Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

Category: Content discovery

Evaluating recommender systems for academics

Amazon’s “frequently bought together” tool doesn’t inspire confidence: here Amazon recommends The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar named Desire for anyone buying Hamlet.

Recommender systems are the El Dorado of the 21st century. Retailers, manufacturers, content aggregators such as Netflix and Spotify see recommendations as …

Match Things, not Strings!

This was one of the admirable principles enunciated by Anthony Groves in his recent Haystack Conference webinar on how to deliver relevant results from a content-rich website, which I wrote about here. Yet, as I will show, sometimes it’s not such a bad idea …

Search and discovery on O’Reilly Online Learning

A recent excellent webinar about the O’Reilly Online Learning site, part of the excellent Haystack Conferences, was presented by Anthony Groves, O’Reilly Media’s Technical Lead of Search, and promised a fascinating insight into how discovery should be provided. Some might be more familiar with …

Serendipity as a rule for life

The spectacular foyer of Waterstones Bookshop, Cambridge. Each book on the wall has a handwritten recommendation.

Many years ago, at the start of my career in publishing, an old hand told me what, in his opinion, was the only marketing principle that mattered in trade …

What semantic enrichment means for academic publishing

Anyone reading the latest issue of the invaluable Research Information (The Meaning of Semantics, Four industry figures discuss the latest developments around semantic enrichment with Tim Gillett) would be left little the wiser about semantic enrichment after reading it. Although the line-up of people interviewed

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.…

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