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Apr 26 2018

OCLC Planned maintenance for multiple services 29 April 2018

Maintenance for all data centers is scheduled to start at 2018-04-29 12:01 pm through 8:00 pm affecting the following services:

Connexion, CONTENTdm, FirstSearch, ILLiad, Interlibrary Loan Policies Directory API, QuestionPoint, QuestionPoint Knowledge Base API, Tipasa, VIAF API, WMS Acquisitions API, WMS Availability API, WMS Circulation API, WMS Collection Management API, WMS NCIP Service, WMS Vendor Information Center API, WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Identities API, WorldCat knowledge base API, WorldCat Local, WorldCat Metadata API, WorldCat Registry API, WorldCat Search API, WorldCat.org, WorldShare Acquisitions, WorldShare Circulation, WorldShare Collection Manager, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare License Manager API, WorldShare Record Manager

OCLC System Alerts are posted to oc.lc/status.
Please direct all system alert inquiries to OCLC Support.

Thank you,

OCLC Support

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Apr 16 2018

ProQuest ebook Platform Banner Notifications and Updates

To maintain the currency and security of the ProQuest ebooks platform, Ebook Central and LibCentral will undergo a five-hour maintenance window beginning on April 21, 2018 at 12:00 . During this time access to both interfaces will not be available. Thank you for your patience. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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Mar 29 2018

System maintenance (Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo) 8 April 2018

We will be performing our system maintenance on April 8 (Sun) from 11:00 to 13:30.
During this period, all services of “Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries” will be unavailable.

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Mar 14 2018

China NPC Shows High Growth Targets Still the Priority

“Growth should remain strong enough to provide the authorities scope to continue addressing macro-financial risks.”

Dan Martin | Senior Analyst

China’s National People’s Congress underscored a continued adherence to GDP growth targets, in line with building a “moderately prosperous society” by the 100-year anniversary of the Communist Party in 2021. Efforts to contain financial risks will also remain a focus, bolstered by the authorities’ confidence in the strong growth momentum sustained over the past year.

Nevertheless, a slowdown could test the improved policy balance between growth and financial stability, and might trigger a reversion to a more expansionary policy stance.

The 2018 macroeconomic targets announced at the NPC indicate broad stability in policy settings, with the GDP growth target effectively unchanged from 2017 at about 6.5%. This implies a slowdown from 2017, when the economy outperformed the target, expanding by 6.9%. The 2018 target is consistent with our own forecast, which reflects tighter credit conditions and a cooling property sector.

Growth should remain strong enough to provide the authorities scope to continue addressing macro-financial risks through most of this year. They made use of improved global activity and strong domestic momentum to advance reform and tighten financial regulation in 2017.

Fitch’s augmented measures of credit growth also show a marked deceleration, with overall financial leverage increasing only moderately over the past year.

The slowdown in credit growth has been driven mostly by measures to curb risks associated with shadow banking and interbank lending. These efforts have reduced complexity in the financial sector and lowered the near-term prospects of a financial shock. That said, leverage growth was also contained last year by a sharp acceleration in nominal GDP growth, as producer prices surged due to capacity cuts tied to supply-side reforms. This is unlikely to be repeated.

A key policy uncertainty would be the government response if, as we expect, real GDP growth slows more sharply towards the end of 2018. Continued efforts to address financial vulnerabilities through an economic slowdown would point to a lasting shift in policy settings, while reversion to stimulus would signal that growth remains the priority.

A major political development at this NPC is the probable removal of the presidential two-term limit, which underlines President Xi’s consolidation of power. More centralised decision-making could speed up structural reform in the short run, but concentration of power also raises the risk of policy mistakes as China’s economy grows in size and complexity.

View China in Focus for all China-related Research

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Mar 09 2018

System maintenance (Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo) 19 March 2018

We will be performing our system maintenance on March 19 (Mon.) from 11:00 to 16:30.
During this period, the following two services will be unavailable.

・Who’s Who Database(人物データベース)
・Historical Photo Archive(歴史写真アーカイブ)

Other services are available.

■2018年3月19日(月)11:00~16:30 ※約5時間半、聞蔵Ⅱビジュアルの下記コンテンツを停止します。

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Mar 01 2018

The 2018 Inclusive Internet Index – Policy Insights

The Inclusive Internet Index

Access to Internet grew by 8.3% in the past year. This is according to the latest edition of the Inclusive Internet Index, now in its second year. Compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Facebook, The Index provides an international benchmark of internet inclusion across four categories: availability, affordability, relevance and readiness.

