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Latest Developments in Open Access

(Openaccesscentral.com): This presentation, by Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central, gives a summary of some of the many significant developments in Open Access over the last 12 months. This presentation was presented at the 2009 Online Information in London.
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Magic of Social Netwoks

This presentation by Lee Rainai, Director - Pew Internet Project, Wisconsin Library Assiciation, covers the Pew Internet Project's latest findings and why they suggest that libraries can play a role in people's social networks in the future. Lee describes the reasons that people rely more and more on their social networks - using old and new technology - as they seek information, share ideas, learn, solve problems, and look for social support. He examines why the internet and cell phones have changed the way people construct and operate their social networks and why this opens new - sometimes "magical" - opportunities for librarians to do what they naturally do: act as "nodes" in people's networks.
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Access to Research Data - What can Libraries do to Help?

Knowledge, as published through scientific literature, is the last step in a process originating from primary scientific data. These data are analyzed, synthesized, interpreted, and the outcome of this process is published as a scientific article. Access to the original data as the foundation of knowledge has become an important issue throughout the world and different projects have started to find solutions. In this presentation Dr. Brase discusses the role that libraries can play in this new era of eScience. Dr. Jan Brase is with the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), and is coordinator for the DOI Registration Agency for research data sets - over 600 registered since 2005.
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Mobilizing the Deluge of Data

While today's digital data has the potential to transform our work and life, the challenges of managing it, retaining it, accessing it over the long term, using it, and sustaining it constitute some of the most difficult problems of our time. Solving these problems requires strategies that make sense from a technical, policy, regulatory, economic, security, and community perspective. This presentation by Francine Berman of San Diego Supercomputer Center, California, focusses on the opportunities presented by today's and tomorrow's deluge of data along with the challenges of creating useful information from this data accessible for the foreseeable future.
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New journal models and publishing perspectives in the evolving digital environment

Open access combined with Web 2.0 networking tools is fast changing the traditional journals' functions and framework and the publishers' role. As content is more and more available online in digital repositories and on the web an integrated, interconnected, multidisciplinary information environment is evolving and Oldenburg's model disintegrates: the journal is no more the main referring unit of the scholarly output, as it used to be mainly for STM disciplines, but scholars attention is deeply concentrated on article level. New journal models are thus evolving. In the first part of this presentation authors discuss these new experimental journal models, i.e. - overlay journals - interjournals - different levels journals In the second part of the presentation authors drive readers' attention on the role commercial publishers could play in this digital seamless writing arena. According to the authors, publishers should concentrate much more on value-added services both for authors, readers and libraries, such as navigational services, discovery services, archiving and ex-post evaluation services.
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