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Reed Disposes of More Magazines

(mediabiznet.com.au): Publishing and events group Reed Elsevier is in advanced talks to sell some of its loss-making trade magazines and will close other titles during the first half of 2010, according to an internal memo. John Poulin, chief executive of Reed Business Information in the United States, told staff he expected to announce the sale of various titles to separate buyers in the next few months, after the company failed to sell the whole business in 2008.
   
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Institute for Web Science partnership announced

(alphagalileo.org): The University of Southampton and the University of Oxford have agreed to partner in the establishment of a joint Institute for Web Science. The Institute will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of developments in the World Wide Web, and understands, anticipates and fully exploits the economic potential that emerges from the evolution of the Web. Co-hosted by the Universities of Southampton and Oxford, and created through a 30 million grant provided through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Institute will build on the foundations of existing, complementary strengths at the two universities, and the significant investment made by both universities in Web Science and its societal and governmental implications.
   
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Discussion on moral rights of content creators

(iwr.co.uk): Intellectual Property Minister David Lammy launched a debate over whether moral rights for creators need to be strengthened. While the discussion did not provide a definitive solution, it brought together practitioners, academia and the government officials from the UK and abroad to explore how moral rights work in the UK compared with other nations. The discussion - International Perspectives on Moral Rights - organised by the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP), aimed at examining the effect of different systems on creators and the supply of their work, and at identifying areas where more evidence is needed.
   
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Social networking, personalisation form core of new CSIRO intranet

(computerworld.com.au): Social networking and personalisation features lie at the core of CSIRO's new intranet, which is currently being deployed by digital agency Next Digital. The government organisation chose the SiteCore content management system (CMS) to replace several platforms currently in use. The CMS will also form the basis of revamped CSIRO websites, once intranet deployment in completed in September this year.
   
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Companies must plan for digital preservation, says British Library

(computerweekly.com): Companies need to come up with digital preservation policies to deal with ever-growing volumes of digital data. A consortium including IBM, Microsoft and Tessella Technology and Consulting has looked at the way 200 organisations are maintaining long-term access to digital information. They say the volume of digital information held by companies will rise 25-fold over the next decade, from an average of 20Tbytes to 500Tbytes.
   
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