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Opening the Open Door: Adopt the Least Demanding Open Access Mandate First

(openaccess.eprints.org): Deposit mandates certainly are useful for institutions to retain the knowledge and scholarship of its faculty members. Indeed, some journals already permit institutional depositories. But such permissions do not address the increasing loss of knowledge in the academic community caused by the ever- increasing costs of journal subscriptions and the inability for academic institutions to keep up with shouldering the burden of those costs.
   
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Can community-minded Web developers fix scientific publishing?

(technologyreview.in): Cutthroat competition for funding and positions has turned peer review, the traditional method for deciding what gets published in scientific journals, into an adversarial system that is fundamentally broken, according to those who study it. The solution, say an increasingly vocal chorus of gadflies, is to supplement peer review with something less dysfunctional.
   
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New science blog networks mushroom to life

(scientificamerican.com): The science blogosphere is shrinking and growing at the same time. Today, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) starts a new network called PLoS Blogs. A nonprofit publisher of open-access journals focused on biological sciences, PLoS will fold its three existing blogs under its new network, managed by Brian Mossop (the author of a recent Mind Matters column on fatherhood here).
   
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Tackling the Data-Driven Funding Challenge - a New Skill for Nonprofit Managers

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Can you measure your mission? Many nonprofits are being asked to provide metrics of success in order to keep and attract donations and funding. When it comes to fundraising and donors, it's no longer enough for non-profit organizations to talk about the relative value of their mission, activities, and results.
   
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Millions use online library services

(publicservice.co.uk): A total of 28.3m people accessed library information and services online in the first 6 months of 2010, Socitm has said. Socitm, the association for public sector ICT professionals, said that this has risen from 20.9m in the same period during 2009. Their website takeup service, which has been developed to help local authorities understand the needs of their website visitors, revealed that library enquires are often in the top three of all web enquiries..
   
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