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). Continue reading “What we read this week (11 May 2018)”

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. Continue reading “What we read this week (4 May 2018)”

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)”

What we read this week (6 April 2018)

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What we read this week (29 March 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.

  • preLights
    The Company of Biologists have launched their new biology preprint highlighting service, Prelights. They are keen to say that it is a community service, supported by the Company. They have a board of ‘Prelighters’ who are early career researchers who will pick and summarise preprints, adding a filter to the vast, increasing swathe of preprint literature. They will accept individuals or groups/journal clubs as Prelighters.
  • An Experimental Platform for Scholarly Article Recommendation
    “Though data quality issues mean few strong conclusions can be drawn, we did see evidence that the co-download algorithm results in a significantly higher click through rate (3.94%) over either of the EigenFactor algorithms (0.95% and 0.86%). It is, however, unclear why co-download performed nearly three times better, and this will be an area for future investigation.”
  • Hololens tech used in bowel cancer surgery
    Breaking the barriers to surgical education through MR – mixed reality. Surgeon Shafi Ahmed is pioneering the way in all the new realities; VR, AR and MR
  • Tech Talks featuring Sharon Cooper
    Sharon Cooper talking about how DevOps is making the BMJ safer
  • RA21
    Interesting backwards and forwards on Twitter about RA21 but with very little input from students and researchers about their thoughts. Is there a bit of a cultural divide here? In the UK aren’t (most?) students/academics already using this kind of system to access essential admin, course and library materials with data shared and tracked across multiple systems?
  • And finally, just because it’s Easter,  inside the Cadbury Easter Egg factory in Bournville:

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What we read this week (23 March 2018)

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What we read this week (16 March 2018)

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What we read this week (9 March 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. Check back every Friday for a new post.

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