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The Library and the Bazaar: Open Content and Libraries

This article examines the current roles libraries take in promoting Creative Commons and Open Access, and possible future roles, as well as how libraries organize and share open access works and develop relationships with others producing or developing content.It focuses on the reasoning behind supporting new models and methods of distribution, especially with regards to open licenses like Creative Commons, and the resources and systems libraries have developed to provide access to open licensed work.
   
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Copyright and the Digital Library

This article by Jeff Erwin describes the legal and technical issues which bedevil the creation of online libraries, particularly in relation to copyright. It discusses the Google Books settlement of October 2008 and a number of divergent views on its value or problems for libraries.
   
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User-generated science

In Pre-Internet times, peer-reviewed journals were the best way to disseminate research to a broad audience. Even today, editors and reviewers cherry-pick papers deemed the most revelatory and dispatch them to interested subscribers worldwide. While the process is cumbersome and expensive, it has allowed experts to keep track of the most prominent developments in their respective fields. This article, recently published in The Economist, is about blogging science without peer review. It looks at how Web 2.0, with its emphasis on user-generated content, may prove to be a path to speedier scientific advancement.
   
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Finra, SEC rules constrain advisers in blogosphere

While blogs have today emerged as the quickest and easiest way to self-publish your content, some regulations such as FINRA and SEC consider blogs as mere advertising vehicles rather than discussion forums. According to industry experts because of disclosure and anti-fraud considerations, the information that advisers disclose on blogs requires the same compliance scrutiny as corporate press releases. While FINRA's existing rules categorize blogs as advertisements that require supervisory review, the Securities and Exchange Commission maintains that blogs should be treated as a company statement.
   
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Quality of Pharmaceutical Industry Press Releases Based on Original Research

Press releases are a popular vehicle to disseminate health information to the lay media. While the quality of press releases issued by scientific conferences and medical journals has been questioned, no efforts to assess pharmaceutical industry press releases have been made. This article by Bindee Kuriya of the Department of Rheumatology, University of Toronto; Elana C. Schneid of the Department of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto; and Chaim M. Bell of the Departments of Medicine and Health Policy Management and Evaluation, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, seeks to systematically examine pharmaceutical company press releases about original research for measures of quality.
   
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