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A Standards-based, Open and Privacy-aware Social Web

(w3.org): The Social Web is a set of relationships that link together people over the Web. The Web is an universal and open space of information where every item of interest can be identified with a URI. While the best known current social networking sites on the Web limit themselves to relationships between people with accounts on a single site, the Social Web should extend across the entire Web. Just as people can call each other no matter which telephone provider they belong to, just as email allows people to send messages to each other irrespective of their e-mail provider, and just as the Web allows links to any website, so the Social Web should allow people to create networks of relationships across the entire Web, while giving people the ability to control their own privacy and data.
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A Study of Self-Plagiarism

(insidehighered.com): Academia tends to profess loudly, and even on occasion strictly enforce, its credo about plagiarism and other academic moral injunctions against violations of academic norms, such as cheating, with regard to students. However, for ourselves, professionalism seems to end with professing.
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Paper or electronic? Futurists have been pushing one option for years-but do we have to choose?

(americanlibrariesmagazine.org): It's no secret that librarians like books. For decades, those pages sandwiched between rectangles of cardboard have been the primary reason librarians sought and secured employment. As methods of communication and information sharing evolve, however, books have begun to transform, sparking a debate not only among book publishers and readers but librarians as well.
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Academic publishers

(thebookseller.com): Academic publishers have stressed they are committed to helping librarians through budget reductions amid fears over declining resources. The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent letter from the trade body Research Libraries UK that warned if journal subscriptions don't come down, librarians "will be forced to cancel significant numbers of subscriptions which will fatally compromise the UK's capacity for research". It called for publishers to restrain themselves on pricing and "acknowledge the reality of current budgets".
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iPad leading e-book reader demand despite Kindle price advantage

(arstechnica.com): In a recent ChangeWave survey about consumer e-book reader ownership, iPad ownership doubled between August and November, up from 16 to 32 percent. The percentage of e-book reader owners that own a Kindle dropped 15 points, down to 47 percent. With just 5 percent owning and Sony device and 4 percent reporting owning a Nook, it's clear that Amazon and Apple are fighting for the majority of e-reader users.
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