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NMSU library cuts spark research concerns

(lcsun-news.com): A plan by New Mexico State University to curtail its periodical and academic journal subscriptions has prompted unease among members of the campus community. The journals especially offer the most up-to-date, peer-reviewed research - the information usually appears in books much later - and serve as the basis for the education system, said Alison Newby, an assistant professor of sociology..
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NIH expands key pharmacogenomics resource

(pharmpro.com): The goal of pharmacogenomics is to use information about a patient's genetic make-up to optimize his or her medical treatment. As the field has grown, so has PharmGKB. Begun in 2000 to catalog links between human genetic variation and drug responses, the PharmGKB website is now a centralized hub that collects, analyzes and integrates data for national and international research consortia. All information in PharmGKB is carefully curated, meaning it is annotated and cross-referenced with related research data.
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The case of the vanishing taxonomists

(theglobeandmail.com): Just as our planet's organisms have begun dying off, the scientists who classify them have also begun to decline. This could have dire implications. Taxonomy faces a staggering enterprise. In the 250 years since Carl Linnaeus invented the system of classification still in wide use, about 1.9 million plants and animals have been identified. The latest estimates put this number at a 10th of what's actually out there - just counting macro-organisms. On the micro side, there could be 100 million species.
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Transformation of a traditional library service into a Learning Commons

(conferences.alia.org.au): Libraries are spoilt for choice as each technological advance seems to open up exciting and boundless possibilities. Latterly, the development of intelligent mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads have raised the prospect of providing access to learning tasks and materials with a flexibility which would have seemed magical a few short year ago. Library planners everywhere are now pondering how best to engage with these new technologies.
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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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