Research Publications Newsletters Above the Fold Above the Fold - 28 October 2014


Harvard Law Review Claims Copyright Over Legal Citations; Now Challenged By Public Domain Effort

TechDirt • 8 October 2014

Can you overreact in regard to copyright? "If you're not a copyright geek, you might not be aware of the copyright saga revolving around the Harvard 'Bluebook.' The Bluebook is basically the standard for legal citations in the US. It's technically owned by an organization that is effectively made up of four top law schools. For a variety of reasons, the idea that citations can be covered by copyright is troubling to a lot of folks, but the Harvard Law Review, in particular, has stood by the copyright in The Bluebook (for which it makes a pretty penny each year)."

I am not a copyright geek but I have moved among them including working with Harvard on the release of their bibliographic data. And this is pretty interesting. Well, it's actually interesting and complicated and not quite as internally inconsistent as the author of this post represents. Existing revenue streams are a powerful shaper of perspective. (Michalko)




Breakthroughs Belong to No One

MISC Magazine (Will Novosedlik) via via 99U

The Archimedean moment is overrated "It's not the raw creativity or herculean intellect of an inspired individual that solves problems. It's the interaction between that individual and others that leads to epiphany. Most scientific and artistic innovations or breakthroughs emerge from joint thinking . . . "

This is a brief but impassioned exhortation to work across silos. "Contextual juxtaposition" is the fancy phrase for bringing together different disciplines around a common problem. If you're organizing group work addressed to strategy or problem-solving it might be worth scanning the paper referenced in this essay—"Social Creativity: Making All Voices Heard" (pdf). (Michalko)




Getting People to Believe in Something They Can't Yet Imagine • 10 October 2014

The authors summarize some techniques for socializing and selling a new idea or approach in the face of big company inertia, resistance to change, fear of failure, financial disincentives, and the tendency of people and organizations to favor what has worked in the past.

There's a few good examples in this short piece. I liked the story about the Xerox 9700 laser printer and the way they created a pilot project. It's always useful to acknowledge that you have the responsibility to successfully position your good idea. They rarely win on their own. (Michalko)




The Innovator's Hypothesis: Michael Schrage Tells Us How to Take the First Step

The Discipline of Innovation Blog • 12 October 2014

His idea of cheap is not a library idea of cheap. Tim Kastelle summarizes some of the principles in Michael Schrage's book The Innovator's Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas (find in library). For example, "Experiments will help you bridge the gap between doing nothing and doing something."

I've always found Schrage interesting and often enough provocative. I need to read more about this recent effort since the review isn't capacious enough to be a RILR. (Michalko)




Machines, Art Criticism, Dead Frogs

Should the Laborer Fear Machines?
The Atlantic • 29 September 2014

How Copyright Law Protects Art From Criticism
Pacific Standard: The Science of Society • 29 September

Can frogs return from the dead? via Nautilus Three Sentence Science

The first because it's longform and Nicholas Carr.

The second because this is my week for geeking on copyright. (see added note)

The third because I couldn't resist the headline and the frog pictures are wonderful. (Michalko)

Note: I was poked a bit about the verb "geeking." My colleagues at OCLC have popularized it in a widely-accepted library advocacy campaign. And the OED declares that the original meaning of geek—a carnival or circus performer of bizarre or grotesque acts—is now rare.



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