In 2011, Marc Andreessen said that software is eating the world. Since then, publishers have embraced technology. Specifically, the internet – an infrastructure and platform set dominated by open source software. As some academics start to see open source as necessary part of modern, open scholarship. do publisher need to seriously consider changing how we innovate?
Today, the MIT Press is issuing a new research report, Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms. It provides an inventory of some 52 ongoing open source publishing initiatives and a thoughtful analysis of the open source community in publishing — tracking its development without shying away from its struggles.
Heather Staines shares highlights of this year’s Library Publishing Coalition Forum, especially the focus on open platforms and tools.
At this years annual STM Week in London, there was a strong focus on collaboration and shared infrastructure. I bunked off one of the days to check out the All Things Coko meeting. Is this the start of a new way to look at scholarly publishing technology?
Adam Hyde from the Coko Foundation answers some commonly asked questions about open source software and its potential for use in scholarly communications.
Once again, the term “open” requires further thought to probe the pros and cons. With open source, we may be once again doing things that make the big bigger and the small less relevant.
If you haven’t already heard of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF or Coko for short), chances are you soon will. Find out more in this interview with co-founder Kristen Ratan.
Did the Encyclopedia Britannica stop printing because of the limitations of print? Or is there something more pernicious at the roots of Britannica’s problems?
Hype and marketing angles aren’t adequate ways to truly help real people succeed in the information age.
Can Diaspora restore social networking to personal control?
Experienced Open Data advocates realize that making data available costs money, making people aware of the data costs money, and creating a community of users costs money. And that data aren’t that easy to open.
In a set of disruptive moves that may be unmatched, Google is positioning itself to simultaneously compete effectively in smartphones, GPS, geo-ads, and operating systems, all based on a “less than free” pricing model.
An initiative to see if free K-12 textbooks in math and science could exist, California tested the waters. The results have been released. They’re surprising, and may portend changes for educational publishers.
With an outdated view of information technology, institutional repositories are missing an opportunity to cut costs while they fulfill their missions.
Microsoft’s External Research Group unveils 5 new tools for scholarly researchers.