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Stimulus funding to help search engines learn on the job

(cornell.edu): New research by Thorsten Joachims and Robert Kleinberg, associate and assistant professors of computer science, respectively, aims to create search-engine software that can learn from users by noticing which links they click on in a list of search responses, and how they reformulate their queries when the first results don't pay off. The work is funded by a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation under federal stimulus funding, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The research will lead to methods that improve search quality without human guidance, especially on specialized Web sites such as scientific or legal collections or corporate intranets.
   
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The Greater Flexibility of Publishing With E-Books

(publishingandprinting.pricesstop.com): E-books have replaced traditional books that run the whole gamut and range from small poetry chapbooks to full-fledged novels and comprehensive technical manuals. These days, rather than go to paper and ink, everyone from corporate presentation givers to best selling novelists is taking the electronic path to publication. E-books have afforded so much flexibility to the publishing process that they have practically unlimited applications and uses, and it seems that they are just getting started in terms of their power to promote writers of all kinds and every conceivable genre.
   
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2020 Vision: Publishing Predictions for the Next Decade

(publishingperspectives.com): top management in book publishing corporations, indeed in any corporation, are largely interested in personal survival. As most recently elaborated in The Curse of the Mogul, most media companies are run by managers who operate in their own interests, not on behalf of shareholders. (And who could blame them - it's the [failed] corporate governance system, not self-abnegation, that is supposed to align their interests with the shareholders.) The recent financial meltdown and subsequent battle over executive compensation demonstrates that the finance industry is equally beset. Corporate publishing management's goal is clearly to minimize disruption in the short-term and focus on maximizing survival through acquisitions (of big-ticket books, of companies)
   
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ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories upgraded to Power of EPrints Functionality

(eprints.org): The ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories has just been upgraded to the full power of the EPrints software's remarkable functionality. Explore the power of ROAR to display and track repository size, contents and growth across time, by country, repository type, and many performance parameters.
   
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Data about safety, efficacy of top drugs is tough to access

(theday.com): Information from regulators about the safety and effectiveness of more than a third of America's top-selling drugs is not readily accessible to doctors or the general public, according to a report released Friday by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. In all, basic information about nine out of the top 25 most-prescribed medications was not available from the FDA online. The foundation pointed out that FDA documents are posted in a nonsearchable format, making it difficult for researchers or the public to find information readily. What's more, large sections of these documents are redacted, mostly to protect proprietary information, but the foundation said there is no way to determine why such details are removed.
   
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