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Wikis in Higher Education

(sciencedaily.com): As the issue of student fees remains high on the political agenda researchers continue to investigate ways in which teaching standards might be maintained or even improved in higher education. This is particularly apposite given the current economic climate and the employability of students leaving education.
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Textbook publishers fear copyright changes will kill their market

(nationalpost.com): Confusion over what Canada's proposed new copyright bill would permit to be copied has left observers and stakeholders uncertain of its effects. The proposed change has provoked controversy on Parliament Hill - where Bill C-32 recently passed second reading and is now before a legislative committee - and on school campuses, in boardrooms and in the offices of literary agents across the country.
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Open Licenses and Radical Shift in Digital Content Distribution

(eprints.rclis.org): World Wide Web is becoming the most preferred location for academic community, librarians and other professionals for communication, content generation and transfer. They are extensively making use of web services such as blogs, podcast, wiki's, digital libraries and institutional repositories for the transfer and access of information content in digital format. Text, images, audio and video in digitized format facilitate easy creation, transfer and duplication of information throughout networks. Reckless use and transfer of digital content through Internet invokes threats to copyright claims of commercial content creators. This situation force commercial publishers to make use of technology and law to ensure security and prevent unauthorized access of digital content.
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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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