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Ben Showers
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*/ The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted of:
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Jisc has been working very closely with representatives from the academic library sector (and in particular RLUK, SCONUL and the British Library) to refine and articulate requirements for a new large scale national service. The proposed title of the service is the National Bibliographic ...
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As technology seeps deeper into our everyday lives, it’s increasingly important to make sure that we challenge assumptions about its role in our lives, and the philosophical and ethical issue…
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Where did all the good jobs go? They didn’t head to other countries or even down the street. The good jobs I’m talking about are the ones that our parents were used to. Steady, consistent factory work. The sort of...
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What will it take to design sociotechnical systems that actually work?
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An essay by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft on the “public intellectual,” with particular attention to Mark Greif, Corey Robin, Russell Jacoby, and Hannah Arendt.
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Following on from my recent post on the evolution of scholarly metrics I posted my chapter from Andy Tattersall’s new book on Altmetrics. Well, Andy’s also done a nice little video on t…
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When the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz announced its fifth fund a month ago, Managing Director Scott Kupor said the theme for the $1.5 billion fund w
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The platform can be configured as a network-in-a-box or cellular access point and supports wireless network standards from 2G to LTE.
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    Information Studies (MA), 2006 - 2008
  • University of Sussex
    Philosophy (MA), 2000 - 2001
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I am a Programme Manager in Digital Infrastructure for JISC, working on a range of Digital library Projects including mobile, usability and shared services. 
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  • Joint Information Systems Committee
    Programme Manager, Digitisation, present
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The annual Opensource.com gift guide serves up open source gadgets and gifts that kids, adults, hobbyists, and beginners are sure to love an

Google+ Hangouts – Google Hangouts
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Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android

8 Ideas for a National Approach to Monographs - National Monograph Strategy
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Ideas for a shared, national approach to the creation, management, preservation and digitisation of scholarly monographs.

Unique Identifiers Which Don’t Identify Anyone! | Library Analytics and ...
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This is great for us to get started with, and there's a lot we can do statistically with this data. However, different partners are keeping

Academics will need both the physical and virtual library for years to come
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Research no longer starts with a visit to the library building, say Rachel Bruce and Mike Mertens, but it still plays a crucial role

Buy Electronic learning toys at - Your Online Shop for Toys.
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Quality Rules | The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory
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Here is a letter from our very own Paul Deschner, to the Harvard Library community (and - now - beyond). It was so well received here that w

Digital Humanities and the Future of Libraries | The New York Public Lib...
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Multitouch and the quest to make ereaders more flexible than paper - O'R...
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The next TOC Sneak Peek webcast will feature Craig Tashman, founder and CEO of LiquidText, a multitouch software solution for digital margin

3D printing's forthcoming legal morass (Wired UK)
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This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. You thought Hollywood and record labels were powerful lobbyists, crushing Naps

LJ Talks to David Weinberger About the Living Web
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David Weinberger, currently a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Harvard Lib

Putting the User at the Heart of Education : Digital Infrastructure Team
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Putting the User at the Heart of Education. This is an update on a recent Usability workshop held by Ben Showers and Torsten Reimer as part