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New One-Stop Source for Scientific Information about U.S. Oceans and Waters

(usgs.gov): A one-stop source for biogeographic information collected from U.S. waters and oceanic regions is now available from the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program. The OBIS-USA website offers a unique combination of tools, resources, and biodiversity information to aide scientists, resource managers and decision makers in the research and analyses critical to sustaining the nation's valued marine ecosystems.
   
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Macmillan raising e-book prices, Amazon opposed

(independent.co.uk): US book publisher Macmillan is raising its e-book prices in a move that threatens to shake up the market and is being strongly opposed by Amazon, maker of the Kindle electronic book reader. Amazon temporarily pulled Macmillan titles from its Kindle store over the weekend to protest what it called its "strong disagreement" with the pricing plan from Macmillan, one of the six major US book publishers.
   
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Journal stem cell work 'blocked'

(bbc.co.uk): Stem cell experts say they believe a small group of scientists is effectively vetoing high quality science from publication in journals. In some cases they say it might be done to deliberately stifle research that is in competition with their own.
   
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Social media - A guide for college and university libraries

(crln.acrl.org): Social media is a powerful new form of communication. The number of users on popular social media sites is growing at exponential rates. Because of the ubiquity of social media use, academic libraries can leverage these communication tools to interact with faculty, staff, and students in new ways. It is often difficult in academic libraries to spread the word about different events or services that the library is offering. Social media provides another vein in which to market new library products or initiatives.
   
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2020 vision: 10 things you'll see on the Web in the next 10 years

(fcw.com): During the past 10 years, federal agencies have made significant progress with their Web sites and the way they use the Internet for daily business. A decade ago, many agencies were still transitioning from simple online "brochure-ware" toward real e-commerce and data sharing. In contrast, most major federal agencies now offer a variety of online databases and ways to electronically file requests and license applications, and most can accept online payments. Given that progress, it's worth taking a gander in the other direction. What might the government's Internet presence look like in another 10 years?
   
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