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What does open bibliographic metadata mean for academic libraries?

(jiscinvolve.org): Recently there seems to be a surge in activity around open bibliographic metadata. Libraries throughout Europe have been experimenting. The British Library and the CERN library are two notable examples of libraries that have decided to release their bibliographic metadata under an open licence. You can get an idea for the amount of experimentation and interest in this area by following the lively discussions on the Open Knowledge Foundation's (OKFN) open bibliography mailing list.
   
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Ghostwriters in the Medical Literature

(sciencemag.org): Ghost authorship occurs when an unacknowledged author writes, or makes substantial contributions to, an article published in the peer-reviewed science literature. Typically, the author is a professional writer with scientific expertise, hired by medical-education and communications companies. These articles are destined to appear under the names of scientists who contribute little to their writing. They are backed by for-profit companies -- often pharmaceutical companies -- which, like most scientific authors but for different reasons, hope to influence scientific opinion.
   
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Print Publishers Say Mobile is in Their Future

(tmcnet.com): More than 80 percent of respondents believe people will rely more heavily on mobile devices as a primary information source in the next three years, which in part explains the print community's interest in tablet devices and e-readers. What might take a bit more thinking, at least by mobile service providers, is what those trends might mean for the mobile service provider business, which increasingly finds itself indirectly, if not directly, involved in the content delivery business.
   
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AMA Releases Social Media Guidelines for Physicians

(healthleadersmedia.com): The American Medical Association this week adopted a social media use policy to help physicians protect patient privacy, and physicians' personal and professional reputations. Using social media can help physicians create a professional presence online, express their personal views and foster relationships.
   
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Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings

(nytimes.com): Like most university rankings, the list is made up of several different indicators, which are given weighted scores and combined to produce a final number or ranking. As Richard Holmes, who teaches at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, wrote on his University Ranking Watch blog, according to the Webometrics ranking of World Universities, published by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Alexandria University is "not even the best university in Alexandria."
   
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