Monday, May 23, 2016

What are the most important skills—the work skills and the life skills—that students should acquire from their educational experience, and what is the best way to teach those skills?

As the world of work undergoes transformation, new worker categories are emerging—people who, by choice or by necessity, are thinking about making a living in new ways and who are putting work into a very different context. At the Institute for the Future (IFTF), our team of ethnographers has been exploring these new worker categories while conducting in-depth interviews and observations in various locations around the United States. These workers span different levels of skills and different levels of engagement with work, from those who simply rent their assets (e.g., homes, cars) to generate income streams to those who work in new ways full-time. Such workers include micro-workers, dream builders, amplified entrepreneurs, and makers and hackers.


Friday, May 13, 2016

The International Association of University Libraries offers grants of up to € 2,000 to staff from member libraries to travel to other member libraries for periods of at least two weeks to investigate current issues of importance to IATUL libraries. Applications may be made by any staff member at an IATUL member library with the support of the university librarian. Only one application for a grant can be made from one member library in each calendar year.


The criteria for selecting the successful applications are:

  • The potential of the investigation described in the application to further the goals identified in the IATUL Strategic Plan with preference given to applications that appear likely to promote innovations

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The story starts with the bold assertion by Bruce Archer "that there exists a designerly way of thinking and communicating that is both different from scientific and scholarly ways of thinking and communicating and as powerful as scientific and scholarly methods of enquiry, when applied to its own kinds of problems." Fundamentally, he posits that 'designerly thinking' provides a way to tackle the ill-defined problems typical of engineering design (and familiar to those of us who work with problem-based learning), helping to define what the true problem is and constructing and testing potential solutions against the cardinal virtues of Plato: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance, paraphrased as: what is realistic, what is ethical, what is thorough, and what is economic/sufficient.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Research libraries engage in understanding their environment by asking questions, observing and collecting data, and analyzing and reporting what they learn. The aims are to improve library services as well as to get the word out about the value libraries deliver to their end users in a strategic, visually appealing dashboard that delivers needed information in a timely manner. This issue of RLI reports on the latest applications in research libraries of Tableau, a business intelligence and data visualization tool. The two articles published here were originally presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington, in August 2014 and are also included in the conference proceedings.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2015 edition of Science International has developed an international accord on the values of open data in the emerging scientific culture of big data. The Accord recognises the need for an international framework of principles on “Open Data in a Big Data World” and proposes a comprehensive set of principles.

These principles provide a guiding framework for an African data science capacity mobilization initiative spearheaded by CoDATA-ICSU and supported by other Science International partners. The initiative puts forward a comprehensive capacity mobilization plan, to be co-designed and delivered with key partners in Africa. It proposes the establishment of an African Open Data Platform, which will coordinate a series of actions at different levels of national science systems in the region.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Science Europe Roadmap contains a clear objective “to move from a subscription-based ‘reader-pays’ system to different business models for research publications.”How the transition to Open Access (OA) can occur has been, and still is, heavily debated. Through their activities, several Science Europe Member Organisations, and research funding and performing organisations in general, have contributed directly to this transition.