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What do students want?

Personalised Learning and Publishing Partnerships (16 June 2015) is a one-day seminar organised by the Society of Learnèd and Professional Publishers — the student experience is a central priority for higher education institutions, and demand for personalised learning coincides with an increasingly diverse student population: have course materials kept pace with student needs? David Nicholas will say what publishers should think about when designing textbooks for the smartphone age.

are we ready yet?

'E-books — are we ready yet? A LIHNN/Yorkshire & the Humber study day (4th June 2015) looking at issues and potential solutions around library provision of e-books for health care library and information professionals. The Park Royal Hotel, Warrington. David Nicholas will talk about E-books: use, information seeking and reading behaviour.

Die Fördermittelvergabe entscheidet

Anthony Watkinson has given an interview to the editor of Bibliotek Information Technologie, Rafael Ball in which he describes his interest over forty-years in the transfer of scientific communication from print to digital media.

Reputation Mechanisms

JRC SCIENCE AND POLICY REPORT Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars

Terms such as “Science 2.0”, “Digital science” and “Open science” encompass trends such as open access to scientific knowledge, citizen science and open peer evaluation systems: new formats for conducting, publishing and disseminating science and research. Started as grass-root initiatives, they have become embedded in the practice of scientific research, and could change how science and research systems function in the future. Thus conventional indicators may fall short in reflecting reputation and impact in the field of science.

David Nicholas, Eti Herman, Hamid R. Jamali Emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Report EUR 27174 EN) 2015 [doi:10.2791/891948] forms a part of the JRC-IPTS commissioned study "Analysis of emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars" focused on challenges to conventional ways of establishing and measuring scholarly reputation. It lays the conceptual framework for the analysis of the data gathered in the subsequent empirical, case-study phases of the investigation and presents:

  • A comprehensive literature review and audit of scholarly activities in the digital age and associated reputational mechanisms.
  • A state of the art mapping and evaluation of online platforms that offer ‘new’ reputational mechanisms for scholars.

CIBER news — January–April 2015

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