What we read this week (8 November)

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  • 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





What we read this week (12 July)

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Product development and innovation



And finally…

  • Katie Sehl writes about Canadian doctors prescribing a visit to the art museum for patients to reduce stress and anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. In a partnership between the Médecins Francophones du Canada (MFdC) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts physicians have been given prescription slips that patients can present at the ticket booth for entry.  Which reminds me that the Barbican has an exhibition on at the moment called AI: More than Human that looks like it’s worth a visit. The website claims,“this major centre-wide ‘festival-style’ exhibition explores creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. Bringing together artists, scientists and researchers, this interactive exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of AI with which you are invited to engage head-on.”

What we read this week (6 July 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members.

Publishing and Open Science

Slate discuss the impact of Facebook’s retreat from the news business.

There’s a great quote in this article:

“The internet is a completely different place every 18 months, and that’s been true since we launched in 1996,”

Which brings us onto  Is the Research Article Immune to Innovation? From Sarah Andrus in Scholarly Kitchen and the glacial pace of change in the presentation of scholarly articles online. Continue reading “What we read this week (6 July 2018)”

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