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EU policy could hobble UK's digital economy bill says FAST

(Iwr.com): The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), the organisation that promotes the legitimate use of software and protects publishers' rights thinks EU's digital reform package could undermine the UK's latest copyright anti-piracy law. According to the internet freedom provisions in the recent EU law, any disconnection of an internet user for unlawfully file-sharing copyrighted material can only occur following a "fair and impartial procedure".
   
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Semantic research sets world standards

(Alphagalileo.org): European researchers have created new tools for semantic technology development which are helping to set the next generation of official standards. The tools also unblock some key bottlenecks in semantic technology. The next generation of the World Wide Web will be a cyberspace full of meaning, thanks to the semantic technologies currently rolling out. Semantic technology creates labels for web-page elements that machines can read and 'understand' on their own.
   
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The Elephant in the Room

(Open Access Archivangelism): The phrase "the elephant in the room" was used by a librarian at a recent UK meeting to describe the big issues we were not allowed to discuss about how the current economic crisis is affecting scholarly communication. Representatives of all stakeholder groups present - including publishers - agreed that the economic crisis was hitting them badly, with cost-cutting happening across the board and hopes for growth put on hold. The curious feature of the conversation was that nobody present was able to discuss the one topic which could get us through the crisis and prevent the journals market collapsing, viz. the pricing structure for journal "big deals".
   
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Scholarly Communications will Transform via Cybermetrics

(Academicevolution.com): Cybermetrics applied to scholarship will revitalize traditional academic publishing and pave the way for new uses and genres of intellectual work. As scholars and their institutions begin to use cybermetrics they can enrich scholarly productivity and maximize the influence of their intellectual output.
   
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Publishing, aggregation and "The Innovator's Dilemma"

(Ondemandmedia.com): News consumers are mainly interested in news coverage, not content. Coverage is a service that promises to keep its users "in the loop" about what is relevant to them and their peer groups. Because it is an ongoing, day-to-day service, coverage is all about loyalty: once consumers find a provider they like, they come back to it. And because of hyperlinks, in the web coverage providers need not be content providers (and vice-versa). This means that media brands' power - including their pricing power - will increasingly be a matter of how well they aggregate content - whatever its source - and not just how good their content is.
   
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