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This piece from Fast Company discusses the value of content curation in light of the massive content explosion on the web. With the launch of NLT approaching, it will be useful to think about our role in such content curation. Beyond the issues raised in the article, it might be interesting to consider the role that libraries have played in such...
Many of us look for hotels with free wifi when we travel, but according to this piece in the Times that "free" wifi may soon be coming at the price of ads inserted into the web pages visited during your stay. If free wifi is at risk, can free beer be far behind?
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Three major textbook publishers are suing a start-up for stealing the creative expression of their authors and editors, according to this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is an interesting case because the claim has to do with the major structural elements of textbooks and the strategy employed to mimic such texts in cr...
Google's announcement of their new media destination yesterday was met with a collective "huh?" and much indifference, possibly because it isn't actually new. The announcement accompanied the debut of a browser-based site, but the Android Market has run the new look for several months already. The concept is an iTunes...
Today Jo and I attended the Panel to Consider Recent Developments in Access to Research at Columbia University. The panel was meant to discuss the Elsevier boycott, the Research Works Act, and the Occupy movement as they relate to traditional and digital scholarly publishing. This article...
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Flatworld Knowledge is hacking the CS textbook in honor of Open Education Week. They aim to flash create an OER, adaptable textbook for computer science in one day, March 8th. It seems like an effective plan for a subject that doesn't always gel with traditional publishing models. They'll gather a group of ...
Mozilla is building a push notification system that will allow websites to alert users about new content on their desktops or mobile devices. The list of reasons to build native apps for publishing continues to shrink.
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In response to a post written by noted British mathematician Tim Gowers, nearly twenty members of MIT's faculty have signed a pledge to boycott Reed Elsevier (the world's largest scientific journal publisher) and are “refusing to publish, referee, or do editorial work unless they [Elsevier] radically change how they operate.” In addition, an online pledge against Elsevier...
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Hi Edlabers, Yesterday after the completing of the EdLab Development & Research meeting on professional development videos and how we can use them to promote theUnderstanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR) project, one idea suddenly occurred to me, and I would like to ask for feedback. I think this one might greatly help promote UFR as well as other EdLab projects. One way I figured out can mostly promote the ideas and let more people know about UFR is to organize an event in an influential public social forum where people can sign...
E-Books promise to bring new options to libraries and their patrons, but according to this piece in the NYT publishers are becoming wary of the friction free environment that e-books represent. Accessing e-books through libraries is so easy that publishers are fearful of lost sales. Book ownership must offer more than borrowing...