The DPLA’s go-live target date is April 2013. Although the project is still financially, logistically, and technologically in the conceptual and planning phase, it has certainly generated plenty of enthusiasm—palpable not only among the spectators but also on the auditorium stage.
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I am a librarian who is interested in books. publishing, and social media. I go places and look in corners at conventions, meetups, conferences, and events because I am a curious person.
U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives, based on a survey conducted by OCLC, found that most public library staff anticipate that the top reason patrons are using their library will change in five years, though most of those think the change will be modest. Today, however, borrowing books and materials remain the top reason patrons use the library, at 62 percent, followed... by technology at 33 percent, according to the report published on March 21. Perhaps because it combines the two, most public library staff are focusing on e-books as one of their three top priorities, along with ensuring internet access and demonstrating value to funders. Public library staff expect both physical and online use of the library to increase, though growth of online use received a whopping 85 percent vote of confidence, compared to the narrow 55 percent majority of physical traffic increase. (Ebooks and other electronic resources also rank as the top initiative, with buildings/facilities a distant second.)
When you look at a gas station you probably don’t think about books. The same goes for when you’re in the library. I doubt that you think about pumping gas when you’re reading a passage from Shakespeare. Well my friends, Dutch artist Job Koelewijn has found a clever way to make these two opposites attract. He’s created a life-size gas station from recycled book covers. The recycled book cover... gas station is a perfect symbol of our society’s obsession with consumption. We love to consume books to satisfy our desire for knowledge and adventure. We also love to consume gasoline because we’re a fast-driving, always-on-the-run society. One thing that we don’t like to see “consumed” is books in a fire, which makes the design of the book cover gas station even more interesting and ironic.
"The reason we call this 'lean startup' is because of an insight that happened in manufacturing called lean manufacturing. Working in these supposedly efficient silos, where everyone is in their department and the work product is passed from department to department seems very efficient, but it's actually radically inefficient. The first publisher to restructure their process around these [lean]... principles is going to have a huge competitive advantage over their rivals." (Discussed at 5:04.) Ries also says that "the one realization that has not hit publishing yet is that if you make content, you're in the software business … if you look at the supply chain, who's accumulating all the power? It's software companies like Apple, Amazon and Google." (Discussed at 6:43.)
The distinction between “the internet” & “books” is totally totally arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now. The tweet got some negative reaction. But I'm certain this shift will happen, and should happen (I won't take bets on the timeline though). It should happen because a book properly hooked into the Internet is a far more valuable collection of information than... a book not properly hooked into the Internet. And once something is "properly hooked into the internet," that something is part of the Internet. It will happen, because: what is a book, after all, but a collection of data (text + images), with a defined structure (chapters, headings, captions), meta data (title, author, ISBN), and prettied up with some presentation design? In other words, what is a book, but a website that happens to be written on paper and not connected to the web?
But we wanted to get beyond beliefs with this work, to get into the nuts and bolts of things. We wanted our contributors to be not just perceptive thinkers, but also doers, who are building the kinds of tools and companies that will continue to shape publishing for years to come. Indeed the idea for Book came about not so much as an idea for a book, as a way to put to real-world use a new kind... of digital tool for book publishing that my small company was (and is) in the process of building: PressBooks.com. PressBooks is a simple, but powerful web-based book production tool, that produces ebooks, print books, and webbooks, all from one online source file. I thought I should be in the middle of it, testing it with a real publishing project. So I pitched the idea for the book, first to my friend Brian O’Leary, who is as seasoned about book publishing as I am naive. Brian liked it, and we agreed that the best place for the book was O’Reilly Media, a publishing company known for its aggressive embrace of digital innovation. Joe Wikert, Publisher at O’Reilly, liked it too — and we spent a good number of hours talking about how to “walk the walk” of the changes happening in publishing as we produced this book.
Welcome Annotating is a pervasive element of scholarly practice for both the humanist and the scientist. Over time annotations have scholarly value in their own right. The importance of annotating as a scholarly practice coupled with the real-world limitations of existing practices and tools supporting annotation of digital content has had a retarding effect on the growth of digital scholarship... and the level of digital resource use by scholars. The overarching goals of the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) are to facilitate to emergence of a Web and resource-centric interoperable annotation environment that allows leveraging annotations across the boundaries of annotation clients, annotation servers, and content collections, to demonstrate the utility of this environment, and to see widespread adoption of this environment.
“The world is one big data problem,” Mr. Elbaz says from his headquarters, a quiet office 14 floors above the Los Angeles Country Club. He is a slim, soft-spoken man who weaves in his chair when an idea excites him. “What if you could spot any error, as soon as you wrote it? Factual is definitely a new thing that will change business, and a valuable new tool for computing.” In the booming world... of Big Data, where once-unimaginably huge amounts of information are scoured for world-changing discoveries, Mr. Elbaz may be the most influential inventor and investor. Besides Factual, he has interests in 30 start-ups, including an incubator in San Francisco dedicated to Big Data. Factual’s headquarters, in a high-rise on the Avenue of the Stars, hosts seminars for a data community he hopes to foster in the Los Angeles area.
