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French information industry calls for caution on OA

(gfii.asso.fr): The GFII Working Group includes representatives from the main economic stakeholders involved in Open Access: research institutes, publishers, aggregators, internet services, subscription agents, academic libraries, etc. This statement summarizes the Group recommendations. The Group would like to first stress the need for a discipline sensitive approach to open access. To be effective, the dissemination of scientific and technological information must be organized on a discipline specific way. A discipline can be defined - among others, by the related scientific community, which can be very multidisciplinary or not, its history, its knowledge base, methods, and time scale, its specific ways of disseminating scientific output, the local or international characteristics of subjects studied, and its methodology.
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2010 a Lose-Lose-Lose Year for Buying, Selling Content, Says Outsell

(outsellinc.com): A widening gap between the price of information and buyers' ability to pay will make 2010 a lose-lose-lose year for content buyers, sellers, and users, according to new research from Outsell, Inc. Information managers expect an aggregate six percent increase in the cost of their information portfolios, while their content budgets will decrease a net three percent. The inevitable results will include decisions to cancel subscriptions, and to downsize licenses for paid content.
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The All-Digital Library? Not Quite Yet

(chronicle.com): Don't de-accession those print materials yet. The digital research library is not quite ready for prime time, according to Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University, and Geneva Henry, executive diretor of Rice's Center for Digital Scholarship.To find out, Ms. Spiro and Ms. Henry did case studies of several libraries founded since 2000, including facilities at the University of California at Merced, Olin College, Soka University of America, California State University-Channel Islands, and New York University's Abu Dhabi campus. Signs of the digital shift are everywhere. E-resources expenditures "are only going up," Ms. Henry said. In 2008, research libraries spent a median of 53 percent of 2008 acquisitions budgets on e-resources. However, as demonstrated by a recent flap at Syracuse University over plans.
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Justification and Draft Principles for an Open Law Journals Group

(law.ed.ac.uk): While the number and variety of academic journals are increasing, the number of influential stakeholders in the field of academic publishing is decreasing. It is believed that in this environment, simultaneously crowded and restricting, the role and value of open access online publishing is being marginalised. Given this concern, a number of journals that use the open access model of publishing met at the University of Edinburgh in August 2009.
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Twitter Tapping

(nytimes.com): The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.
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