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National Academies: data and method should be public

(Open access news): Advances in knowledge depend on the open flow of information. Only if data and research results are shared can other researchers check the accuracy of the data, verify analyses and conclusions, and build on previous work. Furthermore, openness enables the results of research to be incorporated into socially beneficial goods and services and into public policies, improving the quality of life and the welfare of society.
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Sharing Data Securely to Foster Product Development

(ARNnet.com): Boston Scientific wants to tear down barriers that prevent product developers from accessing the research that went into its successful medical devices so that they can create new products faster. But making data too easily accessible could open the way to theft of information potentially worth millions or billions of dollars. It's a classic corporate data privacy problem.
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Professional and Scholarly Publishing Leads the Market for Ebooks by a Wide Margin

(Scholarlykitchen.com): Given all the attention from mainstream media and the blogosphere, one would think that the publishing world revolved around trade books and that ebook readers, such as Amazon's Kindle, are as ubiquitous as teenage girls at the latest "Twilight" movie. As the attendees at the recent SSP Digital Opportunities and Challenges Seminar learned, however, the trade book industry's foray into the ebook market trails the professional and scholarly publishing (PSP) ebook market by a wide margin-and there is no evidence that will change in the foreseeable future.
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Do Academic Scientists Share Information with Their Colleagues? Not Necessarily

(Turkishweekly.com): Sharing of information is critical to scientific progress, but scientists have private incentive to avoid disclosing research. This column analyses the benefits and costs of sharing, both one-to-one and with the general scientific community, and assesses how government funding and scholarly competition shape sharing decisions.
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New journal supplements provide useful resource for tackling disease in the developing world

BioMed Central has published several supplements aimed at improving health in developing countries over the past month. Last week, a collection of articles published in BMC Public Health concluded that money available to treat HIV/AIDS is sufficient to end the epidemic globally, but only if we act immediately to control the spread of the disease. In a new supplement published in Malaria Journal, the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), the release of sexually sterile male insects to wipe out a pest population, is one suggested solution to the problem of malaria in Africa. Finally, in conjunction with the Aids Vaccine 2009 conference in Paris last month, BioMed Central's open access journal Retrovirology published the meeting's scientific abstracts.
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