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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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Digital Resources and the Future of Libraries

Digital Resources and the Future of Libraries

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World Wide Research

Eric T. Meyer

Christine Madsen

Jenny Fry

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the challenges faced by academic libraries and archives as e-Research and digital scholarship mature. In particular, it discusses the tensions between open access and intellectual property rights, the way informal scholarly communications are increasingly being made public on the Internet, and the transition toward decentralized production and storage of data. The chapter also looks at important examples of the types of digital resources that libraries should consider to assist research in the sciences and humanities, explains how data webs can be used to integrate image and other data distributed across several heterogeneous repositories or databases, and considers the ways information and communication technologies (ICTs) are assisting scholars who work on ancient documents. Finally, it explores improving techniques of digital image capture for research purposes, and the opportunities and constraints associated with these technological developments.

Keywords:   academic libraries, archives, e-Research, digital scholarship, open access, intellectual property rights, scholarly communications, digital resources, data webs, ICTs

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