Reports

(DRAFT) Recommendations to the Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) welcoming comments and recommendations for ensuring long-term stewardship of, and broad public access to, digital data resulting from federally funded research. Our main recommendations are below. We also provided answers to the specific questions listed in the RFI. The full […]

Mobile learning/research user needs

Most readers of this blog are involved in some form or another in the design, editing or maintenance of web sites/pages/applications. We usually consider first of all regular users sitting behind a desktop or laptop. However, mobile devices are growing ever more capable of meaningful web surfing. The iPad is just the latest example. Mobile […]

New Data Publication in Open Context: Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya

Interested in the archaeology of Jordan? Check out hot-off-the-press data from Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya, an early Iron Age settlement in a semi-arid zone of west-central Jordan (co-directed by Bruce Routledge and Benjamin Porter). Start with the project overview and then move on to browse around the project data. A highlight of this project is the […]

Ensuring long-term access to digital information

In the website reviews published in this blog, the  answer to the “Permanence/Archiving” question is very often unclear at best. That’s why the final report published by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, entitled Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet. Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information, is very timely. It is […]

Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication

A new and important study has just been published on the eScholarship (University of California) website: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines by Diane Harley et al. “Since 2005, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has […]

Blind Report Writing Study Now Underway

Next weekend, three of our project participants will come together to undertake the “Blind Data Analysis and Report Writing Study.” Participants include practicing zooarchaeologists Justin Lev-Tov (Statistical Research, Inc.), Levent Atici (UNLV) and Sarah Whitcher Kansa (AAI). The aim of this study is to highlight the importance of publishing original datasets alongside syntheses, and most […]

Guide to researching audiences

The Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) is a British initiative aimed “to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from the investment that has been made by reducing the barriers that currently inhibit access, use and re-use of online content.” They do a lot of interesting research but […]