This was recently presented at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN.
“Universal Access: Engaging the Complexity of Web Accessibility Through Collaboration” by Katherine Lynch, Jackie Sipes, and Kristina De Voe
Web accessibility is a growing concern for many libraries and higher education institutions. Temple University is currently undergoing a campus-wide effort to increase accessibility of web technologies for users with disabilities using guidelines modeled on Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act and the WCAG 2.0 document released by the W3C for best practices in web accessibility. As part of this effort, the University Libraries is evaluating its information technologies to ensure that university web accessibility guidelines are met. Library public services and technology staff alike are faced with remediation of content and information systems. This session will offer insights into the opportunities, obstacles, and options of applying web accessibility guidelines across a library’s vast web presence. Presenters will discuss general tools, standards, and guidelines for content remediation and the outcomes plus challenges. The session will highlight concrete strategies for educating and training staff on web accessibility, working collaboratively across library departments and units, and communicating with vendors.
OCLC library data now supplementing Yelp.com listings to improve public access to library information.
“The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of higher education; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, including the one on big data that I highlighted two weeks ago, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of emphasis on the role of the Internet and of technologies broadly.
The announcement and pointers to the report both online and in downloadable PDF are at: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Higher-Education.aspx”
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.
“The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of big data; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues.
The announcement and pointers to the report both online and in downloadable PDF are at: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Big-Data.aspx”
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.”
Coliibri is build from 100% community-sourced content, allowing authors to rally around creating unique works in a fun, collaborative atmosphere. Coliibri removes many of the traditional boundaries that limit innovation. You can collaborate on any idea with virtually anyone in the world.
Video for more info: https://www.coliibri.com/projects/coliibri-tutorial-video-v2
Kristine Fowler from the U. of Minnesota wrote “Mathematicians’ Views on Current Publishing Issues: A Survey of Researchers” for the journal, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Within the article, she noted:
Research Collaboration Tools and Methods
E-mail and face-to-face meetings are by far the most popular communication mechanisms for research collaborations, used usually/always by 89% and 68% of respondents, respectively. Use of telephone/Internet phone is the most variable, with roughly a third using it usually/always and a third using it rarely/never. None of the other collaboration methods given, ranging from posted letters to wikis, are frequently used by more than a few; in fact, 68-77% use them rarely or never.
Alex Knapp wrote a recent article, “Internet Collaboration Will Lead to More Innovation.” He starts off the article discussing Michael Nielson’s new book Reinventing Discovery, which is about “the use of online tools to transform the way science is done.” In the article, he noted:
One of the things that’s fascinating to me about the ability of the internet with respect to science is just this – more conversations, quicker feedback. I think that a perfect case in point is the OPERA group’s announcement that they’d measured neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. Their preliminary findings led to a slew of criticisms, commentary, and discussions of the implications the truth of the findings would have for physics. That in turn is leading the OPERA group to conduct a new, more refined experiment.
And this all happened in the space of a month!
Reinventing Discovery is a great book. I highly recommend it.