In this issue:
The New York Times • July 24, 2009
Nice tabs. Elsevier's Article of the Future provides an easy-to-navigate tab interface for perusing scientific articles and includes some multimedia content, but whether it will stave off the challenge of Open Access is yet to be seen. Click through to check out the prototypes and follow the suggested links at the end for further reading on the future of science publishing.
Scientific American • July 21, 2009
Creativity catalyst. Studies show that "psychological distance" can help us think about problems differently and spark innovative solutions. If it works, this is a ridiculously easy way to jumpstart more creative thinking.
TEDBlog July 24, 2009
Creativity killer. Business analyst Dan Pink talks about when incentives can help promote creative thinking, and when they're actually counterproductive. The link goes to notes taken during the presentation — the video is not yet posted on the TED site.
Research Information • July 23, 2009
Food for thought. This study by the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance and Ithaka S+R profiles 12 different nonprofit projects and how they're funded. Click through to the report and browse the case studies for ideas on new funding sources and arrangements.
A VC • July 25, 2009
More food for thought. This post touts the Financial Times' online content business model, which offers readers nine free visits per month and on the tenth, requests a payment. As nonprofits struggle to accommodate today's freemium mindset, perhaps some adaptation of this model could offer a way to expand services and get heavy users to pay for them.
The New York Times/ReadWriteWeb • July 16, 2009
Worth a read. ReadWriteWeb's Bernard Lunn focuses his crystal ball on the future of reading, writing, publishing and selling books. One note — his prediction of retail bookstores morphing into community hangouts sounds very much like a popular vision for bricks-and-mortar libraries.
Wikimedia Blog • July 16, 2009
Copyright wars cont'd.The deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation responds to the (London) National Portrait Gallery's protest over the inclusion of public domain paintings in the Wikimedia Commons repository. Read the blog, and then read the comments for an interesting exchange of views on US vs. UK copyright laws and more.
Smithsonian 2.0 • July 16, 2009
The kids are alright. The Smithsonian used an alternate reality game to engage teenage visitors and then surveyed them to find out how much they'd learned and whether they'd had fun. Click through to the results for a well-produced survey results presentation.
- OCLC Research Highlights of Projects in Support of the RLG Partnership: April-June 2009 Now Available
- OCLC Research Announces Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series
- QOTD: Small Books
- Special Collections and University Rankings
- OCLC Research at the Society of American Archivists
- Working around Works
- Smithsonian Web Strategy, CultureLabel: The Impact of Network Effects
- Assessing Collections
- Related Searches