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Online Language Service Now Available to Public Libraries
Recorded Books, LLC (www.recordedbooks.com), an independent producer of audiobooks and a Haights Cross Communications company (www.haightscross.com), in partnership with Transparent Language, Inc. (www.transparent.com), has announced a new online language learning service for public libraries. Byki Online-Library Edition is (http://byki.com) a language-learning system designed specifically for use by patrons of public libraries.
Byki [Before You Know It] Online-Library Edition offers language learning for more than 80 languages, including English for foreign language speakers. It allows library patrons to access the Byki Online system remotely, providing users with unprecedented learning options. Byki's desktop software features listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as speech analysis to improve pronunciation skills. Individual progress tracking and assessment tests help identify areas for improvement and move users in the right direction.
In addition to comprehensive language learning tools, Byki's world language community services offer a range of options that users can access anytime. One-click access to Facebook, Twitter, and Byki Blogs allow patrons to read articles written by experts from around the world and learn more about the language itself and the culture that surrounds it. Libraries can easily control remote access through their own administrative site, which offers comprehensive reporting and online technical support options.
Source: Haights Cross Communications
Silobreaker Adds Energy News Vertical and COP15 Coverage
With the long-awaited start of COP15, the United Nation's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Dec. 7-18 (http://en.cop15.dk), people in all corners of the world are reading about this important event. News aggregator Silobreaker recently announced its focus on the energy vertical, giving readers the depth of coverage, quality news, analysis, and rich graphics the company says is not available on other news search sites. It has also established special news pages covering COP15.
"I'm surprised that big news sites aren't helping readers make more sense of today's deluge of news. People just don't have time to look through it all," said Kristofer Mansson, Silobreaker CEO and co-founder. "With the search and graphics technology available today, people want to discover things in new ways and have it presented in ways that are appealing and efficient. We are excited about the new energy vertical focus, which has been a top search topic over the past 12 months."
Given the fast growing issues surrounding climate change and global warming, both consumers and professionals are more and more interested in news about fossil fuels, alternative energy, energy storage, and other related topics. With its new energy section, Silobreaker is giving people the news they seek in this much talked about market. Silobreaker's news search finds people, companies, organizations, topics, places, and keywords; shows how they relate to each other in the news flow; and presents them in context through its intuitive user interface.
Silobreaker Energy section: www.silobreaker.com/energy-7_1569
Silobreaker COP15 pages: www.silobreaker.com/cop15--un-climate-change-conference-2009-11_49448372
Silobreaker global warming/climate change pages: www.silobreaker.com/global-warmingclimate-change-11_343309
ebrary Adds New Technology for People With Physical Disabilities
ebrary (www.ebrary.com) says it has added technology that significantly increases accessibility for people with physical disabilities. All ebrary products and services are now substantially compliant with the world's major accessibility standards, including Section 508(C) in the U.S. and the W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA international standard.
Available now, ebrary's new accessibility features include the following:
- Simplified interface for Advanced Search
- Showing the Table of Contents in search results in its own browser window, allowing detection by screen readers
- Option to display documents in text only in QuickView for visually impaired users with screen readers
- Ability to change text and background colors as well as fonts for dyslexic users
- Alternative methods for filing documents and annotations, and re-ordering folders in personal bookshelves
- Ability to enable accessibility mode at the end-user level
The company also says it will be "unveiling first-of-its-kind technology that will greatly increase its customers return on investment (ROI)" at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston, Jan. 15-18, 2010.
Gale Announces New Digital Archives Unbound
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning (www.gale.cengage.com), announced the release of Archives Unbound, a new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never before published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide. It lets users view rare primary source materials that defined history.
Archives Unbound was developed in response to users' requests for online access to essential research materials. It offers unprecedented access to highly targeted, specialized collections in a cross-searchable digital format. Archives Unbound will publish more than 25 new collections per year across a variety of disciplines, regions, subjects, and time periods.
Collections available today include:
- The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944
- Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
- Witchcraft in Europe and America
- East Germany From Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963
- JFK's Foreign Affairs and International Crises, 1961-1963
- Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees: The West's Response to Jewish Emigration
- Global Missions and Theology
- Policing the Shanghai International Settlement, 1894-1945
- Feminism in Cuba, 1898-1958
- Overland Journeys: Travels in the West, 1800-1880
- Alexander III and the Policy of "Russification," 1883-1886
Hoover’s Unveils API 3.0
Hoover's, Inc. (www.hoovers.com), a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) company, announced the availability of an upgraded version of its application programming interface, Hoover's API 3.0, which enables customers to "plug-in" to Hoover's and D&B databases to stream on-demand data into enterprisewide systems through custom integrations and through commercial applications.
With this latest upgrade, Hoover's has doubled the number of company records available-from 30 million to 60 million-significantly expanding the number of international records. The launch of Hoover's API 3.0 also increases the number of professional contacts available from 44 million to 69 million. Additionally, Hoover's API 3.0 provides access to new data points, including D&B prescreen score, longitude and latitude information, and expanded people and compensation information.
Hoover's API users will also benefit from new search parameters, which allow them to search by primary URL for advanced company searches, as well as by latitude and longitude for advanced company and people searches.
Hoover's API 3.0 is targeted to the following business segments:
- Enterprise customers that want Hoover's data in their CRM systems, ERP systems and marketing automation tools, or in any other internal system or application where deeper customer and supplier insight is needed, including web-form appending
- CRM software providers that incorporate Hoover's into their applications
- Developers creating new products for customers with Hoover's mashups and new applications that leverage Hoover's content and tools
Xobni, the Microsoft Outlook search and relationship plug-in, uses Hoover's API to integrate company information into users' email inboxes.
For more information about Hoover's API 3.0, developers can visit www.hooversapi.com. Enterprise customers should contact their account manager.
Source: Hoover's, Inc.
TEMIS Launches New Collection Module—Luxid Content Pipeline
TEMIS (www.temis.com), a provider of text analytics solutions for the enterprise, announced the launch of Luxid Content Pipeline, a new content collection module integrated within the latest version of its content discovery solution, Luxid 5.1. This easy-to-manage platform efficiently collects contents from a full range of information sources and feeds them into Luxid. After annotating content with relevant metadata, Luxid then applies search, discovery, and sharing tools to the enriched content and provides users with real-time content analytics and knowledge discovery.
Luxid Content Pipeline accesses content by three different methods:
- Structured Access connects and automates the collection of documents from leading structured content sources such as Dialog, DataStar, ISI Web of Knowledge, Ovid, STN, Questel, EBSCOhost, Factiva, LexisNexis, MicroPatent, Scopus, ScienceDirect, Minesoft, esp@cenet, PubMed.
- Web Access tracks corporate websites, blogs, and social networks and downloads their content thanks to a powerful web crawling tool available to customers "As a Service"
- Enterprise Content Management Access connects to corporate knowledge repositories such as EMC Documentum, EMC Documentum CenterStage, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
To be as universally compatible as possible with a wide variety of document sources, Luxid Content Pipeline also natively supports the integration of UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) collection readers, enabling the connection to these sources using UIMA standard protocol and format conversion.
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