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January 31, 2019 — 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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The Institute for Scientific Information Unveils First Global Research Report

The Institute for Scientific Information, part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science Group, has released the first of its Global Research Reports, a series of publications for researchers in academia, corporations, and other areas that aims to inform, generate debate, and show the information potential of research data.

The report, Profiles Not Metrics,draws attention to the information that is lost when data about researchers and their institutions are squeezed into simplified metrics or a league table. Research is not one-dimensional: the process is complex and no two projects are identical. Yet, to the dismay of many, the global research community is surrounded by analyses that claim to measure relative performance among people, publications and organizations, disregarding the counter arguments offered by informed analysts,” according to the press release. In addition, the report takes a look at four analysis types that can obscure research performance when used incorrectly and offers four alternatives.

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE Purchases Four Rowman & Littlefield Journals

SAGE has acquired four Rowman & Littlefield journals, which it will publish starting this year:

For more information, read the press release.

YouTube Aims to Curtail Misinformation on Its Platform

The YouTube team posted on its blog that it has made hundreds of changes to its recommendations system in the past year, including recommending videos on a wider set of topics. For U.S. videos, YouTube will take “a closer look at how we can reduce the spread of content that comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines.” It continues:

To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.

While this shift will apply to less than one percent of the content on YouTube, we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community. To be clear, this will only affect recommendations of what videos to watch, not whether a video is available on YouTube. As always, people can still access all videos that comply with our Community Guidelines and, when relevant, these videos may appear in recommendations for channel subscribers and in search results. We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users.

For more information, read the blog post.

The FOLIO Aster Release Updates and Improves Its Open Source LSP

The FOLIO project announced the FOLIO Aster Release, the first in a series of named releases that is designed to clarify the features and functionality of its open source library services platform (LSP) and ensure it adheres to accessibility guidelines. It has general user experience and accessibility improvements, such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 support for forms, focus components, keyboard shortcuts, cataloging template capability, and MARC editing.

Aster also has discovery interoperability and integrations with various EBSCO Information Services products as well as enhanced fines and fees, patron notice templates and staff slips, and password management in addition to other workflow support.

For more information, read the news.

CCC Launches RightFind Solution for Life Science Companies

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and its subsidiary, RightsDirect, have introduced a RightFind suite for emerging life science companies. This content workflow solution delivers access to a range of published STM content from journals, books, and databases to streamline the research process. It allows users to access company subscriptions and buy full-text articles not offered in them, make collaborative spaces where team members can share content, and see how they can use and share published content while complying with copyright guidelines.

For more information, read the press release.

HighWire and Cenveo Publisher Services Join Forces for Workflow Management

HighWire partnered with Cenveo Publisher Services to provide a one-stop workflow solution to academic publishers. Using HighWire’s scalable manuscript submission software and hosting technologies and Cenveo’s content creation strategies, their combined service will support the entire publishing process, including peer review, editorial tasks, author support, and analytics. Customers of both companies will be able to simplify their operations with a single project management team and integrate these complementary technologies and services.

For more information, read the news.

The Egyptian Knowledge Bank Taps Clarivate Analytics Tool to Manage the Countryís Research

Clarivate Analytics and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) will use Clarivate Analytics’ Converis as a way to implement a national research management system. Hosted by the ENSTINET (Egyptian National Scientific & Technical Information Network), Converis will allow Egypt to manage research funding and curate research profiles at various research organizations in the country.

According to Clarivate Analytics, “EKB was seeking an integrated solution for better management of research data. Information such as researcher profiles, proposal evaluations, project data, and publication records were not easily accessible. Hence, EKB was looking for a more efficient and streamlined administrative process to manage research information for researchers and administrators. Converis, Clarivate Analytics’ flagship research information system, which supports universities, research centers, other research institutions, and funding agencies comprehensively in collecting and managing data, aims to fulfill EKB’s needs, offering a holistic approach to managing the complete research lifecycle.”

For more information, read the news.

LexisNexis Announces New Global Legal Foundation

LexisNexis Legal & Professional has established the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to advance the rule of law globally. It hopes to enable leading bodies from legal, judicial, and other sectors to support and initiate projects that address one or more of four rule of law elements: equal treatment under the law, transparency of the law, access to legal remedy, and independent judiciaries. The foundation will also partner with organizations to promote awareness and understanding of the rule of law.

“Rule of law is foundational to the development of peaceful, equitable and prosperous societies,” says Mike Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis Legal & Professional. “Data from the LexisNexis Rule of Law Impact Tracker shows that when the rule of law is strong in a country, other positive social and economic factors within the country are also strong. It is our hope the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation will provide the necessary resources and support to shed light on emerging issues critical to advancing the rule of law around the world.”

For more information, read the press release.

ALA Offers New Advocacy Tools

In an article in American Libraries, Kathi Kromer, associate executive director of ALA’s Washington Office, describes ALA’s new advocacy tools on its redesigned advocacy website. The site now features a video on how to team up with local news media to promote your library and offers resources that explain how to connect with journalists and make use of social media. It also provides plug-and-play resources, downloads, template letters, a congressional calendar, and more. ALA will add other resources, such as two new videos, in the coming months.

For more information, read the article.

ProQuest Rolls Out the ProQuest One Academic Research and Teaching Product

ProQuest introduced ProQuest One Academic, the first in a series of solutions to help libraries serve their learning and research mandates faster and more powerfully. Designed for students and faculty members (as well as librarians who won’t have to spend time managing multiple products), ProQuest One Academic organizes more than 250 years of curated content—from journals, ebooks, videos, dissertations, newspapers, and more—into a single experience for research and teaching. It covers more than 175 subjects and offers a streamlined workflow design to minimize toggling among screens and tabs.

Content in ProQuest One Academic comprises the resources in the ProQuest Central database, the ebooks in Academic Complete, the works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, and the videos in Academic Video Online.

For more information, read the press release.

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