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New search method tracks down influential ideas

(princeton.edu): Princeton computer scientists have developed a new way of tracing the origins and spread of ideas, a technique that could make it easier to gauge the influence of notable scholarly papers, buzz-generating news stories and other information sources. The method relies on computer algorithms to analyze how language morphs over time within a group of documents -- whether they are research papers on quantum physics or blog posts about politics -- and to determine which documents were the most influential..
   
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New model to trace the origins of information

(alphagalileo.org): The first community model capable of tracing the origins of computer-generated information is now available. University of Southampton researcher, Professor Luc Moreau, says that the new model will lead to better degrees of trust online. The new paper entitled The open provenance model core specification, by Professor Luc Moreau of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and a community of international researchers, describes a new data model, the Open Provenance Model (OPM), designed to represent the provenance of information.
   
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Ebook restrictions leave libraries facing virtual lockout

(guardian.co.uk): Library organisations have criticised potential ebook regulations though publishers claim they may help prevent copyright abuses. For libraries facing dwindling borrowers and brutal budget cuts, the ebook seems to offer an irresistible opportunity to reel in new readers and retain old ones too busy or infirm to visit during opening hours.
   
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In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

(nytimes.com): Though the world of print is receding before a tide of digital books, blogs and other Web sites, a generation of college students weaned on technology appears to be holding fast to traditional textbooks. That loyalty comes at a price. Textbooks are expensive - a year's worth can cost $700 to $900 - and students' frustrations with the expense, as well as the emergence of new technology, have produced a confounding array of options for obtaining them.
   
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Are ebooks taking off?

(sciblogs.co.nz): The latest US book industry sales figures from the Association of American Publishers show ebooks are now tracking at 9% of domestic trade book revenue for the 8-month period January to August 2010. This certainly looks like ebook sales, and presumable sales of ebook readers and similar devices, is taking off in the US.
   
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