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US seeks to make science free for all

(nature.com): The push to open up scientific knowledge to all looks set to go into overdrive. Over the past decade, the accessibility offered by the Internet has transformed science publishing. Several efforts have already tried to harness the web's power to make research papers available for free. Now two parallel efforts from the US government could see almost all federally funded research made available in free, publicly accessible repositories.
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University and Google Books move forward with digitization

(dailyprincetonian.com): Around 70 percent of the 1 million books that will eventually be included in the Google Books digital archive have already been digitized. The initiative for digitization began in early 2007, when the University Library and Google agreed to a six-year contract to make less than one-tenth of the University's 11 million holdings - which include manuscripts and periodicals as well as books - available online through Google Book Search. With 12 million books in more than 300 languages digitized so far, Google is moving forward with its project by soliciting research proposals.
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Gale and NEWSWEEK Celebrate National Library Week

(blog.gale.com): Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in partnership with NEWSWEEK magazine, is celebrating National Library Week, with a full-page ad in NEWSWEEK. On newsstands April 12, 2010, the ad recognizes the importance of libraries and invites readers to join the celebration by visiting their library and expressing appreciation for its services.
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Institutional Repositories at Cross Purposes

(openaccess.eprints.org): many traditionalists still believe in the post-print driven approach. Stevan Harnad, the "archivangelist," recently argued that the "main raison d'etre" of the IR is to capture the institution's own "institutional refereed research journal article output" (Harnad, 2009). To solve the engagement problem, these traditionalists espouse mandates as the only viable solution...
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America's way behind in scientific research

(articles.sun-sentinel.com): Some years ago, Scientific American reported that science was growing faster in the European Union than in the United States. This report was concerned with the number of scientific publications per capita. It noted that while the number in the EU is steadily increasing, it is declining in America. Ahead of the United States at the time were six countries. In the past year, the United States moved to 12th place. In the words of Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, "Physical Review, a top science journal, notes that the number of papers published in it by Americans has been falling dramatically, from 61 percent in 1985 to 29 percent in 2003." The journal's editor said "the main reason was China, which now submits to it 1,000 papers a year."
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