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Worldwide jitters over publishing

(theaustralian.com.au): The recent controversy about ranking journals in Australian academe has made its way across the globe. Anxious editors are sending out begging emails requesting recipients to assure the Australian Research Council that their work is important.
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New Content Industry Talking Point: Fair Use Is Bad Because It Leads To Litigation

(techdirt.com): While people in the UK were initially skeptical of a planned review of copyright law in the UK (after all, it had been done just five years earlier, with most of the key points then ignored by the government), they were encouraged by some of the folks who were included as a part of the process. However, it looks like, once again, politics may have gotten in the way.
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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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