Usability

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More Data, More Problems — Lessons from the Limitations of Google Flu Trends

“Big data” continues to draw attention, but will it ever amount to more than a hypothesis-generating engine and supplementary findings? Continue reading

Surprise, Surprise — The Web Turns Out to Be Too Persistent

The recent “right to be forgotten” case raises a corollary issue for scholarly publishers — are you managing your archives so that users have been given the “right to ignore”? Continue reading

Have You Looked At This? Vox.com

An overview of Vox, a news site designed around current technology and information trends offers a fresh set of design choices worth considering. Continue reading

Instruction Junction — The Ballooning Lists of Editorial Policies, and the Burdens They Create

Long “Instructions to Authors” filled with ancillary policies and undifferentiated requirements don’t help authors, staff, or editors. As the graveyard for unmade decisions, they’ve only gotten longer and more opaque. Maybe it’s time to clean yours up! Continue reading

The Authors Guild Loses (Again), and HathiTrust Wins–But What Does It Mean?

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust over the latter’s massive library of digitized print books has been dismissed by the Second Circuit Court. What does this mean for libraries, authors, and readers? Continue reading

Implementing CHORUS: Big Decisions Loom for Publishers

While US federal agencies are preparing guidelines for making papers that result from federal funding publicly available, publishers should be discussing their response and how to implement the mandates. Continue reading

The Journal Redesign — More Complicated, More Costly, and More Strategic Than Ever

Journal redesigns seem to be occurring more frequently — and are certainly more complex — than in the past. What motivates a publisher and editor to undertake a redesign? And why is it so complex, costly, and strategic today? Continue reading

Life in a Bubble — The Limitations of Public Access, the Challenges of Public Engagement

Presumptions about the benefits of access fail to take into account the power and difficulty of true engagement with diverse publics. Continue reading

Regret Salad with Aspiration Dressing — A Scholarly Publisher Delves Into the New York Times’ Innovation Report

The New York Times’ “Innovation” Report will hit a lot of nerves when it comes to strategy, long-term transformation, investment, digital operations, silos, print legacy, and organizational culture. And it will remind you how barely contained panic looks to others. Continue reading

Identity Crisis — Does Print Need to Die for Online to Flourish?

The bias against printing has a technological basis and some business rationale, but are we underserving our role as “content marketers” by shutting down this option out of hand? Continue reading

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