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.
- From podcasts to chat bots: Engagement experiments at Harvard Business Review
Maureen Hoch, editor, Harvard Business Review, explains how the publisher has been using emerging formats to get closer to audiences
- The Future of Open Access Publishing: An Interview with ScholarlyHub Enago Academy interviews Tashina Blom and Guy Geltner from ScholarlyHub about their plans to launch an open publishing platform that would offer open access to many more authors and researchers.
- A digital answer to an old question
The Economist’s quizzes on Instagram drive readers to their website at the same rate as Facebook posts. (Impressive considering they have nearly six times as many followers on Facebook).
- How do people feel about news selected by algorithms on social media?
“Based on focus group and online survey data from four countries (UK, USA, Germany, and Spain) they find that “the majority do not understand exactly how the information they receive is filtered by algorithms, but they do not uncritically accept it either, because they are sceptical of all forms of selection ‒ including that performed by editors and journalists”.
- Making ‘Everything Available’ – Transforming the (online) services and experience for British Library users from Torsten Reimer
- Microsoft and Tsinghua University Work Together on Open Academic Data Research“Microsoft and China’s Tsinghua University released an academic graph, named Open Academic Graph (OAG). This billion-scale academic graph integrates the current Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) and Tsinghua’s AMiner academic graph. Specifically, it contains the metadata information of 155 million academic paper metadata from AMiner and 166 million papers from MAG. By consolidating metadata information of each, it generates nearly 65 million matching relationships between the two academic graphs”
- Inside a Local Newspaper’s Fight to Survive
Bloomberg Technology’s Jeremy Kahn visits the Echo’s newsroom, which has been experimenting with computer-generated stories produced by a project funded by Google. The technology’s helping the paper’s editors serve its readers with fewer journalists. But will automation ultimately end up taking even more jobs?
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