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iPad, netbooks and other devices make computer-buying decision harder

(nj.com): There's no one-size-fits-all decision. A lot depends on what other computing devices, from laptops to e-readers, you've already got. What's more, now is a decidedly murky transitional period, largely because the iPad is spurring innovation in tablet computers and portable devices. No one really knows where these developments will lead, and whether tablet computers will be a niche within the computing landscape or full-fledged replacements for laptop and desktop computers.
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The Information-Seeking Habits of Engineering Faculty

(crl.acrl.org): Many studies of information-seeking habits of engineers focus on understanding the similarities and differences between scientists and engineers. This study explores the information-seeking behavior of academic engineering faculty from twenty public research universities. This investigation includes an examination of how frequently engineering faculty seek or access information, how they keep abreast of current developments in the field and find less recent journal articles, how often they visit the library in-person, and how important library services and resources are in meeting their information needs.
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Tighter ethics rules have reduced industrial relationship of NIH scientists

(scienceblog.com): The 2005 ethics rules that govern relationships between researchers within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industrial companies have significantly reduced the prevalence of such collaborations without affecting standard measures of research productivity, according to a study in the November issue of Academic Medicine. However, this report from the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) also finds that NIH scientists and administrators believe the new rules are too restrictive.
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Rethinking scientific data management

(isgtw.org): Despite all the good that science has wrought over the years, the way we manage scientific data is fundamentally flawed. That means that they cannot ensure that they stand on solid ground by examining the data and doing their own analysis. They cannot analyze the data using alternative methods, or use it to address additional research questions.
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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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