Mitt Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom spoke way too memorably when CNN asked if Romney’s rightward tilt will hurt him in the general election. I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again. analogy (an-AL-oh-gee), the template. From the Greek, meaning “proportional... thought.” (More analogizing on our sister site.) We love an analogy for its ability to attach thoughts to physical objects. The physicality makes an abstraction seem literal. A candidate’s move to the center becomes a fun toy. The problem here is that Romney’s planned and completely unsurprising future move to the center is the last thing the campaign wants to talk about right now. First, it has to win over a whole buncha ultraconservative primary voters.
At the Digital Book World conference in January 2012, Forrester Research revealed that 25 million people in the U.S. now own an e-reader and 34 million have a tablet of some kind. They also predicted that 40 million people in the U.S. will have an e-reader and 61 million will have tablets by the end of 2012–a number that surpasses the population of many European countries.
t looks as though the lifetime achievement award bestowed upon Statistical Abstract of the United States at this past ALA midwinter awards was premature. Dismaying librarians, the government announced last year that publication of the demographics powerhouse would cease with the 2012 issue. Today, however, database aggregator ProQuest announced that it will continue publication of the work—in... print and online—with the 2013 issue, meaning that there will be no gap in coverage. Joyce Fedeczko, Information Resources Director at BP, says, “I’m thankful that librarians and library clients will continue to have the invaluable ‘Stat Ab’ available to check basic statistical information. It is trusted and respected and has been a solid quick reference for experts and non-experts for years.”
Computer science has long wrestled with the question of how anyone can know what a computer or the programs running on it are doing. The Halting Problem described by Alan Turing in 1936 tells us that in complex cases, it’s impossible to predict what a computer program will do without actually running it. A related problem is knowing whether any defects or errors exist in a computer program. This is Gödel’s territory: his ‘‘incompleteness’’ tells us that it’s hard-to-impossible to prove that a program is free from bugs.
Digital readership has continued to grow since last year's survey. Seventy percent of college students have read a digital text, compared to 62% in 2011, and the majority of students now prefer digital to print. Almost six in 10 college students prefer digital over print when reading books for fun (57%) or textbooks for class (58%). This is a reversal from last year, when more college students preferred print over digital; this trend also holds true among high school seniors.
“Publishers and libraries are at odds over how to satisfy the public’s craving for electronic books. How they resolve this thorny issue will have a tremendous impact on readers,” according to a Philadelphia Inquirer editorial on Sunday (Libraries need e-books, too). Many e-books are simply unavailable to library patrons despite recent negotiations and subsequent appeals from the American... Library Association (see Jeremy Greenfield’s recent coverage). Points of contention remain pricing, which has been further complicated by recent actions taken by the Department of Justice, and post-sale restrictions intended to mimic “friction” (barriers to borrowing as many e-books as a user can, as often as they want to), which publishers argue mimics physical book lending and is necessary for them to participate in e-book lending.
Artifex Press has developed innovative ways to archive and publish the central fields of each catalogue raisonné — including basic cataloguing information, provenance, exhibition history, and literature history — and provides services to ensure that each catalogue will be regularly maintained and, therefore, accurate and current. Artifex Press catalogues raisonnés will play a crucial role in preserving the legacy and intellectual property of participating artists and artist estates.
Welcome to NYC Open Data This catalog supplies hundreds of sets of public data produced by City agencies and other City organizations. The data sets are now available as APIs and in a variety of machine-readable formats, making it easier than ever to consume City data and better serve New York City’s residents, visitors, developer community and all! View the application gallery for the 2011 NYC BigApps 3.0 competition!
This panel will discuss traditional and non traditional approaches to art, publishing, and technology while surveying the principal players that are instrumental in deciding how art issues are presented in print media. Exploring multiple perspectives the panel will shed some light upon: art issues magazines are having, art used to illustrate a story, how the art catalogue industry is changing... because of the internet, and how art book publishing companies are dealing with and effected by this.These and many more questions will be addressed by Annika Connor as she leads a discussion focused on Art, Publishing, & Technology.
… I wanted to drop you a note that we’ve officially launched ReadSocial (we’ve been working with a few testing partners for some time, but now we’re officially “launched”). We’re glad to give you a live demo next time you’re in the city.
Cash-strapped communities across the country have outsourced services ranging from trash pickup to tech support. But in a trend that's sparking debate around the country, more and more cities and towns are hiring outside contractors to run their public libraries. Some see the move as a savvy way to save money, while others worry about the implications allowing a private company to take control of the neighborhood library. We explore both sides of the issue.
First let’s look at the demand. As librarians we spend a great deal of time thinking and talking about books and subsequently ebooks. But the truth is we spend far more time focusing on ebooks than the population. Reports vary on the actually percentage of the population that actually own an ereader but general consensus agrees that after the holiday season this year it is only about 19 percent of... the population that owns an ereader, if you factor in tablets that number rises to 29%. Of course there is no guarantee that those tablet owners are reading ebooks on their device, but I’ll be generous and go with 29%. Ok, you say but we still have to serve that 29%.