News You Need to Start the Week

by | Dec 15, 2014 | 0 comments

newspapers2GPO Releases The Official Digital & Print Versions Of The Senate CIA Report; Apple Returns to Court Today to Appeal eBook Decision; 15 million reasons to visit the National Library of Australia’s Trove;  Altmetric Top 100 highlights topical academic research from 2014; Research Fronts 2014: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences; Inter-American Development Bank Will Launch Latin American and Caribbean Open Data Portal During Q1 2015; Tosca Consultants publish survey results on digital accessibility of 133 library portals; More Languages Added to Google Translate;  CONTENTdm available as a hosted service in Canada; and Credo announces new publisher partnerships, launches new subject collections.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) makes available the official and authentic digital and print versions of the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, together with a forward by Chairman Feinstein and Additional and Minority Views (Senate Report 113-288)…

The digital version is available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The print version is available for purchase at GPO’s retail and online bookstore for $29.

GalleyCat reports that Apple is heading to court today to appeal the DOJ’s 2013 decision in which the tech giant was found guilty of eBook price fixing.

Apple’s lawyers will be challenging antitrust rules “governing competition between marketing platforms—an important legal and economic issue that Judge Cote ignored,” according to the Wall Street Journal…”

Last week marked “a milestone for Trove as it digitises its 15 millionth newspaper article! Titled For King and Country, the article first appeared in the December 8, 1917 edition of The St George Call, which was published weekly in Sydney’s Kogarah district from 1914 to 1924.

NSLA launched the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Project in 2008 to provide free access to text-searchable digitised Australian newspapers. The first digitised papers went online the following year and then became available through Trove…”

ACCESS eNewsletter reports that “alternative metrics provider Altmetric LLP today reviews the 100 academic papers receiving the most online attention in 2014 – and the conversations happening around them.

The list provides a detailed overview of the published research articles that have generated the largest amount of sharing and discussion across mainstream and social media, blogs, peer-review forums, platforms such as Reddit and YouTube, and bookmarking sites…”

InfoDOCKET notes that the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has released “Research Fronts 2014: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences [is] an annual report identifying prominent areas of scientific research over the past year.

The study identifies the top 100 hottest fields of scientific research and 44 emerging research fronts, based on a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature citations…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced [late last week] it will launch in the first quarter of 2015 Numbers for Development, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators. The new portal will allow users to access and utilize a wealth of IDB data on topics ranging from social inclusion to global integration for 26 countries in the region. It will also offer users the opportunity to download datasets and create their own data visualizations…”

According to Library Technology Guides Tosca Consultants published “survey results on digital accessibility of 133 library portals. This survey deals with digital accessibility of 133 library portals. It has been conducted through a collaboration with French ministry of culture and communication…

Citing Google’s Inside Search blog ResearchShelfreports that Google has added “10 languages to Translate, bringing the total number of supported languages to 90. These 10 new languages will allow more than 200 million additional people to translate text to and from their native languages. These languages are available now on and will roll out soon to our mobile apps and to the built-in translation functionality in Chrome…”

CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software, OCLC’s complete solution for managing digital collections, is now available as a hosted solution in Canada.

In addition to its two central data centers in the U.S., OCLC has opened data centers globally in recent years—in the United Kingdom (2011); Sydney, Australia (2012); and in Toronto, Canada (2012)…”

According to this press release  “ABDO, National Geographic Books, Baker Publishing Group and Crossway are the latest to partner with Credo to offer their top tier reference content to libraries. New Publisher Collections from Macmillan, New York University Press, Bloomsbury, Springer and others provide … options for libraries looking to add high-quality content to their electronic reference collections. New Subject Collections covering a diverse range of disciplines including Engineering and Physical Sciences, Food and Nutrition, Chemistry, Career Development, Islam, and Judaism have also been added.


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