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Dark Data - Increasing Transparency And Access To Raw Research

(science20.com): The sharing, preservation and reuse of data has become an increasingly important element of modern scientific research, but even though granting agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) naturally embrace data sharing, resistance from parts of the scientific community has continued to block scientific progress and valuable research data over the world is kept under lock and key or hidden away in lab drawers, forcing time and cost of unnecessary duplication.
   
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Bloggers vs. JSTOR: Complaints Provoke Interface Tweaks

(libraryjournal.com): Capping a controversy that recently became the talk of the blogs, ITHAKA, the not-for-profit organization behind the journal archive JSTOR, has rolled back one feature of JSTOR's recent interface update. JSTOR's new default settings were set in such a way that searches automatically included results from every journal in the JSTOR collection, instead of only the modules to which a given library subscribes. At small libraries, this meant many results would not provide full text; furthermore, the new interface wouldn't support OpenURL links to direct patrons to free full-text versions..
   
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Beijing International Book Fair looks at the future of the printed book

(english.peopledaily.com.cn): One of the main topics of discussion at last week's 17th Beijing International Book Fair was not whether the printed book was dead - for some that was a given - but whether publishers might be about to die with it. Among the stands of the world's publishing elite at the city's exhibition center, many believed the answer to that question might come from China itself.
   
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E-readers: Getting down to content

(business-standard.com): Home-grown manufacturers are luring consumers with an enviable content library to market the hardware. E-books are gaining momentum worldwide. But Indians are yet to join the wave - all things connected to this new world of authors and the Internet. However, that has not come as a damper to home-grown manufacturers of e-readers. They are focusing on content to lure people to the world of digital reading..
   
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Examining the economics of bloc payments for e-journals - new report now available

(jisc-collections.ac.uk): This report is based on an analysis of the practicability and the effect of different models for allocating costs of journal and other digital information licences between HEIs where journal collections or other information products have been licensed by a "bloc" of institutions for a single all-in price - the so-called "Big Deal". This type of transaction is contemplated for core resources that have widespread application in HE. It can operate at a national level, or on a regional basis, or for groups of academic libraries with a common interest in a particular discipline.
   
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