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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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The Face-down Publishing Paradigm

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): As the world of computing moves to the face-down paradigm, publishing will evolve to accommodate the limitations and capabilities of the new platform. Herein lies a great new growth opportunity. Publishers, take heed, as growth does not come to this industry every day.
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What Happens When the Libraries Die?

(zdnet.com): Libraries will need to be replaced with digital equivalents as publishing moves towards eBooks. As a result, will a new "Digital Underclass" be created from the base of technology have-nots?
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iPad too expensive says UK survey - most consumers will wait

(unthinkable.biz): UK broadband comparison site Broadband Genie has polled over 1,300 visitors to its site and over 60% says they would never pay the 400 asking price for an Apple iPad, and another 20% saying the thing was poor value for money. If 80% of consumers act with those convictions, then the high UK price tag for the device will means sales go slow here.
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Push for greater implementation of open access

(phgfoundation.org): The UK Open Access Implementation Group has resolved to take action in order to increase take-up of open access publishing amongst UK researchers. The group - currently consisting of ten leading organisations from research and academia, including Universities, the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust - concluded in a meeting at the Wellcome Trust that a persuasive summary of the key advantages of open access is needed..
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