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OAPEN - Open Access Book Experiment in Humanities, Social Sciences

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom has put out an invitation for publishers of monographs in the social sciences and humanities to participate in an open access experiment called OAPEN-UK. The study comes with 250,000 (almost US $400,000) of support from JISC-collections to fund the experiment.
   
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Difficulties in Defining Errors in Case Against Harvard Researcher

(nytimes.com): The still unresolved case of Marc Hauser, the researcher accused by Harvard of scientific misconduct, points to the painful slowness of the government-university procedure for resolving such charges. It also underscores the difficulty of defining error in a field like animal cognition where inconsistent results are common..
   
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Japanese e-book industry to create common format

(tradingmarkets.com): A common e-book format will likely be available in Japan as early as April, making content viewable on any reader device. Sharp Corp and e-book software developer Voyager Japan Inc. will submit the specifications of their formats free of charge to the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan..
   
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'Balance must be struck' in copyright laws, says Creative Commons founder

(dailystar.com.lb): The Creative Commons founder, who is also the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center of Ethics at Harvard University discussed ways that his organization has been able to bridge a gap between the professional and the amateur when it comes to copyright licenses. Creative Commons enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through legal tools, where the professional can decide the conditions of how other people can use their work. Today's technology has given people the ability to remix copyrighted materials for artistic and creative purposes, but because the law supports a read-only culture, it does not recognize the idea of re-interpretation.
   
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Publishers should set e-book prices, says FutureBook survey

(thebookseller.com): More than three-quarters of people working in the book trade believe e-books should be priced at current street prices or less, according to early results of a FutureBook survey into digital thinking. The majority of respondents indicated that publishers are best placed to set this price, even though they don't believe the agency model has a long-term future..
   
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