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Open Access Key to Quickly and Easily Achieving Data

(scientificcomputing.com): Research departments in various fields, especially those in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and chemical industries, are involved in the synthesis of compounds and their subsequent confirmation and purification. Often, the major concern for researchers handling great numbers of samples is how to achieve data as quickly and easily as possible.
   
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Reflections on Google Book Search: You Can't Put the Google Back Into the Bottle

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): In the aftermath of Judge Chin's rejection of the proposed Google Book settlement, it is time to consider legislative alternatives. This article explores a number of component parts of a legislative package that might accomplish many of the good things that the proposed settlement promised without the downsides that would have attended judicial approval of it. It gives particular attention to the idea of an extended collective licensing regime as a way to make out-of-print but in-copyright books more widely available to the public.
   
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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

(nytimes.com): The physical technology of scientific research is still here - the new electron microscopes, the telescopes, the particle colliders - but they are now inseparable from computing power, and it is the computers that let scientists find order and patterns in the raw information that the physical tools gather. Computer power not only aids research, it defines the nature of that research: what can be studied, what new questions can be asked, and answered.
   
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Will Tablets Kill E-Readers?

(technewsdaily.com): With the recent Android Froyo update for the Nook Color, Barnes&Noble's device became more of an Android tablet than an e-reader. Apple created its own e-book store to accompany the iPad, and rumor has it that Amazon is working on an Android tablet of its own that will incorporate its vast Kindle library. These developments have led many to ask if this is the end of the dedicated e-reader as we know it.
   
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Not With A Bang: The First Wave of Science 2.0 Slowly Whimpers to an End

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Beyond the lack of community buy-in, monetization of Web 2.0 has proven problematic, even for sites with enormous levels of participation. This last month has seen the dying gasps of some of these corporate-backed attempts to crack this market. As noted elsewhere, the needs of a for-profit corporation are generally at odds with the needs of members of the social networks they run. The big publisher-backed build is slowly fading into oblivion, replaced by smaller, ad hoc networks created and run by users. The question of how or even whether these tools will ever see mainstream use by scientists is still open. But the idea of them as huge profit centers for publishers has been pretty well refuted.
   
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