|Weekly News Digest
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Ex Libris Developer Network Fosters Experimentation
Ex Libris Group launched the Ex Libris Developer Network, which gives developers and IT professionals an open environment to experiment with applications and extensions to Ex Libris solutions. The network is available to anyone, not just Ex Libris’ customers, and is a response to feedback from Ex Libris’ existing developer community.
Sections on the network’s website include Docs (API documentation and technical guides), Tech Blog (advice, guidance, and best practices from Ex Libris development team members), Code & Apps (links to complete code projects), Forum (for sharing ideas, questions, and answers about Ex Libris APIs), and Dashboard (a tool for managing projects and viewing analytics).
“Harnessing the open interfaces of Alma, Primo, and other Ex Libris solutions, a library can integrate its systems with other campus systems—thereby delivering essential services to students and faculty and demonstrating the library’s value to the institution it serves,” says Ex Libris president and CEO Matti Shem Tov.
Source: Ex Libris Group
Access Innovations Updates Data Harmony Software
Access Innovations, Inc. announced on the TaxoDiary blog that its Data Harmony software received an upgrade to version 3.9.
Data Harmony software guides now have more comprehensive instructions, clearer page layouts, and more navigation features.
MAIstro, Data Harmony’s flagship software module, aids users in taxonomy creation and maintenance, text analysis, and subject tagging with Thesaurus Master and Machine Aided Indexer (M.A.I.). MAIstro now allows bolding, italicizing, and underlining in Thesaurus Master; offers new export formats, including XML; provides PDF support during spot-testing of the indexing rule base; and adds improvements to Thesaurus Master’s Import Module and to the Data Harmony command line project creation tool.
Other updates include enhanced reporting features and more search efficiency.
Comintelli Launches Competitive Intelligence Tool
Comintelli introduced intelligence2day, its SaaS competitive intelligence tool powered by Comintelli’s Knowledge XChanger software. It combines open internet sources with internal sources and filters the results into topics to cover every aspect of the intelligence work cycle.
Scalable and easy to deploy, intelligence2day builds on popular tools such as Google Alerts, Feedity, and personal RSS readers to help competitive and market intelligence professionals systematically monitor relevant companies and issues, view graphical analyses, create reports, and automate alerts.
Folder Lock App Update Goes Live
New Softwares.net updated its Folder Lock file-security application to version 7.2.6. Now users can protect their files with a more sophisticated encryption algorithm and access support for platforms including the PC, iPhone, Android phone, and Windows Phone.
The company plans to release more updates to Folder Lock that are designed to improve its overall reliability and usability. “This current release version 7.2.6 is just the tip of the iceberg,” according to the press release.
Folder Lock creates digital lockers for users’ files, folders, photos, videos, and other documents. It stores files in the cloud and allows users to save information to USB drives and CDs, all while keeping the information password-protected and encrypted.
Source: New Softwares.net
EBSCO Discovery Service Adds Italian Journal Metadata
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) now offers metadata search capabilities for Italian humanities and social sciences journals from Rivisteweb, a collection of 45,000 articles from more than 80 journals published by Il Mulino/Carocci. Topics include art, economics, history, law, literary criticism, and philosophy.
Allowing EDS users to search Rivisteweb content extends the journals’ global reach and enhances their discoverability. Mutual subscribers to EDS and Il Mulino may link to the articles’ full text from within EDS.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
Caringo Rolls Out CloudScaler 3 and a Verification Program
Caringo, a storage software provider, made two enhancements to its product portfolio: version 3 of its CloudScaler cloud storage service and a new application verification program.
CloudScaler, in combination with CAStor software, helps enterprises and service providers manage and expand their public or private cloud storage. New features in version 3 include flexible support for identity management systems, streamlined deployment, and the ability to plug in to any management, billing, or cloud orchestration solution using an API.
The verification program allows anyone in the cloud community to verify interoperability with CloudScaler for applications that support Amazon’s S3 API. Caringo gives interested users a free testing account to verify interoperability, and once they’re verified and approved, they can run any S3 application and use Caringo’s object storage behind their firewall to maintain control, security, and performance.
“In working with some of the world’s largest enterprises and service providers on private and public cloud storage deployments, there was a clear need for storage software that can plug into various management solutions on the back-end and also plug into various applications on the front-end,” according to Mark Goros, Caringo’s CEO and founder. Caringo helps solve these problems “by making both service management and deployment easier for IT administrators and use of the service easier for their end users.”
WorldCat Works Descriptions Are Now Available as Linked Data
OCLC took its next step in working with linked data by announcing the production release of WorldCat Works, the first in a series of WorldCat linked data releases.
OCLC staff members created authoritative descriptions for 197 million WorldCat bibliographic records that brought together multiple manifestations of a work under one entity that includes author, title, subjects, and other descriptors, as well as links to record-level descriptions already shared in WorldCat linked data. This project helps library collections become more discoverable through a variety of websites and web services such as Google, Wikipedia, and social networks.
“Bibliographic data stored in traditional record formats has reached its limits of efficiency and utility,” says Richard Wallis, OCLC technology evangelist. “New technologies, influenced by the Web, now enable us to move toward managing WorldCat data as entities—such as ‘Works,’ ‘People,’ ‘Places’ and more—as part of the global Web of data.”
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