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July 13, 2023 — 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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'Seven Ways AI Will Impact Authors and the Publishing Industry' by Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory writes the following for Forbes:

For better or worse, artificial intelligence is poised to shake up the publishing industry. As a technologist who has authored over 50 books, I’ve been keen on its evolution in that space. From assisting in research to streamlining content creation and distribution, AI offers promising avenues for increased productivity and efficiency.

However, it also raises concerns about the preservation of human voice and original thought. …

To help, I turn to the members of Forbes Technology Council Book Authors, an online community I lead, to share their forecast of how AI is set to impact the publishing industry.

For more information, read the article.

The Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative Gains Foundational Partners

Kudos shared the following:

Kudos, the platform for showcasing research, and Impact Science, a brand of Cactus Communications, have announced the foundation sponsors for the Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative. TheRoyal Society of Chemistry and the American Society of Civil Engineers will work with Kudos to map content against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), explain it in plain language, and promote it to broader audiences. This accelerates society’s progress towards achieving the SDGs by helping more people find, understand, and act on the recommendations of relevant research.

For more information, read the blog post.

Celebrating Disability Pride Month in July

Stephen Abram, on his Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, shared a list of “great eBooks and audiobooks that explore the history, lived experience, and activism of the disability community” from OverDrive.

OverDrive’s Libby Life blog also listed books that were written by people with disabilities and/or feature characters with disabilities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) rolled out a virtual bookshelf detailing “NEH-funded projects that expand disability access and research and support the teaching and preservation of disability history and experience.”

The Arc, “the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serving them and their families,” published a blog post about how to celebrate Disability Pride Month 2023.

For more on celebrating Disability Pride Month, visit the American Bar Association’s resource center and Human Rights Watch’s article on the history of disability pride.

An Introduction to Threads

On his Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, Stephen Abram posted an early reading list about new social network Threads, featuring articles from sources such as CNET, Mashable, TechCrunch, and Business Insider. ZDNET is another source that is following Threads’ debut; see the list of articles so far:

Vox’s Rebecca Jennings digs into what Threads is like and offers a prediction on its success.

Simba Information Studies the State of Social Sciences and Humanities Publishing

Simba Information announced the following:

Just launched by Simba Information is Global Social Sciences and Humanities Publishing 2023-2027 [purchase required]. This new report identifies critical developments and trends across segments of this competitive global scholarly publishing market. …

The new report chronicles strategic directions at major social sciences and humanities publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, EBSCO, Springer Nature, and Sage Publishing.

Analysis of the competitive environment, market structure, and growth drivers forms the foundation of this Simba report. Its coverage encompasses business performance, corporate strategies, product development initiatives, and new product launches.

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC Joins Forces With LIBER to Support the Future of Research Libraries

OCLC shared the following:

OCLC and LIBER announced … the launch of a multi-year engagement program based on LIBER’s 2023-2027 strategy, which presents a vision for the future of research libraries. The series of discussions will collectively examine, explore, and ideate around rapidly evolving technologies, a drive for open content, and the imperative of supporting rights and values.

The 2023-2024 edition of the series, Building for the future: Opportunities and responsibilities for state-of-the-art services, will focus on the second component of LIBER’s strategy: ‘By 2027, research libraries will provide forward-looking, state-of-the-art services for collections, publishing, and curation of information and (meta-)data. These services will be relevant to and tailored for user groups inside and outside academia.’ …

Open to LIBER Members and OCLC Research Library Partnership affiliates—along with the broader research library community—the first discussion series will run from October 2023 through June 2024. The conversations will focus on the opportunities for strategic library collaboration around three topical areas: research data management; data-driven decision making; and AI, machine learning, and data science.

For more information, read the press release.

Pew Research Center Releases New Findings on the 10th Anniversary of #BlackLivesMatter

Pew Research Center published a new report marking the 10th anniversary of the Black Lives Matter movement. The report’s summary states the following:

In July 2013, activists first used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to spark conversation about racism, violence and the criminal justice system following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Ten years later, Black Lives Matter stands as a model of a new generation of social movements intrinsically linked to social media. The enduring power of the hashtag itself is clear: More than 44 million #BlackLivesMatter tweets from nearly 10 million distinct users currently exist on Twitter today, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of publicly available tweets from July 2013 through March 2023. …

Summer 2020 [after the murder of George Floyd] marked a high point in the number of tweets mentioning #BlackLivesMatter. But the hashtag remains an ongoing presence on Twitter to this day. Since October 2020, it has been used in nearly a quarter-million tweets per month.

For more information, read the report summary.

Elsevier Unveils Report on G20 Countries' Researchers

Elsevier announced the following:

Elsevier, a global leader in evidence-based clinical practice content, research publishing, and information analytics, just published the newest report analyzing global research trends with a focus on collaborations between the largest economies in the world. Fostering collaboration: a study of scientific publications with authors in G20 countries ... studied data from Elsevier’s industry leading SCOPUS database and uncovered that researchers in G20 nations co-authored 75% of total scientific publications worldwide from 2012-2021.

The report … analyses scientific production of the 19 G20 members, all of which have rigorous research and development programs. Elsevier examined 24,746,950 scientific publications from researchers at nearly 20,000 institutions. The data introduced some striking trends in global research.

For more information, read the press release.

Karger and ChronosHub Partner to Help Customers With OA Management

Karger shared the following:

[The company has entered into] its latest partnership with ChronosHub, a platform offering a 360-degree approach to Open Access (OA) Management. This new collaboration benefits Karger’s institutional customers by fostering effective compliance and license management, improved handling of article processing charges and other related costs, billing, and collection, as well as data management and reporting.

This cooperation signals Karger’s ongoing commitment to the Open Science movement by supporting users’ ability to see an overview of all details involving publishing agreements and their associated costs in a single place. Karger and ChronosHub entered their initial partnership in 2021.  

For more information, read the press release.

Sage Joins the GetFTR Solution as a Publisher Partner

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR), “a free-to-use solution for academic discovery services and scholarly collaboration networks that provides researchers with faster access to the published research they need, whether subscription or open access,” is now partnered with Sage.

Helen Duce, Sage’s head of product management, says, “Central to our goal as publishers is to ensure that our researchers have quick and easy access to the highest quality trusted research—supporting discovery and knowledge. By partnering with GetFTR we continue to solidify our commitment to the community to enable this—by looking for new and novel ways to enhance and improve that research experience from discovery to access.”

“Since launch in 2019, GetFTR has now welcomed over 28 publishers to the service, strengthening its commitment on improving access for the research community and now supporting streamlined access to over 52% of global research output,” GetFTR notes.

For more information, read the press release.

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