Category Archives: Technology and Networking

Elsevier in talks to buy Mendeley

From Techcrunch this morning.

The world of ed-tech is ramping up another notch, and getting a lot more open in the process: educational publishing giant Elsevier is in advanced talks to buy Mendeley, a London/New York-based provider of a platform for academics to share research and collaborate with each other via a social network. TechCrunch understands from sources close to the companies that the deal is underway and should close this quarter, possibly by the end of February — all things being equal — and will be in the region of $100 million.

Plum Analytics and figshare Collaborate

Plum Analytics and figshare are collaborating to ensure that researchers get credit for their research.

Philadelphia — December 3, 2012 –In ever-growing efforts to provide a full picture of research and researchers, Plum Analytics and figshare are working together to provide metrics about the use of datasets. figshare has pioneered the sharing of research beyond the traditional publishing model by providing an easy mechanism for researchers to share datasets. These datasets include artifacts such as spreadsheets, figures, photos, papers, etc. figshare makes it easy for researchers to get credit for this research by publishing it in a discoverable way outside of journals. figshare keeps metrics such as views and shares for every dataset artifact so researchers and others can see which datasets are most used.

Mobile information seeking and collaboration

The Outreach of Digital Libraries: A Globalized Resource Network
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7634/2012, 106-115
Chapter: Social Interaction Patterns during Mobile Information Seeking (Fulltext limited to subscribers.)

Mobile applications now incorporate features for communication and collaboration. One way that such applications are being used is in collaborative information seeking. There is, however, a lack of understanding of users’ social interaction needs when performing such tasks. To address this gap and using tourism as the domain, we conducted a diary study to examine tourists’ collaborative information seeking activities during their trips. These collaboration patterns were analyzed using the BIG6 information seeking process. Results showed that tourists were more influenced by their inner circle of social contacts such as family during the task definition, information seeking strategies, and location and access phases as compared to strangers. Conversely, strangers were more influential during the use of information, synthesis and evaluation phases. Implications of these findings are also discussed.

“We The Data” is a collaborative project

This looks very interesting.  The text below is from one of their about pages.

We The Data is born of a partnership between a group of friends, TED Fellows, and some visionaries at Intel Labs. A core team gathered to launch a campaign that enabled about 100 people to map and define the problem. Below is the core team and some of the key ‘problem mappers’ who contributed significantly to the process. Brought together by a common belief that ‘the internet is an organism in the process of being born’ and that we all have an important role in the data revolution, these groups worked together to seed what was to become a movement, #wethedata.

WE THE DATA of the World, in Order to form a more Meaningful Global Collective, establish Open Communication and Access, insure universal Transparency, provide for the common Good, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Vibrant Open Data for All as part of our positive legacy to the World, have hereunto subscribed our Names and share our stories.

Cooperative Patent Classification system from the USPTO and EPO

From the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system website.

The EPO and USPTO both have highly developed patent classification systems. CPC is an ambitious harmonization effort to bring the best practices from each Office together. In fact, most U.S. patent documents are already classified in ECLA. The conversion from ECLA to CPC at the EPO will ensure IPC compliance and eliminate the need for the EPO to classify U.S. patent documents. At the USPTO, the conversion will provide an up-to date classification system that is internationally compatible.

The Digital Library Federation Forum registration is open

The Digital Library Federation (a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources) has their conference (forum) in Denver this November, 2012.

“The Forum is a working meeting where the DLF Community, and those interested in joining, come together to do better work through sharing and collaboration. It provides an opportunity for practitioners to share experiences and practices and to support a broad level of information-sharing. Participation is open to all those interested in playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums, and archives services and collections.”

Go ahead and register for the conference. Here is the schedule.

A note about the book Net Smart by Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold has been writing about the impact of the Internet and other types of social networks on society for over 30 years.  Earlier this year, he finished his most recent book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.

The introduction (PDF) notes what the intended audience is, and why he wrote the book.  Concerning collaboration, the most relevant section is Chapter Four, in which the discussion:

Moves from the personal and interpersonal to the cybersocial. The know-how at the core of this literacy is about the magic of several different flavors of collaboration made possible by networked media. The realms of collaboration are broad and deep, so this chapter offers both a high-altitude map of the territory of online collaboration and close-up conversations with the people who have created famously successful collaborative enterprises.

While I personally find that he uses the term “crap detection” a little too often for my tastes, I suppose it is a good way to get the point across to your average undergraduate student.

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Clay Shirky on cooperation without coordination

Clay Shirky recently spoke at TEDGlobal 2012.  The video is not available yet, but they blogged about some of his session.

“When a lot of ideas come into circulation, it changes society,” Shirky says. “When there are more ideas in circulation, there are more ideas for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more argument. That’s what happens when media space expands.” The Internet is following the pattern, certainly providing us with another space for more argument. He shows a screenshot of some online “discussion” involving the phrase “maggot bastard,” a new one to me. (“YouTube is just a goldmine,” he says.)

“I study social media,” says Shirky, explaining, “I watch people argue.” Now he wants to introduce us to the group of people who represent to him the arguers we should watch most carefully: open-source programmers.

ALIA Conference in Australia, July 10-13, 2012

The ALIA Conference will be taking place in Sydney later this month.  It looks like they have already posted some of the papers that will be presented at the conference.  I see three sessions concerning collaboration and libraries, and two of them are available online (as far as I can find.)

iPads: outreach, collaboration, and innovation in academic libraries” (PDF) by Freya Bruce, Vicki Bourbous, Maria El-Chami, John Eliot, and Sarah Howard, Australian Catholic University

Ecosciences precinct library – collaboration of spaces & people” (PDF) by Helen Macpherson, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Anne Tobin, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

“International Collaboration to put Evidence into Practice” by Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland Library, Suzanne Lewis, Central Coast Local Health District, and Connie Schardt, Duke University

Here is the full program as a PDF document.

MIT and Harvard collaborate on an online education service

MIT and Harvard announce edX. This is “a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.”