Review of my book: Information Today
by Katherine Allen; From Science 2.0 to Pharma 3.0. Posted on July 29, 2013.
“As a librarian in a large pharmaceutical company, Hervé Basset has a perspective both on drug manufacturers and consumers of scientific information. In this book he aims to explore the profound changes that are currently affecting science communication, and the impact that the life sciences industry is having on our society. He draws parallels between the worlds of ‘big pharma’ and ‘big STM publishing’, since both face radical challenges from internet enabled consumers, and both have reason to be wary of the risks posed by new ways of working and communicating. As Basset points out, the two worlds are closely intertwined: “pharma customers represent 20 per cent of big STM sales … Similarly, big pharma is strictly dependent on scientific publishing for the research process, for the update of researchers’ knowledge and for the publicity of their products.”
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