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Science and OA help UN achieve 2015 Millennium Development Goals

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com): Following the UN summit in New York, progress of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is an international talking point. Science is acknowledged as a significant factor in helping to achieve these MDGs, a number of UN targets intended to reduce global poverty and improve living standards.
   
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Dividends predicted for open culture

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): The British Library aims to build a concrete case for open access in the academy, with research findings from an exhibition that opened this week expected to provide evidence that research quality will improve in a culture of greater openness. Aleks Krotoski, researcher in residence for the Growing Knowledge: The Evolution of Research exhibition, will spend the next year gathering information on how researchers make use of digital technology to obtain and analyse data.
   
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It's all about survival in e-book industry

(business.globaltimes.cn): Survival of the fittest - the theory that the best-suited mutations will become dominant - may decide the fate of some companies in China's crowded e-book industry after the government recently kicked in new regulations aiming to limit new players. The new rules, designed to secure the long-term development of the industry, will give momentum to dominant firms, while potentially spelling bad news for smaller rivals, said Liu Liang, an analyst with Beijing-based iResearch.
   
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Will media experts find the key to guaranteed e-reader and tablet success?

(mediatel.co.uk): The huge interest in the potential of tablet computers and mobile e-reading devices for news distribution was evident in the turnout at this year's World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers International (WAN-IFRA) e-Reading and Tablets conference. Compared with last year's event, three times as many media professionals from across the globe gathered in Hamburg last week to discuss the best way to turn the potential of these devices into success.
   
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For the moment, e-books lacking in convenience

(statenews.com): In the age of the iPad and all things digital, it only seems natural that our traditional textbooks are making their way online in the form of e-books. Open-source e-books in particular, which are free and available online for anyone to use, offer up a compelling alternative to old-school textbooks, but do they really have the potential to be a serious contender?
   
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