What we read this week (6 December)

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Publishing

AI and Machine Learning

Product Management

  • Continuous Foresight: Your Business Plan is Science Fiction
    Cool idea: “Why should a business utilize science fiction? What do you think your business plan is? That’s the message of Brian David Johnson, a leading expert on science fiction prototyping and threatcasting. Threatcasting is a sub-genre of forecast that details future threats and how the organization can track threat development and know when to respond. Brian David Johnson joins Continuous Foresight to walk us through why threatcasting is effective and how you can use it in your forecasting work.”

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What we read this week (29 November)

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Rupert Murdoch and try your hand at being a troll

  • The Sun King by David Dimbleby  is a fascinating listen that reveals how Murdoch built his empire. The series examines his war on the print unions, the phone-hacking scandal and his relationships with political leaders, from his lunch at Chequers with Margaret Thatcher in 1981 while he was trying to buy The Times, to the role of Fox News in the election of Donald Trump.
  • The Troll Factory is fun.Try your hand at growing your influence on social media — by whatever means necessary. How many people can you reel in?
  • Here’s what Russia’s 2020 disinformation operations look like, according to Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, two experts on social media and propaganda in Rolling Stone.

Product Management

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What we read this week (15 November)

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Research culture

Innovation

  • A new study in MIT Sloan Management Review sheds light on what separates innovation leaders from laggards and the key shifts executives must make to move into the leader category ” According to our research, 83% of innovation leaders agree that it’s important to decouple data from legacy infrastructure, compared with only 37% of innovation laggards. Leaders’ adoption of critical technologies that enable decoupling outpaces that of laggards by a massive margin: 97% versus 30%. By decoupling data from infrastructure, and using flexible architectures such as microservices, these top companies are able to respond quickly to demand and can scale with ease.”
  • Innov8rs Connect are running a free virtual summit with 100+ sessions covering the best and latest in corporate innovation. 9-13 December 2019. More info via https://innov8rs.co/connect-reg/

AI

 

What we read this week (22 November)

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Blockchain

UX

  • Fascinating bit of work by Iterable presenting the user engagement journey timelines for the top US newspapers:

AI

  • Open AI have released an analysis showing that “since 2012, the amount of compute used in the largest AI training runs has been increasing exponentially with a 3.4-month doubling time (by comparison, Moore’s Law had a 2-year doubling period). Since 2012, this metric has grown by more than 300,000x (a 2-year doubling period would yield only a 7x increase). Improvements in compute have been a key component of AI progress, so as long as this trend continues, it’s worth preparing for the implications of systems far outside today’s capabilities”.
  • The New powers, new responsibilities. A global survey of journalism and artificial intelligence is a fantastic report which has come out of a collaboration between LSE’s Polis and the Google News Initiative to foster literacy in newsrooms about artificial intelligence.

Watch the video summmary: https://youtu.be/p-DGp1ot0EE
Lots of interesting applications:

What we read this week (8 November)

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AI

  • Creating the Symbiotic AI Workforce of the Future demonstrates how leaders can reimagine processes to “create greater business value and prepare for the next wave of innovation. In the long-standing argument about whether AI will replace or complement human beings, the new watchword is symbiosis”.
  • Arthur “A.J.” Boston looks at what AI means for libraries.
  • Purple DS look at how AI can support editorial teams. “Editorial teams should not to be spending time building hyperlinks, auto linking products, uploading stories. That’s what AI can do. Human writers will only be supported by AI, editorial jobs will become simpler and the average quality of our articles likely even better.”

Open source

Digital ethics

  • Sarah Burnett, Executive Vice President & Distinguished Analyst, Everest Group asks What is your company’s digital ethics score? “Every company today must have an evolving ethical digital strategy in order to restore trust among their consumers. Lofty and hollow corporate social responsibility statements won’t work. To change consumer sentiment, you need to put solid, trust-instilling policies into practice. “

Search and knowledge graphs

  • Computer Weekly on Search beyond search engines. “All-purpose search engines… have been valued at a median of US$17,530 a year (about £14,000) by 80,000 participants in a study published this year by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Groningen. Respondents were asked how much compensation they would need to give up various digital services. Search engines were valued more than twice as much as email, nearly five times as much as online maps, and more than 50 times more than social media.”
  • Luc Boruta argues that PIDs Are Not Silver Bullets “There are billions of research objects that will never be assigned a PID — e.g. works published before the advent of DOIs, and most of the works that fall under the grey literature label — and objects that were assigned PIDs are not necessarily cited with mentions of these PIDs.” and writes about how  Cobaltmetrics are extending the PID Graph.
  • Nature Index on how the growth of papers is crowding out old classics. Hard to interpret the visualization but it’s eye catching. “An analysis led by Raj Kumar Pan, a computer scientist at Alto University in Finland, found that the number of academic papers is increasing by 4% each year. The total number of citations is growing by 5.6% each year, and doubling every 12 years. According to Alexander Petersen,co-author of the study, this huge volume of new articles isn’t just reshaping scientific publishing, it’s also changing how researchers “follow the reference trail”. Rather than sift through large volumes of new papers, researchers are opting for middle-aged articles that have gained greater visibility and more citations.”

 

What we read this week (1 November)

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  • Thousands of grant peer reviewers share concerns in global survey “Based on a survey of 4,700 researchers worldwide — also found that recognition is an important incentive for reviewers. More than half said that they are more likely to agree to review grant applications if funders acknowledge their efforts.”
  • ROR is seeking donations. “ROR aims to raise $175,000 in donations over the next two years. As a supporter, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of this exciting community effort from the beginning and to ensure its long-term growth and success. Our first fundraising target is $75,000 by the end of 2019 in order to secure enough funds to hire a technical lead and to organize an in-person ROR Community planning meeting at PIDapalooza in January 2020. “
  • Richard Wynne comments on the Insight Report by Outsell, Inc. published in collaboration with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) “The Scholarly Communications Ecosystem is Bracing for the Full Impact of the Digital Age”, articulates a growing unease spreading through the scholarly ecosystem. This time the barbarians really do seem to be at the gate. But even more alarming, maybe the barbarians are right!
  • In Are you TikTok ready? Andy Miah says there is a vast world of creative media that can help academics cut through the noise of the internet.

AI and Machine Learning

Podcasting

Innovation

 

 

BMJ and scite Partner to Increase Discoverability and Improve Reproducibility

Brooklyn, NY, October 28, 2019– scite, a Brooklyn-based startup founded in 2018, has partnered with BMJ, a leading healthcare knowledge provider founded in 1840. The partnership between the two companies will allow scite to increase the coverage of citation statements they index and will help BMJ increase the discoverability of their articles. Overall, the partnership aims to improve reproducibility in research by making it easier to identify if a scientific article has been supported or contradicted using scite.

Read the full press release

What we read this week (25 October)

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Innovation

  • Steve Blank on why Companies Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation. Those who view STM publishers as not being innovative will find much to support their view here: “If the company is large enough it will become a “rent-seeker” and look to the government and regulators as their first line of defense against innovative competition. They’ll use government regulation and lawsuits to keep out new entrants with more innovative business models. The result of monopolist behavior is that innovation in that sector dies — until technology/consumer behavior passes them by. By then the company has lost the ability to compete as an innovator.”
  • This graphic from The Passion Economy and the Future of Work caught my attention. It’s awkward to think about academics as “knowledge influencers” but once you do the potential value of services like Kudos become much more obvious.

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