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The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought (1977)

That word “modern”, of course, always raises problems. As soon as you label a book as “modern” it appears outdated very quickly. So the Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, first published 1977, now looks very dated. Nonetheless, a title that survived three editions (1977, …

Reducing Misinformation: spotting fake news

This presentation at the London Text Analytics Meetup (January 2018) alarmed me a little. The title “Reducing Misinformation” sounds a bit like the heavy-handed slogan painted on the sides of Thames Valley Police Force cars some years ago: “Reducing Crime, Disorder and Fear”. Somehow an admirable goal …

Perhaps academic publishing needs two cultures

 

Academic publishing is all about science, and specifically life science. This was clear from a presentation at Academic Publishing in Europe, in Berlin, last week. Caroline Edwards, a literature lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, argued for a specific humanities publishing approach, and …

Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) Berlin, 2018

Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

It was snowing in Berlin as I arrived, late on a night in January. Not the most encouraging of weather, but the following morning the sun was shining, the air was clear, and it was warming indeed to see the Berlin Academy of Sciences, venue …

How algorithms have already changed your life

Tutorials about machine learning are, it seems two a penny. However, guides to machine learning by machine learning experts, however solid they may be as textbooks, frequently seem to lack ways in which the tools can be applied to a particular domain – in my …

How a bookshop cache improved my education

Many years ago, when there were new and second-hand bookshops all the way along London’s Charing Cross Road , there was a memorable bookshop called Joseph Poole. Much of my reading in my late teens and early twenties originate in that shop.

They did sell …

Publishers attend their annual Rave

Yet again Rave Technologies assembled an impressive cast of speakers for their annual publishing event (London, October 2017). Despite the event being managed by a vendor, Rave resists any attempt to turn it into a corporate showcase.

This year the theme was broadly based around innovation, …

How one university manages resource discovery

 

Books on Shelves (Wikimedia)

An interesting report, based on a 2015 survey but published 2016, gives an overview into how one major university, Oxford, enables its users to find information about its own collections – not just researchers, but institutional staff (such as museum curators) as well.…

The difference between science and humanities research

David Crotty posted a fascinating article on Scholarly Kitchen  last week, highlighting a fundamental difference between scientific and humanities academic publishing.  His argument related to open-access publishing, but this simply highlights the distinction between the two kinds of activity. Is that distinction justified?

The difference …

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