Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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Why concept maps may not be such a good idea

EBSCO Concept Map

I don’t have access to the EBSCO Discovery Service, but above is an example screenshot provided by EBSCO as an example. A concept map (or knowledge graph) is just a visual collection of links. Sometimes, as here, there is no differentiation between …

How Academics discover new content

Cover of the 2021 edition

Imagine you are a researcher, studying, say, bird migration. How do you find out about new papers on your topic? You have written a PhD on the subject, which enabled you to become familiar with all the recent research on …

What became of Information Scientists?

I started fondly reminiscing (as one does) as I listened to Martin White and Sandra Ward last week at this year’s UKeiG’s annual conference, talking about their collaboration on a history of the Institution for Information Science (IIS), until I thought: what happened to all …

Discovering content in academic libraries

When you use an academic library catalogue, what are you actually searching?

The graphic shows the main search screen of Cambridge University Library, called iDiscover (actually powered by Primo). The user is presented with, as you might expect, a simple search box, and three options …

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 …

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