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June 5, 2018 — 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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Clarivate Analytics and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank Create First Arabic Citation Index

Clarivate Analytics joined forces with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to launch the Arabic Citation Index (ARCI) in 2020. Powered by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science (with a new Arabic interface) and funded by the EKB, it will be the first mapping of Arabic scholarly works in a citation index.

According to Clarivate Analytics, “The primary aim of ARCI will be to evaluate the quality and research output of Arabic researchers, universities and research organizations. By measuring these outputs, the ARCI will enhance the Arabic academic footprint, identify critical Arabic research, and improve funding opportunities for researchers.”

For more information, read the blog post.

W3C Updates Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for web content, websites, and web applications on all devices received a significant update. WCAG 2.1 expands on guidance that was developed by W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and mobile accessibility and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision and cognitive and learning disabilities, enabling websites to reach more people.

For more information, read the press release.

Accessible Archives Gets a Step Closer to Finishing American County Histories Database

Accessible Archives, Inc. has completed the imaging for its American County Histories database. According to the press release, “The project culminated with the inclusion of the last volumes from the expanded portions of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Imaging previously was completed for the original coverage of these areas as well as for the Southeast, Southwest, West, Central and Midwest regions.” There is information currently available for 41 states.

The county histories, which were mostly published from 1870 to 1923, give historians and genealogists insight into general community conditions, including for government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, transportation, and geology.

Accessible Archives aims to complete the project by the end of 2018.

For more information, read the blog post.

ARL Rolls Out Issue Brief on GDPR and Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) published an issue brief, “The General Data Protection Regulation: What Does It Mean for Libraries Worldwide?” by Anne T. Gilliland (scholarly communications officer at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Libraries). The brief is designed to help libraries consider how they should respond to the GDPR as well as its implications for libraries, including  “changing methods of collecting, managing, and transferring personal data; providing privacy training for staff; and becoming liable for privacy breaches,” according to the ARL.

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE and Publons Improve Recognition for Peer Reviewers

SAGE teamed up with Publons to offer automated recognition to peer reviewers for up to 1,000 SAGE journals. Since the companies began partnering in June 2016, more than 30,000 SAGE peer reviewers have written more than 80,000 reviews on Publons. SAGE will use Publons’ Historic Review Upload feature, which automatically populates reviewers’ profiles with previous reviews, and Publons users can download a verified record of their work.

For more information, read the blog post.

NIH Rolls Out Its First Strategic Plan for Data Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published its first NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science to support its mission of storing, managing, standardizing, and publishing the data produced by biomedical research. The strategic plan provides a road map for modernizing the biomedical data science ecosystem, which NIH funds. As the organization implements the plan over the next year, it asks for community input.

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Chegg Will Fulfill Print Rentals for Cengage Unlimited

Cengage tapped Chegg to manage the free print rentals program that is part of Cengage Unlimited (in which students pay only a $7.99 fulfillment fee for print rentals with their $119.99 subscription). Starting in August 2018, Cengage Unlimited customers requesting a print rental will be directed to a Chegg representative for support.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Cengage for Cengage Unlimited books, in addition to our offering each Cengage Unlimited customer a free month of access to our Learning Services, including our flagship Chegg Study,” says Nathan Schultz, Chegg’s chief learning officer.

For more information, read the press release.

Library of Congress Gets Donation of Valuable Popular Art

The Library of Congress received a donation (from Stephen A. Geppi, owner and CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors) of more than 3,000 items, such as comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, and pins. Originally comprising the Maryland-based Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, which has been on public display for the past 10 years, the items include Beatles memorabilia and storyboards that depict the first appearance of Mickey Mouse (in Walt Disney’s 1928 film Plane Crazy).

“When I began collecting comic books as a young boy and then in earnest in 1972, I would have never dreamed that a major portion of my collection would find a home at the Library of Congress, alongside the papers of 23 presidents, the Gutenberg Bible and Thomas Jefferson’s library,” says Geppi. “This gift will help celebrate the history of comics and pop culture and their role in promoting literacy.”

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Studies How Financial Crime Affects Global Companies

Thomson Reuters rolled out “Revealing the True Cost of Financial Crime,” a report showing that 47% of large, global companies have been victims of fraud, theft, money laundering, or other financial crimes in the past 12 months. For the report, Thomson Reuters had surveyed more than 2,300 senior business leaders to find out how their companies have been affected, and they estimated that these crimes amounted to a total aggregated loss of $1.45 trillion, or about 3.5% of their global turnover. However, 41% of known instances of financial crime are not reported, due to fear of reputational damage and financial loss, among other reasons. The companies do business with an average of 5 million customers each year.

For more information, read the press release.

Annual Reviews Unveils Journal on Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems

Annual Reviews published the first volume of the Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems. The first journal “to cover both the broad fields of control and robotics and their fundamental roles in the increasingly important area of autonomous systems,” this volume addresses topics such as control and its connections to game theory, distributed optimization, geometric mechanics, privacy, deep learning, and more. They can inform artificial touch, minimally invasive medical technologies, autonomous flight, and other real-world applications.

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