More News and Announcements 12/12/11

It was a busy weekend!  Here is more news from QScience.Com; a new app for Scientific American; disparities with OverDrive/Amazon privacy policies; downloads from Apple; a JISC interactive map of London and Web Preserver from Reed Technology.

QScience Connect Redefines Scholarly Journals

Information Today reports that the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation has added QScience Connect to their journal offerings.  Papers accepted to QScience Connect will come “from all fields” and Bloomsbury “will expand its editorial board quarterly to reflect its submissions.”  Content will not be “defined by a discipline or field.”

Scientific American Expands Its Mobile Offering with Launch on Google Currents

“Scientific American is work with Google on the launch of their new Reader App for smart phones and tablets, Google Currents (only available in the U.S. Android Market and Apple App Store at this time). Google Currents is a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.”

OverDrive, Amazon Privacy Disclaimer Pops Up in Wisconsin; in Virginia, Questions About Catalog Disparities

This a article from Digital Shift discusses privacy policy differences for library patrons using Kindle books via OverDrive.  Patrons are being informed “that they are leaving the library’s digital site AND that the commercial site (aka Amazon) doesn’t have the same privacy policies as the library.”   The article also has more information about OverDrive having different eBook catalogs for different libraries and the resulting disparities in some library’s collections.

Apple’s Leagues Ahead In App Downloads: 18 Billion To Android’s 10 Billion

Not to be outdone by Android’s announcement that they had reached 10 billion downloads, Apple says that “it has had downloads of 18 billion across the store since it launched three years ago.”  Apple also claims that “500,000 apps have now been published in the App Store.”

Interactive maps reveal London’s history in unprecedented detail : JISC

Locating London’s Past is a new JISC-funded website that lets users delve deep into the capital’s past, revolutionising our understanding of London’s history. The website is the first to map information from a vast array of sources, covering: crime and punishment,  the distribution of wealth, poverty, occupations, …”

Reed Technology Launches Web Preserver

According to another report from Information Today, Reed Technology and Information Services Inc. (, part of LexisNexis, announced the launch of Web Preserver, a SaaS-based webpage capture and archiving service for corporations and government. The Web Preserver service provides researchers the ability to quickly capture and preserve a fully functioning webpage, including all of the links and associated metadata, with one simple keystroke.

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