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Library organisations come together to develop best cloud technologies

(iwr.co.uk): OCLC, the not-for-profit organisation is working closely with Library Advisory Council and pilot libraries to develop the Web-scale Management Services - a next-gen web-based suite of library management services for metadata management, acquisitions, circulation, license management, and workflow. This project comes at a time when libraries are looking for new ways to address the complexities of managing disparate collections, maintaining multiple workflows and supporting increasingly complex IT environments.
   
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Managing information overload

(pressandjournal.co.uk): Developments in technology have dramatically changed every aspect of our lives. E-mails, texts, tweets, blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, e-books and virtual libraries are terms that have become familiar to most people. Yet these developments are not without their problems. More than 494 exabytes of information are transferred seamlessly across the globe daily; 20 hours of new content is posted on YouTube every minute, and 400million searches are made on Google every single day. This enormous mass of information (often conflicting) requires organising and managing in order to make some sense of it, and to enable others to make best use of it.
   
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US Gov Requests Feedback on Open Access - ACM Gets it Wrong (Again)

(realtimerendering.com): The Association for Computing Machinery is attracting criticism for its opposition to public access. In 2008, legislation was passed requiring all NIH-funded researchers to submit their papers to an openly available repository within a year of publication. Even this modest step towards full open access was immediately attacked by rent-seeking scientific publishers. More recently the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy started to collect public feedback on expanding open access. From ACM's official comment, it is clearly joining the rent-seekers. This is perhaps not surprising, considering the recent ACM take-down of Ke-Sen Huang's paper link pages (Bernard Rous, who signed the comment, is also the person who issued the take-down).
   
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The surprising practice of pinching other people's ideas

(stuff.co.nz): Scientists around the world are shocked by some recent outrageous plagiarism. Declan Butler, a writer for the journal Nature, has discovered many Iranian government ministers and senior officials publishing scientific papers lifted from other scientists' writing. They usually pinched big chunks of work, including tables and diagrams but, sometimes lifted complete articles. Articles written by Iranian transport minister Hamid Behbahani and science minister Kamran Daneshjou were given wide coverage in the Iranian media before Butler found their pieces were almost entirely put together from earlier articles by different authors.
   
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URISA Journal Marks Ten Years of Open Access Publishing

(directionsmag.com): Ten years after announcing that electronic copies of the URISA Journal would be made freely available to teachers and learners everywhere via the World Wide Web, the Journal's electronic archives have become one of the richest collections of open educational resources in the geospatial field. As of December 2009 there are 196 peer-reviewed articles in 40 issues of the URISA Journal freely available at www.urisa.org/journal_archives.
   
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