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2011-05-03 14:40:29

How to use social tools to rank the relevance of research papers A new approach to evaluating research papers exploits social bookmarking tools to extract relevance. Details are reported in the latest issue of the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions. Social bookmarking systems are almost indispensible. Very few of us do not use at least one system whether it's Delicious, Connotea, Trunkly, Reddit or any of countless others. For Academics and researchers...

2011-03-28 15:56:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest business unit Serials Solutions and HathiTrust today announced an agreement to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books from the Summon(TM) web-scale discovery service. Researchers and faculty at institutions with the Summon(TM) service will be able to use the library's own website to search the full text of its print books and serials, and discover materials relevant to their research...

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2011-03-23 06:29:14

Google Inc's plans to bring an immense library to the Internet has been dealt a major setback by a US judge on Tuesday, rejecting a settlement with authors and publishers over Google's digital book-scanning project. In a 48-page ruling given 13 months after parties stated their cases in court, US District Court Judge Denny Chin said the proposed deal "is not fair, adequate and reasonable." "While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many,...

2011-03-22 16:07:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York Federal District Court's rejection of the Google Book Settlement is a victory for the public interest and for competition in the literary and Internet ecosystems. The U.S. Department of Justice and the State Attorneys General who fought to protect consumers and competition should be applauded. Judge Denny Chin's reasoned and thoughtful analysis was worth the wait. In his decision, Judge Chin confirmed that the...

2010-11-04 17:14:00

SEATTLE, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today a pilot project that will allow students and researchers at institutions subscribing to the Summon(TM) web-scale discovery service to automatically find their library's Summon(TM) service search box when they use JSTOR. In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular library's collection for additional...

2010-09-15 13:02:00

House Judiciary Committee Takes Proactive Step to Examine Anti-Competitive Behavior WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, September 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy will explore growing concerns about anti-competitive and monopolistic practices taking place online. The Open Book Alliance applauds the action and urges the subcommittee to use the hearing to continue their examination of the threat to online competition presented by...

2010-06-28 10:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- At the American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C., attendees got a glimpse of the future of search as ProQuest unveiled the latest developments for its all-new platform. Highly anticipated for its promise to unify all ProQuest content in a single framework, the new platform will now include ProQuest Extended Search, a Serials Solutions technology that will enable libraries to connect to other non-ProQuest databases as well....

2010-05-05 15:30:00

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bowker, a leading global provider of bibliographic information solutions and services, has reached an agreement with Google to provision and facilitate the assignment of ISBN numbers to Google Editions, Google's digital book offering launching later in 2010. The agreement sets an important publishing industry precedent, helping to ensure a standards-driven framework for the identification of digital and print-on-demand book products made...

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2010-02-05 14:55:00

The Justice Department criticized on Thursday a revised legal agreement that would allow Google Inc. to build a vast digital library, saying the deal failed to address antitrust and copyright concerns. While acknowledging that progress had been made, lawyers with the department told the U.S. District Court in New York that "issues remain." Despite good faith efforts by all involved, the revised agreement "suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement," the department said in a...

2010-01-19 10:05:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance has been steadfast in its belief that the digitization of books is a seismic change that will help reduce the literary divide in our nation and our world, and open up new ways to more efficiently and thoroughly conduct research. However, it is critical that the commercialization of books does not trump the benefits of their digitization. The current Google Book Settlement does just that. While much debate over the...