In this issue:
Publishers Weekly • October 19, 2009
Cory the Explorer. New media pioneer Cory Doctorow chronicles his adventures in publishing — from e-books to audio files to premium, embossed cover hardbacks. This article is the first of a series on his experience with his latest book, aptly titled With a Little Help. As an early participant in digital publishing, Doctorow's observations are worth a read.
The New York Times • October 14, 2009
Preaching to the choir.You're reading this on screen right now, but maybe you'd rather be curled up with a good book. This article features five short essays by experts in literature, neuroscience, child development, computer science and informatics on our brain's relationship with the written word and how it's changing.
Jakob Nielsen's AlertBox • October 12, 2009
Rules of engagement. A recent study by usability expert Jakob Nielsen does not contain any earthshaking revelations, but offers some common sense suggestions, such as making sure your postings are substantive, timely and informative. And be generous when designing reader feedback space — once a comment is bumped off the page, it's history. Few users bother to click through to older messages in the stream.
Endless Innovation • October 14, 2009
Boomer power. The latest data from Nielsen Claritas shows the Boomer generation is once again flexing its demographic muscle — this time in social networking and social media. Turns out, instead of gardening and golf, retirees are turning to Facebook and MySpace. The implications are huge for online marketing campaigns.
Nieman Journalism Lab • September 15, 2009
Luring new readers, one clue at a time. In an interesting experiment aimed at engaging the under-40 crowd, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has teamed with Rochester Institute of Technology to sponsor a citywide alternate reality game. Clues are hidden in print editions, and more than a thousand players have signed up. This is an interesting idea for energizing a community around a print product.
Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'Facts'
The Christian Science Monitor • October 13, 2009
Reality check. A new software program runs in tandem with your Web browser and sniffs out questionable "facts" encountered during your online reading. The system's creator points out Dispute Finder is not infallible, but this could be a valuable service in an era of dwindling numbers of newspaper fact-checkers.
McKinsey & Company/What Matters • October 14, 2009
Someone's got to do it. Pro Publica editor-in-chief Paul Steigen talks about how his organization is supplementing newspapers' efforts to dig deep and ask the hard questions. With the largest pool of investigative reporters in the country, Pro Publica offers a counterweight to the disinformation propagated by some politically motivated bloggers. Let's hope efforts such as these can prop up an increasingly shaky Fourth Estate.
Technology Review • October 14, 2009
MapQuest on steroids. Software developed by Microsoft and Germany's University of Konstanz allows the user to preview a realistic panoramic video of a route before it's driven. "What we wanted to do is build a system where we could give [drivers] those visual cues before they got into the car," says MSN researcher Billy Chen.
- Libraries and the Long Tail: Intro
- On the Discriminations of Availability...
- Getting Smarter about Archives and Special Collections
- Community Bibliography
- Ontologies and Linked Data on the Web
- OAIster Update: More Access & No Conditions