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Ben Showers
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We believe in designing in the open. Most of the ideas on this blog will be iterated on over time, some of them will test badly and never make it onto GOV.UK, a few might end up being patterns that we use everywhere.
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"In the past decade, digital scholarship has gone from being a quirky corner of the humanities to a mainstream phenomenon, restructuring funding landscapes and pushing tenure committees to develop new protocols for accrediting digital projects."
Nearly two thousand years after his death, Pliny inspired a computer program that mimics his writing. Credit IMAGE BY ADOC-PHOTOS/CORBIS
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I am always on the look out for great resources that can be useful in my day to day work. Recently a few interesting resources have dropped into my Twitter stream, and I though it worth sharing som...
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Bloomberg Businessweek today released The Code Issue, a special double issue containing a single essay by writer and programmer Paul Ford.
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"People operate in Visitor mode because they find it useful, because the thing they are trying to do is operational, not because they are 'not good at Twitter.'  And people are on Twitter, or FB, sometimes because they are connecting with people (and therefore operating in Resident mode) but sometimes because they want information (and are operating in Visitor mode).  Not because they are 'good at social media'."
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"In short, the library has always been a place where informational and social infrastructures intersect within a physical infrastructure that (ideally) supports that program".
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The interdisciplinary artist Michael Mandiberg’s exhibition, “From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” at the Denny Gallery, features his larger project called “Print Wikipedia.”
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The popularity of Moleskine notebooks seems to defy the widespread worship of technological innovations coming out of Silicon Valley. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY TON KOENE/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/AP
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One of the reasons I thought I'd start a blog again is that I have recently finished writing/editing a book. Library Analytics and Metrics: Using data to drive decisions and services was published ...
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    Programme Manager, Digitisation, present
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Digital Infrastructure Programme Manager, JISC
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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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  • University College London
    Information Studies (MA), 2006 - 2008
  • University of Sussex
    Philosophy (MA), 2000 - 2001
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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
www.guardian.co.uk

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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Buy Electronic learning toys at Argos.co.uk, visit Argos.co.uk to shop online for Toys

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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Click for accessible search Skip Navigation. My Account. Type Size: A; A; A. The New York Public Library. Search. Catalog. NYPL.org. Home; U

Multitouch and the quest to make ereaders more flexible than paper - O'R...
radar.oreilly.com

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)
www.wired.co.uk

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