What we read this week (18 May 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

eBay is experimenting with Progressive Web Apps

Traditional websites require an internet connection to function. And we’ve all experienced the limitations of an intermittent internet connection during our daily commutes and journeys. eBay have realised the importance of an internet connection when selling to people who are on the move, hence eBay is experimenting with Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
https://www.windowscentral.com/twitter-says-its-new-progressive-web-app-pwa-represents-renewed-commitment-windows

ARC Publishing now think of themselves as a technology and engineering company

ARC Publishing from the Washington Post talking about their platform and how they operate. They now think of themselves as a technology and engineering company. Lots about how they experiment with new social media platforms, digital subscriptions, etc. – Helen King
https://youtu.be/WierO_QKVzI

GDPR, Only one week to go

GDPR has been high on the agenda for most businesses over the last 12 months. I’ve never experienced so many emails from companies asking me if I still want to be on their mailing list. Here’s a final checklist from Techradar
https://www.techradar.com/news/gdpr-compliance-countdown-the-final-checklist

What we read this week (11 May 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

Measuring impact and usage

Melissa Grant, Lucy Vernall and Kirsty Hill have measured the impact of health-related research broadcast on prime time television and found that participants’ understanding of the issues had been enhanced and some had changed their behaviours as a result of the research (research paper here).

Digital Science have a new report which found that policy makers make up the primary community engaging with Malaria research, whilst practitioners and mainstream news outlets were most prominent for Alzheimer’s disease. Also from Digital Science, Jean Liu and Euan Adie talk about the ideas that underpin Altmetric.com and the company’s role in providing responsible metrics in this podcast.

Lorraine Estelle of COUNTER, Stuart Maxwell of Scholarly IQ, and Iris Hanney of Unlimited Priorities discuss COUNTER credentialing and how the COUNTER standards allow libraries and publishers to assess value in the Authority File podcast. There’s also a fascinating insight into how COUNTER came into being.

Redesings

The New York Times has a new design for its article page with a single-column layout that strips away clutter. “It was the first time we were able to have a unified experience for readers and advertisers from the beginning. I and my team sat side by side with product design, newsroom reps.” Google is revamping Google News with a new design that will incorporate elements of the Newsstand app and YouTube. Finally, Òscar Oto provides some practical advice about three design thinking techniques that provide specific, focused, and weighted feedback for gathering data ahead of doing a redesign.

Apps and digital editions

Dan Amos has a good summary of Google I/O and how it will impact app development. The Global Editors Network and Twipe have a new report about ‘Reinventing Digital Editions’ to understand the best practices of successful digital-only editions.

Richard Holden,  Product Manager for mobile apps @TheEconomist writes about how the new mobile app for The Economist has been designed to deliver what users want.

Quick links

And finally…

It would be hard to round up the week without mentioning Google’s new assistant that can make phone calls on your behalf.

 

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What we read this week (4 May 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

Publishing

The Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative explore what publishing production and editorial functions can learn from how software developers with Andrew Savikas, former CEO of Safari  who also ran the Tools of Change for Publishing conferences. Andrew talks about the difficulties of XML first workflows and newer approaches which particularly resonated with us.

Iain Cheeseman is advocating for publishing peer review and presents a number arguments in favor of transparent peer review. Molly Flatt reports on how Taylor & Francis have used Unsilo to  make relevant book suggestions and achieve conversion rate just under 20%.

Roger C. Schonfeld is thinking about how to create a  truly seamless platform for academic publishing and what this means for publisher platforms whilst the 1findr service from  1science is trying to create this discovery platform using harvesters that automatically collect, parse, complete and validate metadata from information online.

A new paper by Nir Grinberg identifies five types of reading behaviors: “Scan,” “Read,” “Read (long),” “Idle,” and “Shallow” and how they vary across different types of articles, sites, and mobile and nonmobile devices. At some point we’ll have a go at  applying this to our articles to see if it matches our expectations.

Healthcare

Mark Skilton writes about seven technologies that will revolutionise healthcare.

 

Experimentation and Creativity

Matthew Monahan from Arc Publishing talks about how they are using technology experiments to drive growth at The Washington Post:

Outfast Source has a nice article about making an MVP part of your development strategy. Bethan Jinkinson from BBC Ideas reflects on what they have learnt so far, basically that there is an audience for informative short-form factual digital video. Finally, the Harvard Business Review finally finds evidence to support the saying “Write drunk, edit sober”  in an article about how drunk People Are Better at Creative Problem Solving.

 

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What we read this week (27 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. It’s an eclectic mix this week:

Publishing:

We’re really interested to see how the FT’s experiment with :CRUX to use Knowledge Acquisition as an approach to content recommendation will work out. We could see this approach working well for some of our audience segments.

Other things that caught our interest included, David Matthews writing about the split over how publishers should tackle ResearchGate, Ruth Wells is thinking about applying agile to publishing processes outside of Tech Departments, Ryan Regier’s flowchart looking at how at to manage access to unsubscribed content in an Institutional library.

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What we read this week (20 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

I guess we wouldn’t let the week go by without mentioning GDPR. Digiday write about GDPR may change Facebook and advertising:

The GDPR is coming and will change Facebook ad targeting

Other things that caught our attention include:

 

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What we read this week (13 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

The future of scientific article formats

Following on from James Somers excellent piece in the Atlantic about the future of scientific papers.  Luis Pedro Coelho has put together a more pessimistic, but probably more realistic, response suggesting that the future of the scientific papers is probably a PDF. In a slightly older post Björn Brembs outlines the seven functionalities that he thinks the scholarly literature should have. Björn makes some good suggestions and submission should be easier.  We did some experiments many years ago with a “people who read this article also read this” service but it was a flop. TrendMD’s more sophisticated recommendation algorithms work much better for BMJ. How to best support for TDM is something we would really like input from the community on.  Continue reading “What we read this week (13 April 2018)”

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