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Four short links: 15 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 15, 2014

Funders Punish Open Access Dodgers (Nature) — US’s NIH and UK’s Wellcome Trust are withholding funding from academics who haven’t released their data despite it being a condition of past funding. It’s open access’s grab twist and pull move. Digitize …

Four short links: 21 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 21, 2014

On Being a Senior Engineer (Etsy) — Mature engineers know that no matter how complete, elegant, or superior their designs are, it won’t matter if no one wants to work alongside them because they are assholes. Control Theory (Coursera) — …

Court Prods FCC in Unexpected Direction in This Week’s Verizon Ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

Court prods FCC in unexpected direction in this week’s Verizon ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

Four short links: 8 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 8, 2014

Launching the Wolfram Connected Devices Project — Wolfram Alpha is cognition-as-a-service, which they hope to embed in devices. This data-powered Brain-in-the-Cloud play will pit them against Google, but G wants to own the devices and the apps and the eyeballs …

Who will upgrade the telecom foundation of the Internet?

By Andy Oram
December 9, 2013

Although readers of this blog know quite well the role that the Internet can play in our lives, we may forget that its most promising contributions — telemedicine, the smart electrical grid, distance education, etc. — depend on a rock-solid …

Data sharing drives diagnoses and cures, if we can get there (part 2)

By Andy Oram
April 29, 2013

Editor’s note: Earlier this week, Part 1 of this article described Sage Bionetworks, a recent Congress they held, and their way of promoting data sharing through a challenge. Data sharing is not an unfamiliar practice in genetics. Plenty of cell …

Four short links: 2 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 2, 2013

Analyzing mbostock’s queue.js — beautiful walkthrough of a small library, showing the how and why of good coding. What Job Would You Hire a Textbook To Do? (Karl Fisch) — notes from a Discovery Education “Beyond the Textbook” event. The …

Four short links: 7 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2013

Pharmacovigilance — Signals from The Crowd (PDF) — in the NY Times’ words: Using automated software tools to examine queries by 6 million Internet users taken from Web search logs in 2010, the researchers looked for searches relating to an …

Four short links: 5 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2013

Eulerian Video Magnification — papers and the MatLab source code for that amazing effect of exaggerating small changes in file. (*This work is patent pending) CopyrightX — MOOC on current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that …

Four short links: 28 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2013

Myth of the Free Internet (The Atlantic) — equity of access is an important issue, but this good point is marred by hanging it off the problematic (beer? speech? downloads?) “free”. I’m on the council of InternetNZ whose mission is …

White House moves to increase public access to scientific research online

By Alex Howard
February 22, 2013

Today, the White House responded to a We The People e-petition that asked for free online access to taxpayer-funded research. As part of the response, John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, released …

Curiosity turned loose on GitHub data

By Mac Slocum
November 2, 2012

I’m fascinated by people who: 1. Ask the question, “I wonder what happens if I do this?” and then follow it all the way through. 2. Start a project on a whim and open it up so anyone can participate. …

Four short links: 22 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 22, 2012

jq — command-line tool for JSON data. GAFFTA — Gray Area Foundation For The Arts. Non-profit running workshops and building projects around technology-driven arts. (via Roger Dennis) Power Pwn — looks like a power strip, is actually chock-full of pen-testing …

Mining the astronomical literature

By Alasdair Allan
August 15, 2012

There is a huge debate right now about making academic literature freely accessible and moving toward open access. But what would be possible if people stopped talking about it and just dug in and got on with it? NASA’s Astrophysics …

The risks and rewards of a health data commons

By Alex Howard
August 9, 2012

As I wrote earlier this year in an ebook on data for the public good, while the idea of data as a currency is still in its infancy, it’s important to think about where the future is taking us and …

New life for used ebooks

By Joe Wikert
July 31, 2012

This post originally appeared on Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog (“The Used Ebook Opportunity“). This version has been lightly edited. I’ve got quite a few ebooks in two different accounts that I’ve read and will never read again. I’ll bet …

Why health IT systems integrate poorly today, and what future EHRs can do about it

By Shahid Shah
June 19, 2012

New Internet-centric approaches to health IT systems are needed, and the government should be mandating a more modern open style of data exchange that breaks through monolithic systems.

Why health IT systems integrate poorly today, and what future EHRs can do about it

By Shahid Shah
June 19, 2012

New Internet-centric approaches to health IT systems are needed, and the government should be mandating a more modern open style of data exchange that breaks through monolithic systems.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Health reform leaders focus on patient access to records as key barrier

By Andy Oram
June 11, 2012

A convocation of trend-setters and organizational leaders in U.S. health care advised two government organizations driving health reform--the Office of the National Coordinator at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs--how to push forward one of their top goals, patient engagement.

Who owns patient data?

Who owns patient data?
By Fred Trotter
June 6, 2012

Patients, doctors and providers have a unique set of privileges that do not line up exactly with a traditional concept of ownership.

Who owns patient data?

By Fred Trotter
June 6, 2012

Patients, doctors and providers have a unique set of privileges that do not line up exactly with a traditional concept of ownership.

Four short links: 30 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2012

Wide Open Future of the Art Museum (TED) -- text of an interview with curator at the Walters Art Museum about CC-licensing content: reasons for it, value to society, value to the institution. What I say in a very abbreviated form in my talk is that people go to the Louvre because they’ve seen the Mona Lisa; the reason...

