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Jeff MacKie-Mason
Worked at School of Information, University of Michigan +UMSI
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lives in Ann Arbor, MI
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  • School of Information, University of Michigan +UMSI
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Cambridge, MA - New York, NY - Hanover, NH - Norwich, VT - Menlo Park, CA - Orinda, CA - Oslo, Norway - Lund, Sweden - Washington, DC
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I'm the father of two college/grad school-aged boys (Brian and Andrew), married to Janet Netz.

I work as a professor and the dean of the School of Information at the University of Michigan.  I also hold appointments in the Dept. of Economics and in the School of Public Policy Studies.  I'm a founder and partner in ApplEcon LLC, an antitrust economics consulting firm.

I play classical piano, as much as I can each day.

More about me: http://www.jeff-mason.com

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Performed Beethoven's Concerto #1 with a (small) orchestra.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Economics, PhD, 1982 - 1986
  • University of Michigan
    Public Policy, MPP, 1980 - 1982
  • Dartmouth College
    Environmental Policy, AB, 1976 - 1980
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Jeffrey King Mason, Jeffrey MacKie Mason

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@UMSI Victors http://goo.gl/HiF7l7  People using information with technology to build a better world: public sector is disinvesting - we need you to continue making best education and research accessible to all.
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WWW2014 deadline is coming soon: abstracts due Oct 1, full papers Oct 8. CFP: goo.gl/YKsYn7 Please RT @WWW2014_Korea
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Social scientists can't write...check. The argument here is that the bad style scholars adopt hurts the way they think
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Students are trained. Reviewers and editors demand. And we call it theory even as it becomes an echo chamber of gibberish. Do not try to publish anything that is not theoretical.
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Funny (and a bit embarrassing) experience: I knew that Bill Gates had referenced Gutenberg's printing press in his 1995 book, The Road Ahead.  I wanted to find the pages.  So, I went to the HathiTrust, which has scanned and OCR'd copies of about 12 million books (most from the Google Books project, plus additions from the large consortium of academic libraries).  

I found two pages with "Gutenberg".  One was...duh...the book's index.  (I had the book sitting in front of me but hadn't thought to check the index!)  

And from the index, I found two other pages that mentioned Gutenberg that that Google Books / HathiTrust search had not found.  It turns out that the relevant word on those pages was "Gutenberg's" and the HathiTrust search engine did not return those when I searched for "Gutenberg" (I verified that the OCRing was correct by searching on "Gutenberg's" and indeed those pages turned up).

+1 for the index at the back of the book :)
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Interesting study: one (powerful) way of measuring how much extended copyright restrictions have limited access to published information.
 
Interesting study.  I guess this amplifies some of the discussion around orphan works and the Google Books settlement.
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To all of you out there who love archives....
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New +UMSI  video about our summer REU (undergrad research) program, featuring a few of this year's participants.
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A Book the Size of a Ladybug - discovered by @umsi alum @libralthinking(Colleen Theisen) in The Atlantic http://ow.ly/nLDus
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New +UMSI faculty member +Kevyn Collins-Thompson is co-author of SIGIR 2013 Best Student Paper 
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Research on university marginal revenues from basketball, and how goes (or not) to student athletes, by Erin Lane, Juan Nagel, Janet Netz.
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+L Jean Camp , good point.  I wondered the same and checked.  The characterization you picked up on was suggested by the newsletter writers.  The authors of the research paper are careful, know they are doing an ex-post analysis and don't make policy claims.  They do find that total MRP (across all players) is greater than total financial aid, suggesting that there is some ex ante profit (on average, maybe not for every school).  But yes, of course, you can't predict it in advance player by player (very accurately).  
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