Metaconversations | Totem

“Les règles conversationnelles de Culture Visuelle ne peuvent être étendues à la totalité des blogs. Elles suggèrent néanmoins fortement que le blog perdurera comme une forme lettrée et élitaire, tandis que le réseau social gardera en partage une communication plus détendue et plus quotidienne. Ce qui reste fascinant est la capacité des acteurs à investir toute la gamme des interactions offertes par la diversité des outils. La conjonction du blog, de Facebook et de Twitter permet d’élaborer une métaconversation simultanée à plusieurs niveaux, d’une grande complexité, et dont la gestion live peut devenir un jeu en soi. Non, décidément, ceci ne tuera pas cela.”

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R&D : Google et le CNRS mutualisent leurs ressources

Dans le cadre de son plan d’investissement en France, concernant notamment la R&D, Google va financer des équipes travaillant au sein de laboratoires d’informatique du CNRS dans le domaine de l’optimisation.

Wikipédia ou quand prendre soin peut faire des miracles – Framablog

“Comme tout miracle il était imprévu, mais en l’occurrence il a bien eu lieu. C’est que nous rappelle ici Clay Shirky, considéré comme l’une des têtes pensantes du Web. Parce que « si on pose un regard traditionnel sur le fonctionnement du monde, Wikipédia ne devrait même pas exister ».

Et pourtant cette encyclopédie tourne. Et elle tourne parce que suffisamment de gens se sentent concernés et veulent en prendre soin. C’est le double et joli sens du verbe « to care » (plus proche ici de Bernard Stiegler que de Martine Aubry !).”

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Two authors’ stories illustrate why some journalists profit online, and others fail

By Robert Niles: An e-mail and a tweet last week pointed me to two blog posts that expressed completely different ways that two writers have addressed the challenge of a changing media marketplace. Their differing attitudes and approaches to publishing in the Internet era explain to me why one writer is enjoying unprecedented success, while the other writer laments a declining career.

Let’s start with this post from author Joe Konrath, about his experience transitioning from a traditional book-publishing contract to self-publishing e-books.

“With self-publishing, in a single month,” he wrote, “I was able to earn the same amount of money it took me four and a half years to earn through traditional publishing.”

He crunched the numbers:

So far this month, I’ve sold over 18,000 ebooks on Kindle.

When I include Smashwords, Createspace, and Barnes and Noble, my income for January will be about $42,000.

Last January, I made $2,295 on Kindle, and I was amazed I could actually pay my mortgage on books NY rejected.

“Amazed” is no longer strong enough a word.

In just 12 months, I’ve seen a 2000% increase in income. And ebooks are still only 11% of the book market.

What happens when they’re 15%? 30%? 75%?

And yet, I still see some writers clinging to the notion that getting a book contract with a Big 6 publisher is the way to go.

But money isn’t the only reason ebooks self-publishing is preferable.

Konrath goes on to detail the thousands of hours he spent driving to bookstores around the country, chatting up customers as he tried to convinced anyone to buy his books. His publisher didn’t want him to tour – since that would require paying bookstores – but without a tour, he couldn’t connect with consumers.

I’ve heard from friends in the book business that publishing deals are getting even worse for authors: less promotion, less support and small advances and payments.

Konrath chose not to accept the decline of his career. Instead, he chose to self-publish, using low-cost e-books instead of the expensive, but more traditional, print vanity press.

Wiley Open Access Launched

John Wiley & Sons has launched Wiley Open Access.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Wiley Open Access will provide authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply. . . .

The new journals are being launched in collaboration with a group of international professional and scholarly societies with which Wiley currently partners.  Each journal will appoint an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board responsible for ensuring that all articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and each journal will be offered with the full functionality of Wiley Online Library.

The new Wiley Open Access journal Brain and Behavior will publish open access research across neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology.  Brain and Behavior’s newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, Andrei V. Alexandrov, Professor of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, comments:

"With the launch of Brain and Behavior, the Editorial Board and I, along with the support of many international societies, will offer the research community a high quality peer-reviewed journal that meets the needs of those authors who wish to publish their work in an open access environment. I am delighted to be working with Wiley to deliver this important new service."

Professor Allen Moore, University of Exeter and newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ecology and Evolution comments:

"I am excited to be involved with this new open access journals initiative.  Ecology and Evolution will deliver rapid decisions and fast publication of research in all areas of ecology, evolution and conservation science.  By working in collaboration with leading societies to deliver open access to all, this new journal offers authors an ideal place to publish their work quickly to the broadest possible audience." . . .

Wiley Open Access journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.  A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles.  Wiley will introduce a range of new payment schemes to enable academic and research institutions, funders, societies, and corporations to actively support their researchers and members who wish to publish in Wiley Open Access journals. 

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Chrome Is the Third Double-Digit Browser

An anonymous reader writes “Google’s Chrome has taken the 10% market share hurdle, according to Net Applications and is past 15%, according to StatCounter. It is interesting to see that IE is declining at an accelerating pace and IE9 Beta cannot, despite the massive marketing campaign, dent Chrome’s growth, while Firefox is holding on to what it has. It almost seems as if IE9 will not be able to turn around the decline of IE.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

De l’utilisation des journaux électroniques par les chercheurs anglais

Le RIN (Research Information Network) a publié en janvier la seconde partie d’une étude sur l’utilisation des journaux électroniques par les chercheurs anglais, menée entre mars 2008 et mars 2010. Un article publié dans Learned Publishing en janvier reprend aussi les éléments de ce rapport : E-journals, researchers – and the new librarians. L’étude a pour objectif de  repérer les changements de pratiques et de comportements induits par l’accès aux journaux en ligne. Les données regroupent des résultats d’ enquêtes et d’ interviews menées […]