Category: Digital Scholarship
Even as the BU Libraries are rapidly adding ebooks to the collection, we recognize that most of them are simply electronic versions of print books. We are beginning to see a new generation of books published in digital format. It might be better to call such books something other than ebooks. Perhaps “digital books?” The video below is an example of such a book.
Sayeed Choudhury’s presentation at the Library of Congress
The Data Conservancy is one of two initial awards through the National Science Foundatiom’s DataNet Program. The Data Conservancy embraces a shared vision: data curation is not an end, but rather a means to collect, organize, validate and preserve data to address grand research challenges. Sayeed Choudhury provides an overview of the Data Conservancy with an emphasis on the data framework aspects of the project.
Speaker Biography: Sayeed Choudhury is associate dean for library digital programs at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.
Josh Fischman’s post on “The Wired Campus” section of The Chronicle for Higher Education includes a podcast with William D. Rieders, executive vice president for new media at the publishing company Cengage Learning. Rieders says ““An e-book is not an engaging experience….” Publishers are working to provide much more than simply replicating print textbooks in an electronic format such as homework tools, assessment mechanisims, etc.
Dan Cohen’s plenary talk “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web,” given at the Coalition for Networked Information meeting in Washington in December, 2010. A general description of the talk:
The web is now over twenty years old, and there is no doubt that the academy has taken advantage of its tremendous potential for disseminating resources and scholarship. But a full accounting of the academic approach to the web shows that compared to the innovative vernacular forms that have flourished over the past two decades, we have been relatively meek in our use of the medium, often preferring to impose traditional ivory tower genres on the web rather than import the open web’s most successful models. For instance, we would rather digitize the journal we know than explore how blogs and social media might supplement or change our scholarly research and communication. What might happen if we reversed that flow and more wholeheartedly embraced the genres of the open web? (Dan Cohen)