Strata Week: Visualizing a better life

By Audrey Watters
May 24, 2012

In this week's data news, a visualization tool charts your "better life," researchers have concerns about access to data, and updates to Hadoop.

Strata Week: Visualizing a better life

Strata Week: Visualizing a better life
By Audrey Watters
May 24, 2012

In this week's data news, a visualization tool charts your "better life," researchers have concerns about access to data, and updates to Hadoop.

Publishing News: Tor sets content free

By Jenn Webb
April 27, 2012

Macmillan's imprints under publisher Tom Doherty Associates will be DRM-free come July, Harvard opens access to its data and research, and Felix Salmon suggests the NYT sell its scoops to hedge funds.

Publishing News: Tor sets content free

Publishing News: Tor sets content free
By Jenn Webb
April 27, 2012

Macmillan's imprints under publisher Tom Doherty Associates will be DRM-free come July, Harvard opens access to its data and research, and Felix Salmon suggests the NYT sell its scoops to hedge funds.

Piracy is not a pricing signal

By Nat Torkington
March 9, 2012

The inconvenience of current downloads and streams are not a technology problem, they're a business problem. And rights holders perpetuate the piracy "problem" by not giving consumers the convenience that piracy does.

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era

By Jenn Webb
February 27, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The third in a series looking at five major themes, here we look at monetization in publishing, including subscription/access models, freemium, and ad-based models.

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era
By Jenn Webb
February 27, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The third in a series looking at five major themes, here we look at monetization in publishing, including subscription/access models, freemium, and ad-based models.

Strata Week: Unfortunately for some, Uber's dynamic pricing worked

Strata Week: Unfortunately for some, Uber's dynamic pricing worked
By Audrey Watters
January 5, 2012

Uber's dynamic pricing worked as intended on New Year's Eve, but not everyone is happy about that. Elsewhere, Hadoop reaches the 1.0 milestone and proposed legislation seeks to repeal an open-access research policy.

Strata Week: Unfortunately for some, Uber's dynamic pricing worked

By Audrey Watters
January 5, 2012

Uber's dynamic pricing worked as intended on New Year's Eve, but not everyone is happy about that. Elsewhere, Hadoop reaches the 1.0 milestone and proposed legislation seeks to repeal an open-access research policy.

Top Stories: November 7-11, 2011

Top Stories: November 7-11, 2011
By Mac Slocum
November 11, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly looked at the past and future of ebooks, Suzanne Axtell shared her first steps toward becoming a public speaker, and we learned that social network analysis goes far beyond social networks.

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?
By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?
By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Four short links: 27 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011

ScriptCover -- open source Javascript coverage tool. Using the $35 Tablet from India (VentureBeat) -- nice description of the tablet and what it's like to use. What makes the Aakash tablet different is that its creators didn't strive for perfection. Instead, the emphasis was on getting the product into the market quickly so it could be adopted, tinkered with,...

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access

By Jenn Webb
October 11, 2011

For existing ebook converts already untethered from the symbolic function of a book collection, access to content is quite compelling, says Exprima Media's Corey Pressman. But he says for personalization and customization, ownership is important.

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access
By Jenn Webb
October 11, 2011

For existing ebook converts already untethered from the symbolic function of a book collection, access to content is quite compelling, says Exprima Media's Corey Pressman. But he says for personalization and customization, ownership is important.

Four short links: 4 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2011

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (MIT Press) -- with essays by knowledgeable folks such as Yochai Benkler, Larry Lessig, and Jo Walsh. Available as open access (free) ebook as well as paper. I love it that we can download these proper intellectuals' intellectual property. (via BoingBoing) AwesomeChartJS -- Apache-licensed Javascript library for charting. (via Hacker...

What if a book is just a URL?

By Jenn Webb
January 26, 2011

Australian indie bookstore Readings is in full experiment mode with a cloud-based pay-for-access model. Software and ebook files don't play a role -- everything is done through the browser.

What if a book is just a URL?

What if a book is just a URL?
By Jenn Webb
January 26, 2011

Australian indie bookstore Readings is in full experiment mode with a cloud-based pay-for-access model. Software and ebook files don't play a role -- everything is done through the browser.

"Shiny app syndrome" and Gov 2.0

By Alex Howard
October 22, 2010

Are .gov apps "empowering the empowered"? The consensus of a recent Gov 2.0 conference was clear: governments should start by building mobile sites and HTML5 apps to ensure access for the greatest number of citizens.

Meet the Scanners!

By Carl Malamud
March 6, 2010

The International Amateur Scanning League is off to a roaring start, newly equipped with official Government ID badges and starting to rip.

International Amateur Scanning League

By Carl Malamud
February 10, 2010

The International Amateur Scanning League is an experiment in crowd-sourced digitization with a goal of making more broadly available 1,500 DVDs from the National Archives and Records Administration.

A National Scan Center: A Public Works Project

By Carl Malamud
December 30, 2009

A small fraction of our stimulus package in the United States should be invested in a National Scan Center, a 5-year effort to scan paper, microfiche, audio, video, and other works across the government, with a particular focus in reducing the digitization backlog faced by agencies such as the National Archives.

Four short links: 29 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 29, 2009

Turning The Page Online -- historic science books in high-resolution online. Hookes Micrografia was the first view of the microscopic world, and his astonishingly detailed and beautiful illustrations are there to view and print. Detailed Psychology of Trolls -- You might be surprised to learn that Trolls readily engage in long debates with fellow Trolls - people, that is,...


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