On Friday, February 25th I will be on a panel on academic publishing for the 2011 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows Retreat in Washington, DC. I have posted the slides for this presentation entitled From Publishing to Communicating in PocketKnowledge.
An intriguing report in the Chronicle indicates that results of articles prepared through crowd-sourcing compare favorably to those prepared in a more traditional way. This has some interesting implications for the new publication we are planning.
Readability, which began life as a browser bookmarklet, has re-launched as a full blown web app with a very interesting business plan. The application takes content from a web page and presents in a format that is cleaner and easier to read. The new version now requires a subscription, starting at $5/month, but 70 percent of all revenue goes to the publishers of content, all a publisher has to do is register with Readability. Essentially this is paying for a publisher NOT to have ads on their site. I think this is a unique model for generating revenue...
Ever wonder how a major internet site gets started? Take a look at what some are calling the original plan for the Huffington Post. The file is part of a piece in Vanity Fair on a dispute regarding the founding of the Huffington Post, but it seems far more interesting in its own right than as part of the dispute.
With the media storm this produced over the holiday, I'm surprised that there is not more talk about the Wikileaks issue. Geert Lovink and Patrice Reimens put together these 12 Theses. They are more meditative and so worth a read - most of the stuff are simple opinion pieces that are problematic (as always) in their own ways (emblematic of publishers political leanings...)/
I enjoyed reading this NY Times article about the revitalization of The Atlantic. While a number of factors went into this process, two elements--from an editorial perspective--were key: attracting people to the site using (1) high profile bloggers (most notably, in this case, Andrew Sullivan and (2) a page that aggregates material (in this case, The Atlantic Wire).
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The Kno is a textbook tablet designed for and targeted to the higher education market. It has two screens and opens like a textbook. The creators claim students will be able to take notes and organize their lives using the Kno. It is priced from $599-$899 which makes it a bit more expensive than an iPad, and that excludes the purchase of e-textbooks.
A friend of mine who's a taxonomist for UNICEF just sent me this site as a good example of site organization. Coincidentally enough, it's all about a topic which we've been discussing.
The Complex Emergency page has some information we may want to look at as well for inspiration with this project.