Things we read this week (2 February 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.

  • Commenting

    PubMed Commons to be discontinued after comments were submitted on 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed. The Atlantic is also killing its comments in favor of a new Letters section to showcase reader feedback The move is designed to promote the best feedback from its readers by incentivizing more thought-out responses and by making it easier for others to read them (which in turn improves the overall experience of reading TheAtlantic.com). Euan Adie did some interesting work analysing scientific comments many years ago, I wonder if much has changed? Perhaps annotations will be the next big thing?  eLife and Hypothesis have released a new integration  that allows users to annotate articles more easily.

  • Login Collectives & GDPR

    German publishers are adopting login strategies to ensure compliance with the proposed ePrivacy law to gain consumer consent for all cookie use. Interestingly the favored approach is login collectives made up of major publishing groups and nonpublisher partners.  Be interesting to see how the main STM platform providers respond and if they will incorporate this kind of access into their platforms.

  • Trends

    Megatrends: predicting the future to reinvent today
    Interesting talk by HP Inc.’s Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs about the major socio-economic, demographic and technological shifts occurring across the globe that may have a sustained, transformative impact on the world and humanity in the decades ahead.
    Digital trends and observations from Davos 2018
    “One other undercurrent of concern was around the idea of a “techlash,” or backlash against tech companies driven by fears that they are becoming too large and monopolistic. At one level is the basic concern that tech companies are just outcompeting incumbents, but beyond that there’s a sense that large tech companies are dictating terms to the marketplace, not taking privacy concerns seriously enough, and unfocused on the social implications of technology.”

  • dataviz

    New dataviz from Google News Lab using Google Location History to rank cities and counties by their most popular cuisine.

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