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NEWS Digital Science invests in Labtiva

Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers, has invested in Labtiva, a Boston- based start-up that aims to help researchers manage their information collections more effi ciently. The deal was announced by Macmillan CEO Annette Thomas at the STM Frankfurt conference.

Labtiva is also launching its

fl agship product ‘ReadCube’, a free, cross-platform software application that enables researchers to create and manage their personal content library on their desktop, and discover new literature in their fi eld through a recommendation system.

‘As a researcher myself, I understand the need to fi nd a simpler way to discover and keep on top of the thousands of articles published every day,’ commented Siniša Hrvatin, co-founder of Labtiva. Hrvatin co-founded the company with Robert McGrath in 2007.

European libraries work on search engine and greater integration for e-books

Libraries across Europe have been working on better integration between their e-book collections as part of the eBooks on Demand (EOD) initiative. This work includes the recent launch of a common search engine for fi nding books that already are, or will be, digitised. The EOD search currently makes available over 2.5 million records from 15

libraries, and gives direct access to already digitised items as well as books offered for digitisation on demand.

‘Our aim is that European cultural heritage would be only one mouse-click away from the readers and the EOD search enables that,’ said Silvia Gstrein, who is EOD project coordinator.

The EOD service, which was

started in 2006, is co-fi nanced by the European Commission Culture Programme. Today, 30 libraries from 12 countries offer the EOD service.

The libraries involved also met in the National Library of Portugal in November for hackdays aimed at providing information from library catalogues and repositories in social web and other platforms.

French national librarian will chair Europeana Foundation

The chief executive of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Bruno Racine, has been elected to chair the board of the Europeana Foundation, responsible for the EU’s cultural heritage showcase, Racine takes over from

Elisabeth Niggemann, director of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, who was the Foundation’s fi rst chair from 2007. ‘I salute the remarkable work achieved by Elisabeth Niggemann in launching and consolidating Europeana,’ said Racine.

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