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Google Metaweb Deal: Is Google's Internal R&D Not Delivering?

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): Google's recent purchase of semantic database start-up Metaweb may suggest a broken research program. Google bought a company with a large open source term list known as Freebase and technology to identify people, places, and things. Google invested in next generation content processing with its hiring of high profile IBM researcher Ramanathan Guha and a promising content processing company several years ago. With the deal for Metaweb, are Google's internal engineering solutions not up to snuff? Has the rise of Facebook tightened the thumbscrews on Google's paws? Or is it more of a managerial issue?
   
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Why It Is Not Enough Just To Give Green OA Higher Weight Than Gold OA

(openaccess.eprints.org): MELIBEA's validator assesses OA policies using an algorithm that generates for each policy a one-dimensional measure, "OA%val," based on a number of weighted factors. In assigning weights to these factors it is it not just a matter of whether one puts a greater weight on green than on gold overall.
   
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Academic Fraud in China

(economist.com): CHINA'S president, Hu Jintao, speaks often and forcefully of the need to foster innovation. He makes a strong case: sustaining economic growth and competitiveness requires China to get beyond mere labour-driven manufacturing and into the knowledge-based business of discoveries, inventions and other advances. Yet doing so will be hard, not least because of the country's well-earned reputation for pervasive academic and scientific misconduct.
   
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Library offers eBooks for checkout by computer

(theindependent.com): It is no longer necessary to go to the library to check out a book. With newspapers, magazines and more taking on virtual forms, library books have held out longer than most. But last week at the Grand Island Public Library, library books began being checked out electronically. The allure of electronic reading devices simply became too strong.
   
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Networking sites help align publishers with customers

(researchinformation.info): Over the past two decades the world of academic publishing has changed beyond all recognition. We've gone from a world dominated by the physical journal on library shelves, to a world where not only are the journal articles available on the web via subscription, but often for free in institutional and subject repositories. The journal article also faces competition for attention from an increasing quantity of grey literature. This is not only technical papers, working papers, preprints and reports, but also less formal forms of user-generated content. Publishers need to find new ways of engaging with their users if they are to continue to be relevant.
   
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