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Portals enable national access

Managing the information requirements and access for one university or corporate library can be complicated enough but the issues are increased when the researchers are spread throughout a country and beyond. Eric Goettmann and Marie-Catherine Gunet explain how portals have helped provide information access at the French national research centre CNRS

'Societies should not be forgotten'

Learned societies have always played a major role in scholarly publishing but changes in business models threaten to destabilise this. We asked René Olivieri, the CEO of society publisher Blackwell Publishing, for his insight into this sector

High-tech business embraces new library technology

IT and communications companies are expected to lead the way in new technology but does this extend to their internal systems? In the case of the library at global telecoms firm BT, the answer is yes, writes John Sherwell

Industry prepares for the future

As we begin 2005 there are many opportunities and uncertainties for the industry. Sian Harris visited Online Information 2004 to discover what the years ahead hold

New networks promote international teamwork

Collaboration is common in research but it can place huge demands on the computer networks used. Now an international initiative is providing a new way for high bandwidth users to work together, writes David Salmon, the manager of UKLight, the UK's part in the initiative

Digging for information

John Murphy profiles Professor Keith Van Rijsbergen, head of the information retrieval group at the University of Glasgow

Data plays growing role

CABI plays a part in most areas of agricultural and health research. Siân Harris asked two of the organisation's directors about bibliographic databases and their role in agricultural publishing

Adapting to advance

Information professionals can benefit from a dynamic employment market, so long as they're prepared to change with the environment. Vanessa Spedding surveys the situation

Partners go Dutch to preserve the minutes of science

Two years ago Elsevier became the first publisher to agree to deposit all its journals articles into the Dutch National Library. Elsevier's director of IT Solutions, Geoffrey Adams, explains why and how it is progressing so far

Flourishing from complexity

With the rise of the internet changing this industry beyond recognition, scientific publishing is becoming more complex. Siân Harris found out why this could make the agent's role more important than ever

Interactive peer review enhances journal quality

In all the talk of journals pricing and reducing the turnaround of the peer review process, the issue of quality can get overlooked. Ulrich Pöschl describes an open-access journal that is seeking to redress the balance


Advancing science and healthcare: a shared goal


The evolution of online access. From institution to end-user, and back again


Uncovering Nature's archive treasures


Developed with scientists, for scientists

Why librarians should switch on their radios

Radio-frequency identification is emerging as a good way to improve automation and security in many business sectors. Birgit Lindl, from Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems, reports on why RFID is important for libraries

Will learned societies signal the change?

Reforming science publishing will affect more than just the dissemination of science: it could catalyse more fundamental changes. The learned societies might be best placed to shape the outcome, suggests Vanessa Spedding

Powering the world's knowledge

Lynne Brindley, chief executive of The British Library, looks at what the future holds for libraries and information professionals

Linking evolved: The future of online research

When information spread across a variety of sources is linked together, there are advantages for researchers and publishers alike. Amy Brand and Kristen Fisher explore recent shifts in linking that promise even more benefits.