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In support of NIH's open access proposal

The proposal of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make available for free the study reports funded by it is a welcome step, says the author. It will benefit the citizens whose tax money is invested in scientific researches. Greater spread of scientific information will provide an economic stimulus, making the private sector work harder to bring more information to the taxpayers. The author brushes aside the publishers' concern of losing revenue due to public access.
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Looking Beyond Search

A number of broad-based Internet mainstreamers such as Amazon and Google have recently forayed into scholarly content. The trend is likely to grow due to the fact that broad-based firms are able to facilitate more browsing on the part of consumers, unlike many online proprietary services. Allowing customers to browse related and interesting scholarly topics vis--vis the original search item through several links and user friendly taxonomies will spin rewards for the search engines.
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E-journal pricing: taking scholars into account

The advent of e-journals has changed the pricing structures of scientific and medical journals. It has also heralded significant changes in the behaviour of subscribers/scholars. However, libraries and publishers have failed to adequately consider the importance of the behaviour of scholars in the pricing of scientific e-journals. This research, done by Stanford University, provides interesting insights on how cooperation among the libraries, publishers and scholars can deliver optimal results to the three sectors.
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Books@Ovid -- EContent Decision-maker review

Ovid Technologies' new product, Books@Ovid, is reviewed by EContentMag.com, describing the various functions of the search tool. The search platform can be used to identify and track science, technology and social sciences content within textbooks
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Open source goes beyond software

In this article, S. Sadagopan, Director of IIIT, Bangalore, explains the importance of open source, a trend that has the gained attention of major industries such as automobile, healthcare and oil and gas. Newer technologies such as the Linux operating system, mySQL (database), Perl (scripting language) and Apache (powering Web servers) have rubbished geographical, cultural and linguistic constraints. Scientific publishing has shifted to the hands of commercial companies, while it was previously dominated by scientific societies. There are only a few societies like IEEE and IEE that are still managed by scholarly professionals.
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