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Transforming Information Into Knowledge In The Big Data Era

Simplifying access to the right information across the organisation has become the mantra for the successful, research-driven enterprise - but it is only the first step in an enterprise-wide knowledge management strategy. So, how do biomedical and drug discovery researchers effectively transform information into useful knowledge in the Big Data era? The answers lie in how the magnitude of available information is being harnessed and exploited. With at least 50 million scholarly journal articles already filling information pipelines, and more than 2.5 million more added each year, the ways content is discovered and utilised by scientists and technologists working at millions of companies, must evolve.
   
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Why academics compete to publish their work in 'predatory journals'

Universities rely on published research to bolster the school's reputation as well as the researcher or academic's own prospects. However, as jobs at premier institutions become harder to obtain, experts suggest scholars have increasingly begun to submit research to these predatory journals knowing well they are not legitimate publications - an act experts call academic fraud because it wastes taxpayer money, chips away scientific credibility and muddies important research, according to a recent The New York Times report. Experts cite more than 10,000 of these journals in recent years. Many of those publications' names mimic the names of well-known journals. These journals have few expenses because they do not seriously review submitted content before publishing it online.
   
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Pre-search to Research: How One Library is Using Credo as 'Academic Google'

Niketha McKenzie branded Credo Online Reference Service as 'Academic Google' to help change the way students interacted with the library website, and to give them a process that made sense to them. The response was overwhelmingly positive. 'Students have been less frustrated during the process once Credo became our background research platform.' To them, Credo felt 'like Google, but on a more academic platform.' Professors also noticed a difference. They liked seeing that there was a process students would actually use, and a tool that improved their research assignments. After years of trying to persuade students of the shortcomings of open web resources like Wikipedia, they had a tool they could point to that gave students the same level of convenience, but with vetted and appropriate resources.
   
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Giving People What They Paid For

Many scholars are becoming aware of a change in the tide of public support for their work, reflected in proposed budget cuts for many federal science funding agencies, and are struggling to decipher the reason for this shift. Some researchers feel that political groups are targeting their work for its inconvenient truths, while others resort to thinking, 'If people only knew how important my work is.' Either or both of those views could be true, but researchers in the academic community have no one to blame but themselves for waning public enthusiasm and financial backing.
   
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The Evolution of the MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography covers literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included. Citations in the MLA International Bibliography represent scholarly materials published in more than 70 languages and originating in over 100 countries. The MLA's multilingual subject specialists index more than 75,000 new documents each year; 40 percent are in languages other than English. The search interface is available in 30 languages.
   
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