Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

Category: community

R2R 2021: How to replicate interactivity online

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This was never going to be a pale imitation of earlier iterations of this conference. Mark Carden has always set his stall out to provide more interactivity than in other conferences. The standard format of workshops, …

How to find recipes

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Eat Your Books home page: the first message is a sales pitch

Here is a problem we are all familiar with. Whether we have three or thirty-three recipe books, we always have trouble finding that elusive recipe that we cooked a …

Scribd: how to recreate the circulating library in digital form

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Scribd puts me in mind of the circulating library. Early in the 20th century, many people consumed fiction from a circulating library – simply another name for a private library. Users were charged a fee for the privilege of borrowing books from …

From eBooks to communities

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe curiously named “Beyond eBooks” (University College, London, April 2014) was the latest in a series of annual conferences devoted to ebooks. The title was curious, since ebooks were hardly mentioned in several of the presentations. A better title might have …

The future of enterprise search is Trip Advisor

Reading Time: 3 minutesSo said Roovn Pakiri, co-presenter of the keynote address at this year’s Enterprise Search Europe (London, April). His presentation represented the curious way in which a logical argument can go from a simple, sensible statement to something that is decidedly questionable …

Can you learn how to build an online community from a book?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWell, there are plenty of books out there that imply you can. I selected two of the more widely available titles and compared them:

Millington, R., 2012. Buzzing communities: how to build bigger, better, and more active online communities. FeverBee.

Ng, …

AccountingWEB: a model community

Reading Time: 3 minutesAccountingWEB has been running for some 15 years, which makes it one of the longest-established communities on the Web. I’m not even sure there was a Web 15 years ago. And the slick website oozes confidence. Simply reading the numbers of …

PatientsLikeMe: how good a community site?

Reading Time: 2 minutesA site entitled PatientsLikeMe states its goal very clearly – this is a site for sufferers to share experiences and views, and with 240,000 registered users (or 220,000, the site lists two different totals) it clearly meets a need. How does …

Unravelling Ravelry: how to build an online community

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There can never have been a more appropriate name for a website. Ravelry can refer not only to the practice of knitting (of which this site must be the definitive community) but also to the astonishingly intricate structure of the site. …

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