Interesting article pointing out the dangers and gaming of article level metrics:
Library Journal has released its latest report on ebook usage. Big jump in undergraduate use of ebooks:
“Ebook usage/circulation for the 2010–2011 academic year, on average, was
24,700, up considerably from the reported ebook circulation figure of 6,849 in
2009–2010. There was a major surge of undergraduate ebook circulation.
Community colleges are still lagging behind other types of post-secondary
Two-thirds of respondents expect ebook circulation to increase in the next year.
Overall, the anticipated increase in circulation expected by libraries is not terribly
dramatic, actually declining slightly from +17% last year to +15% this year.
‘Use slowed last year, we don’t have a full picture of use this year. Prices too high
with few if any discounts.’”
Gartner has released an analysis of the top tech trends for 2013. Several interesting trends, but what caught my eye was the persistence of mobile apps:
For the next few years, no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile application so expect to employ several. Six mobile architectures – native, special, hybrid, HTML 5, Message and No Client will remain popular. However, there will be a long term shift away from native apps to Web apps as HTML5 becomes more capable. Nevertheless, native apps won’t disappear, and will always offer the best user experiences and most sophisticated features.
Missed this from last week. Amazon is offering a new archival service which appears to be secure storage of data for pennies per gigabyte per month.
via Fierce Content
Good collection of tools via Bamboo DiRT. I really like how they’ve broken down the various silos of research tasks.
Interesting 4-part workflow describing a high-quality technique for copying audio from TechKing.