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WLIC/IFLA2017: UBER for scholarly communications and libraries? Its already hereYou all know of the digital revolution that is changing the world of service - Amazon, UBER, AirBnB, coupled to Facebook, Google, Siri, etc. The common feature is a large corporation...
ContentMine at IFLA2017: The future of Libraries and Scholarly Communications I am delighted to have been invited to talk at IFLA (https://www.ifla.org/annual-conference), the global overarching body for Libraries of all sorts. Im in a session 232 (see...
What is TextAndData/ContentMining?I prefer ContentMining to the formal legal phrase Text and Data Mining because it emphasizes all kinds of content - audio, photos, videos, diagrams, chemistry, etc. I chose it to assert that non-textual content - such as diagrams...

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Prof. Henry Rzepa recounts his recent experience with installing and running Macmillan's Readcube; a device to allow DRM'ed access to read-only scholarly literature. [I have not used it myself (and will not) but trust Henry absolutely to give an accurate account....
My great collaborator Henry Rzepa has read the last post and delved into Macmillan's ReadCube and found it to be totally flawed and unacceptable (http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2014/12/03/natures-fauxpen-access-leaves-me-very-sad-and-very-angry/#comment-471649)....
No word yet from ACS so some of this is hypothetical – but they are communal hypotheses.It seems the spider trap is part of Atypon software (http://www.atypon.com). From their site:Atypon delivers innovative solutions that revolutionize the way publishers...

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Altmetric.com score for the newsitem by Van Noorden (see text).The big (non-science) news this week was the announcement that papers from a wide selection of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) journals can now be shared allowing others without a subscription...
I found this short piece from C&EN's Sophie Rovner pretty interesting:Online Access To ACS Publications Is Restored After Some Customers Were Unintentionally Blocked On Wednesday, a blog published information about a security feature that the American...
This post is a response to this post by Rosie Redfield."It's time for open-access advocates and especially publishers to take on the responsibility of informing authors of all the consequences, not just the good ones."I think this is the fundamental disconnect...