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Copyright fees take schools to tech tipping point

(montrealgazette.com): While technology has become a core part of the educational process, it has often been treated as a complement -- rather than a replacement -- for traditional educational materials. Libraries still spend hundreds of millions of dollars on physical books and journals, some professors still generate paper-based coursepacks, and the schools themselves still pay millions of dollars in copying licensing fees.
   
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Science Package Addresses Access to Federally-Funded Research, Scientific Collections

(ombwatch.org): The House today approved the Senate's amendments to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (HR 5116). The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature. Among a variety of science-related topics, the COMPETES reauthorization contains two provisions about public access to federal science. The first provisions directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to create an interagency working group to coordinate public access to and preservation of data and publications generated by federally-funded research. Currently, policies about data and publications vary widely among federal funding agencies. The working group is tasked with establishing priorities for such policies and reporting back to Congress in one year.
   
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Africa has the scientific creativity but lacks support

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com): While UK science budgets may be facing cuts, the latest budget rounds in many African countries such as Tanzania and Kenya have made pledges to science and innovation in an effort to increase its own domestic scientific research landscape. Articles published in BMC International Health and Human Rights has identified 25 'stagnant technologies' languishing in African health-research institutions. These articles draw on the experiences of authorities, researchers and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda where, despite a growing body of research exists, Africa is struggling to develop these local discoveries into drugs and other health-care inventions..
   
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Cloud is changing the future of outsourcing: 1000 organizations have spoken

(zdnet.com): A recent study shows that CIOs are caught up in an aggressive cycle of providing services to the business that are cheaper to run, faster to access, and more relevant to driving productivity and growth. Gone are the days when CIOs demanded their shareholders underpin massive technology investments in ERP and infrastructure.
   
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Building knowledge-based economies: It's difficult but not impossible

(zawya.com): The new buzzword now is aspiring to transform traditional manufacturing and service economies to "knowledge based" ones. The fever has caught on to natural resource endowed economies, which see some aspiring to diversify their single resource economic base. However, simply stating that a country is moving toward a knowledge-based economic foundation and structure is easier said then done, as educational, bureaucratic and social inertia can be insurmountable obstacles. How these are willingly changed and accepted by the population at large is a critical factor for success.
   
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