Oct 132009
The STM Report: An overview of scientific and scholarly journal publishing

STM has just released The STM Report: An overview of scientific and scholarly journal publishing. A follow up to my 2006 report, Scientific publishing in transition: an overview of current developments, this new report collects the available evidence and provides a comprehensive picture of the trends and currents in scholarly communication.

May 152009

We’ve been awarded a contract to develop a web-based toolkit to support key stakeholders (especially research funders, higher education institutions, libraries and publishers) to apply the common principles set out in an earlier RIN document, the Research and the Scholarly Communications Process: towards strategic goals for public policy. I’m working with Robin Beecroft of Searchlighter on this [read more]

May 132009

At last! a definition of semantic publishing I can understand and that tells me why I might want to bother: anything that enhances the meaning of a published journal article, facilitates its automated discovery, enables its linking to semantically related articles, provides access to data within the article in actionable form, or facilitates integration of [read more]

Oct 192007
Sermo - an unusual business model

Their idea is based on“information arbitrage”, the opportunity that arises when breaking medical insights intersect with the demand for actionable, market-changing events in healthcareIn other words, they want to charge pharmacos, financial institutions, healthcare companies and others to participate and listen in on the community:Clients pay a subscription fee and in return can post questions to the Sermo community…. It’s not obvious to me that doctors will prefer to “talk candidly” with Pfizer’s shills over having to endure advertising on the site, and given the attention the pharma industry has received for some of its more dubious marketing practices (such as ghost-writing) and what has been seen as its undue influence over the whole medical profession (including, let us not forget, medical publishing), the arrangements are likely to come under some scrutiny from regulators.

Aug 212007

Eric Schmidt Defines Web 3.0:Google CEO Eric Schmidt was recently at the Seoul Digital Forum and he was asked to define Web 3.0 by an audience member…. He said that while Web 2.0 was based on Ajax, Web 3.0 will be “applications that are pieced together” – with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).Most scientific publishers probably think of Web 3.0 (if at all) in terms of the semantic web.

Aug 202007

Communication & Technology Watch Quarterly’s August issue is devoted to The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communication & Cyberinfrastructure, guest-edited by Lee Dirks and Tony Hey of Microsoft. I haven’t had time to read it yet but there looks to be a lot of interest, including these that I turned to first:The Shape of the Scientific Article in The Developing Cyberinfrastructure, by Clifford LynchWeb 2.0 in Science, by Timo Hannay…

Jul 122007

The Istanbul Declaration signed at the recent OECD World Forum looks interesting, calling on governments to make their statistical data freely available online as a “public good”:[quote]It’s not entirely clear to me how much different this would make to access, given that major Western governments like UK and USA already make their statistical data available. [check this]What does look really interesting, though, is the potential to combine this raw access to data with new online tools like Swivel, ManyEyes and MappingWorlds that allow ordinary users to manipulate, visualise and share datasets.

Jul 122007

Shelfari is “a social interactive social media site for book lovers”.Using Shelfari, you can create a personal shelf of your books, see what your friends are reading, get and give recommendations for what to read next, create book lists, and even share your opinion on a book with friends or the growing Shelfari community.It intends to make money from affiliate marketing/referrals:we aren’t running any ads on the site…. So when you buy a book through Shelfari on Amazon or another service, Shelfari gets a percentage of that revenue.The service is also neatly integrated into Facebook, which must surely increase its uptake potential.True to form, “Fantasy” and “Science Fiction” are among the most popular tags, and the DaVinci Code is the most commented book, but it’s not all bad, and there’s plenty of real books too.File under “nice”.

Jun 222007

Overall they recommend that:Recommendation 1: Guidelines should not be so prescriptive as to stifle the experimentation thatis needed with Web 2.0 and learning and teaching that is necessary to take full advantage of thepossibilities offered by this new technology.From a publisher’s perspective, these recommendations could be important:Recommendation 2: JISC should consider funding projects investigating how institutional repositories canbe made more accessible for learning and teaching through the use of Web 2.0 technologies, includingtagging, folksonomies and social software.Recommendation 6: JISC should consider funding a study to look at how repositories can be used toprovide end-user (i.e. referrer) archiving services for material that is referenced in academic publishedmaterial, including Internet journal papers. Part of this consideration should extend to copyright issues.Recommendation 3: JISC should consider funding work looking at the legal aspects of ownership andIPR, including responsibility for infringements in terms of IPR, with the aim of developing good practiceguides to support open creation and re-use of material.Other blog coverage: see Brian Kelly (UKOLN) on UK Web Focus.The Read/Write Web blog today published a round-up of some of its recent coverage of Web 2.0 in e-learning in e-learning 2.0: All You Need To Know.