Scholarly Communications must be Mobile

"Mobile computing is also the future of education. Students are acculturated to and equipped with mobile phone technology beginning in grade school, and the rise of digitally mediated pedagogy will naturally lead to using cell phones to pipe in Open Educational Resources, recorded lectures, podcasts, and of course electronic versions of textbooks. The mobile phone/computer will not only serve up teaching media, but will enable constructive interactivity and superior teaching and learning environments by connecting students (locally or at a distance) and by supplying productive feedback loops for instructors (A good example of this can be found at Abilene Christian University, whose mobile learning initiative includes "Nano tools" that enable in-class feedback for teachers to assess comprehension and adjust instruction on the fly). Of course there is the digital divide, there will be format wars and many adjustments and issues, but mobile computing and education will be as inevitable…

Paying for open access? Institutional funding streams and OA publ…

An increasing number of research funders are introducing open access (OA) policies. At the same time, publishers are introducing OA publication options. Research institutions need to consider how to respond to these developments, including the possible introduction of institutionally co-ordinated funds for payment of OA publication charges. This paper describes the international background to the issue of institutional OA funds and summarizes the current UK situation, presenting recently gathered data from UK institutions. It then reports on work carried out by the University of Nottingham to introduce and manage an institutional OA fund. Early usage data of the Nottingham fund are presented. The paper outlines lessons learned from the Nottingham experience, then goes on to suggest a number of ways in which institutions and other agencies can take developments forward.

TEI @ ISO project

This web site documents the development of components for managing ISO standards using TEI markup, which will support the authoring of standards documents in a variety of writing environments.

The core component of this toolkit is an archival XML schema built using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) framework, accompanied by a suite of XSLT transformations to enable ISO documents to be converted to and from other systems.

The project is managed and resourced by the University of Oxford, with assistance from the Text Encoding Initiative, Brigham Young University and the Max Planck Digital Library, Berlin.

Google : cinq clics, puis fric- Ecrans

"« Nous avons décidé de permettre aux éditeurs de limiter, grâce à notre politique First Click Free, le nombre d’accès gratuits à cinq par utilisateur et par jour », a annoncé John Mueller, responsable de Google à Zurich, sur un blog du groupe. Le communiqué a été publié mardi alors que se déroulait, à New York, une conférence sur la survie du journalisme à l’ère d’Internet."

La valeur sociale de la vie privée |

Souvent, la réponse aux inquiétudes concernant la confidentialité de nos données consiste à dire que “ceux qui ne transgressent pas la loi n’ont rien à se reprocher” : nous n’avons rien à craindre de la collecte massive de données. La vie privée, finalement, n’est qu’un problème de vieux cons. Qu’importe si les caméras de surveillance nous filment, si nos communications sont écoutées, si nos activités sont enregistrées, si nos déplacements sont surveillés, si nos achats sont tracés… : les bons citoyens, employés, consommateurs que nous sommes n’ont rien à se reprocher de cette surveillance généralisée qui n’a pour but que de déjouer ceux qui contournent les règles communes, ceux qui s’en prennent à notre sécurité collective. C’est l’argument bien connu de la chasse aux terroristes, aux pirates, aux hackers, aux spammers, aux déviants… qui autorise la surveillance de toutes les communications, le filtrage et le bridage de l’internet ou le contrôle des déplacements…

Introducing Digital Humanities Now

Do the digital humanities need journals? Although I’m very supportive of the new journals that have launched in the last year, and although I plan to write for them from time to time, there’s something discordant about a nascent field—one so steeped in new technology and new methods of scholarly communication—adopting a format that is struggling in the face of digital media.