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August 31, 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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Clarivate Shares Its Latest G20 Scorecard for Global Research Output

Clarivate published its annual G20 scorecard, “which for the first time examines the research performance of each G20 member through dynamic, interactive data visualizations. It offers a detailed and insightful overview of research trends, collaboration patterns and scientific impact, showcasing the contributions of the 19 G20 member nations [not including the 20th member, the European Union] to the global research landscape.”

Findings include the following:

  • Mainland China accrued three times as many patents as any other individual G20 member in 2021. …
  • Argentina’s contribution to medical research yields an influence that surpasses the global average by over 1.5 times, driven by heightened levels of international collaboration. …
  • Brazil’s output in humanities is three times more likely than the G20 average to be published in an open access (OA) journal. …
  • Canada boasts an above-average proportion of output in social sciences, medicine, humanities, and arts, although OA output is below average in all categories. …
  • In Japan, the percentage of female researchers remains below a fifth. …

For more information and more key findings, read the press release.

Oyster Rolls Out AI-Powered Chatbot to Help Answer Hiring Questions

Oyster, a global employment facilitator, unveiled Pearl, “an AI-powered chatbot that can answer questions about global hiring and remote work regulations. Leveraging Oyster’s wealth of knowledge and ability to help anyone, anywhere hire quickly and compliantly in over 180 countries, Pearl revolutionizes how companies gather information, enabling them to make informed decisions that remove traditional barriers to global employment.”

The press release continues, “Applying AI to existing resources is only the beginning of Oyster’s experimentation with this cutting-edge technology, and learnings will help expand the breadth and depth of its AI solution. In the future, Pearl’s AI chatbot functionality will be available on all Oyster webpages, while more advanced efforts will incorporate the company’s proprietary global employment data as well as insights from The Reef—an open-source employee guide with best practices for building distributed, asynchronous teams.”

For more information, read the press release.

CCC and GO FAIR Foundation Plan FAIR Forum in September

CCC announced the following:

CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, in partnership with the GO FAIR Foundation, will host its inaugural FAIR Forum on ‘The Evolving Role of Data in the AI Era’ on 18 September at Poortgebouw, the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. …

Speakers will address critical topics such as:

  • The vital role of FAIR [Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable] data in strategic AI initiatives.
  • Using FAIR data to improve efficiency and drive innovation.
  • Evangelizing FAIR Data Principles and identifying practical steps to implementation.

For information about the agenda, how to register, and more, read the press release.

In other CCC news, CCC’s Velocity of Content podcast, hosted by Christopher Kenneally, recently aired a conversation with publishing industry blogger and writer Jane Friedman. During the episode, “she discusses her experience with discovering that her name was attached to a few books on sale on Amazon, with titles like A Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Compelling eBooks and Strategies to Skyrocket Your Book Sales on Amazon—and her reaction to being one of the first major cases of pirated books in the AI era,” CCC shares.  

SirsiDynix and Gale Team to Add Gale Content to the CloudSource Discovery Service

SirsiDynix and Gale entered into “a strategic partnership that will deliver more than one billion records to CloudSource, SirsiDynix’s premier content and discovery services platform.” SirsiDynix notes, “The integration displays Gale’s wide range of online databases—including full-text journal articles, newspapers, archives, and eBooks—in a single discovery index,” and both companies’ missions “emphasize the importance of libraries as hubs of discovery and whose software and services are dedicated to helping libraries demonstrate their value and ability to empower their communities.”

For more information, read the press release.

U.S. Copyright Office Launches a Study of Generative AI

The U.S. Copyright Office announced the following:

[On Aug. 30], the U.S. Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) in the Federal Register on copyright and artificial intelligence (AI). The Office is undertaking a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by generative AI and is assessing whether legislative or regulatory steps are warranted. The Office will use the record it assembles to advise Congress; inform its regulatory work; and offer information and resources to the public, courts, and other government entities considering these issues.

The NOI seeks factual information and views on a number of copyright issues raised by recent advances in generative AI. These issues include the use of copyrighted works to train AI models, the appropriate levels of transparency and disclosure with respect to the use of copyrighted works, the legal status of AI-generated outputs, and the appropriate treatment of AI-generated outputs that mimic personal attributes of human artists.

For more information and instructions for commenting, read the news item.

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