Blogs selected for Week November 25, 2019 to December 1, 2019 -

1. The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences: Richard Poynder on Open Access and the Open Access Movement

A week ago, Richard Poynder, a well-known and widely respected observer of the scholarly communication ecosystem whose blog Open and Shut? Is generally considered a must-read source on the topic, published an extensive commentary on the current state and future prospects of both open access (OA) and the open access movement. Titled “Open Access: Could Defeat Be Snatched from the Jaws of Victory?,” it is an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of the future of scholarly communication. In this post in the Scholarly Kitchen Blog, Rick Anderson, looks at a recent opinion paper by Richard Poynder @rickypo that offers analysis and prognostication with regard to the current state and future prospects of #openaccess and the open access movement.

The Blog post says (quote): Before I proceed to summarize and respond to some of the points he makes in this wide-ranging and frankly magisterial document, I should point out that the distinction I’ve made above — that between OA itself and the OA movement — is important. Both the constellation of OA publishing models and the global social movement that seeks to promote them are complex and multifaceted, and the strengths and weaknesses of one are not necessarily commensurable with those of the other. The importance of this distinction frequently becomes obvious both in Poynder’s paper and, I hope, in my response here...........(Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Avoiding Metadata Madness: The 3 C’s of Metadata

The word “publishing” – at least to the layperson – still conjures up images of books, bindings and library shelves. While the digital reality of today’s publishing industry is very different, the legacy of the physical book still influences our thinking. Despite advances in digital workflows and digital first strategies, many traditional book publishers still organise around the idea of the book as end-product, a mindset that continues to impact — and limit — the way content is authored, assembled, edited and disseminated.  Even the best content technologies, especially search, can be deemed unpredictable and often useless when the underlying metadata is poor quality. Publishers that capture, maintain, and validate metadata – focused on The 3 C’s – will have the best chances of a sustainable Metadata Strategy, notes Renee Swank, in this post in the CCC Blog.

The Blog post says (quote): Tagged and semantically enriched content not only becomes more discoverable (serving both internal users and external consumers), but also develops powerful associability. This means it can be resurfaced where it’s most relevant, for example, in a personalized data feed, or as recommended content, or linked to other pre-existing data sets to create brand new content services. By annotating content with metadata, you can enrich its meaning, enhance its value and support product innovation..............(Unquote)

The full entry can be read: Here.

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