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Some reflections on the Berlin 11 conference, Berlin November 2013.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:36:52 +0000

The following are some things I particularly noticed at the Berlin 11 open access conference, which I attended earlier this week, with apologies for any misunderstandings, misattributions or mis-categorisations. Vision The research and education enterprise is in need of urgent transformation (Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University) The epistemic web: a universal and traceable web of ...



Blogging the ebooks landscape

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:23:20 +0000

Over the next few weeks we plan to blog a series of posts covering some of the main topics surround the creation, curation and consumption of ebooks in teaching, learning and research. There’s little doubt about the growing use and importance of ebooks within universities. Statistics compiled by the University of York, for example, show ...



Research Data Sharing without barriers…get involved?

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:12:52 +0000

Research Data Alliance (RDA) – second plenary meeting – Washington DC – 16th – 18th September. Many readers of this blog will know about the Research Data Alliance already, but there will, I guess also be a lot of people that don’t. I am using this post as an introduction to the RDA – having ...



The value and impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:09:12 +0000

Jisc[i] in partnership with NERC[ii]  have commissioned work to examine the value of impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). Charles Beagrie Ltd, the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies Victoria University, and the British Atmospheric Data Centre are pleased to announce key findings for the forthcoming publication of the results of the study on ...



The Benefits of Open Source for Libraries

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:13:17 +0000

The following post appeared as a question and answer piece in the August edition of the Cilip Update magazine What are the main benefits to the library of adopting open source? There are some well known benefits that open source could bring to libraries, these include: • Lower costs: Open source offers a lower total ...



Performance and Measurement in Libraries

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:25:39 +0000

In his article in the New York Times, Robert Crease wrote: We look away from what we are measuring, and why we are measuring, and fixate on the measuring itself. For libraries, so used to collecting, managing and analysing various sets of data and metrics, this is a critical point. It is also a sentiment ...



Services to support UK repositories

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:16:58 +0000

In the UK, the repository network is well established, and supports access to research papers and other digital assets created within universities. Increasingly, repositories are part of a research information management solution helping to track and report on research. Over the past few years, Jisc has worked with a number of partners, including the University ...



Library Systems Workshop

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:23:23 +0000

On Monday this week the Library Systems Programme held a one-day workshop in London. I’ll talk more about some of the things that cam out of the workshop in later posts – for now I just wanted to share some of the presentations which were given during the day. You can also see what people ...



Mobile discovery: don’t retro-fit; invent!

Thu, 09 May 2013 12:11:22 +0000

The following is a version of an article that was printed in the March edition of Cilip Update.   When confronted with new technologies we often fail, early in their existence, to exploit the opportunities offered by the new medium. We retro-fit existing solutions rather than inventing new experiences. The Canadian philosopher of communication and ...



Shared Library Systems and Services, Part 1

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:24:35 +0000

As part of the Library Systems Programme, two reports have been published exploring the potential for shared library systems across Universities in both Scotland and Wales. In the first of two posts I wanted to briefly introduce you to the two recently published reports, and their main findings/recommendations. In the second post I want to ...