What we read this week (6 June)

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Publishing

Health Tech

Thoughtful article by Maxine Mackintosh about the 23andMe and AirBnB partnership

Tech

Loads of interesting data in the new Ofcom report about media use and attitudes in the UK. It contains the sobering stat:
“One in three adults never use a computer to go online and one in ten only use a smartphone, an increase since 2017.”

And finally…

A chart from from 1973 in Scientific American showing that a person on a bicycle the most efficient among man and machines.  Steve Jobs said “the computer … is the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds”

What we read this week (31 May)

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Publishing

Open Research

Social media and metrics

Health Tech

Product Management

And finally…

A video from 1974 showing what kids thought the year 2000 would be like, a single European currency, voice activated doors, flat screen interactive TVs,  they will never catch on…

What we read this week (24 May)

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#scholcomm

Publishing

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What we read this week (17 May)

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What we read this week (10 May)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

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What we read this week (5 April)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

Publishing

On the theme of publishers switching to workflow businesses:

  • Lindsay Ellis writes about how Elsevier’s Presence on Campuses Spans More Than Journals and that this has some scholars worried.
    “It just got me thinking,” [Colleen Lyon] said. Elsevier had it all: Institutional repositories, preprints of journal articles, and analytics. “Elsevier, Elsevier, Elsevier, Elsevier, Elsevier.”
  • On a similar theme SPARC’s (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) new report on the transition of some publishers from  moving from content-provision to data analytics and what this might mean for the future of academic publishing:
    “We are at a critical juncture where there is a pressing need for the academic
    community – individually and collectively – to make thoughtful and deliberate
    decisions about what and whom to support – and under what terms and conditions.
    These decisions will determine who ultimately controls the research and education
    process; and whether we meaningfully address inequities created by legacy players
    or simply recreate them in new ways. These decisions will shape libraries’ role in the
    scholarly enterprise, now and for the future.”
  • Whilst the tone and questions might be a little inflammatory Richard Poynder’s questions for eLife raise some interesting questions about the future of open scholarly infrastructure, how it will be funded, and how it will compete against the larger players such as Elsevier.

The robots are definitely coming…

Product management

  • Bar for the ironic start, see tweet below, Adobe’s Experience Festival contained some really good talks on a wide range of digital marketing related topics. Recorded sessions can be found here.

And finally….

Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy  have spent the last three years studying the science of emotions on the job for our new book, No Hard Feelings. We particularly liked their hierarchy of remote work needs:

More in this MIT Sloan Review article.

What we read this week (29 March)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

Publishing

Strategy and future thinking

And finally…

  • Nice article from Forbes featuring  Patchwork, a technology platform developed by two NHS doctors, Dr Jing Ouyang and Dr Anas Nader, which helps hospitals better manage demand for NHS temporary staff (locums) which has received funding from BMJ New Ventures.

What we read this week (22 March)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

Publishing

Open Science and Open data

Innovation

  • David Caswell from BBC News Labs on Editorial innovation in news and the dangers of assuming that the future of news will be inevitably technical.
  • Harold DeMonaco et al. look at medical innovation by patients arguing a richer set of available medical innovation options will benefit patients, commercial medical caregivers, producers, and society at large.
  • Nesta’s Compendium of Innovation Methods includes information and inspiration about Accelerator programmes, Anticipatory regulation, Challenge prizes, Crowdfunding, Experimentation, Futures, Impact investment, Innovation mapping, People Powered Results: the 100 day challenge, Prototyping, Public and social innovation labs, Scaling grants for social innovations, Standards of Evidence

Other links

What we read this week (15 March)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs publishing team.

Publishing

Podcasts

Podcasts are still a hot trend:

Innovation and strategy

  • Professor Gary Pisano at Harvard Business School talks about how to construct a strategy, system, and culture of innovation that creates sustained growth and his new book, Creative Construction in this Innovation Leader interview.
  • Ola Henfridsson and Joe Nandhakumar write about a new strategy tool for the digital age:
    “Digital innovation is at the heart of any strategy in the digital age and to be successful doesn’t stop at a one-off cleverly designed resource. Launching the product or service is just the beginning, it then needs to be attractive enough so it is recombined many times by other users, with new updates and value paths constantly being sought.”

And finally…

The Royal Society of Medicine’s Medical apps: Mainstreaming innovation event is happening on 4 April. The event will examine the growing role that apps play in healthcare delivery. As apps move from concept to practice using cutting-edge technology, demonstrating efficacy becomes increasingly important, resulting in regulatory and legal issues. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, will talk of the importance of good design in medical apps and how it can improve patient and clinician experience. There will also be a number of presentations from new and established medical start-ups, showcasing the transformative effects these new technologies can have.

What we read this week (22 February)

Publishing

Experimentation

    • This has nothing to do with publishing but it is a fantastic bit of experimentation to prove a theory.  Why the zebra got its stripes: to deter flies from landing on it
      “While horseflies circled or touched the animals at similar rates, landing was a different matter, with a lower rate seen for zebras than horses. To check the effect was not caused by a different smell of zebras and horses, for example, the researchers put black, white and zebra-striped coats on seven horses in turn. While there was no difference in the rate at which the flies landed on the horses’ exposed heads, they touched and landed on the zebra coat far less often than either the black or white garment.”

Productivity

  • Great description of how The Telegraph is moving  it’s 500+ journalists and video producers  to Trello in an attempt do away with all the unnecessary administration involved in running a busy office.
    The Telegraph is integrating a better content management system using Trello.
  • For those of us who have trouble working in busy open plan offices perhaps the flipped workplace is the answer?
    “Productive individual work is done outside of the office, on your own time, in your own place, at your own pace. Consequently, the office transforms into a space purely dedicated to meeting people, asking questions, brainstorming, and making unexpected connections.”

History

Finally…

  • Dr Matt Morgan would love your help. His first book “Critical” is available to order. It explores intensive care medicine, the patient stories and science behind cutting edge medicine. Have a look here https://amzn.to/2O3fLmG and https://www.facebook.com/DrMattMorgan. Here is a sneak preview:“It was a beautiful sunny August evening in Copenhagen as Vivi danced in her garden after returning home from school. She was a happy, twelve-year-old girl, with sandy golden hair and apple-red cheeks. Life was tough since her parents had separated, her mum struggled to make ends meet working as a hat maker. She watched her daughter through the window, dancing bare-foot on the grass as she giggled and smiled to herself. Forty-eight hours later, Vivi was about to die. This is the story of the people, practices and technology which allowed her instead to live.”Even just one person ordering it may make a difference to patients and the wonderful charity that it supports.

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