Among the countries included in the Index, the proportion of men that access the Internet is, on average, 33.5% higher than the proportion of women. Among low-income countries, the gender gap is 80.2% in favour of men. However, a number of low-income countries, including Nepal, Malawi, and Mozambique, stand out for policies designed to promote internet inclusion among women and girls, specifically digital skills training and STEM education.

The 2018 Index is accompanied by a new Value of the Internet survey, which canvassed 4,267 internet users across 85 countries to assess the impact it has on their lives. The survey reveals that the internet is a source of empowerment, especially to citizens in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Just under six in ten respondents in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia agree that the “use of the internet has helped me become more independent”.

However, the survey also reveals that privacy and security concerns are limiting internet use, especially in Europe. In all, 85% of respondents say privacy concerns have limited their use of the internet to some degree.

For more information and to explore the index, visit http://theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com

Public policy top 5

1. Global Food Security Index 2017

The report provides a common framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity by looking at the dynamics of food systems around the world.


 2. Climate Change Mitigation Opportunities Index 2017

It is developed by The EIU with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, is a starting point for investors to identify in-country investment opportunities in climate change mitigation technology.


3. Inclusive Growth Opportunities Index 2017

The index offers an analytic framework to navigate in-country investment opportunities in technology-based solutions that support inclusive growth.


 4. Progress and Challenges for Inclusive Recycling 

The report benchmarks the institutional and operational context for inclusive recycling.


5. Water security threats demand new collaborations: Lessons from the Mekong River Basin

The report looks at the threat new hydropower construction poses to agriculture and fisheries, the risks urbanisation and agricultural run-off pose to water quality and the likelihood that a changing climate will exacerbate drought and flooding in the region.

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Feb 27 2018

Latest industry news

The CEIC blog covers a range of industry trending topics that are analyzed and reported on using the latest insights and macroeconomic data released in CEIC’s database.

India Unemployment Rate

India is experiencing its highest unemployment rate since 2013, how does that compare to the last 20 years?

Click here to read more.

Source: IHS Markit® Purchasing Managers’ Index™

The Global Composite PMI©

It comprises of a weighted average of the Global Manufacturing PMI© and Services PMI©. These weights are derived from the relative importance of the manufacturing and services sectors in each of the countries covered by the Global PMI© surveys, based on gross value-added data from the World Bank.

Click here to read more.

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Feb 14 2018

ICPSR: Scheduled website maintenance 18 February 2018

On Sunday, February 18, from 11 p.m. to Monday, February 19, 5 a.m., the ICPSR website and all its special topic archive sites will be down for maintenance.

We will be expanding the ICPSR offering via the Cloud to allow for increased availability and redundancy as we continue to move the ICPSR Archonnex technology forward and expand its features, functionality, and supportability.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to improve your data-user experience.

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Feb 06 2018

Ovid scheduled maintenance 11 February 2018

Dear Ovid Customer:

This message is to inform you we have scheduled maintenance work on Sunday 11 February 2018, starting 2pm:

While we expect the impact to be minimal, users may experience service instability for about 6 hours, starting from 2pm onwards when using the following tools and components:

• OvidMD
• JBI Tools
• Ovid Administration Tools found at ovidsp.ovid.com. This includes administration of links, changing passwords, updating your Deposit Account, Online Journal Codes or Ovid Personal Accounts.
• eTOC sign-up
• Ovid Web Services

Please note that AutoAlerts will be delayed for a few hours while the maintenance work is completed.

Access to the main Ovid platform (OvidSP) is not affected.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this downtime may create, and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to continuously improve the Ovid platform, products and overall user experience.

If you have any comments or need assistance, please contact us at support@ovid.com.

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Feb 01 2018

JapanKnowledge service suspension 28 February, 2018

Schedule of JapanKnowledge service suspension due to the system maintenance. The system maintenance includes the change of HTTPS protocol for all access to JapanKnowledge service and we might have to ask you to change links to JapanKnowledge and confirmation of some settings.
We appreciate very much for your patience and understanding.
10:00-16:30, Sunday, 25th February 2018
All JapanKnowledge service (JapanKnowledge Lib, JK Select contents and JKBooks)

1. Change the URL link(s) to JapanKnowledge services.
http://japanknowledge.com/library ⇒ https://japanknowledge.com/library/
*Although the Old URL will be redirected to the new URL for some period (app. 1 year), we would like to ask you to change it shortly after you receive this email.
2. Add https URL(s) to IE’s “Trusted sites”
*This is only for those who have already added old URL(s) to “Trusted sites”
3. Check the settings of your remote access software/hardware.
*This is only for those who access to the service through remote access software/hardware.
4. Register new MARC record for your OPAC system.

Please click the link below for details.

Please feel free to ask us for more detail at b2b@japanknowledge.com

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