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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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E-books raise issues on citation formats

(statenews.com): With the growing use of e-reading devices in academia, some students and scholars are working to find new ways to cite material. Organizations including the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association created guidelines for citing books in the new formats. However, many still struggle, primarily because of the inconsistencies in digital versions of books, said Terri Miller, head of reference services for MSU libraries..
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Is the internet killing the traditional bookstore?

(examiner.com): The internet is affecting how we buy our reading material and that has traditional bookstores concerned. The last twelve months have seen a decline in sales for the "brick and mortar" stores, thanks to more than just one option available to consumers. With the price of hardcovers and paperbacks rising to the point where reading is becoming a luxury that many can't afford, consumers have been looking to other avenues.
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