In this issue:
The New York Times • June 11, 2009
Out-Amazoning Amazon. Scribd exec Trip Adler says it all: "This is the first public endorsement of a major force in publishing that the social Web will play a major role in the future of book sales." In a challenge to Amazon, the Scribd deal offers publishers more money and control over how their content is distributed and Adler is hoping more publishers will soon sign up.
TEDBlog • June 8, 2009
Not your father's dictionary. The idea of a dictionary that evolves with language makes sense — where else could you find a word like "hamdemic" (referring to the swine flu outbreak)? Check out the interview with McKean and then check out the site itself for some fun browsing.
National Library of Medicine
Knowledge at your virtual fingertips. Click through to find out how the U.S. National Library of Medicine is expanding on the Turning The Pages (TTP) technology developed by the British Library. Originally designed to provide BL visitors virtual access to rare books, the NLM's version gives home users similar access plus links to additional information.
Inside Higher Ed • June 18, 2009
The times, they are a-changin'. Revolt against commercial academic publishers is simmering, according to a recent meeting of the American Association of University Professors, who note that the complacency which has characterized the author-publisher relationship up to now is quickly disappearing. Driving the change is the proliferation of nonprofit options and the fact that open source publications are much more likely to turn up in Google searches, providing authors better visibility and a greater chance of being cited.
Innovating to Win • June 3, 2009
After the flood. We're all drowning in data, which the author notes becomes "actionable knowledge only when it's made available to knowledge workers in the context of their need, at the moment of need, in a form which is compatible with the researcher's thought templates." To achieve this goal, every organization needs an Innovation Information Ecosystem that is knowledge-worker-centric, and that incorporates all sources of information, formal and informal, from both inside and outside the organization.
Edge • June 12, 2009
The gift of gab. A fascinating study of how language shapes our experience of being human— strongly influencing the way we think about time, space, even colors.
- OCCL Research Software Contest Entries Due by 30 June 2009
- Presentations Available from the RLG Partnership User Symposium, "Hearing Voices: Connecting with Users, Enhancing Services"
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