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Scientific research on the rise but financing still hard to secure

(dailystar.com): Innovation, medical breakthroughs, efficiency increases and the adoption of greener, more eco-friendly "solutions" are destined to be the political buzz words of the decade. Even developing nations, crippled by underdevelopment and debt, pay regular lip service to the concepts and see them as synonymous with their search for a more prosperous future. After decades of stagnation, investment in research in the Arab region began to take off over the course of the last decade before being hit by a pretty major blow by the global economic downturn.
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States Discuss Joint Inquiry of Google's Data Collection

(bits.blogs.nytimes.com): Google's headaches over its collection of private data from Wi-Fi networks are intensifying. Attorneys general from about 30 states are investigating whether Google violated any laws when vehicles used by the company to snap pictures for the Street View service also collected snippets of personal information sent over unsecured wireless networks.
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'Cloud Computing 2.0' Will Change Your Business

(internetevolution.com): The initial success of the first generation of cloud computing alternatives over the past few years is fueling the rapid evolution of a new set of more mature "on demand" Web-based services. This transition to Cloud Computing 2.0 promises to dramatically change the way organizations operate and how corporate leaders make important business decisions. The rapidly evolving cloud computing phenomenon has been sparked by the mainstream acceptance of a vast array of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. The ease of deployment and use of these Web-based applications, as well as their attractive subscription payment schemes, have led to SaaS solutions penetrating organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry.
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Opening Research on the Web: Hastening the Inevitable

(internetevolution.com): Over 100 institutions (starting with Southampton, and now including Harvard and MIT) and over 40 research funders (including NIH and RCUK) have mandated Green OA so far. Institutions have created OA repositories (with the help of free software, the first of which was EPrints, created in 2000 by the University of Southampton's Rob Tansley, who went on the create Dspace for MIT). But repositories are not enough. They remain 80 percent empty unless self-archiving is mandated; then, and only then, 95 percent of researchers do self-archive, over 80 percent of them willingly.
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Over 9 million items now on Europeana

(europeana.eu): Nearly 2 million new items have been added to Europeana. The latest contributions mean Europeana now has 9.1 million digital images, sounds, texts and videos, representing the cultural and scientific heritage of countries across Europe. Europeana's collection will grow to over 10 million in 2010.
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