Google-Trained Minds Can’t Deal with Terrible Research Database UI

Pull quote: “The librarians quoted here understand most of the key problems, and are especially sharp about “the myth of the digital native” — about which see also this deeply sobering Metafilter thread — but there’s one vital issue they’re neglecting: research databases have the worst user interfaces in the whole world.”

Google-Trained Minds Can’t Deal with Terrible Research Database UI

Self-Described ‘EduPunk’ Says Colleges Should Abandon Course-Management Systems – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pull quote: “Colleges should use free Web tools for course discussions and projects to better prepare students for jobs after college.”

Self-Described ‘EduPunk’ Says Colleges Should Abandon Course-Management Systems – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Elsevier blinks, once | Gavia Libraria

Pull quote: “Will this allow Elsevier to regain face with boycotters? The Loon rather doubts it. It might have done once, but because The Cost of Knowledge has three parts to its manifesto, boycotters have been introduced to more about Elsevier than just its shady dealings with legislators. Boycotters will see this move for what it is: a sop to the wolves.”

Elsevier blinks, once | Gavia Libraria

GBS: A Matter of Standing

Pull quote: “The first major argument raised by the Google side is that the Copyright Act specifically prohibits associational standing. The key provision here is Section 501(b), which says that the ‘legal or beneficial owner of an exclusive right under a copyright is entitled’ to sue. Google reads this at face value: an association isn’t the ‘owner’ of its members’ copyrights, so can’t bring suit.”

GBS: A Matter of Standing

An editorial board is not a scholarly community

Pull quote: “But after World War II, it was recognised that scholarly communication was a viable commercial product and commercial publishers made attractive offers to scholarly societies to sell their journals so they wouldn’t have to worry about the costs of the distribution, editorial communication and co-ordination any more. But now with the Internet, the costs of distribution and co-ordination have come down to almost zero, which is why this act is in place: to prevent scholars from building new systems of ‘network dissemination.’”

An editorial board is not a scholarly community

Getting a user from an identified citation to access

Pull quote: “My thinking behind Umlaut’s architecture these days is that you’ve got to have software which can take a machine-described ‘thing someone is interested in’ and tell them everything that your institution (which they presumably are affiliated with) can do for them for that item. That’s exactly what Umlaut tries to do, providing a platform that you can use to piece together information from your various silo’d knowledge bases and third party resources, etc. And including ALL your stuff, monographs etc., not just journal articles like typical ‘link resolvers’.”

Getting a user from an identified citation to access