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A glimpse of the archives of the future

(physorg.com): How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? With the proliferation of digital records, the task of the archivist has grown more complex. This problem is especially acute for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation's historical records.
   
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Heading for the Open Road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications

(wellcome.ac.uk): Heading for the Open Road', a new report commissioned by the Research Information Network and other funders, including the Trust, supports this approach. It discusses a number of scenarios and suggests that the "Gold" scenario - the model in which author-side payments are levied to enable immediate open access to the published article - has the potential to achieve the highest benefit-cost ratio while lowering the UK's net costs for scholarly communication. It is also the only model that is considered to be fully sustainable.
   
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The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age

(npr.org): A lot of attention has been focused on the way bookstores and publishing companies are managing the e-book revolution. The role of libraries has often been overlooked. But when HarperCollins Publishing Co. recently announced a new policy that would limit the number of times its e-books can be borrowed, it sparked a larger conversation about the future of libraries in the digital age.
   
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Google's Digital Library Failed--Can Academics Succeed?

(fastcompany.com): Academic librarians, led by Harvard's, are positioning themselves as the successors to Google's scuttled vision for a massive digital library. But do they lack a coherent vision?
   
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Outside US, e-books have a lot of catching up to do

(business-standard.com): When Bertelsmann, the German media giant, boasted of a financial resurgence last week, one of the strongest growth stories came from one of its most traditional businesses: the book publisher Random House. Random House said sales of digital books had more than tripled last year, lifting overall revenue 6 percent. E-books, Random House said, accounted for 10 percent of US sales. So much for the good news. Outside the US, however, the digital book business is still in its infancy.
   
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