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Three Fundamental Misunderstandings About Open Access

(openaccess.eprints.org): What is self-archived in institutional open access repositories is quality-controlled, peer-reviewed final drafts of journal articles, immediately upon acceptance for publication. This is what is meant by "green open access." The reason green open access self-archiving of peer-reviewed journal articles is growing too slowly is very simple - It has to be mandated by researchers' institutions and funders.
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Google should be regulated, says survey

(theage.com): Nearly two-thirds of Australians believe internet search engine Google should be subject to government regulation on issues such as personal privacy. While people overwhelmingly (84 per cent) have a positive view of Google, and most (58 per cent) say it does not have too much power, polling by opinion research company UMR also has found significant concerns.
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The trend toward more ereader features seems to undermine the simplicity of reading

(radar.oreilly.com): In a recent post for Gear Diary, Douglas Moran bemoaned the direction technological "advancements" are taking ereader apps and devices. As examples, he compared the original Barnes&Noble eReader (which he liked) to its replacement, the Nook app (which "kinda stinks"). Moran and others noted the simplicity of the Kindle and how its fewer features might make for a more straightforward reading experience. But perhaps the Kindle isn't quite simple enough.
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Taxonomy Crisis: 5.4 Million of the World's Species Are Still Unnamed

(newsfeed.time.com): Only a quarter of the world's species have been identified because of insufficient funding and a shortage of taxonomists. Over the past 12 months, 16,000 species have been found, bringing the number of the known animal kingdom to 1.4 million.
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Call for Scientists to help put open principles into practice

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com/): On 2nd September 2010 BioMed Central issued a draft position statement in support of open data, which provides a number of recommendations - and aspirations - for the role of publishers in promoting reproducible research by increasing scientific data sharing, data reuse and open data. In the months since the BioMed Central statement, a number of high-level policy statements on data sharing have emerged. These are positive developments but there are many details and practicalities still be to worked out. So rather than 'why share data?', the question now is 'how?'.
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