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Gov web sites should focus on RSS, XML-not redesigns

It is observed that Government web sites tend to be slow, clunky, and far behind their private-sector counterparts. A new paper from researchers at Princeton University suggest that government officials abandon the dream of developing usable web sites, and instead focus on providing raw public data such as regulatory decisions, Congressional votes, and campaign finance data in open, structured formats such as RSS and XML. This raw data would be made freely available to anyone, and could be used for any purpose. According to Princeton researchers David Robinson, Harlan Yu, William Zeller, and Ed Felten, once the private sector has been relieved of the irritating task of manually scraping data from government web sites, a proliferation of user-friendly sites will allow people to sort, search, and analyse the data in a variety of ways.
   
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Why killing Live Book Search is good for the future of books

Live Book Search provided access to the huge collection of material scanned by the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Microsoft's decision to dismantle Live Book Search and integrate all book search queries directly into the main Live search engine is seen as the right move for the company, according to Brewster Kahle, who heads the Internet Archive. Kahle, who is taking a lead role with the Open Content Alliance, thinks this makes sense in the long term perspective. Read this interesting article by Nate Anderson, associate editor at Ars Technica.
   
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Don't judge peer review by its occasional failings

Recent media coverage on ethical misconduct in scientific publishing has raised questions about the legitimacy of peer review. In this article, Adrian Mulligan, associate director of research and academic relations at Elsevier, writes that while peer review may not be a panacea for ethical misconduct in scientific publishing, it is essential to protect science.
   
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Fewer Medical Journal Articles Planted by Phantom Authors

After a spate of scandals involving high-profile ghost-authored papers published in the 1990s and early 2000s, accusations of more recent wrong-doing are hard to come by. In this article, John Gever, Staff Writer, MedPage Today, discusses how ghostwriting, when done with proper acknowledgment and without serving a corporate agenda, is tolerated and even welcomed by journal editors as well as researchers.
   
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Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias

A series of announcements from publishers across the globe in the last few weeks suggests that the long migration to the Internet has picked up pace. According to this article by Noam Cohen of The New York Times, the classic multivolume encyclopedia is well on its way to becoming the first casualty in the end of print.
   
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