What we read this week (9 Feb 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.

Voice UI

Voice UI is definitely coming but the big question is what will researchers use it for? We have plenty of anecdotal evidence that users are listening to academic articles via a range of apps and browser functionality . BMJ is experimenting with voice driven interactions but even simple things like indexing the BMJ in TuneIn to allow users to ask Alexa to play them has proved tricky. “Alexa play Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery podcast” usually works but “Alexa play Heart podcast” isn’t going to bring up the Heart Journal podcast – especially near Valentine’s Day! Continue reading “What we read this week (9 Feb 2018)”

AI and Blockchain: Opportunities to Meet The Evolving Needs of Researchers

“Blockchain technology has the potential to solve some of the most prominent issues currently facing scholarly communication, such as those around costs, openness, and universal accessibility to scientific information [see full article here]. According to Dr. Joris van Rossum—who will be keynoting the NFAIS Annual Conference—one of the promises of blockchain is the creation of a unified but decentralized, transparent database that tracks every stage of the scientific process, from data collection to publishing findings.”

Full post

Publishers are understandably concerned about piracy, but the STM/NISO initiative RA21 “to align and simplify pathways to subscribed content across participating scientific platforms” has scoped its problem the wrong way. Simply put: It’s not about security. It’s about identity. Every individual should be in control of their own identity. Can RA21 realize its potential to serve the broader interests of scientists and academia, not just the understandable objectives of publishers and vendors?

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Understanding Federated identity, RA21 and other authentication methods

Debates on privacy in libraries are not new though they have recently become more heated over two issues. One issue resolves around learning analytics and this has been brewing for a while. The argument began in a different form with correlations of student success studies (which can be seen to be doing in a adhoc and limited manner what learning analytics aims to do).  While there has been talk of libraries particulating in learning analyticsthis particular Educause talk seems to have triggered librarians. Continue reading “Understanding Federated identity, RA21 and other authentication methods”

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