David Clark will be visiting The National Library of Finland in June to advise on development of the library's new digital archive. The new archive will be based on an open-source development model and the opportunity will be taken to introduce analysis of usability into the core design and process of the application.
This new project will build on CIBER's ongoing work on deployment of digital archives and usage analysis for Europeana and CVCE. That experience will be shared at a usability seminar and workshop on June 5th and a planning meeting with the technical team.
PEER gives publishers traffic uplift
Publishing and the Ecology of European Research, a four-year project supported by the European Community's eContentplus programme, has been investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability. The project concluded with a conference in Brussels on 29 May 2012. Attended by representatives from publishing, library, repository, funding and research users, with an opening address by European Commission Vice President, Neelie Kroes, the programme included a presentation by Ian Rowlands of CIBER's four-year study of digital repository usage.
The scholarly web is a complex environment in which digital visibility is essential. Researchers do not log-on to repositories or publisher sites and make little use of the search facilities therein; they are swept direct to content by third-party gateways and search engines.
Computer & Information Science
At the invitation of the Saudi goverment, David Nicholas visited Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University last month. With the Rector, Dean, and other staff he reviewed the research and teaching of the University's College of Computer and Information Science and presented a number of lectures to staff and students.
As a consequence Imam University are now considering the establishment of a major international research programme at the University, which will focus on the social media, the digital consumer and the knowledge economy.
To the City of Good Thoughts on the River Emajõgi
Dave Nicholas will be speaking to an audience of research library managers at the 41st LIBER Annual Conference on 27–29 June 2012 in Tartu, Estonia. The conference theme, organised by the University of Tartu Library, is “Mobilising the knowledge economy for Europe”. Programme
Wired Child's ABC
Google Generation II: web behaviour experiments with the BBC. described a large scale experiment conducted by CIBER as part of the award winning 'Virtual Revolution' television series made by the BBC in 2009.
Now the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television science program, Catalyst, is interested in reporting on how technology may be changing human minds. Dave Nicholas has been interviewed for the programme and CIBER are exploring the possibilities of once again conducting a large-scale web behaviour experiment through audience participation.
Dave Nicholas will be talking about the death of reading and the challenges to British
publishing at The Future of the Printed World, a one day conference at the University of Warsaw, Friday, 25th May. ppt
Disintermediated, decoupled and down
“Too many libraries and librarians exist in a parallel universe to that inhabited by their users. Librarians must understand how differently people seek and use information in cyberspace and realign information services along new lines.” —
Dave Nicholas, Dis-intermediated, decoupled and down: the future of the library profession. CILIP Update, March 2012, pp29-31
Retailing 2020: serving the digital consumer is the theme of the first RetailDetail congress in Schelle on 26th April. David Nicholas will be the keynote speaker at this event which will take a retailers' view of the future of shopping in the internet age.
‘Reading’ in the digital environment
Reading is good for you and deep reading even better. But how often do you snatch a snack on the go rather than sit down to a proper three course meal? Scholars must publish or perish, libraries and publishers alike measure success by papers downloaded; is consumption evidence of the mind's nutritition? Digest the CIBER point of view —‘Reading’ in the digital environment— in 87k bytes with the April issue of Learned Publishing.
Gold over Green?
Sponsored by IOP Publishing, Elsevier and Emerald, the third in our series of studies for the Charleston Observatory conference, Coming of Age? looks at strategic directions for digital repositories. The study notes the small scale of most institutional repositories, the variety of material held, the strong feeling among researchers that ‘gold’ open access will replace ‘green’ and, that within the repository movement itself, subject based repositories are better placed than institutional repositories to meet researchers' needs.
Turnaways is a new service for publishers that will enable them to understand the unsatisfied demand for published research articles. Each year 500 million potential customers are turned away by pay-walls at publishers' websites. CIBER's new service will analyse this latent demand, discover where the product is not hitting the value chain and why. This is an industry-wide challenge that will benefit from collaborative investigation, CIBER's independence and many years’ experience in analysing online usage.
Version two of Europeana, the EU funded project to promote online exploration of Europe's cultural collections, was launched in October 2011. CIBER Research will be analysing the success of the new platform with a focus on discovering patterns of visitor interactivity, loyalty, and the significance of sharing objects in social media. Early insights will be presented at the Europeana Plenary conference in June 2012 and an update to our Culture on the Go report will follow in September.
CVCE, is an interdisciplinary research and documentation center for European Integration studies. Over the next six months CIBER will be working with CVCE to develop and implement a suite of key-performance-indicators for the web-based service offered by CVCE.
Gaps and barriers
The Research Information Network has recently published Access to scholarly content: gaps and barriers. The research, based on an online survey of researchers and knowledge workers undertaken by CIBER , examines which members of different communities in the UK can gain ready access to journal articles and conference proceedings.
what we believe and know, how we learn, and what we are
Dave Nicholas and David Clark will be at “Web Epistemics—How the Web shapes what we believe and know, how we learn and what we are” from 15–17 February 2012 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld .
The Web fosters access to information and challenges censorship. But with that comes an increasing amount of ‘noise’; high-quality content is lost in background ‘twitter’. Filtering has become a crucial task in a web of raw information. History of knowledge shows the phenomenon is not without predecessors. Societies have always sought to select, organise, disseminate or even erase knowledge from collective memories...
The ‘Perfect Storm’ hits scholarly communication?
The pre-conference to Academic Publishing in Europe (Berlin, 23–25 January 2012), will open with a presentation by Dave Nicholas and Anthony Watkinson considering the place of the ‘Article of the Future’ in a world of mobile data, e-books, apps and social media.
The Perfect Storm will address a number of burning questions: are publishers in denial about the overwhelming impact of the digital revolution? Are publishers about to be decoupled from their readership by
social media and the smart phone? Are publishers offering an immersive environment to the Google
generation? The session is not intended to be bounded and it is hoped that the discussion, that will be
encouraged, will range over the whole range of thinking about scholarly communication as it might be
Dave Nicholas has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information, at the University of Tennessee. The new adjunct professor of merit will work with SIS faculty and the Center for Information and Communication Studies on research studies,especially those focusing on scholarly communication, mobile information and behavior in the digital space.
Europeana, the European digital library, museum & archive is a European Commission initiative to give direct access to digital objects: video, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers. EuropeanaConnect is one of a number of projects part-funded by the EC's eContentplus programme contributing technology solutions and content to Europeana.eu.
An important goal is to build the community of technical and scientific experts in the field. It will showcase services and activities that are best examples of an open Digital Culture and will bring together the software development community with cultural domain professionals, to strengthen networks and establish future collaboration.
‘Culture on-the-Go’ is the result of a CIBER deep-log analysis focussed on smart-phones and tablets. more... CIBER research for Europeana.