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First Thoughts on Sustaining Scholarly Publishing | Peer to Peer Review

(libraryjournal.com): When we invest in libraries, we do so with the understanding that they are a laboratory for basic learning and discovery. Academic libraries don't ask "how will we bring in enough money to sustain our operations?" and, luckily, we don't have to. Even with increasing calls for accountability, academic institutions don't require that libraries fund themselves. Society supports both basic scientific research and libraries because unfettered knowledge leads to wisdom, and that wisdom will improve our lot in ways we cannot predict with the certainty of business models.
   
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Making the most of open content: understanding use (Part II)

(infteam.jiscinvolve.org): There is a huge variety of free content on the web of use for teaching, learning and research. This post is part two of an attempt to deepen the argument that uses matters. JISC funds a range of work to support innovation in open access and open content, and open comes in many flavours. So what do open access, open data and open educational resources have in common? What makes content 'open content'?
   
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Could an Amazon tablet beat the iPad? Analysts say maybe

(unthinkable.biz): Analysts have been looking into their crystal balls and predicting the only device that could dethrone Apple's iPad is an Android tablet from Amazon. When it comes to ereaders Amazon's Kindle has already proved its worth, and with an android app store from the world's biggest bookseller around the corner a tablet would seem like a smart move.
   
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Have You Benefited from Public Access to PubMed?

(eff.org): April 7, 2011 marks the third anniversary of a groundbreaking policy that has dramatically improved access to a trove of medical and scientific knowledge. To celebrate the third anniversary of this policy, the Scholarly Publishing&Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of public access to taxpayer-funded research. They have issued a call for stories - a chance for users to explain how they have benefited from the NIH databases.
   
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Taxonomy: The naming crisis

(independent.co.uk): Taxonomy really began as a science in the 18th century with the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, whose naming system is still used. The work is key to the conservation and management of biodiversity, yet there are more unknown than known species. One of the challenges for taxonomy is that it is often seen as an old and intellectually unchallenging, conveyor- belt science, that simply involves describing new species. Worse still, it's been suggested that the analysis could be done just as well by comparing the DNA of each species - a kind of barcode taxonomy.
   
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