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Fittest will survive in a semantic world

The survival of traditional publishers in a rapidly-evolving environment will depend on their ability to identify what their customers most need, and keep delivering this, writes Melinda Kenneway of TBI Communications

Service enables applications to search journals

In October 2009, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) launched a new service to allow remote searching of the platform via OpenSearch. We ask Tony Hammond, application architect at NPG, what the new service is all about

Finding meaning from chaos

Web technologies offer researchers new ways to find and use information but publishers need to innovate to help them, believes John Haynes, vice president of publishing at the American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Libraries of the future

Siân Harris reports back from the Online Information conference that was held in London in December

E-books face bright future

Discussions about the potential of electronic books were enthusiastic despite near-term challenges at the recent Online Information show in London, as Tom Wilkie and Siân Harris discovered

Untangling digital rights

The possibilities that networked electronic resources offer to researchers are extensive but do they know what they are allowed to do with the content available to them? Siân Harris and John Murphy ask about the challenges of licensing and rights management

We need to convince the taxpayer

Science communication should go beyond peer-reviewed journals and conferences if the public are to engage with scientific developments, argues Jonathon Rees

Information integration may not be enough

Integrating information in academic libraries is very important but some users don't know how to find this information in the first place. Credo Reference is taking on the challenge of enticing users to their libraries' resources, writes John Dove

Marketing to readers

Jacek Ciesielski, general manager of Poland-based publisher Versita believes that article-level marketing helps attract good papers and boost journal impact factors

Industry tackles polarisation in access debate

At the ALPSP annual conference in September Fred Dylla of American Institute of Physics revealed how a new group from across the industry is seeking to find common ground in the open access stand-off, writes Siân Harris

Strength in numbers

John Murphy discovers how HighWire provides technology and community to more than 140 publishers

Evolution not revolution

Olaf Ernst, Springer's president of eProduct management and innovation, talks about some of the new developments in electronic publishing

The slow rise of e-books

Arnaud Pellé of Emerald Group Publishing takes a look at the history of e-books and what their future holds

Switzerland builds next-generation metacatalogue

Four languages, five metadata standards, 13 OPACS, four federated search platforms and more than 800 libraries... Tobias Viegener reveals the challenges in building a nationwide search platform for Switzerland

Finland's information backbone

Kai Ekholm has been director of the National Library of Finland since 2001. He is also chair of IFLA's Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)

CUP launches digital archive

John Murphy finds out about the challenges that Cambridge University Press (CUP) faced in digitising its complete journal archive

Published data needs standards

Accessing original datasets is becoming increasingly important in research today but finding this data can be a challenge. Toby Green, head of publishing for OECD, argues the case for standards to help researchers find and cite published datasets and tables

Helping to do right with rights

Mark Bide, project director of ACAP, explains how publishers can make their rights and those of their authors clear to search engines and why he believes such efforts are required

Licences are valuable tools

Alicia Wise, chief executive of the UK's Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and also on secondment to the Publishers Association, explains why licences are particularly valuable now that so much content is digital

Redefining e-books

There's little doubt that e-books are a hot topic for publishers and librarians. Sian Harris asked some people involved with e-books in different ways what the situation is like at the moment and what they predict for the future

Simplicity and complexity

CABI, which is owned by the governments of 42 countries, will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. We asked Carol McNamara, executive director for commercial activities, about what the organisation has seen in the past and its plans for the future

Proof in preservation

SAGE has recently released two journals to preservation initiatives. Clive Parry reveals what this experience has taught the scholarly publishing industry

Digitisation helps future proof Dutch literature

The Digital Library for Dutch Literature (Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren, DBNL) is partnering with an Asia-based conversion and digitisation services provider, SPi Technologies to build one of the largest online repositories of Dutch literature. We asked Rene van Stipriaan, editor-in-chief of DBNL, why the resulting website is becoming one of the most popular sites on Dutch literature and is attracting visitors from all walks of life

Saving for the future

Neil Grindley of JISC describes the importance of preserving digital information and some of the major projects that are helping with this

English translations improve access to Chinese innovation

The number of Chinese patent applications are increasing by around 30 per cent each year. Siân Harris reports back from the Online Information meeting about how patent information providers are helping people around the world to access and use this information

Engineering information improves socially

Social networking, RSS and new open-access options are just some of the developments that have gathered pace in engineering information over the past year, writes librarian Roddy MacLeod

From search to discovery

Mark Johns, president of USA-based Littlearth, investigates different ways of searching for information and argues that a 'discovery engine' approach is sometimes best

Preserving for future access

Launched in 2005, Portico has now attracted an impressive number of publisher and library partners. Executive director Eileen Fenton tells us why preserving information is important

Online access changes citation patterns

A US study reveals that fewer papers are being cited than in the days before the internet, while another concludes that making articles open access does not change their citation count. Rebecca Pool and Siân Harris report.

Doing right with rights

If copyright isn't too complicated, then users are happy to comply, discovered John Murphy, when he spoke to the USA-based Copyright Clearance Center

Repository increases visibility

The Spanish National Research Council has just launched an institutional repository. Agnes Ponsati and Pablo de Castro explain why and how they went about it

Robotics speed up book digitisation

By the end of this year, 20 million pages of the British Library's 19th century books will be available electronically. Siân Harris visited the library to see how it is being done

Chasing the long tail

Arie Jongejan, chief executive officer, and Thomas Snyder, chief commercial officer, of Swets talk about how scholarly information needs are changing