What we read this week (27 April 2018)

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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.

Cate Blouke from @reallygoodemail interviews Vox Media about newsletter growth tactics, attention to traffic sources, successful re-engagement campaigns, and how newsletter subscribers are amongst the most engaged readers online. CUP describe a new tool, Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI), designed to facilitate transparency in qualitative and mixed-methods research. It allows scholars to “annotate” specific passages in an article with additional information explaining how they generated and analysed their data, along with links to a wide variety of underlying data sources.

ATI annotation diagram

Blockchain:

Whilst we couldn’t avoid the buzz around the Blockchain for Peer Review pilot we also noted Chris Hartgerink’s thoughtful piece on why he thinks implementing blockchain to “improve” science a mistake. We were at Rocket Fuel 2018 this week where the Blockchain GDPR paradox was discussed – something we hadn’t thought about before.

On the more creative side of things:

Adam Connor and Tom Greever describe 5 best practices for delivering design critiques.  We’re playing with Jukedeck, a service that allow you to upload a video and create a music track to match what’s happening in the video. Finally, Flavio Lamenza, writes about dark design patterns. We thought this one, where the advert has a fake dust particle designed in so that you ‘accidentally’ tap on the ad was very creative.

 

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