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Welcome: Introduction by Rafael Sidi
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Rafael Sidi
Rafael Sidi

Dear Colleagues,

Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Office 2.0, Health 2.0, Government 2.0, Education 2.0. We just can’t get enough of 2.0! There is some hype around 2.0 somewhat reminiscent of the dot com bubble period, but for our organizations there are and will be real impacts of 2.0 concepts and technologies.

We’re living in one of the most exciting and challenging times for the information industry. As publishers and information professionals, we take seriously our responsibility to deliver services including disseminating information, facilitating access to and sharing of scientific information, providing forums to create and share new knowledge, enabling collaboration, and connecting scientists and students. Web 2.0 technologies are enabling us to take such services to a new level and make them more interactive and participatory for our users.

Figuring out how best to use Web 2.0 technologies to improve and ease our customers’ lives and solve customers’ needs seems harder than identifying such technologies. Helping us get a leg up in that area, helping us decide how and where to use Web 2.0 technologies are the kind contributors to this issue.

Reading these pages can give you insights and ideas useful as you determine which Web 2.0 applications might best benefit your library, your organization and your customers. Wan Wee Pin, David Marques, Daviess Menefee, Christie Koontz and Dori Geise help set the stage, as they discuss strategy and trends and big questions relating to the Web 2.0 movement. Additional contributors, including Brenda Green, Jasmine Bagay, Matt Grayson, Kate Sinclair and Gali Halevi help us keep our feet on the ground, as they give details on Web 2.0 technologies that have worked for particular institutions and details on how to put the same technologies to work for other institutions.

My hope is that you pick up practical knowledge as well as inspiration from this issue and start testing some ideas covered here. Many Web 2.0 technologies are low-cost and simple to implement. By experimenting with them and with some innovative thinking you’ll discover new ways to adapt and lead your organizations in the new landscape.

Thanks go to all the contributors to this issue. And to the rest of you, now it’s time to push the boundaries and grab the new opportunities.

Best regards,

Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Product Development, Engineering & Technology, Corporate Markets, Elsevier, New York, NY, USA

CrossCheck helps verify originality of publications

Together with seven other publishers, Elsevier recently entered into collaboration with CrossRef to develop and pilot a system that allows publishers to verify the originality of submitted and published works. The pilot involves software from iParadigms, a company known for providing plagiarism detection software for the academic world. Publishers participating in the pilot are allowing their fulltext content to be indexed and are testing the service along several measures.

CrossCheckWhen launched, the service will be called CrossCheck. Via the service, CrossRef members will create a single database of published articles (and perhaps at a later date also submitted articles) against which submitted works can be checked for originality. At its launch early next year, the database will also contain 8+ billion pages of current and archived Web content that iParadigms has already indexed.

To stay updated on what Elsevier is doing to detect plagiarism, including our participation in the CrossCheck pilot, please see the "Update on plagiarism detection" message on the Editors’ View at end of article

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