The recommendations in this post are mostly unremarkable, but there is interesting reading ion the section critiquing the keynote by Audrey Watters at the same conference. "It was the most disturbing session I heard," writes Donald Clark, "as it confirmed my view that the liberal elite are somewhat out of touch with reality and all too ready to trot out old leftist tropes about capitalism and ideology, without any real solutions."
Now that we have the World Wide Web, a technology that puts digital content into the hands of everyone, academics and publishers are turning their attention (once again) to book platforms. One wonders why. But instances abound. This article profiles a tool called Topicgraph That "is part of a JSTOR project to take the digital scholarly monograph from a PDF to something more useful for researchers." Read their white paper (54 page PDF). This initiative joins the EDUPUB Alliance, formed in 2013, and IEEE's Actionable Data Book (ADB) specification under development. And of course (as one commenter notes) we have other monograph-only platforms like ebrary and VitalSource. U personally think that the WWW works fine, but of course it's a lot harder for publishers to lock down content, which is why they're always in search of new platforms. Image: BookPrinting.com.
Over the last few years I've been talking about the idea of using a person's online presence directly to evaluate their credentials and skills, rather than depending on proxies like degrees and certificates. This is a step in that direction. An application called Plum "uses algorithms based on surveys filled out by both employers and prospective employees to come up with a shortlist of prospective matches – a bit like a dating app only with more professionally focused parameters."
This group was constituted a couple weeks ago and meets monthly. Here's the outline: " The standard defines specific methodologies to help users certify how they approach accessing, collecting, storing, utilizing, sharing, and destroying child and student data. The standard provides specific metrics and conformance criteria regarding these types of uses from trusted global partners and how vendors and educational institutions can meet them."
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