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Solving archive challenges

How to preserve data as hardware and data formats evolve is a key concern for many organisations. In the first of two articles, Robert Sharp of Tessella looks at ways of ingesting, managing and storing digital information.

Training increases HINARI and AGORA benefits

More than 100 publishers have opened up their online subscription journals to researchers in the world's poorest countries. But using information isn't easy if the users have no experience of such resources. Siân Harris finds out how training is helping

Taking on the Chinese publishing challenge

With its large population and growing economy, China is an attractive market but language and cultural differences present considerable challenges. Sarah Philip and Adrian Stanley of The Charlesworth Group offer advice about how publishers can make their mark in the country

Is physics the new biomedicine?

A new set of physics and maths journals are planned for BioMed Central. Siân Harris finds out why this open-access publisher is branching out from biomedical sciences.

'OA creates new opportunities'

The open-access publishing model enables new types of journals that could not be published under the traditional subscription model, believes Matthew Cockerill, publisher of BioMed Central.

The repository jigsaw

The French open archive HAL plays a key role in research across France and in the emerging European network of repositories, write some of the people involved in the project.

Bentham announces OA growth strategy

Traditional subscription publishers are increasingly interested in different approaches to publishing. Siân Harris finds out why the author-pays, open-access model has become a big part of Bentham Science's plans.

Encouraging innovation

Egypt-based Hindawi Publishing has just converted its last two subscription journals to the open-access model. The company's president and co-founder Ahmed Hindawi tells us why

Shaking up the library

Keeping libraries relevant to users was a key theme for speakers at the recent Online Information event, as Siân Harris discovered

Beyond typesetting

There is plenty of talk about outsourcing publishing services but what does it involve and who does it? We talk to Gurvinder Barta, chief technologist of USA/India-based Aptara, which serves many well-known publishers

Open access helps when disciplines overlap

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has recently launched its first open-access journal, Biomicrofluidics. We asked Mark Cassar, AIP’s manager for journal development, about open access, new technologies and why a physics publisher is interested in biology

Making sense of usage statistics

The new SUSHI protocol is a standard way of reporting and analysing statistics on online journal usage. William Hoffman of Swets describes how this can simplify things for librarians

Collecting research output

Catherine Jones gives a case study of how one research council has dealt with the challenge of collecting together all the research output from the facilities it funds

Focusing on the users

Studies of user behaviour are helping to shape current and future e-content platforms, writes Gary Coker of MetaPress

Users should be at the centre of Web 2.0 plans

For some, Web 2.0 is the next Big Thing, while others are sceptical about any buzzword worship. But how will this new internet philosophy affect scholarly publishing? Charlie Rapple of Ingenta reports

Building an information structure in the UK

Collecting electronic theses, sharing image collections between universities and automatically transferring content from institutional repositories to national libraries are just some of the projects going on in the UK, as Julie Allinson and Roddy MacLeod report

Outsourcing helps to meet user needs

There is a trend towards sub-contracting to save money. But Elsevier's chief information officer, Tony Coorey, believes that outsourcing can help publishers offer more to their customers

E-books come of age with their readers

Electronic books are emerging as valuable new resources from STM publishers. Dan Tonkery, director of business development for EBSCO Information Services, gives an overview of some of the materials that are available

Libraries go beyond wires

Wireless technology is helping researchers to get more out of their libraries and is even influencing the choice of furniture in the British Library’s café, writes Siân Harris

Business titles challenge views from STM publishing

There is plenty of talk about how STM publishers are embracing the online revolution – but they aren’t the only ones following this trend. We asked John Peters, chief executive of Emerald Group Publishing, for a social science perspective. Interview by Siân Harris

Online passes print to STM publishing

The European online STM information market has seen another year of double-digit growth. Online sales now account for 57 per cent of the total, reports David Mort

Academics have access anyway

Michael Mabe has been Elsevier's director of academic relations for the past seven years, although he has just left to become CEO of the International STM Association. The views expressed here are from his own industry experience.

Self-archiving should be mandatory

Stevan Harnad of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada and the University of Southampton, UK is considered by many to have been one of the founders of the open-access movement. He believes that self-archiving in institutional repositories is the answer to providing access.

E-books stir up discussion

Whether books will follow journals on the same route from print to electronic is up for debate, as Tom Wilkie and Nick Morris found out at the recent London Book Fair

Demand for integration triggers consolidation

The changing nature of research resources and the demands of its users are having a knock-on effect on the companies that help libraries to manage this information. Siân Harris discovers OCLC PICA's perspective on the library-management sector

Visualisation boosts power of STM databases

Leading STM database providers are starting to offer visualisation tools to help interpret search results. David Mort reveals how this could help existing users to get more from their information and encourage new users

Partnership tackles archiving challenge

There is a growing awareness of the need to preserve digital information. Tim Tamminga of Endeavor Information Systems describes how a new partnership with Sun plans to address this issue.

Library science meets business

Michael Koenig, professor in the College of Information and Computer Science and Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, USA...

Users set the agenda

Providing the information that users want, when and how they want it, were the themes that dominated discussions at the recent Online Information conference. Tom Wilkie and Nick Morris report

Playing a part in technology development

The wealth of free information on the web is attractive to engineers but Siân Harris discovers that peer-reviewed literature and databases can still have a vital role in the research process

Industry considers RSS

Web developers are excited by the way that RSS technology can alert users to new journal articles and other content without them needing to visit dozens of web sites each day but are the users so excited? Industry analyst David Mort investigates

RFID industry confronts privacy fears

RFID is becoming a popular way to monitor materials in libraries and elsewhere but the use of this wireless technology has prompted questions about users' privacy. Dr Christian Kern, the head of systems development at Switzerland's Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems does not believe there is any cause for concern

Consultation helps database development

With over 500 customers signing up in its first six months Scopus has plenty of reason to be pleased with its abstracting and indexing database. Now, a year after launch, we ask the company's marketing manager Ginny Hendricks why she thinks the project has been successful