Blogs selected for Week January 30 to February 5, 2017 -



1. Carving Out a Content Discovery Strategy

Publishers often struggle to keep pace with content discovery demands. Emerald's user-centered discoverability strategy provides some important lessons in how publishers might adopt a more deliberate, evidence-based approach to facilitating scholarly information seeking and retrieval, discusses Lettie Y. Conrad, in her post in the Scholarly Kitchen Blog.

The blog post says (quote): Emerald has also made notable organisational changes in short order to support their new discovery work stream, where both systems and human resources are devoted to discoverability initiatives - as has been successful for their publishing peers, like Oxford University Press, SAGE, IEEE, and many others. Beginning with a rethink of their internal metadata workflows, Emerald has elevated their governance of product data and launched a cross-functional work group of staff assigned to deliver on the content discovery strategy. The Content Discovery Taskforce will make good use of a content discovery dashboard of customised metrics to routinely assess their impact on a positive discovery user experience.............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

2. Introducing Content Enrichment as a strategic publishing capability

Posted by Sam Herbert in the ALPSP Blog, this post discusses the benefits to be gained when publishers introduce content enrichment to their business processes as a strategic capability. Content enrichment is the application of modern content processing techniques like natural language processing, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to add structure, context and metadata to content to make it more useful to humans and computers.

The blog post says (quote): To maximise the business benefits of content enrichment, it should be introduced as a strategic organisational capability comprising people, processes and technology. When implemented strategically, rather than as individual features within single products, content enrichment delivers multiple benefits. For example, introducing the capability to create semantic fingerprints for pieces of content can deliver a peer review recommender tool, but it can then also deliver other features like a relatedness feature, a smart notification feature etc. ALPSP's work with publishers has identified benefits from content enrichment in every part of the organisation (editorial, content production, product development, IT, sales, marketing, and finance). Implementing content enrichment as an organisational capability ensures that any investment delivers value across the whole organisation as well as delivering more value to customers.............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

3. Scientific Publishing in a Time of Political Assaults

Politics and academic publishing don't usually conflict beyond what might be compared to thumb wrestling - minor tussles that are quickly and painlessly resolved. This may be because academic publishers reflect the cultures of academia and science, which are usually civil and certainly driven by open and vigorous debate, notes Kent Anderson, in his post in the Scholarly Kitchen Blog.

The blog post says (quote): For publishers, this moment has the potential to allow them to reboot their fraught relationships with libraries, universities, and scientists. Over the past 10-15 years, for various reasons, publishers have become misaligned with these groups, and do not seem to be viewed as part of the same team. From being portrayed as exploitative with copyright and financial models, to the inability to stop predatory publishers, to being slow to get in front of the rise in volume and costs created by emerging scientists in China and elsewhere, publishers are in a pickle. Stepping forward in common cause with librarians, scientists, policymakers, and editors could do a lot to reset the table. Conversely, sitting on the sidelines at this crucial moment may only deepen the fissures that already exist.............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

4. Science as tranquilizer and trailblazer

In a world of "post-truth" where objective facts are de-valued, it would be understandable for scientists to despair. In her guest post in the BioMed Central Blog, Marlene Belfort calls for the scientific community to be a resistance striving for truth and presents a message of hope, that despite roadblocks, science will triumph in the long run.

The blog post says (quote): Imagine the despair at climate skepticism or at the replacement of renowned physicists as US Secretaries of Energy by someone who has called for elimination of that agency. Consider the despondency at learning that the Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year is "post-truth", which implies that objective facts are less important than personal belief or political agenda. The Brexit referendum and US presidential election popularised the word post-truth. These electoral events have left scientists demoralised because their currency - the truth - is being devalued. But it is the very facts that scientists continue to discover that will come to the rescue, because whereas "alternative truths" drift and change, real truths are fixed and unassailable. They're the foundation for our future.............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

5. No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to "make arrangements to leave"

Some EU citizens living in Britain who decided to seek permanent residency after the Brexit vote are being told to make arrangements to leave. A number of these people are among the 31,000 EU academics currently working in UK universities. Many are alarmed and some have already decided to leave, putting the expertise of Britain's universities in serious jeopardy, says Colin Talbot, in his post in The Impact Blog.

The blog post says (quote): UK universities are heavily dependent on academics from the EU. To cater for the global audience they need to attract the brightest and best and Europe is, unsurprisingly, a major source for such talent. Over 31,000 UK university academics come from the EU - sixteen percent of the total (all figures calculated from the Higher Education Statistics Agency data for 2014/15). But this national figure underestimates just how important EU academics are to the top-rated universities. The London School of Economics has 38% EU academic staff. Other prominent London colleges – Imperial, King's, University College London - have between a quarter and nearly a third. Oxford has 24% and Cambridge 22%. My own university, Manchester has 18% and most of the Russell Group of 'research universities' are in the top ranks of EU academic staff employers.............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read Here.

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