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 […]

Verily VERA

This looks interesting: “The Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology (VERA) project aims to produce a fully-fledged virtual research environment for the archaeological community. It will address user needs, enhancing the means of efficiently documenting archaeological excavation and its associated finds, and create a suitable Web portal that provides enhanced tools for the user community. VERA aims to develop […]

Open access also means open for challenges

A recent report—thanks to Clifford Lynch via Melinda Burns—by Kathy English, The Longtail of News: To Unpublish or Not to Unpublish, draws attention to an old issue that is gaining new prominence: published content can be challenged but open-access and Google-indexed content brings even passages of material that was “obscure in practice” out into the […]

No, not Madonna the singer

An article in the Art Newspaper caught my attention with a “case study” in user experience. A lack of familiarity with the cultural context necessitated a much more vigorous and extensive investigation of museum visitors’ response to a planned exhibit than was assumed needed. Was this an exhibit, say, on the textiles of ancient Mali? […]

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 […]

Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!

Do you prefer audio? or text? or pictures? No problem, the presentation I’d like to draw attention to has all three. Dorothea Salo (librarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison) spoke at the Canadian Access Conference in Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2009, in Charlottetown, PEI, a.k.a. Access 2009. Her talk “Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!” touches upon many […]

UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy

In March, the Information Services and Technology group at the University of California, Berkeley produced a report, “UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy.” It is available online together with many supporting materials. Or you can get everything all at once in pdf format. Worth a look!

User Experience Workshop, Jan 23-24, 2009

Our project launches with a 2-day workshop entitled Exploring User Needs around Digital Heritage, which will take place January 23-24, 2009 at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. The workshop is aimed at developing specific strategies and methods to enhance access to and usability of primary archaeological research content. It brings together 12 Community […]