLibrary on a pay-per-use basis, meaning libraries pay only when a patron downloads a title. It also offers audiobooks from Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Blackstone, Disney, and Scholastic.

“bibliotheca was proud to be the first to market with a pay-per-use eContent model that seamlessly works alongside purchased content,” says Thomas Mercer, bibliotheca’s director of digital products. “Our latest agreement with HarperCollins continues our commitment to provide the best content and experiences to our customers.”

For more information, read the press release.

Paragon Software Group Debuts Update for Data Management System

Data backup, disaster recovery, and data migration solutions company Paragon Software Group (PSG) introduced Hard Disk Manager 16 Preview, an all-in-one solution for protecting, maintaining, and managing PC systems and data. It offers comprehensive backup, recovery, and partitioning features for managing modern storage devices, as well as a redesigned user interface, advanced features for completing system and data management tasks, and more. Anyone interested can download the preview for free and send PSG feedback for a chance to receive a free commercial license for the product. Its commercial release is planned for fall 2017.

For more information, read the press release.

Library of Congress Hosts Webinars on World War I

The Library of Congress (LC) is running a five-part series of free webinars on World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. joining the fight. They will highlight some of the LC’s WWI-related resources, such as documents, photographs, maps, and personal stories from the Veterans History Project. The webinars are titled Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I; Over Here, Over There: Immigrant Veterans of World War I; Woodrow Wilson Chooses War; Lest Liberty Perish: Joseph Pennell and World War I; and Charles Hamilton Houston and World War I.

The series begins on Aug. 22, 2017. Register here.

For more information, read the press release.

Accenture Buys Search Technologies

Accenture acquired Search Technologies, which specializes in the design, implementation, and management of Big Data and search analytics. Accenture will apply its artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including machine learning, to Search Technologies’ client data to help generate new, more precise insights for improving business outcomes. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Search Technologies’ team will join Accenture Analytics’ community of data scientists and engineers to help them develop and industrialize solutions for making unstructured content easily searchable.

For more information, read the press release.

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