Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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The difference between an RFP and a restaurant menu

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An excellent post from Adam Hyde (February 2022) pointed out one of the limitations of the request-for-proposal (RFP) process, used when a purchaser wishes buy a large-scale software solution.

As Hyde points out, one obvious …

What’s wrong with a payola model for Spotify?

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A fascinating Financial Times article looks at Spotify’s new practice of charging record companies to include specific songs in Spotify’s algorithm (“Spotify must wait to find out if digital ‘payola’ hits the right notes”, 27 November 2020). Alex Barker, author of …

How not to create a website user survey

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I can’t resist surveys. I always sign up for website user experience surveys, because I feel that since I am in the business of digital information, I ought to be prepared to participate to help UX people design better sites. After …

The truth about students and search?

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The truth about search seems to be more astonishing than anything you could imagine. Lin Lin, EBSCO Senior User Experience Researcher, talking at the UKeiG Annual Meeting last week, provided some startling revelations, drawing on EBSCO’s wide experience of observing search …

Seven classic books about computing

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The books I’m thinking about might not be quite as old as the ones in the photo, but at least some of them will have I hope the patina of age. One of the slightly poignant aspects of working in computing …

RefME and the principle of One Click

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It is common knowledge that sales of compact digital cameras have fallen in recent years.  A fascinating graphic on PetaPixel shows clearly how digital cameras first replaced the analogue camera market, but then in turn have seen sales falling since around …

Don’t make me think! Revisited

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis is the latest in a series looking at classic technology titles. For another example click here

Don’t Make me Think! That title! There are few examples in publishing of a book title catching your attention and at the same …

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 …

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