Gale – Reference Reviews – Péter’s Digital Reference Shelf – April 2009 – ticTOCs


In the era when many expect even traditional library and information services to talk, sing and dance, to show photographs of the authors and play video interviews with them, a Table of Contents (TOC) service may not be that exciting. It is for me, as I know from practice how much time one can save by using such a service. In my salad days, when I was in charge of an information and computer science library, an indexing/abstracting unit and a small software development unit (an unusual but extremely educative combination), the highlight of the week was when I thumbed through the most recent issues of the dozens of journals to see the latest developments in the hardware, software and “dataware” arenas.


Les outils de référence électroniques ne sonnent pas le glas de leur version papier : pintiniblog

“L’accès libre au numérique n’a pas d’impact sur les ventes papier”

A propos d'une enquête qui sera publiée par le JISC en juin prochain, "fruit de deux ans d’observation de mise en libre accès de 36 manuels électroniques (en science, technologie et médecine) auprès d’étudiants britanniques provenant de 127 universités. L’une des premières surprises repose sur le fait qu’avoir accès aux manuels électronique n’a pas d’impact sur la vente des manuels papiers. Même quand les manuels sont fortement utilisés, l’enquête montre que les ventes d’ouvrages papier se maintiennent."

Descripteurs: Rameau en SKOS

Tombé ce 21 avril 2009 sur nos webscripteurs (en fait la liste de diffusion de SKOS) : RAMEAU (fr) se retrouve encodé en SKOS (fr), ce qui donne "RAMEAU subject headings as SKOS linked data (fr)".

Cet emmaillotage de Rameau s'est fait dans le cadre du projet néerlandais STITCH (en) (Semantic Interoperability To access Cultural Heritage) au sein du projet de l'UE, TELplus (en). C'est un projet, rien n'est donc stabilisé, surtout pas les identifiants – l'espace de nommage n'étant pas officiel (me dit-on de source sûre).

The Economics of Open Access Publishing ” The RePEc Blog

Open Access Publishing is the free distribution of research, whether it is as a pre-print (working paper) or a peer-reviewed article. Since the creation of the web, more and more journal are choosing open access as their business model. One of them was recently Economic Analysis and Policy, published by the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland). To celebrate this, EAP has just published a special issue dedicated to the Economics of Open Access Publishing. Articles are written by economists discussing their experience with open access as well as by others involved in open access publishing. They cover the transition the publishing industry is currently undergoing, the surprisingly low cost of publishing an open access journal, the impact of open access and various open source aspects of the open access.

Microsoft a perdu sa vista – Libération

Il existe quelques rares entreprises qu’un modèle économique particulièrement robuste a toujours immunisées contre le moindre ralentissement économique. C’était, jusqu’à hier, le cas de Microsoft qui, en trente-quatre ans d’existence, n’avait jamais connu de baisse de son activité. Ce temps est révolu puisque, pour la première fois de son histoire, le numéro 1 mondial de l’informatique a accusé un recul de son chiffre d’affaires de 6 % au dernier trimestre, à 13,65 milliards de dollars (10,3 milliards d’euros).

On Managing A Community |

I wonder how most organizations are handling the role of community manager. I’m curious where a community manager reports. Marketing? HR? Customer service? I wonder how organizations are justifying the cost, and what they believe the role entails for level of effort. How are companies using the role in either direction?

Depending on the organization, I imagine the role of a community manager would be different, so I’m going to walk through what the role might entail for a media and events company (like mine), and see what comes to mind. I could do the same for several other professions, but let’s start here. Want to follow along? You can help me refine it in the comments.

Blackwell Launches Print-On-Demand Trial In the UK

krou writes "In Dec. 2006, we discussed the Espresso Book Machine. Well, on April 27 the bookseller Blackwell will launch a three-month trial of the machine in its Charing Cross Road branch in London as a 'print on demand' service for shoppers in an effort 'to consign to history the idea that you can walk into a bookshop and not find the book you want.' When the trial begins, it will be able to print any of some 400,000 titles; Blackwell's overall goal is to extend this to a million titles by the summer, and to spread out more machines to the rest of its sixty stores once it works out pricing. Currently, they charge shelf price for in-print books, and 10 pence per page for those out of print (about $55 for a 300-page book), but are analyzing customer behavior to get a better pricing model. Says Blackwell chief executive Andrew Hutchings: 'This could change bookselling fundamentally. It's giving the chance for smaller locations, independent booksellers, to have the opportunity to truly compete with big stock-holding shops and Amazon … I like to think of it as the revitalization of the local bookshop industry.' Their website notes that in addition to getting books printed in-store, in future you will be able to order titles via their site. (They also mention that one of the titles you can print is the 1915 Oxford Poetry Book, which includes one of Tolkien's first poems, 'Goblin's Feet.')" You'll also be able to bring in your own book to print — two PDF files, one for the book block and one for the cover.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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