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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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Difficulties in Defining Errors in Case Against Harvard Researcher

(nytimes.com): The still unresolved case of Marc Hauser, the researcher accused by Harvard of scientific misconduct, points to the painful slowness of the government-university procedure for resolving such charges. It also underscores the difficulty of defining error in a field like animal cognition where inconsistent results are common..
   
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Japanese e-book industry to create common format

(tradingmarkets.com): A common e-book format will likely be available in Japan as early as April, making content viewable on any reader device. Sharp Corp and e-book software developer Voyager Japan Inc. will submit the specifications of their formats free of charge to the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan..
   
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