Caught My Eye 5/13/13

Here are a few item from Publishing Perspectives; Magellan Media; Washington State University; JISC and we thought you might finding of interest.

Big Data and MOOCs Herald Change for Academic Publishers  According to this article from Publishing Perspectives  “big Data, MOOCs and author/researcher tools were the main themes of the International Association of Science Technical & Medical Publishers  Innovations Seminar 2013 held last week in Washington, DC. Speakers from both within and outside the academic publishing industry converged on these three topics as this segment of the industry moves rapidly to a digital environment…”  The article goes on to cite specific observation from a number of keynote speakers.

  • WRECKING BALL: Life is not a tour of gas stations is a recent post on the Magellan Media website by Brian O’Leary that takes Tim O’Reilly to task about his decision” shutting down the Tools of Change practice area and laying off Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert.”  O’Leary doesn’t thinks that publishing “gets” digital yet and feels that TOC is still a necessary venue for discussing and promoting publishing innovation.  He goes on to say that “shutting down TOC is more than a disappointment. The decision calls into question much of what the company (O’Reilly Media) claims that it stands for.”
  • Librarians outdo Google. Survey: Library users say yes to facility, services.  This article reports on a patron survey conducted at Washington State University that reinforces the notion that while “patrons crave the immediacy of electronic resources for research and study… they still want a central human location to read, write, whisper and just plain talk.”  And at Washington State the library is fulfilling that function, and more.   Interestingly, results of the WSU survey also show “that students want more quiet spaces as well.”
  • A guide to open educational resources  is an online guide available on the JISC website that references numerous  open educational resources (OER) that are “freely available online for anyone to use. Examples include full courses, course modules, lectures, games, teaching materials and assignments. They can take the form of text, images, audio, video and may even be interactive…”


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