I thought this was terrific. The central character is an English language newspaper published in Italy, with a cleverly assembled set of short stories telling
its history, from its curious founding through periods of energized attention to a long twilight and abrupt end. Resonated with me.
I yam who I yam (but tell that to Facebook or Pandora)
Morozov’s “The Net Delusion” sounds like it’s a counter-balance to Clay Shirky’s “Here Comes Everyone”, detailing the malevolent uses of social media.
Wu’s “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” is praised as a “tour de force” on rise and fall of information technologies and
expresses his concern on the contested future of the Internet. Wu (a law professor at Columbia) coined the phrase “net neutrality”, and this is one book I plan to read.
One of the clearer commentaries on the NYT’s new paywall and why “Keep it Simple, Stupid” is so important. I’m just glad I still have my print subscription to the Sunday Times.
“Based on Web of Science data, field-specific excellence can be identified in cities where highly-cited papers were published. Compared to the mapping approaches published hitherto,
our approach is more analytically oriented by allowing the assessment of an observed number of excellent papers for a city against the expected number.”
We’re seeing more of these geo-data visualizations, like the NY Times’ Mapping America site based on US census data, and for me they often confirm expectations rather than reveal
surprising findings. So it’s interesting to me that the aim of this effort was to reveal the unexpected. Example map for Chemistry here: http://www.leydesdorff.net/topcity/figure2.htm
Great description of the challenges in providing a complete array of “get” options in the NLA’s Trove: buy, borrow (national loans), copy, digital view, print on demand and digitize on demand
This nifty example of combining gaming with OCR text correction reminded me of the Waisda? games for tagging videos and the huge crowdsourcing success of the National Library of Australia’s historic newspapers (31 million lines of text corrected). Still early stages, but 25K volunteers in one month is pretty good.