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German Publishers Fuel Digitization, Billions Spent in 2011

(publishingperspectives.com): The number of company acquisitions and investments in the German publishing industry increased significantly in 2011, primarily reflecting a shift toward investments in digital business models. The 225 such transactions last year represented a 10% increase over 2010, according to the study "Transaktionsmonitor Verlagswesen 2011" (download the report here), published by the consulting firm Bartholomäus&Cie.
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Traditional Publishing Industry Pins Hopes on Barnes&Noble Success

(dailytech.com): The traditional print publication business in both magazine and book form is hurting today after decades of dominance. As more and more consumers go to the web for digital publications rather than buying print versions of the same publications, it is becoming a challenge for book publishers to continue to remain profitable.
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Open data consultation finds widespread privacy fears

(information-age.com): Some respondents identified new areas where open data would be useful. Network equipment vendor Cisco wrote that the 'Internet of things' will become a primary generator of information that should be considered open data. The ever-increasing ability to analyse so-called 'Big Data' means that datasets of previously perceived low value will become well worth collecting and publishing.
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The Web Could Transform Science (If Allowed to Do So)

(internetevolution.com): While the Internet waits to see whether SOPA and PIPA are dead or just sleeping, a similar struggle is going on for access to scientific research. The Web offers the possibility of great leaps in scientific progress through collaboration and open access. But even though the technology revolution continues to gather momentum, the scientific process -- the business of accumulating, verifying, and publishing the fruits of research -- remains firmly in the steam age.
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Online Social Network Seeks to Overhaul Peer Review in Scientific Publishing

(sciencemag.org): The current peer review system in which journal editors send potentially publishable manuscripts to experts for review is hotly debated. Many scientists complain that the system is slow, inefficient, of variable quality, and prone to favoritism. Moreover, there's growing resentment in some quarters about being asked to take valuable time to provide free reviews to journals that are operated by for-profit publishers or that don't make their papers open-access. Several suggestions have been made to improve the peer review system, such as introducing credits for reviewers, using social media, and making the process more transparent.
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