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The Buzz: Taking Data Digital


The Internet may have largely replaced many traditional means of storing and sharing information, but as ScienceBloggers are pointing out, it has far to go before its potential is fully realized, particularly in research. On Built on Facts, Matt Springer discusses what it would take to digitize the entire Library of Congress collection—scanning the pages of all 32 million titles and finding enough server space to store the data produced. On Common Knowledge, John Wilbanks compares the functionality of published scientific journals to that of web-based publishing, arguing that the web not only improves upon the basic objectives of journals but offers the additional functions of integration, annotation, and federation. And on The Book of Trogool, librarian Dorothea Salo has devoted her entire blog to exploring the emerging field of e-research. Is it evolution, or a revolution?