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Library, Higher Education Groups Call on FCC to Adopt Net Neutrality Principles

(arl.org) Eleven library and higher education-related institutions and organizations today sent a letter (PDF) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski in support of preserving an open Internet. The groups assert that the Internet faces major threats as a result of deregulation. Internet Service Providers (ISP) have strong incentives to degrade certain Internet services, and new technologies increasingly allow them to control Internet traffic without end user knowledge. The letter's signatories urge the adoption of Internet (net) neutrality principles, including non-discrimination and transparency, while allowing for reasonable practices to manage technical issues such as congestion and spam.
   
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Global Online Community of Research Administrators and Managers from Elsevier

(prnewswire.com): Communispace, a pioneer of online customer insight communities for some of the world's leading brands, and its client Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific and technical products and services, have formed a brand new online community of 150 research administrators and managers from all over the world. The community will provide an open forum for members to connect with fellow research administrators and managers from across the globe, discuss the latest trends in scientific research and exchange ideas to help shape new Elsevier concepts and products. Through online discussions and collaborative projects, Elsevier will solicit feedback from this core group of its customers on SciVal, its product suite designed to help researchers explore grant opportunities, obtain funding and share ideas across disciplines.
   
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The future of research and the research library

(blogs.talis.com): According to a recent report from Denmark's Electronic Research Library there are three aspects of the functions of the research library that can be seen as providing potential scenarios. The library as a learning centre focusing on the provision of learning materials and support for learning processes. The library as a knowledge centre being a co-creator in the production of knowledge closely connected to active research groups. The library as a meta-knowledge institution working as a catalyst for knowledge synthesis, the organisation, evaluation and consolidation of knowledge.
   
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IMS Health Announces Completion of Acquisition by Affiliates of TPG and the CPP Investment Board

(imshealth.com): IMS Health, the world's leading provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, today announced the completion of its acquisition by entities created by certain affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. ('TPG') and the CPP Investment Board ("CPPIB"). Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, IMS Health's stockholders are entitled to receive $22.00 in cash, without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes, for each share of IMS Health common stock owned by them. As a result of the merger, IMS Health's common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
   
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Radical journal gathers support

(the-scientist.com): The scientific community appears to be fighting to convince Elsevier to continue to publish its only non-peer-reviewed journal, after the publisher began to consider installing a traditional peer review system when the journal published a controversial paper supporting the arguments of AIDS deniers. Despite the uproar that article created, the editor-in-chief of Medical Hypotheses has received more than 150 letters of support for the journal's non-traditional publishing model, in which papers are chosen by the editor-in-chief, Bruce Charlton.
   
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