Crowdsourcing is often approached as a full-attention activity, but it can also be used for applications so small that people perform them almost effortlessly. What possibilities are afforded by pursuing low-effort crowdsourcing? Low-effort crowdsourcing is possible through a mix of low-granularity tasks, unobtrusive input methods, and an appropriate setting. Exploring the possibilities of low-effort crowdsourcing, we…

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The Thematic Survey took place to gather more significant data on digitisation of cultural heritage in Europe. There were three thematic surveys. They have been implemented in February to April 2013. At the heart of the ENUMERATE Thematic Surveys were the topics: SIZE of digital collections COST of digitisation ACCESS AND USE of digital collections…

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I am delighted to announce the release of a report, executive summary, data, and slides from the Scholarly Communication Institute’s recent study investigating perceptions of career preparation provided by humanities graduate programs. The study focused on people with advanced degrees in the humanities who have pursued alternative academic careers. Everything is CC-BY, so please read,…

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In mid-July the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) met for its twenty-first annual conference, “Geographies of the Book,” in Philadelphia. Hosted by University of Pennsylvania, the conference included a three-hour, stand-alone digital showcase on Saturday, July 20th. Before I turn to the sixteen projects featured in the showcase, a few…

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In the interests of exploring what MOOCs are and can be, Hybrid Pedagogy ran an experimental, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, mini- micro- meta-MOOC about MOOCs endearingly titled “MOOC MOOC”. This week-long course ran in August 2012 with over 600 registrants and again in January 2013 with over 1000 registrants. (A follow-up, 24-hour MOOC ran in June 2013…

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We’re continuing to share a selection of papers that will be presented at the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress that will take place next month in Singapore. Title MOOCs and the Library: Engaging with Evolving Pedagogy Author Mariellen Calter, Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff, Stanford University Libraries Abstract The emergence of…

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Cross-posted at my Emerging Tech in Libraries blog Backstory In my text mining class at GSLIS, we had a lot of ground to cover. It was easy enough to jump into Oracle SQL Developer and Data Miner and plug into the Oracle database that had been set up for us, and we moved on to…

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An open-access journal allows free online access to its articles, obtaining revenue from fees charged to submitting authors. Using panel data on science journals, we are able to circumvent some problems plaguing previous studies of the impact of open access on citations. We find that moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8%…

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