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10 InformationToday April 2010 www.infotoday.com NewsBytes provide insight into users’ questions, plans to produce vooks by Anne Rice and analytic comparison systems are either (continued from page 9) which arrive via SMS and a web browser Seth Godin. “very” or “somewhat” useful. interface. With the new APIs, publishers The Vook investors include Ron Con- Source: Thomson Reuters (www.thom Springer also entered an agreement are able to customize questions and an- way; Kenneth Lerer, chairman of The sonreuters.com) to publish the European Journal of Drug swers around specific topics, guiding the Huffington Post; Maples Investments; Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, a real-time updates to specific topics that Baseline Ventures; and Founder Collec- Swiss journal that focuses on drug de- will interest readers of the website. The tive. The company plans to use the funds Ex Libris Adds velopment, delivery, and metabolism. Source: Springer Science+Business three APIs are also designed to compli- ment the recently released Facebook, to expedite growth and support its plans for expansion in 2010. Scandinavian Distributor Media (www.springer.com) iPhone, and Twitter applications from Source: Vook (www.vook.com) Ex Libris Group announced the ac- the service. quisition of Fujitsu Services A/S library Source: ChaCha (www.chacha.com) division. Fujitsu has handled distribu- API Enables ChaCha Q&A Wiley-Blackwell tion of Ex Libris products in Denmark, Service on Websites, Apps Vook Lands $2.5 Million Partners With APS Sweden, and the Faeroe Islands since The free service ChaCha, which pro- vides quick answers to users’ questions, in Seed Funding Science, technical, and medical pub- launched three APIs to developers that A group of New York and Silicon Val- lisher Wiley-Blackwell announced a will provide access to the service’s data- ley investors pooled $2.5 million in seed partnership with the Australian Psycho- base of questions and answers through funding for Vook, the startup company logical Society (APS). Under the terms any website or application. The three behind the product of the same name. A of the agreement, Wiley-Blackwell will APIs allow developers to access the data- vook is a mixed-media form that com- base for quick responses, display the bines elements of text, video, images, and most popular questions and answers un- social networking into a single product. der a given topic, and find out popular Since its debut late last year, Vook inked topics and questions across the service. partnership agreements with Simon & ChaCha’s database of questions and Schuster, HarperStudio, and Hachette answers is updated in near real time to Filipacchi Media U.S. and announced 1992. The newly formed Ex Libris Scan- dinavia will interact with the 200 Ex Lib- ris customer institutions following the first sale of the Ex Libris Aleph inte- grated library system in Scandinavia to publish the three APS flagship journals: the Technical Information Center of Den- Australian Journal of Psychology, Aus- mark. Other prominent Scandinavian tralian Psychologist, and Clinical Psy- customers include the Royal Library of chologist starting in 2011. APS signed Denmark, the Royal Library of Sweden,
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