iterating toward openness

iterating toward openness is a blog written and maintained by David Wiley who is the Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization focused on increasing student success, reinvigorating pedagogy, and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is the Education …

Reporting Fake News on Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to do something about fake news. The company has started to hit fake news sites. Facebook users can also report fake news by selecting “It’s a false news story” if you click on “Report post” feature. To do so, you simply click on the drop-down arrow at the top …

England and France, 700-1200: Manuscripts from the Bibliotheque Nationale and the British Library

A new project to open up illuminated manuscripts available at the British Library and the Bibliotheque nationale de France is being launched in a new collaborative project. Two new websites will be created to make 800 manuscripts available to the public. The BN will create a new bilingual website allowing side-by-side comparison of 400 manuscripts …

Helping Students with News Literacy

A recent post on the ACRLog points out the need for teaching news literacy to students since “students..bring information and perspectives to class that were mostly confirmations of what they already thought,” often missing bias in the media. The post also points out that students today don’t seem to know the distinction between reporting versus …

Elsevier Buys SSRN Online Community

Science publisher Elsevier has acquired the largest preprint repository and online community for social science and humanities researchers in the world, Social Science Research Network, to accelerate its social strategy. Elsevier has not disclosed how much it paid for SSRN but revealed it will be integrated with Elsevier’s reference management program Mendeley, broadening its offering …

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2016

Every year Jeffrey Beall formally releases has updated his list of predatory publishers. The list expanded over the years from 18 identified publishers in 2011 to 923 in 2016. In addition Beall’s List site also has a list of standalone journals that are suspect. He began that list in 2013 with 126 titles and it …

Academic Social Networking Sites vs. Open Access Repositories

You may get questions about the difference between Selected Works at USF and other sites that highlight faculty research such as ResearchGate, Academica.edu and others. Researchers need to know that social networking sites for their research differ a great deal from open access repositories.  This explanation from the University of California offers some great pointers.

Access and the Academic One Percent

Inside Higher Ed featured Barbara Fister’s commentary on “library privilege” this month in the reoccurring column Library Bablefish: a College Librarian’s Perspective on Technology. In honor of Open Access Week, renowned librarian Fister discussed the issue of the Academic One Percent. Defined as “scholars with access to the record of research” unavailable to the general …

Scholarly Profile Pages and the Future

Lambert Heller’s article on The Impact Blog from the London School of Economics, offers an interesting overview about various types of scholarly profile pages, sites and software packages, what they do, and how they are alike and different. His point is that the metadata is the key to the future through initiatives like ORCID, a …