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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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The new issue of Journal of Science Communication is now published

(scienceblogs.com): The new issue of Journal of Science Communication is now online (Open Access, so you can download all PDFs for free). Apart from the article on blogging, this issue has a number of interesting articles, reviews, perspectives and papers. JCOM is an open access journal on science communication. Since the world of communication and the scientific community are now undergoing a rapid and uncertain transition, JCOM wants to provide some theoretical guidelines both for scholars and practitioners in the field of public communication of science and technology.
   
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Google sends China users to Hong Kong for uncensored results

(arstechnica.com): Google has officially stopped censoring search results in China, but in a somewhat roundabout way. Google.cn no longer works as a search portal-instead, visitors are being directed to Google's service based out of Hong Kong, where taboo topics are not regulated by the Chinese government. Google's page reads (translated) "Welcome to Google Search in China's new home." It seems pretty clear that Google is happy with shutting down its China-based domain in favor of Hong Kong. It's also highly likely that Chinese officials will scramble to block uncensored results from Google.com.hk via its Great Firewall. Google says that it's currently monitoring "access issues," and that it has set up an App Status Dashboard to show what's currently accessible in mainland China and what's not.
   
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A Social network analysis of conflict of interest in Vaccine safety research

(rescuepost.com): Three papers based on a Danish patient registry argued against a link between mercury-containing vaccines and autism. Following a related analysis of the autism-MMR vaccine link, these studies were published in close succession in prestigious journals, based on marginally differentiated analyses of the same events and prepared by author groups with numerous connections. Analysis of these publications, their authors and sponsoring institutions reveals a social network with extensive personal and institutional ties. Analysis of the authors and their employers also reveals a pervasive conflict of interest that was not reported in the publishing journals.
   
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Digging for data with Chemlist and ChemSpider

(eurekalert.org): Just like the rest of us, scientists today are swamped with information. As more chemical resources become freely available, text mining applications - previously focused on correctly identifying gene and protein names - are now shifting towards also correctly identifying chemical names. Now database experts have compared two chemical name dictionaries head to head, and report on the payoffs of manual versus automatic data curation in the open access publication, Journal of Cheminformatics.
   
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