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.
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.
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.
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.
This briefing paper describes where the main costs lie in providing Open Access and in the traditional subscription-based system. It provides indicative costs for Green and Gold Open Access and summarises studies to date on the comparative costs of different systems of scholarly communication.
We began with a training session in January, 2015, proceeding to information gathering, and engaging in a second full-group session in May to initiate analysis and interpretation of the data. The team then conducted a series of analytic and interpretive sessions and wrote a preliminary report. Ithaka S+R provided feedback on the report and the team reworked it with additional feedback from Ithaka S+R. We are pleased to make the resulting document, “A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library.”
The organizing committee for the 37th annual International Association of University Libraries conference is pleased to announce the extension of early bird registration rates until Friday, May 6.
The early bird rates for the conference are as follows:
· $800 for IATUL members (full conference)
· $400 for IATUL members (single day)
· $830 for non-IATUL members (full conference)... Read more