Was interested to see that the grandly awesome Michael Cairns has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Publishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO) effective April 1, 2014. You might remember that Michael joined Publishing Technology in May 2013 as chief operating officer for the online division. Prior to joining Publishing Technology, Michael was a Managing Partner at Information Media Partners where he consulted for publishers on business strategies and digital transformation, an executive at MyWire.com, VP, Digital Production at Wolters Kluwer Heath Education, and for seven years served as President of R.R. Bowker. In an earlier life, Michael was a media consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Michael has served as a board member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), and Chairman of the International ISBN Executive Committee. Congratulations, Michael!
What exactly is big data? There was a recent article in the Financial Times by Tim Harford (March 28, 2014) about the “vague term for a massive phenomenon that has rapidly become an obsession with entrepreneurs. scientists, governments and the media” and the “Google flu trends” analysis which was quicker and cheaper than the CDC analysis. And it seems like a lot of library types are talking about big data. Actually, we have a brief special report in the April print issue of ATG about a two-hour special event called “Big Data at Work: A Conversation with the Experts” by Ho Jung Yoo and Reid Otsuji of the Research Data Curation program at the UC San Diego Library. Watch for it! Meanwhile, Joanna Ptolomey it talking online about big data too and Alex Pentland’s new book about big data – Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – The Lessons from a New Science.
Speaking of ATG online, we are just posting the Chinese version of the interview with Benjamin Shaw, Chief Operating Officer & China Director, Edanz!
Along those lines, I was interested to read that OCLC and NetAdvantage are working together to add metadata from the JapanKnowledge and JK Books collections to WorldCat. The JapanKnowledge database represents an extensive collection of Japanese-language content, including more than 50 leading encyclopedias and dictionaries from Japan, reference materials of specialized interest such as law and history, and fulltext content from Japanese and other Asian literature. The Complete Japanese Encyclopedia (Nipponica), Encyclopedia of Japan and the Encyclopedia of Japanese History are among noteworthy resources in the collection. Subscribed to by more than 1,000 institutions around the world, JapanKnowledge has been an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in Japanese studies. JK Books is an e-book platform for reprinted Japanese magazines of the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Metadata for renowned Japanese magazines will be added to WorldCat.