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Information Explosion Poses Major Challenge

(mybroadband.co.za): As government regulations and legislation become more stringent and data is required to be retained for longer periods of time, organisations are struggling to manage the explosion of information emanating from their various business divisions.That's the opinion of Kevin Dees, Professional Services Manager of EMC Southern Africa, who says there is a marked tendency for companies to store all their data on one tier.
   
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Saving Our Data from Digital Decay

(scientificcomputing.com): The pace of change in the world of technology is so rapid that applications as well as media technology have only short life spans and archived data has to be migrated at frequent intervals on to new data carriers and into new file formats to maintain its integrity. For instance, data that once might have been held on magnetic tape or floppy disks is unreadable on today's equipment and CD-ROMs and other media will go the same route in the future. With this point in mind, Steffen Schilke of the Gemeinsame IT-Stelle der hessischen Justiz in Frankfurt am Main in Germany and Andreas Rauber of the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, in Austria discuss how e-government archives might be safely stored using an alternative to digital media: the microfilm format beloved of spy fiction.
   
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Libraries evolve as U balances books

(mndaily.com): Recent cuts have had adverse effects on operations while the collections budget remains untouched. The University Libraries budget for fiscal year 2010 was about $36.3 million, a reduction of more than $1 million from the previous year. Cuts have had an adverse effect on operations, which include everything from staff, technology and equipment, facilities maintenance and supplies.
   
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French Senate passes new e-book law

(dw-world.de): The French Senate has passed the first reading of a bill that would allow publishers to set a fixed price on e-books, in a bid to try to protect publishers and smaller retailers as the e-book market takes off. The bill, which is expected to pass the National Assembly later this month, would let publishers set e-book prices. The idea is to prevent publishers from being undercut by the likes of Amazon or Apple.
   
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Open-and-Shut Case: Do Open-Access Journals Enhance Scientific Progress?

(scientificamerican.com): The trend of increasing open-access publication has many singing its praises, but not everyone sees unbridled scientific advancement. In the past dozen years or so scientists have increasingly turned toward "open access" (OA) publication, where full-text articles, research results or complete journal issues are freely available online, rather than accessible only to subscribers who pay for a subscription, as a way to make these metaphorical giants' shoulders more widely accessible.
   
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