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From Music to Books: Piracy Threatens Professional Publishers

(interestalert.com): While piracy in the music industry is well documented and widespread, little attention has been given to its latest victim, professional books. The latest article in Simba Information's bi-monthly newsletter Professional Content Report, "Professional Book Piracy Thriving in Cyberspace," finds challenges in combating piracy and quantifying the potential revenue loss.
   
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Facebook - for scientists

(mndaily.com): Between the steep costs of journal subscriptions, the obscurity of the ivory tower and the mass of bad research that gets published, scientists have reason to lament the lack of openness in their field. To get back the essence and force of great ideas that sometimes get drowned out, scientists at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere are looking to the Internet to let some sunlight in on the process.
   
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Sharing Data in Biomedical and Clinical Research

(sciencemag.org): There has been vigorous discussion in the scientific literature about the need and value of sharing full data sets from biomedical and clinical research, but it's rare to see the issue get headlines in the mainstream media. In August, an article in The New York Times put the spotlight on a $60 million clinical study of Alzheimer's disease because of its innovative approach to data management: Clinical and imaging data collected in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) were made available immediately for scientists to download and analyze.
   
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Scholarly Reportage: Fad or Movement?

(insidehighered.com): We are now witnessing a trend that is offering academics a mode of engagement that might just have a lasting impact on the place of the intellectual beyond academia. In short, it might be a movement precisely because it offers a replicable method.
   
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World's store of data calculated

(annenberg.usc.edu): A study appearing Feb. 10 in Science Express, an electronic journal that provides select Science articles ahead of print, calculates the world's total technological capacity - how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute. Compared to nature, we are but humble apprentices. However, while the natural world is mind-boggling in its size, it remains fairly constant. In contrast, the world's technological information processing capacities are growing at exponential rates," said lead author and doctoral student Martin Hilbert.
   
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